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Operation: make organic beer

Former SEALs launch first-of-its-kind SD brewery

As beer company origin stories go, it doesn't get more badass than Miramar's new Protector Brewery. In 2010, then-Navy SEAL Sean Haggerty brewed his first batch of beer in a five-gallon Gatorade cooler while serving ...

10 Barrel to be a 20-barrel operation

And Bud Light's marketing head among those licensed to brew there

It's new brewery season in San Diego. As many as six new operations are opening to customers in May alone. That includes the new brewpub 10 Barrel, which plans to close off a couple of ...

Coronado Brewing Company backs borderland beers

Ryan Brooks gets bosses' blessing (and bucks) to start the SouthNorte wort

World Beer Cup champion brewer Ryan Brooks has stepped down as brewmaster of Coronado Brewing Company — though for the moment he'll remain in the building. Brooks left his position to start a new brewery ...

Align arises in Beeramar

From the ashes of abruptly shuttered Pacific Brewing...

When Miramar's Pacific Brewing abruptly closed last July, Andrew Heino was left holding the bag. "It was instant," he says of the end of his partnership with Pacific cofounder Chris Chalmers. The brewery was open ...

Chula Vista's neighborhood beer

"I'm more focused on this community than the masses."

With the official opening of Chula Vista Brewery on May 5th, the City of Chula Vista finally has the central, Third Avenue brewery it's been hoping for, to help revitalize its downtown village. For brewery ...

Cider house rules are for fools

Julian fermenter says fruit origin irrelevant — "We make fresh cider"

Founded in its namesake mountain town, Julian Hard Cider has been a local company since its inception in 2009, with a tasting room just outside of Julian, in Wynola. However, the bulk of its cider ...

AleSmith three-peats the San Diego International

Seventy more medals to decorate local tasting rooms

The results are in for the 2017 San Diego International Beer Competition, and as usual the home team just wanted these medals more. Of 168 medals handed out, 70 of them went to local breweries ...

What's brewing at Stumblefoot?

New owners have ears wide open to fellow locals' requests

Stumblefoot Brewing Company isn't new — it's been making beer in southwest San Marcos since 2012. However, it's not exactly the same company anymore. In January, the business changed hands, when founding owner Bill Randolph ...

Big yays for San Diego beers

Five dozen medals awarded at Los Angeles International Beer Competition

San Diego breweries ramped up their domination of the Los Angeles International Beer Competition, picking up 60 of the 258 medals awarded, and a full quarter of the golds handed out — 22, to go ...

On the cerveza to craft beer transition

Horchata and hibiscus flavors fine, but Hispanic segment not so simple

A Texas company has compiled market analysis suggesting craft-beer producers have been missing out on a potentially valuable market segment: Hispanic millennials. Gerry Loredo, director of business analytics for Houston advertising agency Lopez Negrete Communications, ...

Smoking Cannon Brewery dwells in the foothills

"The bigger the cannon, the bigger the beer.”

Brewer Mike Nelson is starting the small company with longtime girlfriend Natallie Phillips. The San Diego natives both grew up on the coast but moved to Ramona about 20 years ago. "We moved up here ...

Come for the beer, stay for the punchlines

With a countywide tally nearing 150, breweries use yuks to draw patrons

San Diego has surpassed the 140-brewery mark and seems likely to hit 150 by the end of the year. With that much competition, breweries have found creative ways to attract customers, ranging from hosting donut-beer ...

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