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Beer Choir requires no talent

Big, sudsy swell of interest in singing the brews

From Irish pubs to German beer halls, European cultures have a deep history of breaking into song when they drink beer. That hasn't been the case within the American craft-beer movement, but one very loose ...

Green Flash cuts staff, stops shipping to 32 states

"The market is nothing like it was when we started."

Amid a new round of layoffs, the first San Diego craft brewery to sell beer in all 50 states has announced it will no longer distribute to 32 of them. Green Flash Brewing gives the ...

Historic ginger beer recipes in Oceanside

Moonglade nonalcoholic brews were first sold at farmers' markets

A different sort of brewery tasting room has opened in Oceanside. Since November, Moonglade Brews has been serving nonalcoholic ginger and root beers out of the front of its brewing space off Highway 76 (102 ...

Kilowatt thriving off O.B. energy...and foot traffic

Taproom sales and an AleSmith brewer fueling brewery's growth

It's been nearly a year since Kilowatt Brewing opened a colorfully lit taproom and patio along the main commercial strip of Ocean Beach, and Kilowatt's owners say it's outperformed expectations. "We knew that we needed ...

Partner dispute spells the end of Oceanside Ale Works

Third SD brewery to close in 15 days

Officially, Oceanside Ale Works has closed. But the brewers at 1800 Ord Way expect to be making beer again soon. On January 5th, Oceanside's first brewery used social media posts to announce it would close ...

National City says yes to beer

New rules make tasting room permits a sure thing

By unanimous vote of its city council, National City has made itself more welcoming to beer manufacturers. The December 19th vote amended its municipal code to allow breweries and tasting rooms to open in mixed-used ...

SpecHops the last brewery closure of 2017

Founded in 2010, but Vista tasting room opened last year

As 2017 came to an end, so did another San Diego area brewery. On the afternoon of December 31st, Vista-based SpecHops Brewing Company announced via Facebook that it was closing its doors. The post reads: ...

San Diego wort workers wanted

Brewers far and wide seek those who've run with the big dogs

Back in June, Copenhagen brewery Mikkeller introduced a new hire for its 12-foeder, wild-ale brewhouse, Baghaven: "This is Ehren Schmidt, our new Master Blender," the announcement read, "A man that knows his shit." Schmidt had ...

On the closure and reincarnation of Kuracali

Craft sake and beer maker shuts down San Marcos tasting room

It may be temporarily, but San Diego has lost another craft brewery, and with it the county's first craft sake brewery. With identical posts to its social media accounts on the afternoon of December 23rd, ...

Beer cheer in the new year

Suds-centric businesses celebrate in three time zones

San Diego beer enthusiasts get their choice of time zones to celebrate the end of 2017 — I mean, the beginning of 2018. Here are a few of the notable events scheduled at breweries and ...

Biggest San Diego beer and booze news of 2017

A year that tested local beers' metal/mettle

1. San Diego beer's unchecked growth Thirty-two new breweries started operating in San Diego in 2017, the most yet in a single year. Twenty-two of them were new enterprises, and two others returned from hiatus. ...

New tax bill a win for craft brew biz?

"This is a huge deal for small distilleries."

A part of the federal tax overhaul that passed through Congress this week was a provision likely to impact local craft-beverage business. The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act lowers the federal excise tax ...

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