San Diego Beer News

Ebb and flow in local craft

Changes to San Diego's small beer map

The Brewers Association's beer sales and production numbers for 2016 reflected adjustments to the industry due to massive corporations buying very large craft breweries, but most of the change happens on a smaller, microbrewery level. ...

Craft beer numbers held steady amid defections in 2016

The craft kids are all right

On March 28, the Brewers Association released the 2016 results of its annual survey on craft brewery growth, revealing the effects that high profile craft breweries being sold to "big beer" corporations have had on ...

Thirsty for craft beer in East County

When life hands you Lemon Grove, make beer

Out of 18 incorporated cities in San Diego county, only two do not have a craft brewery or tasting room in the works. One of them is trying to change that. The city of Lemon ...

Stone brews one with reclaimed water

“Toilet to draft” would have been a tasteless headline

At a March 16th event, Stone Brewing served pours of a beer called Full Circle, a pale ale made with dark malts, all New Zealand hops, and reclaimed water — that is, reclaimed from San ...

Wiseguy had yeast lab in apartment

"My dad saw I wasn't doing it just to get hammered with buddies."

The latest brewery to start pouring beers in Carlsbad soft-opened March 18th. Wiseguy Brewing Co. is the work of Brett Gent, a longtime homebrewer who moved down from Costa Mesa to take advantage of the ...

Ballast Point surpasses Stone

Former craft company now the 13th largest brewer in the nation

National craft beer trade group the Brewers Association released its annual lists of the top 50 American breweries by sales volume last week. While all four San Diego breweries included on last year's lists remained ...

It's all about hard pours for San Diego nitro beers

Do not pour gentle into that good pint...

San Diego beer hit another packaging milestone in January, when a couple of local breweries released nitrogenized beer in bottles and cans for the first time. Modern Times kicked it off with a nitro version ...

Belching Beaver’s change of art

Brewer renews logo, makes case for old one’s non-sexist origin

With a March 12 party at its Vista brewpub, Belching Beaver Brewery celebrated a brand refresh that includes a cleaner redesign of its can and bottle labels; also the punny new slogan, "Dam Good Times." ...

Wizards, warriors, and the magic of beer

Homebrewing educators add to Vista's brewery ranks

The brewery in Vista continues to rise. Battlemage Brewing Company enjoyed its first brew day on March 8th, making it the 16th beer company in the city of 100,000. There will be more opening this ...

The whopping return of Indian Joe

After two years dormant, the Vista brand comes back big time

In most cases, shutting down a business for two years would probably not be good for its growth. But don't tell Max Moran and Geri Lawson. When their Vista nanobrewery, Indian Joe Brewing, reached the ...

Coronado Brewing announces plans for new brewpub and distillery

Beer for the literal South Bay

On March 2, Coronado Brewing Company announced it will build a new ten-barrel brewpub in the city of Imperial Beach, located at the southernmost tip of San Diego Bay and Wildlife Refuge, where it meets ...

Symbiotic relationship fuels Kuracali

...a beer and sake dynamic place

There's only one bar at Kuracali Sake & Beer Brewery, but it serves two distinct tasting rooms. Due to the quirks of state law, Kuracali owner and brewer Chuck Perkins doesn't just have to keep ...