San Diego Beer News

Craft beer seeps into new neighborhoods

Benchmark, Culture, Eppig, Kensington carve out territories

The growing trend among beer companies to open satellite taprooms in commercial districts is bringing a craft-brewery presence to neighborhoods that didn't previously haven't one. There were 20 off-site tasting rooms at the beginning of ...

That's progress — Modern Times heading for Portland

Pacific Northwest distribution of brew has exceeded projections

Modern Times Beer announced it has signed a lease to take over an existing 10,000-square-foot brewhouse in Portland, Oregon. In a blog entry posted to the Modern Times website, founder and CEO Jacob McKean explained ...

Ebullition bubbles in to Vista

Do the math: city's 18th brewhouse, 4 more in planning stages

Ebullition Brew Works soft-opened in Vista at the beginning of July. Nearly two months later, the brewery has yet to announce a grand-opening date but has been keeping regular hours and served nine different beers ...

Lightning Brewery (still) open for business

Poway business-park suds center recharged with new business plan

When news broke in June that Lightning Brewery had sold its assets to Orange County–based Cismontane Brewing Co., rumor spread that the 11-year-old brewery had joined the ranks of San Diego ex-breweries. But reports of ...

Limbo doesn't last long at Circle 9 Brewing

Lager up, sinners, or wait till the next batch

Back in June, the Reader reported a new nanobrewery, Circle 9 Brewing, had debuted its first beer at a fighting float festival in Japan. As of August 19th, the Kearny Mesa craft brewer is officially ...

Go east, Green Flash

San Diego beer-crafters buy a Lincoln, Nebraska, brewpub

Mira Mesa–based Green Flash Brewing announced this week it has purchased a 10,000-square-foot production brewery and restaurant in Lincoln, Nebraska, where it plans to expand its bicoastal beer brand by the end of the year. ...

No pulse at Magnetic Brewing

Attempt to sell stake in business results in $12K judgment and eviction

One of San Diego's smallest breweries appears to be closed following an eviction notice and a $12,000 judgment from a recent lawsuit related to the brewery's attempt last year to sell 1 percent stakes of ...

Second Chance Beer Co. celebrates second anniversary

OG San Diego brewers dig up proven recipes for three-day party

This Labor Day weekend, Second Chance Beer Co. will celebrate a busy first two years in business with a three-day party at its Carmel Mountain brewery. Second Chance already distributes six varieties of beer in ...

Alta Brewing's no-get-rich-quick scheme

"The focus is really just do killer beers, not reinvent the wheel."

New breweries in San Diego join a crowded field. With over 150 brewhouses at work in the county, there's a growing sense that the time has passed for startup breweries to achieve the scope of ...

3 Punk Ales goes live in Chula Vista

And the feedback is good

Thr3e Punk Ales Brewing Co. has officially returned, adding to Chula Vista's rising status as a craft beer destination. Following an 18-month build-out, Punk cofounders John Marshall, Steve Garcia, and Kevin Lewis opened their new ...

Do growlers count as open containers?

Law-enforcement agencies weigh in on a commenter's question

Following a recent story I wrote about the growler concept taking hold at an urban winery, a commenter asked whether filled growlers can be considered open containers during a traffic stop. Good question. I posed ...

Escondido Feed & Pet Supply and Brewing Company

"It's a little less than 300 square feet. We had to be a little imaginative."

A 14-year homebrewer, Ketchen Smith has long dreamed of leaving his job in the medical device industry to start a brewery. "I wanted to go 15-barrel," he says, "and retire to brewing." Doing so would ...

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