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ComicCon's Adult Swim Funhouse can make money

When horror maestro William Castle parked ambulances outside theaters showing Macabre in 1958, it was a publicity stunt. Today, it would be called experiential marketing, and the operation might well be handled by Hadley Media ...

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 ...

San Marcos grows around a brewery

"We're basically the anchor tenant of the whole city."

From Vista to Chula Vista, craft breweries have increasingly been seen by local cities as cornerstone businesses capable of anchoring economic development projects. Perhaps no project has taken this concept to heart more than the ...

OSH - another big box first for San Marcos

In competition with Lowe's and owned by Lowe's

San Marcos will soon be the first North County home to OSH – formally known as Orchard Supply Hardware. The 86-year-old boutique home center chain has been centered primarily in the Bay Area, with 91 ...

He said he wasn't suicidal is why

Review board says deputies screened Robert Lubsen adequately

A San Diego County law-enforcement review board did not find sufficient evidence that deputies could have prevented the suicide of a 26-year-old man who had been arrested for stealing laptops from dorm rooms at Cal ...

Pita Guys, not to be confused with Pita Pit

Independently owned, halal, and tasty

Pita Guys barely registered at first. I probably mistook it for a Pita Pit, the fast-food chain that seems to open anywhere there might be college students. There’s a Subway franchise right next door, after ...

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 ...

North County has less heroin today

Forty-six gang members rounded up

Federal indictments unsealed yesterday (March 1) charge 55 drug dealers and gang members with crimes including money-laundering, robberies, vehicle thefts, burglaries, assaults, and trafficking in heroin, methamphetamine, and firearms. The gang members operated in North ...

Easy stroll around Discovery Lake in San Marcos

Immerse yourself in nature in any season at this neighborhood-friendly lake.

The loop around Discovery Lake in San Marcos makes a perfect hike for those who want to do a light and easy stroll but still see a diversity of species and beautiful lake scenery. This ...

Aquile — a son is born

Voice contestant talks life after reality TV

Carlsbad-based singer/songwriter Aquile watched last week’s season finale of The Voice. It was the first time he’s seen an episode since he appeared on the chair-spinning talent show in 2012. “It can get hard to ...

Cal State San Marcos sued for botched sexual assault case

Student says school failed to conduct proper and timely hearings

A Cal State San Marcos student accused of assaulting a female student is suing the college over its handling of the investigation. According to a lawsuit filed in Superior Court on October 21, the student, ...

Not for rookies

Potent, yet low kick, whiskey out of San Marcos

When David Jackson opened Perfect Soul whiskey in San Marcos in late 2015, he entered what is still a pretty young San Diego spirits market. However, he'd already built a career working with hard liquor. ...

Come for the beer and food, stay for the bowling

Mason Ale Works already at work on a second brew house

The team behind Rancho Bernardo's Urge Gastropub is getting their bowling alley after all. The Reader first announced the plan to turn a Vista fitness center into a combined brewpub and bowling alley two years ...

Duck Duck Gooze breaks the internet

Lost Abbey whale sale turns into weeks-long saga

About this time last year, AleSmith's limited online release of Velvet Speedway barrel-aged stout sold out in seconds. This summer's most coveted whale seems to be Lost Abbey's Duck Duck Gooze, which sold out in ...

Actual corned beef hash

Mama Kat’s is busy for a reason

I’m a sucker for corned beef hash. I constantly order it, and I’m constantly disappointed. It’s offered on menus in breakfast diners all over the country, and I feel like I’ve tried them all. Sometimes ...

The most regulated industry in the United States

Whoever said the economy ran like a well-oiled machine never studied the spirits industry

Thanks to recent changes in state law, the California Spirits Company will officially open its San Marcos tasting room to the public on June 9. While owner and distiller Casey Miles embraces the opportunity to ...

Eve of construction

Eve Selis talks rollerblading and how it lead to her new release

Stories about musicians suffering for their art are legion. Few of them involve rollerblading. But Eve Selis says her new record, See Me with Your Heart, never would have happened if she hadn’t torn her ...

New law lets you drink beer in a parking lot...sometimes

"We got wind of the new legislation early last year."

Brewery anniversaries are getting bigger this year, and it has everything to do with a new state law. Effective January 1, AB 776 permits breweries to sell beer "on property contiguous and adjacent to its ...

Small-scale storage war in San Marcos

“Now this guy has to rent a truck, get a crew to clean it out, store it somewhere…”

Every month or so, local storage-unit facilities play their own version of the TV show Storage Wars — past-due units auctioned off to the highest bidder. Such was the case last week with three San ...

The Jewish Film Festival has some winners

Remember, Natasha, Projections of America, Dealing With the Devil

Normally it takes eight to ten films to find the three or four needed to pad a film festival overview, but this year’s San Diego Jewish Film Festival hit me with four winners right out ...

Christmas comes early for the beer writer

$40 for six 4oz pours

One of San Diego's hardest to come by beers is Duck Duck Gooze. The Lost Abbey gueuze is a blend of old and young barrel-aged wild ales that only releases in small quantities every three ...

The bail man is richer than the thief

Julius Anthony Keeler's overhead cut deep into his ill-gotten profits

Career criminal Julius Anthony Keeler made a plea deal to settle five criminal cases in San Diego County and was sentenced to four years in prison on October 19. He is being held at the ...

Rip Current is not so very small anymore

The winning formula of a San Diego–based brewery of the year

In September, Rip Current founders Paul Sangster and Guy Shobe brought five beers to the Great American Beer Festival, the nation's biggest beer contest. The former homebrewers returned victorious, with two medals and the distinction ...

North County millionaires' buyers market

Slowdown or just a blip in normally robust real estate sales?

Are rising post-recession real estate prices starting to crack? Yes, for high-end properties, says inland North County realtor Suzan Isber. “Three weeks ago we started noticing sellers of million-dollar-plus properties not getting their asking price. ...

Beer with that fresh-mowed lawn flavor

After Lemon & Grassy, looking forward to Tropical & Juicy

As if it weren't already hard enough on a beer reporter's narrative flow to discuss the multi-label San Marcos brewhouse known as Port Brewing and the Lost Abbey, earlier this year it launched yet another ...

Puppy supply line threatened

Vista City Council delays vote that would spell out source requirements

Even though pet-store operator David Salinas's legal bills are mounting, cities are outlawing his puppy-supply pipeline, and animal-welfare activists continue to bite into him, he plans to continue selling puppies. "If you run a small ...

Jumping Turtle's fire sale

North County club Jumping Turtle hits a hurdle

An auction house ad last week announced, “Complete restaurant/bar/live music venue sale!” That August 13 fire sale was at the Jumping Turtle and a surprise to the bands scheduled to perform at the venue near ...

Money Pit builds a burger cheap

In-N-Out it’s not

Drive-thru burger joints hold a distinct place in Southern California lore, but this being the 21st Century, the only burger I’m willing to eat in my car anymore starts and ends with the word “double.” ...

San Diego blonde ale is not so pale

Rip Current's gold medal winner way better than Corona

Among the 13 gold-medal-winning local beers at this year's San Diego International Beer Competition were several I haven't tasted yet. It probably goes without saying, but I've suddenly taken an interest in trying them all. ...

Big box breakdown in San Marcos

Lowe's is out, WinCo and Hobby Lobby are coming in

When Lowe’s Home Improvement Center pulled out of San Marcos’ Creekside Marketplace shopping center last year, it left a huge building vacant. Now, major renovations are underway for two long-established chains with no stores in ...

City dog blues

Near Idyllwild, Aslan of San Marcos gets caught between boulders

Sara Norris of San Marcos was camping at Thousand Trails in Pine Cove (near Idyllwild) on May 21 when her female golden retriever, Aslan, disappeared. After searching for hours, Norris called the emergency line at ...

After the fires...

Good news and bad following last year's North County disasters

Last year, on the morning of May 14, humidity levels were down to 5 percent, morning beach temperatures already up into the high 80s, and strong Santa Ana winds were blowing from the east. Over ...

Take Dos on the Desperados

A return to the scene of crimes against beer

A second chance is something rarely afforded in this day and age, especially in the San Diego craft-beer industry. It’s not that people don’t want to go back to a brewery that registers as lackluster ...

After we die, we’re going to be part of that dream

No longer assume that everyone goes to church, synagogue, mosque, or temple.

Pup killer

Lawsuit claims deputies entered illegally and shot dog without cause

A San Marcos family whose pit bull puppy was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy during an unannounced and non-warranted visit to the home is suing the county and the deputies for unlawful search ...

Why, Burnbook? Why do you have to exist?

Law enforcement resources get tied up tracking down juvenile males

A new social media app served as the platform for two confirmed threats of violence in San Diego area schools this week. Burnbook, a platform to "anonymously share thoughts and memories," was used to post ...

Mi casa no es su casa

Senior citizens in Escondido beat back liquor-license application…for now

Escondido is considered a “moratorium city” by the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the agency responsible for issuing new liquor licenses. Since 2011, a five-year plug has been placed on the issuance of any ...

Cops and hops

Now read this if headed for malted barley along SR-78

“It’s not like we’re going to camp out in the parking lot of an establishment.” Lt. Eric Skaja, spokesman for the Escondido Police Department, maintains that the “Avoid the Eight on the 78” campaign isn’t ...

Best beer futures: Part I

A list of the county’s most exciting upcoming brewery projects.

Per San Diego Beer News tradition, I’m closing out the year by taking a look back at some of the best 2014 had to offer, while keeping an eye trained on what 2015 holds. In ...

Phil’s BBQ sets new bar with local beer

Local ‘cue all-star revamps bar, installs San Diego suds

The name Phil’s BBQ is synonymous with San Diego… much like handles such as AleSmith, Ballast Point, and Karl Strauss. Now, the ‘cue giant and those local brewing operations will be more synonymous with each ...

Don’t kill your annoying brother

San Marcos incident yields six years in prison for big bro

Michael Vincent Young, 57, was sentenced to six years prison on September 30 for killing his brother Robb “without malice.” Young told investigators that tension had been building for a long time between he and ...

Biere de Gourde

The Lost Abbey debuts first draft of pumpkin-infused Belgian-style Brett beer

It’s pumpkin beer season, which means breweries around the country will offer their spins on autumnal harvest-themed brews. Because pumpkin is such a popular and familiar ingredient, these beers are easy to love. They envelop ...

Coming Soon: Inland Tavern

Long-time San Marcos watering hole, Penny Lane, being born anew

Though I always passed it up for nearby competitors Churchill’s Pub & Grille or Sublime Ale House, there was something comforting about driving past Penny Lane Pub & Grill. Tucked off the side of San ...

Beer Touring: Dos Desperados Brewery

San Marcos’ house of diacetyl looks great, but needs help

The adage “never judge a book by its cover” is usually doled out for good things that don’t look so hot. Recently, the reverse was applicable when I walked into Dos Desperados Brewery (1241 Linda ...

Jesus has enough fans but not so many followers

Membership: 200 (adults) Denomination: Independent Executive Pastor: Raymond van Pletsen Age: 66 Born: Johannesburg, South Africa Formation: Calvary Bible College, Kansas City, MO; Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX Years Ordained: 34 San Diego Reader: What ...

In-progress brewery count up to 48

Seven new brewery projects pop up in two weeks' time

When I catch wind of a new brewery project, I feel a jolt of electricity shoot through me. I realize this speaks to the near-obsessive depth of my craft beer enthusiasm, but it is what ...

Rabbititis in San Marcos!

Do you see spots before your eyes? Do you feel any rabbit inclinations? Is multiplication your strong suit? Have you recently paid a visit to San Marcos? Good gwacious! You could be suffering from rabbititis ...

AleSmith forges beer for The Bellows

New San Marcos eatery’s custom-made smoked barrel-aged stout

When I first heard the name “The Bellowsman,” I assumed the Societe Brewing Company beer bearing that handle had been brewed especially for local publican Ivan Derezin. After all, the brew debuted around the same ...

Belgians and barrels

Rip Current Brewing wading deeper into the suds spectrum

Despite tackling a wider range of beer styles than almost any brewery in the county, Rip Current Brewing Company (1325 Grand Avenue, San Marcos) has only dabbled in Belgian-inspired beers. That’s about to change big-time ...

Labor force, deconstructed

San Marcos sting nets ten unlicensed contractors

Ten unlicensed contractors who were illegally bidding on home-repair work in areas affected by the recent Cocos Fire were arrested on June 4 in a sting operation initiated by the Contractors State License Board. Fraud ...

With neighbors like that, who needs pyros?

Issues amid the Cocos fire

Thursday afternoon, May 15, as the Cocos fire in San Marcos rushed into west Escondido, residents who'd been watching the eerie-colored sky and sneezing against the airborne ash finally got the evacuation order they'd been ...

Done watching San Marcos burn

Escape to Escondido, safe and sound with a/c

5/14/14, 8 p.m. We decamped to our parents' house in Escondido partly because we were done watching San Marcos burn and partly to be with our parents in case things get scary here. So now ...

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