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December, 2014

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O’Sullivan Bros. Brewing Company- San Diego (Scripps Ranch)

Question:  What do an Irish nun named Modwen, the River Trent, a young boy named Alfred, Burton Abbey, and IPA have in common? Answer:  Burton-on-Trent water! What is Burton-on-Trent water, I hear you cry?  There is an enchanting history of how the town of Burton-on-Trent, aka Burton, on the River TrentRead More …


Border X Brewing- San Diego

Photo of Border X Brewing San Diego

I had the pleasure of visiting Border X Brewing’s Tasting Room in Barrio Logan yesterday.  They are in the midst of a “soft opening” and I was able to taste three brews from their brewery in Otay:  Gran Jefe (Hefeweizen), Blood Saison, and Abuelitas Stout.  After tasting these delicious brews IRead More …


Mike Hess Brewing- San Diego (Miramar District)

In 2010 I was toying with the idea of starting a nanobrewery so I started visiting Hess Brewing’s original location in Miramar.  Unfortunately, back then they had short hours and everytime I went there the brewery was closed.  Then life got in the way and I became distracted with otherRead More …


AleSmith Brewing Company- San Diego (Miramar District)

Photo of new AleSmith Brewing Company tasting room

My visit to AleSmith yesterday was pleasant. I got there 15 minutes after they opened and there was already a small crowd in the tasting room. The brew house was busy packaging, and with the good cheer and winter holiday decorations it was like being in a mini version ofRead More …


32 North Brewing Company- San Diego (Miramar District)

I visited 32 North Brewing the other day and need to rave about their Fly By Night Milk Stout. Although the other three beers I tasted were all nice examples of their particular styles, something about the Milk Stout tantalized my palate. Did you know a Milk Stout is aRead More …


Fall Brewing Company- San Diego (North Park)

Photo of craft beer from Fall Brewery in a pint glass at Fathom Bistro, Shelter Island

Open less than a month and Fall Brewing is already pumping out a set of tasty brews. One I tried over the weekend was posted on the board as a brew reminiscent of an IPA circa 1977, called Spirit of 77 IPA. I was curious what this liquid time machineRead More …


Mission Brewery- San Diego (downtown)

Mission Brewery is located inside the old Wonder Bread Building in the East Village neighborhood of San Diego, a short walk from Petco Park. The tasting room has a commanding view of the brew house and the historic interior’s brick walls, high ceilings, wood trusses, and original bread factory features. AmbianceRead More …


Bolt Brewery- La Mesa

For the past few months I have driven by Bolt Brewery at least once a week to check out their construction progress, and yesterday I was finally able to visit. They had four of their craft brews available for tasting, and although they were all drinkable, I liked the Citra Pale Ale theRead More …


Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits- San Diego

Ballast Point has a special place in my heart. It was at their Home Brew Mart that I bought my first home brewing kit and started to brew beer in my kitchen in 1993. A few years later Jack White and Yuseff Cherney built the original Ballast Point Brewery behindRead More …


Beer Company- San Diego (Downtown)

Beer Company is located in downtown San Diego at the corner of 6th and Broadway, two blocks from Horton Plaza and the Gaslamp District.  Of the handful of breweries downtown, it is unique in that it rolls a brewery, tap room, restaurant, and sports bar (full bar and lots ofRead More …


Legacy Brewing Company, Inc.- Oceanside

The Emancipation Hoplimation at Legacy Brewing is the embodiment of a “San Diego Pale Ale,” also known as a Double IPA or Imperial IPA.  For although it has 110 IBUs and is 9% ABV, it is very easy to drink.  I think Vinnie Cilurzo himself, who first brewed and made the DIPARead More …


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