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Chula Vista Brewery

Photo of sign for Chula Vista Brewery above the front entrance.

Name: Chula Vista Brewery Where: 294 Third Avenue | Chula Vista, California Cost: Tasters $2.50 | Flights (4) $10.00 | Pints $6.00-$7.00 About: Located in downtown Chula Vista’s Third Avenue Village, the craft brewery venture by locals Timothy and Dali Parker occupies the old police station space (between F Street and Davidson). OpenedRead More …


Coronado On The Top 10 USA Beach List 2017

Photo of sign for Coronado at its entrance along highway 75.

Once again, Dr. Beach, the Florida International University professor who studies and ranks beaches in the United States, has named Coronado Beach as one of the top 10 for 2017. Coronado is number 9 on this year’s list. Last year it was ranked number 7, and in 2012, number one. AccordingRead More …


SpecHops Brewing Company- Vista

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Name: SpecHops Brewing Company Where: 1280 Activity Drive | Vista, California Cost: Tasters $2.00 | 8 oz. $4.00-$5.00 | Pints $6.00-$7.00 About: After many years of planning SpecHops Brewing Company, ace home-brewer-turned-professional David Casperson and his wife Stephanie finally held their brewery’s Grand Opening Weekend last March 24th-26th. Located inside a cavernous warehouse in Rancho VistaRead More …


Rouleur Brewing Company- Carlsbad

Photo of the sign for Rourleur Brewing Company mounted above the entrance.

Name: Rouleur Brewing Company Where: 5840 El Camino Real, Suite 101 | Carlsbad, California Cost: Taster Flight (6) $14.00 | 4 oz. Taster $2.00-$3.00 | 8 oz. Taster $3.00-$4.00 | Pints $6.00-$7.00 | Growler Fills- 32 oz. $13.00-$15.00 • 64 oz. $18.00-$21.00 About: Founded last year by home brewer Rawley Macias,Read More …


Wiseguy Brewing Company- Carlsbad

Photo of the sign for Wiseguy Brewing Company, above the entrance.

Name: Wiseguy Brewing Company Where: 5840 El Camino Real, Suite 100 | Carlsbad, California Cost: Taster Flight (4) $7.00-$8.00 | 5 oz. Taster $2.00-$3.00 | Pints $6.00-$7.00 | Growler Fills- 32oz. $9.00 • 64 oz. $16.00 About: For the founders, Wiseguy Brewing Company is a dream come true brewery in Carlsbad. AsRead More …


Michael Jackson (The Beer Hunter) Is Still Right!

Photo of a flight of beers at Knotty Brewing San Diego.

It’s safe to say I am one of the few people on Earth who has been to every craft brewery in San Diego County. During my travels I have often been asked why. My answer? Beers taste best when they are fresh. I learned this fact from The Beer Hunter,Read More …


Burgeon Beer Company- Carlsbad

Photo of signage for Burgeon Beer Company.

Name: Burgeon Beer Company Where: 6350 Yarrow Drive Suite C | Carlsbad, California Cost: 5 oz. Taster $2.00-$4.00 | Taster flight (4) $8.00 | 10 oz. Pour $4.00-$7.00 | 13 oz. Pour $5.00 | 16 oz. Pour $5.00-$6.50 | 32 oz. Growler fill $8.00-$14.00 | 64 oz. Growler fill $16.00-$28.00 About: NorthRead More …


New Gose at Coronado Brewing Deserves a Rave

Photo of a pint glass of beer on the bar at Coronado Brewing Company, Coronado

Coronado Brewing Company recently released a new beer they named, Wind Chime Key Lime Gose. I am here to rave about it. Gose (pronounced Go-zah) is a style of wheat beer that originated centuries ago in Goslar, a small town on the banks of the Gose River, in northern Germany. Fortunately,Read More …


6 Ways Beer Drinkers Consider Beer

Photo of three beers in taster glasses on the bar at Midnight Jack Brewery

Professional beer drinker, Michael Jackson, “The Beer Hunter,” once said there are six ways, or positions, drinkers regard and choose beer. Which position would you say you are as a beer drinker? Position 1: Drink any beer besides Bud “is to be a deviant.” Position 2: Drink “Heineken at allRead More …


5th Annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival

The 5th Annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival is Friday, March 31, in partnership with the San Diego Brewers Guild. It takes place at The Abbey on Fifth Avenue, a beautiful, historic, 10,000 square foot venue. This 21+ event will showcase many San Diego breweries, Bankers Hill restaurants, and pop-up galleries fromRead More …


San Diego Brewing Company- North Park

Name:  San Diego Brewing Company (North Park) Where:  3052 El Cajon Boulevard, Suite A | San Diego, California Cost:  Taster $2.50 | Half Pint $4.00-$5.00 | Pint $6.50-$7.50 | Kombucha $4.00 | Root Beer $3.50 About:  San Diego Brewing Company is one of the three independent breweries located under oneRead More …


Pariah Brewing Company- San Diego (North Park)

Name: Pariah Brewing Company Where: 3052 El Cajon Boulevard, Suite B | San Diego, California Cost: Taster $2.50 | Full Pour $6.00-$7.00 About: Pariah Brewing is one of three independent breweries who opened recently at H.G. Fenton‘s newest Brewery Igniter project in North Park. Co-owner/head brewer Brian Mitchell and hisRead More …


Craft Beer Appreciation- Tips for the Holidays

Photo of back of the bar at High Dive Bar and Grill, San Diego

The holidays are here and it is a wonderful time to appreciate winter seasonals created by San Diego’s craft brewers. It is also a great time to enjoy their core beers which are always worthy of celebrations. Either way, it must be said that one of the risks of drinkingRead More …


A Perfect Beer for Thanksgiving Dinner

Photo of four different beers in glasses.

Legendary craft beer ambassador Dr. Bill Sysak taught me a lot about pairing beer with food– especially when it involves Thanksgiving Dinner. The big idea I learned about the annual feast? There are beer styles for every course. For example, Dr. Bill taught me Bièrs de Gardes, Dubbels, and Dunkels pair wellRead More …


Tasting GABF 2016 Winners at Karl Strauss

Photo of the large Karl Strauss logo painted above the entrance to the main brewery.

Some craft beer aficionados make the argument that beer awards are overrated. In my opinion, they are wrong. As I have said in a previous article, calibrating my palate and expanding my knowledge of beer styles is important to me. As a reviewer and consumer, I have a keen interestRead More …


J&L Eppig Brewing Company- San Diego (North Park)

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Name: J&L Eppig Brewing Company Address: 3052 El Cajon Boulevard Suite C | San Diego, California Cost: Taster $2.00-$3.00 | Full Pour $6.00 | Flight $7.00 | Growler Fill $18.00-$22.00 About: The brewing roots of J&L Eppig Brewing go deep– back to 1866 in Brooklyn, New York. That is when the newRead More …


San Diego Beer Week: Top 10 Things to Do Besides Beer

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“America’s Finest City” is known for its world-class breweries and beers, but in case you did not know, San Diego is also famous for great attractions. Need to take a break from San Diego Beer Week events? As a local craft beer aficionado, here are my top 10 favorite SanRead More …


San Diego Beer Week 2016

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Name: San Diego Beer Week Address: San Diego County-wide Cost: Varies by event About: In 2009, the San Diego Brewers Guild organized an annual “beer week” which has evolved into the 10-day, county-wide festival it is today. The festival begins with Guild Fest and related events on Friday, November 4, and endsRead More …


Craft Sake Brewing in San Diego

Name: Setting Sun Sake Brewing Company Address: 8680 Miralani Dr #120 | San Diego, California Cost: Tasters: 1 oz. $2.5o • 3 oz. $4.00 • 6 oz. $7.00 | Flights: 1 oz. $8.00 • 3 oz. $15.00 | Growler fill (32 oz.) $35.00 About: Tucked away in a Miramar industrial park andRead More …


Thunderhawk Alements- San Diego (Miramar)

Photo of the green and red circular logo for Thunderhawk Alements, a brewery in San Diego.

Name: Thunderhawk Alements Address: 8675 Miralani Drive #100 | San Diego, California Cost: Taster $2.00+ tax | Pint $7.00+ tax | Growler fill $12.00+ tax | Non-alcohol drinks $3.00 About: Co-founders Jonathan Barbarin and Bill Lindsay are life-long friends who eventually started homebrewing together in 2010. Four years later they becameRead More …


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