Craft Beer

  • Your palate's guide to San Diego Beer Week 2017

    Your palate's guide to San Diego Beer Week 2017

    For every palate, there is a beer — and a San Diego Beer Week event. For the ninth straight year, the San Diego Brewers Guild has organized a 10-day mission to the heart of craft beer. The 2017 journey begins Friday and continues through Nov. 12 with an overwhelming 500-plus events. Where to start?...

  • California beer industry tops economic impact among U.S. states

    The brewer's association recently released data on all 50 states (plus the District of Columbia), and the impact of craft beer in each, and California comes out on top. The numbers, based on state craft beer sales and production statistics from 2016 has California in the lead for both number of...

  • San Diego Beer Week 2017: Choose your own adventure

    San Diego Beer Week 2017: Choose your own adventure

    Best case scenario: You're on vacation the entire San Diego Beer Week, Nov. 3-12. Your designated driver is on-call, 24/7. Your liver is in fighting trim. Even with all those advantages, you could not possibly enjoy all 500-plus Beer Week events. Don't despair. Instead, approach the annual beer...

  • San Diego Zoo times two: San Diego craft beer's economic impact

    San Diego Zoo times two: San Diego craft beer's economic impact

    In economic terms, this liquid asset is equal to two San Diego Zoos. The fiscal power of the local craft beer industry was lauded in two upbeat reports issued Wednesday by the San Diego North Economic Development Council. One paper, from veteran beer analyst Vince Vasquez from National University,...

  • San Diego beers score at GABF

    San Diego beers score at GABF

    The Great American Beer Festival, lovingly known as GABF by beer lovers, is the creme de la creme of beer competitions. Along with World Beer Cup, the festival is considered the top of the pyramid for awards and medals in the craft beer universe. At this year's competition, a whopping 8,000 beers...

  • After festival medals handed out, is San Diego declining as a beer powerhouse?

    After festival medals handed out, is San Diego declining as a beer powerhouse?

    Do the results of the  2017 Great American Beer Festival indicate that San Diego status as the "capital of craft" is slipping? After all, the 15 medals San Diego County brewers took home from Denver last weekend is a drop from 2016's 18. Last year also saw Karl Strauss crowned the nation's champion...

  • San Diego County brewers' darker ales shine at Great American Beer Festival

    Following a trend since the boom of San Diego craft beer, 13 breweries won awards Saturday morning at the nation's largest craft beer competition. The Great American Beer Festival in Denver drew more than 4,000 beers, including 35 from San Diego County breweries. Here are the results: Gold medalists...

  • Mission Brewery sells stock to beer fans

    Mission Brewery sells stock to beer fans

    Craft beer fans with $200 or more to spare can own a piece of San Diego's Mission Brewery thanks to an unusual investment opportunity. Monday evening, the 10-year-old brewery, whose home-base is a 26,000 square-foot facility near Petco Park, will begin soliciting $1 million in funds from the general...

  • Prost! For San Diego Oktoberfests

    Prost! For San Diego Oktoberfests

    October is filled with Oktoberfests throughout the county in Encinitas , La Mesa , El Cajon , Liberty Station, Carlsbad and Ocean Beach . 10.1: 22nd Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest Sink your teeth into authentic German fare and throw back a bevy of brews at the "Keepin' It Local" Craft Beer Garden...

  • Passion for beer, biking drive Rouleur

    Passion for beer, biking drive Rouleur

    It would be a major understatement to describe beer and cycling as simply hobbies for Rawley Macias. His children's middle names are Stout and Porter and his new  Carlsbad  brewery, Rouleur Brewing Co., and all 12 of its beers are named after the riding positions on a competitive bicycling team....

  • Beer festival brewing in Carlsbad

    Beer festival brewing in Carlsbad

    A beer festival featuring more than 30 craft brewers Sept. 9 is expected to bring hundreds of craft brew aficionados to Holiday Park in  Carlsbad . The fourth annual Carlsbad Brewfest hosted by the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club will bring together local and international brewers and their fans....

  • California beer maker has the last laugh in his German brewery

    California beer maker has the last laugh in his German brewery

      Some Germans thought Greg Koch was courageous. Others considered the Californian crazy. In one of the world's biggest beer drinking countries, already saturated with 1,388 breweries and 5,000 brands of beer, the entrepreneur from San Diego was determined to establish an American-style craft beer...

  • Convoy takes flight with beer crawl

    Convoy takes flight with beer crawl

    A flight is headed to Convoy. It may not have wings, but it will be tasty. On Saturday, Aug. 12, Convoy Flight will celebrate Pizza Port Brewing Company with a beer crawl throughout Kearny Mesa. Beginning at 3 p.m., attendees can travel between four breweries to sample a collection of craft brews. ...

  • Ballast Point expanding to Chicago with new brewery

    Aiming to expand its national footprint, San Diego's Ballast Point today announced plans to open a pilot brewery, restaurant and rooftop bar in Chicago by early 2018. "We're thrilled to bring the San Diego spirit of Ballast Point to such a great beer-drinking city like Chicago," Marty Birkel, Ballast...

  • Booze 101: All about the hops

    Booze 101: All about the hops

    The precious hop - as revered as gold in San Diego - is the source that brings about liquid happiness for many IPA drinkers around the world. With their pleasing array of aromatics, hops are one of the key ingredients in beer, along with yeast, grain, and water. Hops are measured in a variety of...

  • Coronado Brewing acquires Monkey Paw

    Moving to strengthen its position in the turbulent craft beer industry,  Coronado Brewing Co. is buying  Monkey Paw Brewing Co.. "They do a lot of different, unique beers that we don't usually do," Coronado chief operating officer Brandon Richards said of Monkey Paw, a brewpub in San Diego's  East...

  • POW! Heroes Brew Festival to take over Waterfront Park

    "Have no fear, beer is here!" As Comic-Con crowds become overwhelming and waiting in line becomes exhausting, it may be essential to escape the Convention Center and relax with a cold beer.  On Saturday, July 22, the Heroes Brew Festival will take over Waterfront Park. From 4-8 p.m., guests are...

  • Stone Brewing to kick off comic festivities with Hop-Con

    Stone Brewing to kick off comic festivities with Hop-Con

    With the madness of Comic-Con, you may need to take the edge off with a brew or two... or even five. Luckily, Stone Brewing can prepare convention-goers for the mayhem to come, and help drown the sorrows of those who weren't lucky enough to score a badge. In its fifth year, the Hop-Con 5.0 festival...

  • Today's forecast: '72 and Hoppy' is San Diego's official beer

    Today's forecast: '72 and Hoppy' is San Diego's official beer

    San Diego has a new year-round weather forecast: sunny, wet and refreshing. On Tuesday, San Diego acquired an official beer - a first for the city and, some maintained, the nation. "This is a unique approach to introducing visitors to our craft beer culture," said Kerri Kapich, chief operating...

  • Modern Times Beer becoming SD's first employee-owned brewery

    Modern Times Beer becoming SD's first employee-owned brewery

    Here's a new twist on the old local-brewery-sells-out story: Modern Times, a four-year-old brewery based in Loma Portal, Friday announced its sale - to its staff, becoming San Diego's first employee-owned brewery. "This is my single proudest achievement as founder & CEO of Modern Times," majority...

  • Undistributed beer of the week: Chain Reaction

    Undistributed beer of the week: Chain Reaction

    There can only be one undistributed beer of the week. The competition is fierce in San Diego's beer community, but someone has to take the title. This week's best undistributed beer is... Quantum Brewing: Chain Reaction Style: Session IPA ABV: 5% ABV Pair with: Fish tacos This week's pick comes...

  • Declaration of (brewing) independence

    Declaration of (brewing) independence

    In the course of human events, it became self-evident to Bob Pease that the pursuit of life, liberty and good beer required a declaration of brewing independence. On Tuesday, the  Brewers Association unveiled a way to identify beer from small and independent breweries: a seal that can be slapped...

  • San Diego brewers show their winning ways

    San Diego brewers show their winning ways

    Last Saturday was a memorable day for San Diego brewers. First, Council Brewing's Lickable Staves, an American sour red ale, won best of show at the 11th annual San Diego International Beer Competition. Council, just 3 years old, is a labor of love for its married co-owners, Curtis and Liz Chism....

  • Undistributed beer of the week: Cactus Sour

    Undistributed beer of the week: Cactus Sour

    There can only be one undistributed beer of the week. The competition is fierce in San Diego's beer community, but someone has to take the title. This week's best undistributed beer is... Karl Strauss Brewing Company: Cactus Sour Style: Sour ABV: 5% ABV Pair with: Tacos of any kind A tasty sour...

  • Undistributed beer of the week: Daily Pils

    There can only be one undistributed beer of the week. The competition is fierce in San Diego's beer community, but someone has to take the title. This week's best undistributed beer is ... Groundswell Brewing Company & ChuckAlek Independent Breweries: Daily Pils Style: Pilsner ABV: 5.3% Pair with:...

  • Undistributed beer of the week: Third Anniversary Biere De Miel

    There can only be one undistributed beer of the week. The competition is fierce in San Diego's beer community, but someone has to take the title. This week's best undistributed beer is ... Council Brewing Company: Third Anniversary Biere De Miel  Style: Biere De Miel/Farmhouse ale  ABV: 11.2 percent...

  • Undistributed beer of the week: Coffee pale ale from Bay City Brewing

    Undistributed beer of the week: Coffee pale ale from Bay City Brewing

    There can only be one undistributed beer of the week. The competition is fierce in San Diego's beer community, but someone has to take the title. This week's best undistributed beer is... BAY CITY BREWING COMPANY: COFFEE PALE ALE Style: Pale ale ABV: 6 percent ABV Pair with: Cheesecake This tasty,...

  • Pink boots are marching into San Diego

    Pink boots are marching into San Diego

      These (pink) boots are made for walking, and this week, for the first time, they're headed to San Diego. The Pink Boots Society, a mostly volunteer-run organization that assists, inspires and encourages women beer professionals, is marking its 10th anniversary with a conference titled "Brewing...

  • A look at the United States of Beer

    A look at the United States of Beer

    The data-driven website Pricenomics tallied the number of breweries in each of the nation's states and metropolitan statistical areas. San Diego's size and population pushes it below much smaller cities. Additionally, the number of breweries varies depending on the source - the Union-Tribune's...

  • A scavenger hunt for small breweries

    Sure, Stone Brewing, Ballast Point, Green Flash, AleSmith and Karl Strauss may have put San Diego on the beer map, but what about all of those smaller, maybe lesser known spots that make up the more than 140 breweries in San Diego County. Shouldn't they get a chance to wow your senses with their...

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