The beer landscape is always changing in San Diego. Here's a look at what's new on the brew scene (and a couple of events) in April.
Do me a flavor: New beers to cheers
Natural Bridge Hoppy Pils
Few beers embody the breweries that produce them as succinctly as this crisp, aromatic crowd-pleaser. Infusing a traditional Bavarian-style pilsner recipe with copious amounts of Amarillo and Citra hops gives a nod to the original Eppig Brewing, which was opened by a German immigrant in New York in the mid-1800s, then brought back to life in San Diego by the original owner's descendants last year behind Old World lagers augmented by hoppy West Coast ales. The best of both these worlds can be found in this brilliant brew.
Stouts brewed with oyster shells - and sometimes the bivalves that occupy them - originate in the U.K. and have been revitalized by American brewers within the past few years. That base-recipe receives a simultaneously ultra-local and out-there spin at the recently opened Pariah Brewing, where brewmaster Brian Mitchell infuses his stout with freshly harvested uni from sea urchins sourced at Linda Vista's Catalina Offshore products. That oceanic delicacy and sea-salt add a salinity that keeps this roasty brew dry and extra-drinkable.
Pariah Brewing Company, 3052 El Cajon Blvd., Suite B, North Park. pariahbrewingco.com
Coming to a head: What's new in brew or coming soon
Black Plague Brewing
There was a time when beer was safer to drink than water. Now it's simply more fun to drink than H2O, enough that a team of entrepreneurs that includes pro skateboarder Jordan Hoffart is getting in on the action of this operation, which is set to debut in an Oceanside business park later this year. Aided by the owner and head brewer of fellow North County fermentation operation Bear Roots Brewing, the company will come out of the gate with SoCal-geared brews, such as its hop-heavy, slightly hazy 1347 India pale ale.
2550 Jason Ct., Oceanside. blackplaguebrewing.com
Viewpoint Brewing Company
What happens when two gourmet chefs team up to open a brewpub? The answer to that will be revealed when this brewery-equipped restaurant opens along the banks of the San Dieguito Lagoon, becoming Del Mar's first beer-making business in the process. Expect approachable, "everyman" eats exhibiting refined white-linen technique served with house beers crafted with pairability in mind. Flights will feature multiple beers matched with bite-sized edible offerings, a pairing innovation going beyond anything else in San Diego County.
2201 San Dieguito Drive, Del Mar. facebook.com/viewpointbrewing
Let's go to the hops: April beer events
April 15 | Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival
The seventh annual edition of this dual exploration of craft beer and compatible cuisine will bring some thunder and lightning to the house the Bolts bolted from.
Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Road, Mission Valley, noon (VIP) & 1:30 p.m. (general admission). mvcbf.com
April 22 | San Diego CityBeat Festival of Beers
Live musicians band together with an orchestration of craft ales and lagers to raise money for the San Diego Music Foundation at this annual outdoor brew-haha.
The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, 2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park, 1 p.m. (VIP) & 2 p.m. (General Admission). citybeatbeerfest.com