Peter Rowe


Peter joined the U-T in 1984. He has yet to be fired. A native Californian who grew up in Encinitas, Rowe is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Northwestern University. He is past president of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and a former Fulbright scholar. He has won a few journalism awards, but would trade them all for a chance to avenge his 1994 "Jeopardy!" loss. Married to a terrific woman who has saved him from errors in writing and in life, he has three sons. At the U-T, Rowe writes profiles and features and is even paid to review beers, which hardly seems fair.

Recent Articles

  • Cans on the run

    Cans on the run

    One problem: The partners lacked the $150,000 to $250,000 needed for a new canning line. One solution: Call Mobile West Canning. Since 2013, Mobile West has loaded a sleek, swift canning line into a truck, then hauled it to breweries in temporary need of its services. "It's a great option for small...

  • Hitting the (beer) books

    Hitting the (beer) books

    Like great beers, great beer books leave you refreshed, stimulated and eager for more. Five volumes to enhance your education and enjoyment: Great Beer Guide (2000), by Michael Jackson Like the musician of the same name, Jackson was a colossus in his field, more or less inventing modern beer writing...

  • Course work: Diving into SDSU's craft beer program

    Course work: Diving into SDSU's craft beer program

    Traditionally an extracurricular college activity, beer has been part of the curriculum at UC San Diego and San Diego State University since 2013. Michael Peacock, 56, an instructor with State's Business of Craft Beer program, explained why beer should be studied and not just drunk. PACIFIC: What's...

  • Study break: Tracking down a good pint on campus

    Study break: Tracking down a good pint on campus

    College is all about learning. So consider this a study guide to the best beer on campus. San Diego State University Best bet: Eureka!, opening in South Campus Plaza, is the glitzy new kid on campus. But three-year-old Oggi's Pizza Express in the Aztec Student Center is determined to remain State's...

  • Booze 101: How to read a beer can

    Booze 101: How to read a beer can

    If you know how to read a label, the package can prep your palate. Consider the info-rich can of Rip Current's Java Storm.   FRONT Name: "Java Storm" sounds like something big and coffee-infused - and, sure enough, "Coffee Imperial Porter" is printed below the name. Name, Part II: Names are regulated...

  • Controversy and aesthetics behind beer labels

    Controversy and aesthetics behind beer labels

    What's in a name? Controversy. The names and images emblazoned on some beer labels have disturbed everyone from consumers to regulators. The beer: Santa's Little Helper, an imperial stout from Port Brewing, San Marcos The problem: On the label, Santa Claus and Rudolph raise a toast. "The government...

  • The art of the beer label

    The art of the beer label

      Sean Dominguez is a surfer and artist, not a man of the cloth. Yet, for the past 13 years, he's been a faithful devotee of The Lost Abbey. At this San Marcos brewery, the 49-year-old artist creates labels with images drawn from Bible stories and the history of Christianity.   PACIFIC: You've...

  • 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...