Do Me a Flavor


The small town of Fallbrook has a rich brewing heritage attributable to former denizens who grew up in the North County burg before moving on to breweries elsewhere in San Diego County and beyond. Each year, Fallbrook Brewing’s owner holds a homecoming where brewers from Coronado, Firestone Walker, Green Flash, Ironfire Brewing and more collaborate on a beer utilizing ingredients sourced in Fallbrook. Last year’s inaugural beer was a saison brewed with local citrus fruits. This year, the home-boys went with a wet-hop IPA (an India pale ale brewed with freshly harvested whole hop cones) with Cascade, Chinook and Galena hops from SD Golden Hop Farm.

Fallbrook Brewing Co.
136 N. Main Ave., Fallbrook


It takes a special kind of brewer, like Peter Perrecone of North County’s Belching Beaver Brewery, to specialize in the unpredictable subcategory of wild ales, beers fermented using strains of wild and naturally occurring yeast and bacteria. Fascinated by Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and Pediococcus, among others, Perrecone has learned to harness the wily bugs’ unique characteristics to create scrumptious oddities like the first of his brewery’s new line of sour beers, a blonde aged in French-oak red-wine barrels for nine months, then re-fermented for two months on 525 pounds of fresh raspberries. The tartness is clean, allowing the fruit character to shine through brilliantly.

Belching Beaver Brewery
multiple locations