Take It From The Tap

By Brandon Hernández

Do Me A Flavor
New beers to cheers and brews to peruse

AleSmith Pale Ale 394
Two of America’s Finest’s finest - a Padres Hall of Famer and a brewing company named best in the country - are teaming up to produce a citrusy beer perfectly suited for baseball season. Famed Friars great Tony Gwynn (RIP) pitched in his preferences for a hoppy yet drinkable 6% ABV “San Diego” pale ale that Miramar’s AleSmith knocked out of the park. The name references the highest single-season batting average the career .338 hitter ever posted, which he did in 1994.
AleSmith Brewing Company
9366 Cabot Dr., Miramar

Amanda Vs. The Arbolcots
In another high-profile collaborative effort, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station invited former Top Chef contestant and current Waypoint Public executive chef Amanda Baumgarten - who also happens to be an avid homebrewer - to produce one of her most ambitious recipes on their 10-barrel system. A saison brewed with apricots, chile de arbol, vanilla, savory and juniper berries, it’s slightly tart with reserved spiciness and a gin-like, herbal finish.
Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens - Liberty Sation
2816 Historic Decatur Rd., #116, Point Loma

On Tap
What’s new or coming soon

Beer Brewing Company
Operating under the most straightforward moniker in the brewing biz, this nanobrewery is nuzzled within Oceanside’s purposely untraditional Mexican eatery, Bull Taco, and is linked to neighboring, buzz-generating eatery Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub. Owner Haven Harris aims to tackle every style known to man, one barrel at a time, while serving up beers from other local breweries in his tiny, eclectically furnished taproom and backyard beer garden.
Beer Brewing Company
1813½ South Coast Highway, Oceanside

Oggi’s Pizza Express
Oggi’s is introducing a pair of new fast-casual outlets geared toward suds-savvy youth. The first is installed in the brand-new Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union at SDSU. Pursuing a degree is not a prerequisite for enjoying a night of ‘za and brews at the other Oggi’s Pizza Express in PB.
Oggi’s Pizza Express
5500 Campanile Dr., College Area
825 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach

Fat Cat Beer Company

A bunch of fat cats are renting out the brewhouse at Vista’s Latitude 33 Brewing Company to get their beers locally brewed and into the San Diego market. It’s called Fat Cat Beer Company, a can-and-draft outfit that’s expanding its reach to local bars and store shelves with its sessionable brews and collaboration creations made in tandem with Latitude 33. There will also be specialty beers brewed just for locals, proceeds from which will benefit a variety of charity organizations.
Fat Cat Beer Company
1430 Vantage Ct., #104, Vista

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits
Topping off a phenomenal year of growth that saw the company blossom into the 29th largest craft brewery in America, Ballast Point recently started brewing at the newest and largest of its four brewing facilities. The 107,000-square-foot building (that’s about 2.5 indoor acres) in the Miramar area will feature a 15,000 square-foot tasting room with a restaurant component. It’ll be the second food-and-eats spot for the company, following in the footsteps of its wildly popular Little Italy tasting room and kitchen.
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits
9045 Carroll Way, Miramar

Hops To It
July beer events

Hamilton’s Tavern Second Saturday
It’s no wonder the second Saturday of each month sees long lines forming outside Hamilton’s Tavern. That’s when the owners invite their favorite breweries over to share some of their rarest specialty and cask beers. This month’s guest, Mira Mesa’s Green Flash Brewing Company, is bound to pack ‘em in. What this event lacks in elbow room, it makes up for in consumable bliss, thanks in large part to a free, edible buffet of dishes built to sop up all those suds. July 12, 1521 30th St., North Park,

Urge’s Fourth Anniversary
The bon vivants who brought craft brew appreciation to Rancho Bernardo in a big way are celebrating their success with three days of festivities. The long weekend’s special include a one-time-only one-pound burger, wings made with Carolina Reapers (the hottest peppers on Earth) and fantastical tap lists including anniversary beers crafted especially for Urge by Maui Brewing Co. and Mother Earth Brew Co. in Vista. July 25-27, 16761 Bernardo Center Dr., Rancho Bernardo,

Brandon Hernández is a native San Diegan with a fervent passion for craft beer and the talented individuals who produce it. He is a Senior Communications Specialist for Stone Brewing Co., an editor for Zagat, has served as a consultant to Food Network and contributes to national and San Diego-based magazines including The Beer Connoisseur, Imbibe, Wine Enthusiast, West Coaster and more. The first publication for which he ever wrote about beer was PacificSD. Follow him on Twitter: @sdbeernews and @offdutyfoodie.