Beer: Big Mother
From: Mother Earth Brew Co., Vista, and Nampa, Idaho
Why: With jaw-dropping fireworks (the Fourth!), parades (Pride!), spectacles (Comic-Con!) and payoffs (the races!), San Diego goes big or goes home every July. There’s no better time to crack open a can of Mother Earth’s massive anniversary ale, a triple IPA overflowing with citrus fruit flavors and exuberant hop bitterness.
Geek out: 10.5 percent alcohol by volume, 125 international bittering units.
Seek out: Mother Earth beers are available in most beer-centric retail outlets. For specialty brews like Big Mother, though, your best chance may be at the Vista tap house.
206 Main St., Vista, 760.295.3074, motherearthbrewco.com