Stop the presses! Cover Story IPA a partnership between San Diego Beer News and Burgeon Beer Co.

Super Helles is a limited series, German-style lager from Mikkeller Brewing San Diego.
Super Helles is a limited series, German-style lager from Mikkeller Brewing San Diego.
(Sara Butler )

Popular beer site San Diego Beer News celebrates its first year by partnering with Carlsbad-based Burgeon Beer Co. for an anniversary brew.

Cover Story IPA is a collaboration between the news outlet’s founder and executive editor, Brandon Hernández, and Burgeon’s co-founder and head brewer, Anthony Tallman.

Can art for Cover Story IPA, San Diego Beer News' collaboration beer with Burgeon Beer Company
Can art for Cover Story IPA, San Diego Beer News’ collaboration beer with Burgeon Beer Company in honor of the news outlet’s one-year anniversary.
(Burgeon Beer Company)

According to Tallman, the San Diego-style brew boasts “a light-colored malt profile” which results in a dry yet drinkable West Coast IPA. Cover Story IPA touts a 6.8 percent ABV and incorporates a variety of hops — including one of Hernández’s favorites, Mosaic — resulting in fruity aromas and flavors.

Cover Story IPA’s public release will be held tonight from 4 to 10 p.m. at The Arbor, Burgeon’s Little Italy tasting room at 1326 Kettner Blvd. The beer will be served on draft at the event, but four-packs of 16-ounce cans are available to buy for $16 in-person and online. Learn more at or

The Arbor, Burgeon Beer Company's Little Italy tasting room, will host Cover Story IPA's public release event.
(Burgeon Beer Company)

Ode to a legend, Nate Soroko

On July 31, Modern Times Brewing hosted a celebration of life to honor Nate Soroko, the late San Diego craft beer icon who died in June 2021.

Held at Modern Times’ barrel-aging facility in Point Loma, guests enjoyed tasters from various breweries to honor craft beer local legend Soroko. Funds from the event benefited a local nonprofit that “provides culinary apprenticeships to job seekers in need of a career and a fresh start,” according to Modern Times’ website.

2016.01.15 -- Nate Soroko, bartender at Toronado San Diego. (Rick Nocon/ For The San Diego Union-Tribune)
Nate Soroko, bartender at Toronado San Diego, died on June 12 at age 39.
(Rick Nocon)

Soroko’s cousin, Brady Grover, set up a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for the cost of the service, with any remaining funds given to Soroko’s mother, JoAnn Carlson. Donations can be made at

Pure Project fully opens Vista location

Last weekend, San Diego brewery Pure Project fully opened its fourth taproom. Located in Vista, the new space features a combined indoor/outdoor tasting room, and a bar decorated with a Douglas fir and steel backsplash.

The North County location also serves as Pure Project’s new headquarters, and it has transitioned brewing operations — previously housed in Miramar — to the facility, which offers a 15-barrel brewhouse.

Located at 1305 Hot Springs Way, the Vista tasting room is open weekdays from 3 to 9 p.m., 3 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.

Pure Project, which operates additional taprooms in Miramar, Carlsbad and Balboa Park,also plans to open a fifth location in North Park this fall. Visit for more information.

What I’m drinking this week

Beer Name: Super Helles

Brewery: Mikkeller Brewing San Diego (in collaboration with Wren House Brewing Company)

Style: Helles Lager

ABV: 4.8%

Super Helles initially caught my eye with its summery can appeal — a bright orange and yellow sticker superimposed with wavy, blue lettering. But upon further inspection, it was the beer’s long-winded descriptor that promoted me to pick it up off the shelf, touted as a “German-style Helles Lager, dry-hopped with Galaxy & lagered in Superstition (Meadery) barrels.”

Talk about a mouthful.

Super Helles is a limited series, German-style Helles Lager from Mikkeller Brewing San Diego.
Super Helles is a limited series, German-style Helles Lager from Mikkeller Brewing San Diego.
(Sara Butler)

But I’ve vowed to try new things now that the city is opening up, so I opted for Mikkeller San Diego’s limited series, fermented lager over my usual go-tos (typically Sours and Hazy IPAs).

I wouldn’t necessarily say the dry and hoppy lager is thirst-quenching, but the crisp Super Helles is a refreshing choice that pairs well with hotter weather. And the surprisingly low ABV makes the light beer a good fit for outdoor summer gatherings, especially when day drinking. Super Helles is an ideal fit for a limited series — one that likely won’t become a staple in my fridge, but a seasonal pick that I’ll remember fondly as the months grow colder.

Perfect for a summer of trying new things.