The beer landscape is always changing in San Diego. Here's a look at what's new on the brew scene (and a couple of events) in March.
Do me a flavor: New beers to cheers
Solana Beach IPA
It's not every day that a local business hits the big three-zero. In fact, in the history of San Diego breweries, that's never occurred. So it's no wonder the coastal, pie-fueled brewpub-chain Pizza Port is going big by canning one of the most popular beers from its original brewhouse for the first time. Be on the lookout for this hop-forward offering, which will be available in aluminum at Pizza Port's Solana Beach location on March 25. Word has it that a special double IPA brewed by owner Vince Marsaglia will also be tapped! Happy birthday to ... you!
Pizza Port, 135 N. Highway 101, Solana Beach, pizzaport.com
A women's movement has been brewing in the beer industry, and it's been wildly successful thanks to groups such as the locally governed Pink Boots Society and efforts such as International Women's Collaboration Brew Day. For the latter, held on March 8, female brewers the world over will be infusing regionally significant ingredients and character into a base beer-recipe dubbed "Unite Local." The resulting ales will convey camaraderie and pride via myriad flavorful quaffs, all of which can be located with a quick visit to unitebrew.org.
Multiple breweries, countywide
Coming to a head: What's new in brew or coming soon
Jacked Up Brewery
Life on Escondido's Grand Avenue is about to get even grander thanks to the addition of a new nano-brewery, the motto of which is "brew, drink, relax, repeat." Ten taps dispense the pro-products of a pair of former homebrewers taking their recreational pursuit to the next level. Those creations include a Czech-style lager, amber ale, smoked porter, Belgian-style dark strong ale and, of course, an IPA. This diversity showcases one of the big advantages to operating a small brewery - the ability to have fun and let a brewer's imagination run wild.
800 W. Grand Ave., Escondido, jackedupbrewery.com.
A multitude of brewing companies are setting up shop in Ocean Beach , but you'd be hard-pressed to find a tasting room (or another business short of a head shop) that better embodies San Diego's quirkiest coastal community than this newcomer, thanks to colorful LED lighting, murals and pro-graffiti from local artists, a black-light lounge with a life-size Lite-Brite and authentic pieces from Clint Cary, aka The Spaceman of OB. And, oh yeah, there are 24 taps' worth of beers infused with ingredients both traditional and as out-there as Kilowatt Brewing's newest stomping grounds. The original location is still going strong in Kearny Mesa.
1875 Cable St., Ocean Beach, kilowatt.beer.
Let's go to the hops: March beer events
March 2 | Fermented Pairings Series: Ever enjoyed a bacon-whiskey truffle and an imperial stout fermented with 96 different yeast strains? Allow the yeast and beer experts at White Labs to guide you through a tasting of diverse beers partnered with treats from Andrea's Truffles, and you'll be able to say you have.
White Labs, 9495 Candida St., Miramar, whitelabs.com
March 11 | Best Coast Beer Fest: Will Ferrell (Ron Burgundy to "San Diego-ites") is behind this annual suds celebration, which serves as a music-enhanced vehicle to raise awareness and funds for Cancer for College, a nonprofit providing cancer survivors access to higher education.
Embarcadero Marina Park South, 200 Marina Park Way, downtown, bestcoastbeerfest.com