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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Before the printing of West Coaster Issue #1, we went around town asking folks what they’d want to see from a local beer magazine and website. One of the top responses: an event calendar. So we built one. The format we chose proved difficult to maintain, and there were some glitches; sadly, we took it offline a few months ago. But hey, now it’s back! (westcoastersd.com/san-diego-beer-calendar) The new, simpler format provides direct links to event websites. The list at time of press can be seen below. We ask now for your help in building this calendar, whatever role you play in the industry, because it benefits all of us. To submit an event, simply email info@westcoastersd.com Thanks & cheers! April 1 April 1 April 2 April 2 April 3 April 4 April 6 April 8 April 8 April 8 April 9 April 9 April 9 April 9 April 10-11 April 11 April 11 April 11 April 11 April 11 April 12 April 12 April 12 April 14 April 15 April 16 April 17 April 18 April 18 April 19 April 20 April 20 April 21 April 22 April 22 April 23 April 23 April 23 April 24 April 25 April 25 April 30

First Beer Dinner Ever @ Ballast Point Miramar Silva Stout Release Tap+Cask @ Iron Pig Alehouse Pint Night w/ Drakes @ High Dive Oompa Lupus (Beer To The Rescue) @ Ballast Point Little Italy Firkin Friday w/ Ironfire Brewing Co. @ Hamilton’s Tavern 5th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer Festival Unite Red Ale Tap Takeover @ The High Dive Deschutes Pine Drops Keep the Glass Night w/ Skate deck giveaway @ Iron Pig Alehouse Maibock Tapping Party @ Gordon Biersch (featuring live music from The Barnacles) Stone Brewing Tap That Cask / Tap Takeover @ Regent’s Pizzeria Keep the Glass w/ Green Flash feat. Silva Stout @ KnB Wine Cellars Pint Night w/ Karl Strauss @ High Dive Benchmark Brewing Hop Chunks Cask @ Small Bar Padres Opening Day @ Stone Tap Room Dos Desperados 1st Anniversary Party Anniversary Party @ Tap That Taproom Laughter for a Cure @ The Brass Rail Second Saturday w/ Alpine Beer Co. @ Hamilton’s Sore Eye Sports 5th Anniversary @ Carnitas Snack Shack Meet the Brewers from Cerveceria Insurgente @ Cueva Bar Hwy 78 Festiv(ALE) @ Walnut Grove Park Beginner Brew Class @ Home Brew Mart Mother Earth Beer Dinner @ O’Brien’s Brewer Pinball Tournament @ High Dive Fall Brewing Tap Takeover @ Iron Pig Alehouse BeerNerdz Blind Tasting / Beer Pairing Dinner @ Buffalo Public House 40 Years of Anchor Liberty Ale @ Hamilton’s Benchmark Brewing Co. Beer for Breakfast @ Small Bar CityBeat Festival of Beers @ El Cajon Blvd (North Park) Intermediate Brew Class @ Home Brew Mart Where’s Waldo? Lagunitas Tap Takeover w/ Waldo Special Ale @ Iron Pig Alehouse Beer U: Double IPAs @ Stone Brewing Co. Escondido Chicks for Beer w/ Firestone Walker @ High Dive Latitude 33 Meet the Brewer Night @ Iron Pig Alehouse Lightning Brewery Cask + Specialties Night @ Regents Pizzeria Food Battle 4.0 w/ Ritual Kitchen @ Fall Brewing Abita Tap Takeover @ KnB Wine Cellars Pint Night w/ Firestone Walker @ High Dive Noble Ale Works @ Urge Gastropub Bikes Boards & Brews @ The Catamaran Brabant Belgian Beer Tour / Shuttle Dogfish Head 120th Day of the Year Celebration @ Urge Gastropub More

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Sam Tierney is a graduate of the Siebel Institute and Doemens World Beer Academy brewing technology diploma program. He currently works as a brewer at Firestone Walker Brewing Company and has most recently passed the Certified Cicerone® exam. He geeks out on all things related to brewing, beer styles, and beer history.

Ryan Reschan is a long time resident of North County San Diego, and he first got into craft beer during his time at UC San Diego while completing a degree in Electrical Engineering. Skipping the macro lagers, he enjoyed British and Irish style ales before discovering the burgeoning local beer scene in North County and the rest of the country. After his introduction to brewing beer by a family friend, he brewed sparingly with extract until deciding to further his knowledge and transition into all-grain brewing. Between batches of beer, he posts video beer reviews on YouTube (user: StumpyJoeJr) multiple times a week along with occasional homebrew videos and footage of beer events he attends.

Columnists SAM TIERNEY sam@westcoastersd.com

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Brandon Hernández is a native San Diegan and the author of the San Diego Beer News Complete Guide to San Diego Breweries (available on Amazon.com). In addition to his on-staff work for West Coaster, he is responsible for communications for local craft beer producer Stone Brewing Company; an editor for Zagat; the San Diego correspondent for Celebrator Beer News; and contributes articles on beer, food, restaurants and other such killer topics to national publications including USA TODAY, The Beer Connoisseur, Beer West, Beer Magazine, Imbibe and Wine Enthusiast as well as local outlets including The San Diego Reader, Edible San Diego, Pacific San Diego, Ranch & Coast, San Diego Magazine and U-T San Diego.

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The EDP, which generates exposure for American craft beer through trade shows, festivals, seminars, media outreach and competitions, among other activities, was initiated in 2004 with funds from the United States Department of Agriculture Market Access Program (USDA MAP). There are now approximately 80 small and independent brewers exporting their beers from the U.S., by EDP estimates.

“Small and independent brewers are spreading the culture and community of craft beer around the globe,” said Bob Pease, chief executive officer, Brewers Association. “Beer drinkers internationally are embracing the innovation and flavors offered by American craft brewers. The Brewers Association is pleased to assist our members with increasing their access to markets abroad.”

The top five markets for American craft beer remained nearly the same in 2014, with South Korea surpassing Japan for fifth place. In terms of market share, Canada accounted for 53 percent of exports, Sweden for 12 percent, the United Kingdom for 10.7 percent, Australia for 5.1 percent, and Korea for 3.4 percent.

In 2014, the fastest growing markets were Brazil, South Korea, Thailand and the United Kingdom. The strongest growth was found in Brazil, which was up 63.9 percent; Asia-Pacific region (excluding Japan), up 38.1 percent; Western Europe, up 36.6 percent; Canada, up 32.3 percent; and Japan, up 31.7 percent.

On March 25, the Brewers Association (BA) reported export growth data for the American craft beer industry in 2014. Supported by the BA’s Export Development Program (EDP), craft beer export volume increased by 35.7 percent in 2014, representing 383,422 barrels and an estimated $99.7 million.

CRAFT BEER EXPORT VOLUME NEAR $100M IN 2014

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(3) Figure derived from comparable data set based on 2014 update (available online) of craft brewer definition.

(2) Volume by craft brewers represent total taxable production.

(1) An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional. Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer. Traditional: A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.

Note: Numbers are preliminary. The Brewers Association will release the list of Top 50 craft brewing companies and overall brewing companies by volume sales on March 31. Additionally, a more extensive analysis will be released during the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® in Portland, Oregon from April 14-17. The full 2014 industry analysis will be published in the May/June 2015 issue of The New Brewer, highlighting regional trends and production by individual breweries.

“These small businesses are one of the bright spots in both our economy and culture. Craft brewers are serving their local communities, brewing up jobs and boosting tourism,” added Watson. “Craft brewers are creating high quality, differentiated beers; new brewers that match this standard will be welcomed in the market with open arms.”

Combined with already existing and established breweries and brewpubs, craft brewers provided 115,469 jobs, an increase of almost 5,000 from the previous year.

Additionally, the number of operating breweries in the U.S. in 2014 grew 19 percent, totaling 3,464 breweries, with 3,418 considered craft broken down as follows: 1,871 microbreweries, 1,412 brewpubs and 135 regional craft breweries. Throughout the year, there were 615 new brewery openings and only 46 closings.

“With the total beer market up only 0.5 percent in 2014, craft brewers are key in keeping the overall industry innovative and growing. This steady growth shows that craft brewing is part of a profound shift in American beer culture—a shift that will help craft brewers achieve their ambitious goal of 20 percent market share by 2020,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “Small and independent brewers are deepening their connection to local beer lovers while continuing to create excitement and attract even more appreciators.”

In 2014, craft brewers produced 22.2 million barrels, and saw an 18 percent rise in volume (2) and a 22 percent increase in retail dollar value (3). Retail dollar value was estimated at $19.6 billion representing 19.3 percent market share.

The Brewers Association (BA), the trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers, released 2014 data on U.S. craft brewing growth (1) on March 6. For the first-time ever, craft brewers reached double-digit 11 percent) volume share of the marketplace.

CRAFT BEER VOLUME SHARE REACHES 11%

THIS SIDE UP !


Thrillist.com has been stepping up their beer coverage. In March, they ran a list of the 33 Best Beer Bars in America, including our very own Tiger!Tiger! and Hamilton’s. The funky, eclectic website also ran an interactive March Madness style beer bracket/voting contest pitting breweries of the US against one another. Locally, AleSmith and Ballast Point were put against one another at time of press. Also in the West: Russian River v. Crooked Stave and Sierra Nevada v. Firestone Walker. http://www.thrillist. com/drink/nation/the-best-craftbreweries-in-america Late February, Brandon Hernandez reported in the San Diego Reader that Indian Joe Brewing Co. is now homeless. The building that housed the brewery went up for sale, and the landlord requested a 200% increase in rent. Unwilling to comply, Joe’s owner Max Moran began the search for a new building. If anyone knows of a potential location for Indian Joe, e-mail info@westcoastersd.com

March saw the 100th brewery in San Diego county open. The lucky number was reached when AleSmith Brewing Co. fired up the brewhouse at their huge new Miramar facility. At time of press, there are 101 breweries in the county. The first four months of 2015 have seen seven brewery openings. The current class of 2015 includes AleSmith, Kuracali, Half Door, Home Brewing, South Park, Kilowatt and Prodigy Brewing Co.

GERMAN-CONNECTED LIGHTNING STRIKES A PATIO

Later in March, Lutz Wersching, Master Brewer at the Heidelberger Brauerei in Heidelberg, Germany, visited Lightning. Wersching is the cousin of Jim Crute, owner and brewmaster of Lightning. Lutz was the one that taught Crute how to brew nearly 15 years ago. While American craft beer is finding it’s way into German taplists, Lutz is a little skeptical. “American craft beer is about three times as expensive, while German beer is very inexpensive.” He continues, “German tastes are regional - Heidelberg brews subtle fruit flavors because there are lots of vineyards in the area. The North likes beers with a little bite.”

Lightning Brewery sucessfully completed a crowdfunding campaign IndieGoGo.com in March. The Poway-based brewery raised $1,176 over the goal of $12,000 to build a new patio adjacent to the tasting room.

Check out our updated brewery watch page on westcoastersd.com, which now includes a list of brewery satellite tasting rooms in addition to a list of breweries in planning.

BREWS IN OTHER NEWS

OVER 100 BREWERIES IN SAN DIEGO

++ Brewers Association President – Charlie Papazian, Boulder, CO

E XECUTI VE COMMITTEE ++ Chair - Gary Fish, Deschutes Brewery, Bend, OR ++ Vice Chair – Rob Tod, Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, ME ++ Secretary/Treasurer – Larry Chase, Standing Stone Brewing Co., Ashland, OR ++ Past Chair – Steve Hindy, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY

In late February the Brewers Association inaugurated its 2015 Board of Directors. Southern Californians include Steve Wagner (Stone) and Cyrena Nouzille (Ladyface).

NEW BA BOARD

Stone Brewing Co. CEO and Co-Founder Greg Koch was featured on CBS’ Sunday Morning program on March 15th. The segment features on the changing face of German beer and the mindset behind the development of Stone’s Berlin $25 million expansion. It’s worth a watch and can be found at this link: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bringing-craft-beer-togermany/

Two beers are getting revamped recipes: Stone Ruination and Stone Pale Ale. Stone Ruination will become Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0. Direct from Stone: “you can expect to encounter a version of Stone Ruination made bigger and bolder through the use of a revised hop bill including some new and exciting varieties we wish we’d had at our disposal when this beer debuted as the world’s first full-time brewed and bottled West Coast double IPA back in June 2002.” Stone Pale Ale will become Stone Pale Ale 2.0, and details are slim at time of press. According to Stone: “We’re not quite ready to spill the hops regarding details. To be honest, we’re still making some final tweaks to the recipe. But suffice it to say, it’ll be something new and in keeping with the direction our brewery is headed.”

Stone Brewing Co. made some changes to their extensive beer portfolio during March. Two beers were discontinued, never to be tasted again: Levitation Amber Ale and Sublimely Self Righteous Black IPA. Both are excellent beers and we’re sad to see them go at West Coaster.

FROM PLANET STONE


Look for new cans from Vista’s Belching Beaver to show up around town this month. Me So Honey Ale, Hop Highway IPA and Easy Beaver Session IPA all made it into six pack boxes of 12 oz. cans. Down south, Modern Times put together a mixed pack of cans available at Costco. Each box contains four sets of four-pack 20 oz. cans of Loma Land, Fortunate Islands, Blazing World, Black Horse and a rotating seasonal (April’s batch is Booming Rollers IPA).

THOSE CANS THOUGH

YOU MAY NOW RETURN WEST COASTER TO ITS NORMALLY ORIENTED DIRECTION

Award-winning SanTan Brewing Co. began distribution in Southern California in March. The Chandler, Arizonabased brewery hired the Reyes Beverage Group, whose local division is Crest Beverage, to distribute cans in San Diego. Look for Devil’s Ale, HopShock IPA, Mr. Pineapple Wheat Beer and a SanTan variety pack at better beer shops around town.

ZONIE INVASION

PACKAGING BREWERY REPRESENTATIVE BOARD MEMBERS ++ Steve Crandall, Devils Backbone Brewing Co, Roseland, VA ++ Gary Fish, Deschutes Brewery, Bend, OR ++ Steve Hindy, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY ++ Kim Jordan, New Belgium Brewing Co, Fort Collins, CO ++ Dan Kleban, Maine Beer Co, Freeport, ME ++ John Mallett, Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Galesburg, MI ++ Rob Tod, Allagash Brewing, Portland, ME ++ Eric Wallace, Left Hand Brewing Co, Longmont, CO

BREWPUB REPRESENTATIVE BOARD MEMBERS ++ Larry Chase, Standing Stone Brewing Co, Ashland, OR ++ Tom Dargen, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants/CraftWorks Res taurants and Breweries, Broomfield, CO ++ Tom Flores, Brewer’s Alley Restaurant and Brewery, Frederick, MD ++ Cyrena Nouzille, Ladyface Ale Companie, Agoura Hills, CA ++ Tony Simmons, Pagosa Brewing Company & Grill, Pagosa, CO

AT-LARGE BOARD MEMBERS ++ Steve Bradt, Free State Brewing Co, Lawrence, KS ++ Dan Kopman, Schlafly Beer/The Saint Louis Brewery, Saint Louis, MO ++ Scott Metzger, Freetail Brewing Co, San Antonio, TX ++ Steve Wagner, Stone Brewing Co, Escondido, CA

AMERICAN HOMEBREWERS ASSOCIATI ON REPRESENTAT I VE BOARD MEMBERS ++ Chris P. Frey, Saline, MI ++ Jake Keeler, Roseville, MN

++ Brewers Association President – Charlie Papazian, Boulder, CO ++ Brewers Association CEO – Bob Pease, Boulder, CO


P L AT E S & P I N T S

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icture it: The summer of 2009. The ever-present Southern California sun shone down upon a caravan of chfes representing some of the highest caliber culinary firepower all of San Diego had to offer. Toques from Nine-Ten, Jsix, 1500 Ocean, The Lodge at Torrey Pines and other gourmet spots piled in vehicles and traversing the county’s thoroughfares on a mission to discover something theretofore unknown to them—local beer. Sure, they’d seen and swigged Yellowtail, Stone IPA, Karl Strauss Amber Lager and other ubiquitous brews, but their knowledge of artisanal beverages was mostly oenological. But as anyone whose worked in the restaurant industry knows, beer is an intrinsic component of daily life amongst its practitioners. So, the interest in finding the finest ales and lagers was there. They just needed someone to spark that interest and guide them about. In this case, that person was me.

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AN ENDURING INGREDIENT AND SOURCE OF CHEF CONVIVIALITY

Before I wrote about beer, I wrote about food; specifically that found within the San Diego restaurant scene. This garnered relationships with many chefs, one of which was Jsix’s farm-totable-obsessed exec Christian Graves. During an interview with him in 2008, he told me of an after-service clique he belonged to called Cooks Confab. That group of chefs, described as a drinking group with a cooking problem, got together on a regular basis to break bread and talk shop. Eventually, they took the group public, setting up pop-up dinners at each others’ restaurants centered around theme ingredients—truffles, game meats, grass-fed beef, sustainable seafood. Those grandiose affairs allowed the chefs to use their individual skill sets to create dishes that went beyond what they could feasibly include on their menus, and attracted the city’s most die-hard foodies on a consistent basis. One of them was me, and I marveled at the passion these chefs exhibited by

getting to know all they could about particular ingredients in order to do as right by them as possible. It was at one of the Confab’s events that I worked up the courage to pitch a theme ingredient for a future event— San Diego craft beer. It fell on eager ears and, before I knew it, I was ushering a dozen gastronomes on brewery tours to AleSmith, The Lost Abbey, Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits, Stone Brewing Co. and more. They were thrilled to learn what a wealth of diverse quaffs was being produced right in their backyard and local brewmasters were elated to tap into the local culinary culture. They were like kindred spirits, something that came through during the eventual event, which in August 2009, was the largest beer-and-food pairing fete San Diego had ever seen. Time moved on and the Confab tackled numerous other ingredients. Eventually, the massive workload and constant movement of the restaurant industry led

to the group disbanding; there simply wasn’t time for such ambitious events. But since the Confab was built on equal parts vocational brother- and sisterhood as well as friendship, they all stayed in touch. And thanks to the rise in popularity of beer-and-food pairing, the opportunity for sudsy symbiosis now provides opportunities for them to get the band back together. When the Confab was first founded, Tim Kolanko was the chef de cuisine at The Lodge’s lauded fine dining restaurant, A.R. Valentien. Now, he heads the Bay Bridge Hospitality Group, which includes Coronado eateries Stake and Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge. Over the past year or so, he has held a dinner series called Cooking with Friends at the latter interest, wherein he invites guest chefs to develop multi-course menus consisting of plates paired against beverages from vintners and, in some cases, local craft breweries. To date, Kolanko has worked with The

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Yield: 4 servings Pairing: Green Flash Imperial IPA

Lost Abbey, Green Flash Brewing Company and Mike Hess Brewing Company, inviting former Confab members including the aforementioned Graves to help out. At the last MHBC affair, he dipped even further back in his chef buddy roledex, bringing in Paul Arias, who helped Kolanko open A.R. Valentien in 2006 and now helms the kitchen at The Fishery in Pacific Beach. Much like in the days when the Confab first tackled San Diego beer, Kolanko and company continue to elevate beer-and-food pairing, enough that I requested a trio of recipes from the Cooking with Friends series. What follows are three that were favorites of both Kolanko and his clientele. They are as varied as the beers they are paired with and a fine example of what one can expect when this dinner series returns starting this fall. For now, enjoy giving these dishes a whirl in your kitchen. â–

1 Tbsp unsalted butter 1 medium-sized sweet onion, diced 2 cups heavy cream 1 piece Parmesan cheese rind salt and white pepper to taste 6 fresh rosemary sprigs 3 hen of the woods (maitake) mushrooms, quartered extra virgin olive oil 6 globe carrots (or thumb-sized baby carrots), halved 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil 3 Belgian endive, cut on the bias into large pieces 2 Tbsp granulated sugar 2 Tbsp sherry vinegar Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add the onions and sweat until soft and tender, 6 to 8 minutes, being careul not to let them brown. Add the cream and Parmesan rind and bring to a simmer. Continue to simmer until the cream reduces by a third.Discard the rind and transfer the mixture to a blender. Blend until smooth, season with salt and pepper, then pass the mixture through a fine strainer. Set aside, covered, in a warm place. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the rosemary sprigs in an even layer in a baking dish. Place the mushroms on top of the rosemary, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper. In a mixing bowl, toss the carrots with extra virgin olive oil, season with salt and pepper and araing in a single layer in a separate baking dish. Place the carrots in the oven and roast for 10 minutes. Addd the mushrooms and roast until the mushrooms are fully cooked and crispy on the ends, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and keep warm. Heat the grapeseed oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Place the endive in a bowl and sprinkle with the sugar. Add the endive in the pan and cook, tossing every 30 seconds or so, until the edges of the endive are brown and the leaves are just cooked. Add the vinegar, season with salt and pepper, give the mixture a toss, remove from heat and keep warm. To serve, spoon some of the cream sauce onto a plate and top with endive followed by roasted mushrooms. Arrange the carrots around the plate and serve immediately with a glass of beer.


Yield: 4 servings Pairing: The Lost Abbey Inferno Ale 6 Calabrian chilies, packed in oil 1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar juice of 2 limes 2 ounces grapeseed oil 1 green papaya, julienne (preferably using a mandoline) 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced on the bias (green parts only) 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped Ÿ bunch fresh mint, chopped 1 tsp fish sauce 2 ripe fuyu persimmon, thinly sliced 12 extra large shrimp, peeled, deveied and cooked Place the chilies, vinegar and ½ of the lime juice in a blender or food processor and puree. With the motor running, slowly add the grapeseed oil, being careful not to let the mixture break. Pass the puree through a fine strainer. In a large bowl, toss the papaya with the scallion, cilantro, mint, fish sauce and remaining lime juice. To serve, spread a spoonful of the chile sauce down the center of a round appetizer plate. Arrange 3 slices of persimmon in a triangular pattern on the plate. Lay a shrimp on top of each persimmon slice and top with the papaya salad. Serve immediately with a chalice of beer. (Shrimp pictured on page 15)


PHOTO TOUR: BREW D AY 1 @ ALESMITH MIRAMAR PHOTOS BY TIM STAHL


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T HE BRA Z IL IAN CONNECT ION B BY RYAN LAMB

razil’s Wäls Brewing first landed on our radar at the 2014 World Beer Cup in Denver. There, Tiago Carneiro e José Felipe Carneiro were two of the more rambunctious award winners, jumping onto the stage with zeal, hooting and hollering in their native Portuguese. Fast forward to late February 2015, and news broke that Wäls had been acquired by AmBev, a subsidiary of Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev. Now, Wäls’ “satellite brewery” (according to a DRAFT Magazine article) is opening in Chula Vista under the name NOVO Brazil Brewing Co. Representatives told WC that the two businesses have some shared business partners, but that they should be viewed as two distinct breweries. In mid-March, NOVO began producing the first of its 14 planned beer styles. So far, they’ve made Session Cacau IPA, Rio IPA with Simcoe hops, and a Trippel. No date has yet been established for the opening of their tasting room. Connections between San Diego and Brazil go back even further.

In 1995, San Diego and Campinas (two hours northwest of São Paulo) became sister cities, poised to engage culturally and commercially. In Campinas, the creator of Brazil’s RateBeer equivalent opened Bar Brejas, serving beers from all over the world. Back in San Diego, censuses show nearly 4,000 Brazilians reside in the county. “Brazilian Day” is a popular and growing event, returning to Pacific Beach in September. Locals Green Flash have an especially cool connection to Brazil. During SDBW 2013, Green Flash packaging supervisor Chris Weber (whose wife is Brazilian), hosted employees from Porto Alegre’s Seasons Craft Brewing. Earlier in the year, Weber had

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travelled to Brazil and collaborated on a hop-heavy IPA.

Seasons’ Founder Leo Sewald told us they visited plenty of spots here in SD: Green Flash, Stone, Alesmith, Ballast Point Home Brew Mart, Port/Lost Abbey, Belching Beaver, Amplified Ale Works, Pacific Beach Ale House, Neighborhood, White Labs, The Tap Room, Crazee Burger, Keg and Bottle, The Homebrewer, and Latitude 32 Pub. As for beers, the group took to Stone Ruination IPA, Green Flash Green Bullet, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, and AleSmith Double Hammerhead. They also got their hands on a barrel-aged Rare Form from Amplified Ale Works thanks to brewer Cy Henley. ■ Top Photo: The Seasons crew with Chris Weber (third from right) and Lat. 32 owner Willie Walker (right of Weber) Middle: Tiago Carneiro and José Felipe Carneiro at WBC ’14 Bottom: Holy Cow #1 in collaboration with Green Flash


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here are people hard at work at this very moment promoting craft beers, bars, and events. It’s not brewers, publicans, restaurant owners, or event producers that I am talking about. On the contrary, in addition to these industry professionals there is a large segment of craft beer enthusiasts that are hard at work sharing their love of the craft, promoting the industry’s various components, engaging in civil discourse, avoiding group think, and, in a real way, collectively becoming tastemakers from ‘outside’ the industry. I am talking about the underground beer culture that lives on the internet. No, not message boards on popular beer rating websites, nor blogs from info-tainment news outlets or various enthusiasts. The phenomenon that has emerged over the past few years is that of online groups that have formed, seemingly, with no real agenda of craft beer discussion other than celebrating one’s enthusiasm with like-minded individuals. West Coaster San Diego recently had a chance to discuss this online world with the founders and moderators of some of San Diego’s most popular groups: Moderator of Reddit’s Beer San Diego TigressKay, Founder and administrator of Facebook group San Diego Beer Friends Jonathan Quinonez, and founder or “Hop Father” of Hop Heads Conor Colvin-Hunter. West Coaster: How did your group start and why? San Diego Beer Friends: San Diego Beer Friends (SDBF) was started through Facebook groups. During all of the time I spent reading beer reviews online, or through general beer discussions, I noticed a lot of angst. Silly, trite, angst. Beer is good. Beer is a liquid smile for your brain. Why did people care do much, I asked myself. Why can’t we just relax and discuss southern California related beer events without the animosity? Whether it was Beer Advocate, Rate Beer, etc., it tended to be angry or elitist. So I started looking for groups where people were just nice to each other, and where they talked about San Diego Beer. I found zero. I thought, ‘Why not make a small Facebook group where me, my friends, some cool people in the industry can get together to discuss beer, bottles, breweries, trading, shops and more.’ That was it. I wanted a place where people could post a photo of an AleSmith IPA or Modern Times can without being chastised for the photo not being artistic enough or rare enough. The first rule is, don’t be a jerk. I really feel that’s our core idea. Just be friendly and talk about beer. Beer San Diego (Reddit): I remember thinking that there were so many different craft beer events happening all the time because the industry is just booming. However, to get all of the information about all the goings on you have to subscribe to every Facebook page, newsletter, twitter acount, etc. I thought it would be helpful to have a single repository for information. I wanted a place where people could go to see what’s going on all in the same place. The sub-Reddit Beer San Diego (BSD) existed

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before I became a moderator, but it wasn’t active. I set out to change that and make it the place to find craft beer information in one spot. Personally, it was also a way for me to become tangentially involved in the industry. Hop Heads: Hop Heads (HH) was started 4 years ago as a small Facebook group of my friends in Los Angeles and San Diego. I found that many of my friends were getting really deep into craft beer and it was just a simple open group founded for the purpose of us being able to talk beer between the two cities. I left the group open for a few months and it started snowballing, I added people I met at events, friends of friends and of course there was just a bunch of random folks who joined because it was an open group at the time. But in that sense we got really lucky because the dynamic was more of a family atmosphere than just a bunch of strangers who happened to be in a group. A few months in I closed the registration and made it invite only, and with the core group still mostly in tact the numbers have grown slowly but consistently. Currently we have about 300 members and the waiting room has about 700 names in it, but at this point I only look to add maybe 15-20 people per year. WC: What has your group evolved into? SDBF: It has become something larger in the respect at times it has a mind of it’s own, which is pretty fun. Now it’s a place where people lurk to find the latest beer releases at bars or breweries, reposts of the most upto-date SD beer secrets or tips. Anything from finding out when younger is being tapped to which bottle shop just got Peche’n’Brett in. Events get posted, but mostly it’s people showing off their good times with brews. BSD: When I started as a moderator, there were only a handful of readers. No one really posted much. I’ve watched that number grow steadily to 1,170 readers today and growing. I don’t do all of the posting anymore but it appears that when I do take a hiatus, it is noticed. HH: Hop Heads has evolved into a big craft beer family, with members all over Southern California as well as the rest of the country. We have people who have been around since day one, but we also welcome new people into the group if they have multiple existing members recommend them for admission. We have a massive group bottle share twice a year that usually draws about 150 people, however we recently have had issues with finding venues large enough to house us for such a large event. The message board is still the primary space where people talk and communicate but obviously there are a ton of real life relationships that have also been established via the group. Any night of the week you will see pictures being posted by members who are out together, or even by themselves just looking to chat over a beer. Our primary slogan is “We Like Beer More Than We Should” but another saying that I love is “You will never drink alone”. We got very lucky with the group of random folks


that we have compiled, while there are always moments of tension like any family, people work things out and then usually have a beer. The craft scene as I have experienced it, is filled with some of the most generous, smart and kind people I have ever known, and it really is a cool thing to know this many people who would get your back in a lot of situations if you needed them. In HH we also have merchandise, Shirts, hoodies, hats, stickers, etc. all of which is available to members only. Over the years I’ve had tons of people outside the group want to purchase merchandise, but that will never happen. There is something special about going to an event and seeing a fellow HH and knowing that even if you have never met this person before, you have an instant connection and there is a conversation waiting to happen. WC: Do you consider your group’s members tastemakers, trend starters, or influential? BSD: Due to the nature of Reddit, it’s HOP HEADS GROUP SHOT VIA hard to say. There’s a lot of anonymity. KRIZIA M.\ KRIZIA_VISUAL However, it has come to my attention that we have some influential readers and that thrills me. It’s very exciting to me that this sub-Reddit has really begun to spread in the beer community. I hope readers spread the word. HH: Our members are just craft beer drinkers from all walks of life. While there is certainly a large group of people who are recognized as figures in the craft industry or scene, there is a humble and inclusive vibe that I would hope we ultimately give off. Of course we all have our moments where we judge someone based on what they are drinking, but the hope is that we are open to educating new craft drinkers and folks with a far more limited experience in the craft scene. It’s cool to hang out with a bunch of people who have whale cellars, but there is just as much value in turning on a noob to some amazing craft beer experiences. Thats how the group was started and how it grew with a good foundation of people, gaining experiences individually and collectively. The members of our group may be recognized as familiar faces working for familiar brands in the craft beer scene, but I really think they are known more for their generosity than just their resumes. SDBF: I would, for the most part, consider our members regular folks. Sure we have some brewers, bar tenders, shop owners and more. In my brain, they’re just people who love SD craft beer. People who have a passion for all different styles and tastes, and somehow want to share

that publicly. Whether it’s through a photo, text, sharing secrets or just talking about how awesome Chez Monus is/will always be. I feel they can be influential if they set out to be, but that’s not our bag. We’re not here to mold the beer industry; we’re here to give it a thumb up while raising a pint glass. WC: What would you like to see your organization evolve into? BSD: I am hoping that it becomes the go to place to find beer related news, events, and information in one place. Personally, I hope the notoriety will be a launch pad for my own craft beer endeavors down the road, such as events, meet ups, and appearances. The sub-Reddit is how I’ve met so many great people in the industry and I hope it can do that for others as well. SDBF: In the future, I’d like to see my little group evolve to have more brewers and industry leaders joining, sharing, collaborating and discussing beer info. It’s cool to see people from Toronado, Societe, Modern Times and more talking about their latest stuff. I hope that’s where we go. I hope people stay friendly and cool, so that anyone can join, feel welcome, and enjoy themselves. It would be cool to see Master Brewers come in and share projects or help home brewers advance. Overall, I just hope it brings more people together over the love of San Diego Craft beer. No marketing, no money, no gain, just more people sharing and enjoying the best beer in the world. San Diego Beer! HH: Everything has evolved organically up to this point, so there really is no ideal goal of projected evolution for it. I just hope that we can continue to enjoy each others company, and find venues willing to host 150 Hop Heads who just want to have a good time. In the end, its just about keeping a good nucleus of people who truly love craft beer and want to share that love with new people. This scene runs the risk of having too many people disconnected from their first experiences and forgetting what it is like to be a new craft beer drinker. It’s sometimes easy to become jaded or possibly snobby, but my hope is that with a group like this members are constantly reminded of the many different personalities that exist, and that the love of craft is always above anything else like ego. Who knows where it will go, I just know that we are all a part of something that has been beneficial in my life and the lives of many other people. That’s pretty cool, and is something I will take with me for the rest of my life. ■

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BEST RECENT BEER EVENT? W E A S K E D O U R F R I E N D S O N FA C E B O O K , “ W H AT WA S T H E B E S T B E E R E V E N T Y O U ’ V E AT T E N D E D I N R E C E N T M E M O RY ? ”

Below are some of their responses; a few have been edited for readability, as well as vulgarity!

Carolina S. Ensenada beer fest Tr a v i s H . Oakquinox; Ballast Point anniversary Julia S. BCBF! (Best Coast Beer Fest) Chris R. OC BrewHoHo Paul G. SD Brewers Guild Fest when it was at W o r l d B e a t C e n t e r. . .

Last years VIP Hess B r e w i n g A n n i v e r s a r y, and last years Modern Times Anniversary! The Small Crowd Controlled events! Looking forward to t h i s S u n d a y ’s C a rnitas Shack Brunch @Thor n St Brewing and the upcoming VIP ticket to the MVCBF which is all inclusive with live music!

K a s s a n d r a W. Strong Ale Fest @ Pizza Port

Jeff K. Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America. Epic event! Followed by Carlsbad Brewfest

Dan S. Green Flash Silva Stout release right now!

Danny Fullpint F i r e s t o n e Wa l k e r Invitational Beer Festival

Karen B. Out of town: BluesaPalooza in Mammoth. Local: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America

Matt D. Agree with Danny F u l l p i n t , i t ’s F i r e s t o n e Wa l k e r I n v i t a tional Beer Festival.

Dan K. C o o k i e s o n Ta p – Hess North Park Bob N. Beer Garden @ To r r e y P i n e s l a s t day of Beer Week!

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J u s t i n F. M V C B F i s m y f a v o ri t e e v e n t a n d i t ’s just right around the corner (April 4) P h i l i p P. GABF or Brewers Guild Fest on the

H a r b o r. A t m o s p h e r e is about 50% of the rating/experience Stephanie Q. The festival by Shelton Brothers! Scott G. O r e g o n ’s b r e w e r f e s t Douglas H. H a p p y h o u r, t o n i g h t . Lol!! Amy L. San Diego Winter Brew Fest (sandiegobrewfest.com) Matthew K. Sour fest at Stone. Erin H. Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Colin R. 5 year anniversary p a r t y f o r N e i g h b o rhood. Never seen so much rare beer at an event. Plus blocking off 8th st. was pretty cool. Dean G. Not so recent anymore, but Real Ale Festival at Pizza Port. Wish someone would revive that.

T h e “ C o o k i e s o n Ta p ” e v e n t a t M i k e Hess Brewing in North Park tur ned o u t t o b e t h e c o m p a n y ’s m o s t s u c c e s s f u l F r i d a y n i g h t e v e r, a n d they donated $3 from every flight to S a n D i e g o ’s G i r l S c o u t s . Photo by Tim Stahl Angel M. Ensenada Beer Fest. Hands down. Lia G. Ensenada Beer Festival. Oscar M. Most recently: C h u r c h i l l ’s R e u n i o n (Renaissance). DDG, P l i n y t h e Yo u n g e r, C h u r c h i l l ’s F i n e s t

Hour ‘13 and Finest Sour and BCBS. Dave S. Lagunitas couch trippin event Sherry H. Churchills renaissance! Cecilia M. Hormel Bacon Fest


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s I mentioned in my February column, the early part of the year is homebrew competition season. For San Diego homebrewers, this started with the annual America’s Finest City (AFC) Homebrew Competition taking place in February. Since 1994 the competition has been hosted by QUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity) and is open to any and all homebrewers. AFC is sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) and for the last three years has been a qualifying event for the Masters Championship Of Amateur Brewing (MCAB). The first place winner in each of

the 28 categories in AFC qualifies for MCAB Finals Event which will include winners from other competitions held around the country.

AFC continues to grow with 585 entries in 2015, up from last year’s 554, covering the 23 beer categories, 3 mead categories, and 2 cider and perry categories. The new 2014 BJCP Style Guidelines are still being worked on by the AHA so the 2008 style guidelines are still in use, perhaps for the last time. With a competition so big, it took about 85 judges and 30 stewards over two

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days (and three sessions) to complete the judging. The most entered categories were IPA (big surprise, right?), Stout, American Ale, and Belgian and French Ale. IPA had the most entries with 56 and took 12 judges to narrow the field down to the “mini-Best of Show” finalists. A large percentage of the medalists were members of QUAFF but homebrewers as far as Colorado, Nebraska, Texas, Ohio, Washington DC, and Michigan won medals. Other San Diego clubs such as Mash Heads, Homebrew Mart, and Society Of Barley Engineers had medalists along with other California clubs ranging from Riverside County, Los Angeles County, Orange County, Ventura County, and the Bay Area. What was once a small local competition has grown beyond the county of San Diego and has attracted homebrewers from all over the country. Among the 85 judges, many of whom are BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) certified, were many local professional brewers that are members of QUAFF. Amount of the professionals judging, many who have participated in AFC in the past, included Paul Sangster of Rip Current Brewing, Liz and Curtis Chism of Council Brewing, Alex Van Horne of Intergalactic Brewing, Dean Rouleau of Prodigy Brewing, Anthony Chen of AleSmith Brewing, Jim Crute of Lightning Brewing, Derek Freese of Modern Times Beer, Daniel Cady of Twisted Manzanita Brewing, Jim Akin of Benchmark Brewing, Colby Chandler of Ballast Point Brewing, and last year’s AFC Best Of Show winner Peter Perrecone of Toolbox Brewing. Homebrewers in the process of going professional also judging included Brett Goldstock of Duck Foot Brewing, Stan Sisson of Julian Cider Works, and Kelsey McNair of North Park Beer Co. Larry Stein, the current president of QUAFF, has seen AFC grown to a point that it’s comparable to the first round of the National Homebrew Competition (NHC), where San Diego has been a regional judging center overseen by members of QUAFF. Larry says “QUAFF has played an important role in develop-

ing the competition process and testing the software that’s used in larger competitions.” With 585 entries and two bottles per entry, it takes a team of people to check-in bottles and get them organized into their respective categories. A team of 15 people headed by Harold Gulbransen, Bob MacKay, Chuck West, Greg Lorton, and Jenny & Eric DuRose were responsible for the 1,170 bottles getting labels and being entered into the BJCP judging software. This year’s AFC was organized by Dominic Fountain (and will be his last year doing so) with assistance from Stefanie Pearson and Joaquin Quiroz. Joaquin was also the Judge Coordinator and will be taking over as the Competition Organizer next year. Making sure that bottles got to the judges in a timely manner, making sure water and crackers were available as palate cleansers, and that judges were adding up their scores correctly are the stewards and Gaaron Varner served as Head Steward to direct the volunteers on their duties. Another huge contribution to the competition was the feast of food prepared by Chef Jered Greenwald of HG Sausageworks and his team of kitchen volunteers to feed the judges and stewards before each of the three judging sessions. Without the time commitment from all of the volunteers, competitions like AFC would never happen. QUAFF is always looking for more stewards, judges, and kitchen volunteers to make the competition run as smoothly as possible. “For Quaff members it’s a great way to get introduced the stewarding process and often the first opportunity for new judges to judge with the guidance of more experienced judges” says Larry. A big thanks to Dominic and everyone else mentioned for their hard work for putting on such a large, well run competition and apologies to those who helped and were not mentioned. Congratulations to this year’s Best Of Show winner Eric Shelley and Brewing Machine (most medals) winner Brian Trout. Onward to first round of the NHC…. ■


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still vividly remember my first Belgian beer, a Chimay Rouge. I was in Lund, Sweden for a semester abroad during my junior year of college. I hadn’t been much of a beer drinker up to this point, having been mostly turned off by cheap light lagers. I had tried a few of the more mainstream things like Guinness, Newcastle, and Sierra Nevada, and was feeling more adventurous in my new, foreign environs. Well, adventurous might be overstating it. I basically didn’t recognize anything except a few mainstream imports that we get in the US, and just wanted to find a tasty new beer to drink. They say that studying abroad is a good way to grow as a person. I guess that my growth was to come in the form of beer. A friend suggested that I try Chimay while at a random bar we were hanging at with a group of exchange students, “It’s brewed by Monks in Belgium” he explained, and I was intrigued. I gave the label a close examination, looking

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for any information to tell me more about this beguiling brown ale with a huge head of foam sitting in a saintlylooking chalice. The Trappist shield logo caught my eye because I had heard about the Trappist brewers on an episode of Three Sheets, which was a favorite show of mine at the time. I had assumed that Trappist beers would be something I had to make a pilgrimage to a monastery in the Belgian countryside for, but here was the real thing, sitting in my glass. I could barely even comprehend the flavors of that beer as I took it all in. Sweet, malty, fruity, spicy—it was like nothing I had tasted up until that point. But even more than the flavor, there was a history of brewing tradition told in this stubby, weird-looking little bottle, and I needed to know more. A quick web search led me to sites like Ratebeer and Beer Advocate. Within a few days, I had a whole list of beers that I took to the state-run Systembolaget liquor store, searching for more of the magic that I had tasted.

I have to confess that it’s probably been a couple of years since I’ve had a Chimay Rouge. In the gotta-try-the-latestand-greatest climate of the American beer scene these days, it’s easy to forget the classics. They’re always there. They’ll always be there when you’re ready for them, or so you think. Even now that I have grown tired of constantly seeking out new beer, I’m much less likely to buy an expensive bottle of Belgian beer when I have a fresh, economical supply of beer at work. It can be had to afford a Belgian beer habit on a brewer’s salary! Well, unless you are a Belgian brewer, I guess. Even though I don’t drink the classics much these days, whenever I do, I’m reminded of why they attained their status. When you drink a Duvel, you are tasting Belgian strong golden ale in its most elemental form. When you have a Westmalle Dubbel, you are having what is by all accounts the most dubbelicious dubbel out there. When you taste Rodenbach Grand Cru, you are tasting the inspiration for countless


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American attempts at mixed-fermentation sour ales. Even Hoegaarden, as mass-produced as it is these days, is the flavor that inspired the now ubiquitous Blue Moon. While those classic beers spawned a sea of imitators, some have remained peerless in their style. Orval remains to this day one of my favorite beers, and while other brewers have attempted to approximate it, none have quite hit the mark in my opinion. In fact, Orval doesn’t even really have a style per se, though it’s roughly a Belgian pale ale with Brett. Even though it didn’t establish a style like Tripel or Dubbel, Orval certainly did inspire a whole movement of experimental beers brewed with Brettanomyces yeast—a movement that continues to build and develop to this day. The American brewing renaissance has brought about a plethora of new beer styles but few have come to be epitomized by classic examples. To be fair, it takes longevity to become a classic.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Anchor Liberty Ale are soundly the classic American pale ales at this point, kicking off a style that was unlike any that came before. While English-influenced pale ales might have influenced those beers, they are the classic examples that took things in a new direction and survived to this day. On the other hand, Anchor Steam, the classic flagship of the Anchor Brewing Company, never inspired a new legion of steam beers, a style which at one point was brewed by a number of breweries in California that all died out. Since Anchor trademarked the Steam name when they were the only surviving brewer, we will never know if the style would have caught on again if it hadn’t been awkwardly rebranded as California common. With the rapid evolution of beer these days, I have to wonder if our emerging classics will ever have the chance to live on like their European predecessors, or whether they are destined to eventually be cut in favor of the next hot style.

In some respects, change is inevitable. What we think of as classics today are mostly a product of a rapidly evolving brewing industry in the early and mid 20th century. What we think of as traditional British beer today especially is starkly different than what it was before the World Wars. Each preceding generation saw the death of old styles, some of which are thankfully being rediscovered by todays brewers. We live in a time where new ingredients and techniques mingle at an unprecedented rate, while at the same time, beers from a past era live on. Decades from now we might look back with fondness at being able to get a London Pride and The Pupil on tap at the same bar. You never know how long that will last. ■

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CRAFT BEER DIRECTORY & MAP DOWNTOWN

1. 98 Bottles 2400 Kettner Blvd. | 619.255.7885 www.98BottlesSD.com 2. Bare Back Grill 624 E St. | 619.237.9990 www.BareBackGrill.com 3. Barleymash 600 5th Ave. | 619.255.7373 www.BarleyMash.com 4. Bub’s @ The Ball Park 715 J St. | 619.546.0815 www.BubsSanDiego.com 5. Ciro’s Pizzeria Gaslamp 536 Market St. | 619.696.0405 www.CirosSD.com 6. Craft & Commerce 675 W Beech St. | 619.269.2202 www.Craft-Commerce.com 7. Downtown Johnny Brown’s 1220 3rd Ave. | 619.232.8414 www.DowntownJohnnyBrowns.com 8. Halcyon/Stella Public House 1429 Island Ave. | 619.234.0808 www.StellaPublicHouse.com 9. Ironside Fish & Oyster Bar 1654 India St. | 619.269.3033 www.IronsideFishandOyster.com 10. Knotty Barrel 844 Market St. | 619.269.7156 www.KnottyBarrel.com 11. Neighborhood 777 G St. | 619.446.0002 www.NeighborhoodSD.com 12. Ogawashi 1100 5th Ave. | 619.358.9170 www.Ogawashi.com 13. Quality Social 789 6th Ave. | 619.501.7675 QualitySocial.comm 14. Queenstown Public House 1557 Columbia St. | 619.546.0444 www.BareBackGrill.com/Queenstown 15. Searsucker 611 5th Ave. | 619.233.7327 www.Searsucker.com 16. Stone Brewing Tap Room 795 J St. | 619.727.4452 www.StoneBrewing.com 17. Stone Company Store 1202 Kettner Blvd. | 619.450.4518 www.StoneBrew.com 18. Tacos & Tarros 2015 Birch Rd. www.TacosAndTarros.com 19. Taste and Thirst

1. Alchemy San Diego 1503 30th St. | 619.255.0616 www.AlchemySanDiego.com 2. Belching Beaver North Park 4223 30th St. | 760.703.0433 www.BelchinBeaver.com 3. Bourbon Street Bar & Grill 4612 Park Blvd. | 619.291.0173 www.BourbonStreetSD.com 4. Carnita’s Snack Shack 2632 University Ave. | 619.294.7675 www.CarnitasSnackShack.com 5. Coin Op Game Room 3926 30th St. | 619.255.8523 www.CoinOpSD.com 6. Counterpoint 830 25th St. | 619.564.6722 www.CounterpointSD.com 7. Cueva Bar 2123 Adams Ave. | 619.269.6612 www.CuevaBar.com 8. DiMille’s Italian Restaurant 3492 Adams Ave. | 619.283.3153 www.DiMilles.com 9. Farm House Cafe 2121 Adams Ave. | 619.269.9662 www.FarmHouseCafeSD.com 10. Hamilton’s Tavern 1521 30th St. | 619.238.5460 www.HamiltonsTavern.com 11. Live Wire Bar 2103 El Cajon Blvd. | 619.291.7450 www.LiveWireBar.com 12. Modern Times Flavordome 3000 Upas St. www.ModernTimesBeer.com

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1. Border X Tasting Room 2181 Logan Ave. | 619.431.0771

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1. Fall Brewing Co. 4542 30th St. | 619.501.0903 www.FallBrewing.com 2. Mike Hess Brewing (North Park) 3812 Grim Ave. | 619.255.7136 www.HessBrewing.com 3. Poor House Brewing Company 4494 30th St. www.PoorHouseBrew.com 4. Thorn St. Brewery 3176 Thorn St. www.ThornStreetBrew.com

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1. Blind Lady Ale House/Automatic Brewing Co 3416 Adams Ave. | 619.255.2491 www.BlindLadyAleHouse.com

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1. Bine & Vine 3334 Adams Ave. | 619.795.2463 www.BineAndVine.com 2. Bottlecraft 3007 University Ave. www.BottleCraftBeer.com 3. Boulevard Liquor 4245 El Cajon Blvd. | 619.281.0551 4. Clem’s Bottle House 4100 Adams Ave. | 619.284.2485 www.ClemsBottleHouse.com 5. Kwik Stop Liquor & Market 3028 Upas St. | 619.296.8447 6. Mazara Trattoria 2302 30th St. | 619.284.2050 www.MazaraTrattoria.com 7. Pacific Liquor 2931 El Cajon Blvd. | 619.282.2392 www.PacificLiquor.com 8. Henry’s Market 4175 Park Blvd. | 619.291.8287 www.HenrysMarkets.com 9. Stone Company Store - South Park 2215 30th St. 3 | 619.501.3342 www.StoneBrew.com/Visit

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1. Mission Brewery 1441 L St. | 619.818.7147 www.MissionBrewery.com

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1. Ballast Point Little Italy 2215 India St. | 619.255.7213 www.BallastPoint.com 2. Half Door Brewing Co. 903 Island Ave. | 619.232.9840 www.HalfDoorBrewing.com 3. Karl Strauss Brewing Co. 1157 Columbia St. | 619.234.2739 www.KarlStrauss.com 4. Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery 805 16th St. | 619.358.9901 www.MonkeyPawBrewing.com 5. The Beer Company 602 Broadway Ave. | 619.398.0707 www.SDBeerCo.com

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1. Bacchus Wine Bar & Market 647 G Street | 619.236.0005 www.BacchusWineMarket.com 2. Best Damn Beer Shop (@ Krisp Market) 1036 7th Ave. | 619.232.6367 www.BestDamnBeerShop.com 3. Bottlecraft 2161 India St. | 619.487.9493 www.BottlecraftBeer.com

BOTTLE SHOPS

13. Nate’s Garden Grill 3120 Euclid Ave. | 619.546.7700 14. Polite Provisions 4696 30th St. | 619.677.3784 www.PoliteProvisions.com 15. Ritual Tavern 4095 30th St. | 619.283.1618 www.RitualTavern.com 16. Sea Rocket Bistro 3382 30th St. | 619.255.7049 www.SeaRocketBistro.com 17. Small Bar 4628 Park Blvd. | 619.795.7998 www.SmallBarSD.com 18. Station Tavern 2204 Fern St. | 619.255.0657 www.StationTavern.com 19. The Haven Pizzeria 4051 Adams Ave. | 619.281.1904 www.TheHavenPizzeria.com 20. The Rose Wine Pub 2219 30th St. | 619.280.1815 www.TheRoseWinePub.com 21. The SafeHouse 2930 University Ave. | 619.458.9200 www.TheSafeHouseNP.com 22. The South Park Abbey 1946 Fern St. | 619.696.0096 www.TheSouthParkAbbey.com 23. Tiger!Tiger! Tavern 3025 El Cajon Blvd. | 619.487.0401 www.TigerTigerTavern.com 24. Toronado San Diego 4026 30th St. | 619.282.0456 www.ToronadoSD.com 25. True North Tavern 3815 30th St. | 619.291.3815 www.TrueNorthTavern.com 26. URBN Coal Fired Pizza 3085 University Ave. | 619.255.7300 www.URBNNorthPark.com 27. Urban Solace 3823 30th St. | 619.295.6464 www.UrbanSolace.net 28. Waypoint Public 3794 30th St. | 619.255.8778 www.facebook.com/WaypointPublic

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715 4th Ave. | 619.955.5995 www.TasteAndThirst.com 20. The Field Irish Pub & Restaurant 544 5th Ave. | 619.232.9840 www.TheField.com 21. The Hopping Pig 734 5th Ave. | 619.546.6424 www.TheHoppingPig.com 22. The Local 1065 4th Ave. | 619.231.4447 www.TheLocalSanDiego.com 23. The Tipsy Crow 770 5th Ave. | 619.338.9300 www.TheTipsyCrow.com 24. Tin Can Alehouse 1863 5th Ave. | 619.955.8525 www.TheTinCan1.Wordpress.com 25. Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp 333 5th Ave. | 619.795.9463 www.GaslampUnion.com

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1. The Homebrewer 2911 El Cajon Blvd. | 619.450.6165 www.TheHomebrewerSD.com

OTHER

1. Rip Current Tasting Room 4101 30th St. www.RipCurrentBrewing.com

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BEER BARS & RESTAURANTS

BOTTLE SHOPS

1. Bristol Farms 8510 Genesee Ave. | 858.558.4180 www.BristolFarms.com 2. Whole Foods La Jolla 8825 Villa La Jolla Dr. | 858.642.6700 www.WholeFoodsMarkets.com

BREW PUBS

1. Karl Strauss Brewing Co. 1044 Wall St. | 858.551.2739 www.KarlStrauss.com 2. La Jolla Brew House 7536 Fay Ave. | 858.456.6279 www.LaJollaBrewHouse.com 3. Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurant 8980 Villa La Jolla Dr. | 858.450.9277 www.RockBottom.com/La-Jolla

BREWERIES

1. Karl Strauss Brewing Co. 5985 Santa Fe St. | 858.273.2739 www.KarlStrauss.com 2. La Jolla Brewing Company 7536 Fay Ave. | 858.246.6759 www.LaJollaBeer.com

OTHER

1. Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines 10950 North Torrey Pines Rd. 858.558.1500 www.Hilton.com

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BEER BARS & RESTAURANTS

1. Bare Back Grill 4640 Mission Blvd. | 858.274.7117 www.BareBackGrill.com 2. Barrel Republic 1261 Garnet Ave. | 858.270.9922 www.BarrelRepublic.com 3. Coaster Saloon 744 Ventura Pl. | 858.488.4438 www.CoasterSaloon.com 4. Crushed 967 Garnet Ave. | 858.230.6567 www.BarCrushed.com 5. Draft 3105 Ocean Front Walk 858.228.9305 www.BelmontPark.com/Restaurants/Draft 6. Firefly 1710 W Mission Bay Dr. | 619.225.2125 www.TheDana.com 7. Iron Pig 1520 Garnet Ave. | 858.412.4299

www.IronPigAleHouse.com 8. Latitude 32 Pub 5019 Cass St. | 858.273.0501 www.Latitude32Bar.com 9. Luigi’s At The Beach 3210 Mission Blvd. | 858.488.2818 www.LuigisAtTheBeach.com 10. Pacific Beach Fish Shop 1775 Garnet Ave. | 858.483.4746 www.TheFishShopPB.com 11. SD TapRoom 1269 Garnet Ave. | 858.274.1010 www.SDTapRoom.com 12. Sandbar Sports Grill 718 Ventura Pl. | 858.488.1274 www.SandbarSportsGrill.com 13. Sinbad Cafe 1050 Garnet Ave. B | 858.866.6006 www.SinbadCafe.com 14. Sneak Joint 3844 Mission Blvd. | 858.488.8684 www.SneakJointSD.com 15. The Bar Key 954 Turquoise St. | 858.488.8200 www.BarKeyPB.com 16. The Promiscuous Fork 3801 Ingraham St. | 858.581.3663 www.ThePromiscuousFork.com 17. Turquoise Cellars 5026 Cass St. | 858.412.5377 www.Facebook.com/TurquoiseCellars 18. Woodstock’s Pizza 1221 Garnet Ave. | 858.642.6900 www.WoodstocksPB.com

BOTTLE SHOPS

1. Chip’s Liquor 1926 Garnet Ave. | 858.273.1536 2. Heidi’s Liquor & Deli 980 Turquoise St. | 858.488.7474

BREW PUBS

1. Amplified Ale Works/California Kebab 4150 Mission Blvd. | 858.270.5222 www.AmplifiedAles.com 2. Pacific Beach Ale House 721 Grand Ave. | 858.581.2337 www.PBAleHouse.com

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BEER BARS & RESTAURANTS

1. Fathom Bistro 1776 Shelter Island Dr. | 619.222.5835 www.FathomBistro.com 2. Harbor Town Pub 1125 Rosecrans St. | 619.224.1321 www.HarborTownPub.com 3. Home & Away 2222 San Diego Ave. | 619.501.0522 www.HomeAndAwaySD.com 4. Newport Pizza and Ale House 5050 Newport Ave. | 619.224.4540 www.OBPizzaShop.com 5. OB Kabob 4994 Newport Ave | 619.222.9700 www.OBKabob.com 6. OB Noodle House 2218 Cable St. | 619.450.6868 www.OBNoodleHouse.com 7. OB Noodle House Bar 1502 4993 Niagara Ave. | 619.255.9858 www.OBNoodleHouse.com 8. Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Co. 2562 Laning Rd. | 619.876.5000 www.LibertyStation.Oggis.com 9. Phils BBQ 3750 Sports Arena Blvd. | 619.226.6333 www.PhilsBBQ.net 10. Raglan Public House 1851 Bacon St. | 619.794.2304 11. Restaurant @ The Pearl Hotel 1410 Rosecrans St. | 619.226.6100 www.ThePearlSD.com 12. Sessions Public 4204 Voltaire St. | 619.756.7715 www.SessionsPublic.com 13. Slater’s 50/50 2750 Dewey Rd. | 619.398.2660 www.SanDiego.Slaters5050.com 14. Tender Greens 2400 Historic Decatur Rd. | 619.226.6254 www.TenderGreensFood.com 15. The Joint 4902 Newport Ave. | 619.222.8272 www.TheJointOB.com

16. Tom Ham’s Lighthouse 2150 Harbor Island Dr. | 619.291.9110 www.TomHamsLighthouse.com

BOTTLE SHOPS

1. Barons Market 4001 W Point Loma Blvd. | 619.223.4397 www.BaronsMarket.com 2. Fuller Liquor 3896 Rosecrans St. | 619.296.1531 www.KegGuys.com 3. Olive Tree Marketplace 4805 Narragansett Ave. | 619.224.0443 www.OliveTreeMarket.com 4. Sea Trader Liqour & Deli 1403 Ebers St. | 619.223.3010 www.SeaTraderLiquorAndDeli.com

BREW PUBS

1. Pizza Port Ocean Beach 1956 Bacon St. | 619.224.4700 www.PizzaPort.com 2. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (Liberty Station) 2816 Historic Decatur Rd. | 760.294.7899 www.StoneWorldBistro.com

BREWERIES

1. Modern Times Beer 3725 Greenwood St. | 619.546.9694 www.ModernTimesBeer.com

OTHER

1. Culture Brewing Tasting Room 4845 Newport Ave. | 619.255.3811 www.CultureBrewingCo.com

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1. Balboa’s Tap House 4421 Genesee Ave. | 858.277.8226 www.Facebook.com/DonDiegosTacoBar 2. Common Theory Public House 4805 Convoy St. | 619.495.3689 www.CommonTheorySD.com 3. Dan Diegos 2415 Morena Blvd | 619.276.2100 www.DanDiegos.com 4. La Gran Terraza 5998 Alcala Park | 619.849.8205 www.SanDiego.edu/Dining/LaGranTerraza 5. O’Brien’s Pub 4646 Convoy St. | 858.715.1745 www.OBriensPub.net 6. Postcards Bistro @ The Handlery Hotel 950 Hotel Circle North | 619.298.0511 www.SD.Handlery.com 7. Sidecar 1310 Morena Blvd. | 619.230.5715 www.SidecarSD.com 8. Steins Pub 10601 Tierrasanta Blvd. 858.874.6691 | www.SteinsPub.com 9. The High Dive 1801 Morena Blvd. | 619.275.0460 www.HighDiveInc.com

BOTTLE SHOPS

1. Del Mesa Foods & Liquor 6090 Friars Rd. | 619.299.1238 www.Facebook.com/DelMesaLiquor 2. Jimbo’s Liquor 4411 Genesee Ave. | 858.278.6440 www.Facebook.com/Jimbos.Liquor 3. Keg N Bottle 3566 Mt. Acadia Blvd. | 858.278.8955 www.KegNBottle.com 4. Mesa Liquor & Wine Co. 4919 Convoy St. | 858.279.5292 www.SanDiegoBeerStore.com

BREW PUBS

1. Gordon Biersch 5010 Mission Ctr. Rd. | 619.688.1120 www.GordonBiersch.com 2. Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Co. 2245 Fenton Pkwy. 101 | 619.640.1072 www.MissionValley.Oggis.com 3. San Diego Brewing Company 10450 Friars Rd. | 619.284.2739 www.SanDiegoBrewing.com

BREWERIES

1. Ballast Point/Home Brew Mart 5401 Linda Vista Rd. 406 | 619.295.2337 www.HomeBrewMart.com

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2. Benchmark Brewing Co. 6190 Fairmount Ave. Ste G | 619.795.2911 www.BenchmarkBrewing.com 3. Coronado Brewing Co. (Knoxville) 1205 Knoxville www.CoronadoBrewingCompany.com 4. Council Brewing Company 7705 Convoy Ct. | 858.256.0038 www.CouncilBrew.com 5. Groundswell Brewing Company 6304 Riverdale St. | 619.795.2337 www.GroundswellBrew.com 6. Helm’s Brewing Co. 5640 Kearny Mesa Rd. | 858.384.2772 www.HelmsBrewingCo.com 7. Quantum Brewing 5375 Kearny Villa Rd. #116 www.QuantumBeer.com 8. Societe Brewing Company 8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd | 858.598.5409 www.SocieteBrewing.com

HOME BREW SUPPLY

1. Home Brew Mart/Ballast Point 5401 Linda Vista Rd. 406 | 619.232.6367 www.HomeBrewMart.com

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BEER BARS & RESTAURANTS

1. Best Pizza & Brew 9172 Mira Mesa Blvd. | 858.566.9900 www.BestPizzaAndBrew.com 2. Bruski House Burgers & Beer 9844 Hibert St. Ste G10 | 858.530.2739 www.BruskiHouse.com 3. Woody’s Burgers 7070 Miramar Rd. | 858.578.8000 www.Bangin-Burgers.com

BOTTLE SHOPS

1. Keg N Bottle 9430 Scranton Rd. | 858.458.4290 www.KegNBottle.com

BREW PUBS

1. Callahan’s Pub & Brewery 8111 Mira Mesa Blvd | 858.578.7892 www.CallahansPub.com 2. Karl Strauss Brewing Co. 9675 Scranton Rd. | 858.587.2739 www.KarlStrauss.com

BREWERIES

1. 2Kids Brewing Co. 8680 Miralani Dr. #123 | 858.480.5437 www.TwoKidsBrewing.com 2. 32 North Brewing Co. 8655 Production Ave. | 619.363.2622 www.32NorthBrew.com 3. AleSmith Brewing Company 9368 Cabot Dr. | 858.549.9888 www.AleSmith.com 4. Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits 10051 Old Grove Rd. | 858.695.2739 www.BallastPoint.com 5. Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits Miramar 9045 Carroll Way | 858.695.2739 www.BallastPoint.com 6. Green Flash Brewing Company 6550 Mira Mesa Blvd. | 760.597.9012 www.GreenFlashBrew.com 7. Intergalactic Brewing Company 9835 Carroll Ctr. Rd. | 858.750.0601 www.IntergalacticBrew.com 8. Mike Hess Brewing (Miramar) 7955 Silverton Ave. Ste 1201 619.887.6453 | www.HessBrewing.com 9. New English Brewing Co. 11545 Sorrento Valley Rd. 305 & 306 619.857.8023 www.NewEnglishBrewing.com 10. O’Sullivan Bros. Brewing 9879 Hibert St. | 858.577.0350 www.OSullivan-Brothers.com 11. Pacific Brewing Company 8680 Miralani Drive | 303.819.7086 www.PacificBrewingCo.com 12. Rough Draft Brewing Co. 8830 Rehco Rd. Ste D | 858.453.7238 www.RoughDraftBrew.com 13. Saint Archer Brewing Co. 9550 Distribution Ave. | 858.225.2337 www.SaintArcherBrewery.com

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1. American Homebrewing Supply 9535 Kearny Villa Rd. | 858.268.3024 www.AmericanHomebrewing.com

OTHER

1. Legacy Brewing Tap Room 7060 Miramar Rd. | 858.695.9953 www.LegacyBrewingCo.com 2. White Labs 9495 Candida St. | 858.693.3441 www.WhiteLabs.com

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BEER BARS & RESTAURANTS

1. 83 Degrees 660 Carlsbad Village Dr. | 760.729.7904 www.83Degrees.net 2. Board & Brew 201 Oak Ave. | 760.434.4466 www.BoardAndBrew.com 3. Dani P’s Cork & Tap 560 Greenbrier Dr. | 760.967.0128 www.DaniPsCorkTap.com 4. Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen 626 S Tremont St. | 760.453.2940 www.FlyingPigPubKitchen.com 5. Local Tap House Oceanside 308 S Coast Hwy. | 760.547.1469 www.LocalTapHouse.com 6. PCH Sports Bar & Grill 1835 S Coast Hwy. | 760.721.3955 www.PCHSportsBarAndGrill.com 7. Surfside Tap Room 507 N. Coast Highway | 760.740.5449 www.SurfsideTapRoom.com 8. Tap That Tasting Room 3207 Roymar Rd. | 760.433.4827 www.TapThatKegNow.com 9. The Compass 300 Carlsbad Village Dr. | 760.434.1900 www.Facebook.com/TheCompassCarlsbad

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1. Eureka! 4545 La Jolla Village Dr. Ste E-25 858.546.8858 | www.EurekaBurger.com 2. Home Plate Sports Cafe 9500 Gilman Dr. | 858.657.9111 www.HomePlateSportsCafe.com 3. La Valencia Hotel 1132 Prospect St. | 858.454.0771 www.LaValencia.com 4. Porters Pub 9500 Gilman Dr. | 858.587.4828 www.PortersPub.net 5. Public House 830 Kline St. | 858.551.9210 www.The-PublicHouse.com 6. Regents Pizzeria 4150 Regents Park Row | 858.550.0406 www.RegentsPizza.com 7. The Grill at Torrey Pines 11480 N Torrey Pines Rd. | 858.777.6645 www.LodgeTorreyPines.com 8. The Shores Restaurant 8110 Camino Del Oro | 858.456.0600 www.TheShoresRestaurant.com

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BOTTLE SHOPS

1. Beer On The Wall 3310 Via De La Valle | 760.722.2337 www.BeerOnTheWall.com 2. Pappy’s Market 601 N. Cleveland St. | 760.722.0043 3. Pizza Port Bottle Shop 573 Carlsbad Village Dr. | 760.720.7007 www.PizzaPort.com/Locations/Bottle-Shop 4. Stone Company Store-Oceanside 301 N. Tremont St. | 760.529.0002 www.StoneBrewing.com 5. Texas Wine & Spirits 945 Carlsbad Village Dr. | 760.729.1836 www.TexasWineSpirits.com

BREW PUBS

1. Breakwater Brewing Company 101 N Coast Hwy. Ste C140 | 760.433.6064 www.BreakwaterBrewingCompany.com 2. Karl Strauss Brewing Co. 5801 Armada Dr. | 760.431.2739 www.KarlStrauss.com 3. Pizza Port Carlsbad 571 Carlsbad Village Dr. | 760.720.7007 www.PizzaPort.com

BREWERIES

1. Arcana Brewing Co. 5621 Palmer Way www.ArcanaBrewing.com 2. Bagby Beer Company 601 S. Coast Highway | 760.270.9075 www.BagbyBeer.com 3. Legacy Brewing Company 363 Airport Rd. | 760.705.3221 www.LegacyBrewingCo.com 4. Oceanside Ale Works 1800 Ord Way | 760.310.9567 www.OceansideAleWorks.com 5. On-The-Tracks Brewery 5674 El Camino Real Suite G www.OTTBrew.com

HOME BREW SUPPLY

1. Hydrobrew 1319 S Coast Hwy. | 760.966.1885 www.HydroBrew.com

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EAST COUNTY

BEER BARS & RESTAURANTS

1. Boll Weevil 53 9621 Mission Gorge Rd. 619.334.5353 www.BollWeevil53.com 2. Downtown Cafe 182 E Main St. | 619.440.5687 www.DowntownCafe-EC.com 3. Eastbound Bar & Grill 10053 Maine Ave. | 619.334.2566 Find us on Facebook! 4. Hooleys Irish Pub 2955 Jamacha Rd. | 619.670.7468 www.Hooleys.com 5. Main Tap Tavern 518 E Main St. | 619.749.6333 www.MainTapTavern.com 6. Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Co. 9828 Mission Gorge Rd. | 619.449.6441 www.Santee.Oggis.com 7. Press Box Sports Lounge 2990 Jamacha Rd. | 619.713.6990 www.PressBoxSportsLounge.com

BOTTLE SHOPS

1. B’s Kegs 1429 East Main St. | 619.442.0265 www.KegBeerAndWine.com 2. Beverages 4 Less 9181 Mission Gorge Rd. | 619.448.3773 www.Beverages4LessInc.com 3. Fletcher Hills Bottle Shop 2447 Fletcher Pkwy | 619.469.8410 www.FletcherHillsBottleShop.com 4. Garden Farms Market 12580 Lakeshore Dr. | 619.334.5550 5. Helix Liquor 444 West Chase Ave. | 619.444.0226 6. Valley Farm Market 9040 Campo Rd. | 619.463.5723 www.ValleyFarmMarkets.com 7. Windy City Liquor 701 Broadway | 619.588.8404 www.WindyCityLiquor.com

BREW PUBS

1. URBN St. Brewing 110 S Magnolia Ave. | 619.328.6922 www.URBNStBrewing.com

BREWERIES

1. BNS Brewing & Distilling 10960 Wheatlands Ave. | 619.208.9799 www.BnsBrewingAndDistilling.com 2. Butcher’s Brewing 9962 Prospect Ave. | 619.334.2222 www.ButchersBrewing.com 3. Manzanita Brewing Company 10151 Prospect Ave. Ste D | 619.334.1757 www.ManzanitaBrewing.com

HOME BREW SUPPLY

1. All About Brewing 700 N Johnson Ave. Ste G | 619.447.BREW www.AllAboutBrewing.com 2. Homebrew 4 Less 9181 Mission Gorge Rd. | 619.448.3773 www.Homebrew4LessInc.com

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NORTH COUNTY INLAND

BEER BARS & RESTAURANTS

1. Churchill’s Pub and Grille 887 W San Marcos Blvd. | 760.471.8773 www.ChurchillsPub.us 2. Slater’s 50/50 110 Knoll Rd. | 750.759.2900 www.Slaters5050.com 3. Mike’s BBQ 1356 W Valley Pkwy. | 760.746.4444 www.MikesBBQ.us 4. Phils BBQ 579 Grand Ave. | 760.759.1400 www.PhilsBBQ.net 5. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens 1999 Citracado Pkwy. | 760.471.4999 www.StoneWorldBistro.com 6. Sublime Ale House 1020 W San Marcos Blvd. | 760.510.9220 www.SublimeAleHouse.com 7. The Bellows 803 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd. 760.290.3912 www.BellowsWoodFire.com

BOTTLE SHOPS

1. Holiday Wine Cellar 302 W Mission Ave. | 760.745.1200 www.HolidayWineCellar.com 2. La Vista Liquor 993 S. Santa Fe Ave. | 760.758.8900 3. Vista Wine & Spirits 755 Shadowridge Dr. | 760.727.2017

BREW PUBS

1. Back Street Brewery/Lamppost Pizza 15 Main St. | 760.407.7600 www.LamppostPizza.com/Backstreet 2. Prohibition Brewing Co. 2004 E. Vista Way | 760.295.3525 www.ProhibitionBrewingCompany.com 3. San Marcos Brewery & Grill 1080 W San Marcos Blvd. | 760.471.0050 www.SanMarcosBrewery.com

BREWERIES

1. Aztec Brewing Company/7 Nations 2330 La Mirada Dr. Ste 300 | 760.598.7720 www.AztecBrewery.com 2. Barrel Harbor Brewing 2575 Pioneer Ave. | 760.734.3949 www.BarrelHarborBrewing.com 3. Belching Beaver Brewery 980 Park Center Dr. | 760.703.0433 www.TheBelchingBeaver.com 4. Booze Brothers Brewery 2545 Progress St. | 760.295.0217 www.BoozeBrothersBrewery.com 5. Dos Desperados 1241 Linda Vista Dr. | 760.566.6209 www.DosDesperadosBrew.com 6. Fallbrook Brewing Co. 136 N Main Ave. www.FallbrookBrewing.com 7. Indian Joe Brewing 2379 La Mirada Dr. | 760.295.3945 www.IndianJoeBrewing.com 8. Iron Fist Brewing Co. 1305 Hot Springs Wy. Ste 101 760.216.6500 | www.IronFistBrewing.com 9. Kuracali Saké & Beer Brewery 175 Bosstick Blvd. | 858.775.6502 www.Kuracali.com 10. Latitude 33 Brewing Company 1430 Vantage Ct. Ste 104 760.913.7333 | www.Lat33Brew.com 11. Mother Earth Tap House 206 Main St | 760.599.4225 www.MotherEarthBrewCo.com 12. Offbeat Brewing Company 1223 Pacific Oaks Pl. | 760.294.4045 www.OffbeatBrewing.com 13. Port Brewing/The Lost Abbey 155 Mata Wy. Ste 104 | 760.720.7012 www.LostAbbey.com 14. Rip Current Brewing 1325 Grand Ave. | 760.481.3141 www.RipCurrentBrewing.com 15. Stone Brewing Co. 1999 Citracado Pkwy. | 760.471.4999 www.StoneBrew.com 16. Stumblefoot Brewing Co. 1784 La Costa Meadows Dr. www.Stumblefoot.com 17. Toolbox Brewing 1495 Poinsettia Ave. #148 760.598.1477 www.ToolboxBrewing.com 18. Valley Center Brewery 28960 Lilac Rd. www.ValleyCenterBrewery.com 19. Wavelength Brewing Company 236 Main St. | 760.820.9283 www.WavelengthBrewCo.com

HOME BREW SUPPLY

1. Mother Earth Retail Store 204 Main St | 760.599.4225 www.MotherEarthBrewCo.com 2. Smokin Beaver 146 N Kalmia St. | 760.747.2739 www.SmokinBeaver.com

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BEER BARS & RESTAURANTS

1. Brother’s Provisions 16451 Bernardo Ctr. Dr. | 855.850.2767 www.BrosProvisions.com 2. Company Pub and Kitchen 13670 Poway Rd. | 858.668.3365

www.CompanyPubAndKitchen.com 3. Phileas Fogg’s 11385 Poway Rd. | 858.486.4442 www.PhileasFoggs.com 4. URGE American Gastropub 16761 Bernardo Ctr. Dr. | 858.637.8743 www.URGEGastropub.com 5. Yanni’s Bar & Grill 12015 Scripps Highland Dr. | 858.527.0011 www.YannisBistro.com

BOTTLE SHOPS

1. Barons Market 11828 Rancho Bernardo Rd. 858.485.8686 | www.BaronsMarket.com 2. Distiller’s Outlet 12329 Poway Rd. | 858.748.4617 www.DistillersOutlet.com 3. Don’s Liquor 13337 Poway Rd. | 858.748.7500 4. Piccadilly Marketplace 14149 Twin Peaks Rd. | 858.748.2855 5. PW Mart 12906 Pomerado Rd. 858.748.7693 6. Welldeck Liquor 14168 Poway Rd. | 858.486.5552

BREW PUBS

1. Karl Strauss Brewing Co. 10448 Reserve Dr. | 858.376.2739 www.KarlStrauss.com 2. Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Co. 10155 Rancho Carmel Dr. 858.592.7883 | www.CMR.Oggis.com

BREWERIES

1. Lightning Brewery 13200 Kirkham Wy. Ste 105 858.513.8070 | www.LightningBrewery.com

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SOUTH BAY

BEER BARS & RESTAURANTS

1. La Bella Pizza 373 3rd Ave. | 619.426.8820 www.LaBellaPizza.com 2. Machete Beer House 2325 Highland Ave. www.facebook.com/MacheteBeerHouse 3. Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Co. 2130 Birch Rd. | 619.746.6900 www.OggisEastlake.com 4. The Canyon Sports Pub & Grill 421 Telegraph Canyon Rd. 619.422.1806 | www.CYNClub.com

BOTTLE SHOPS

1. Brandy Wine Liquor 1655 Brandywine Ave. | 619.421.1970 2. Keg N Bottle 2335 Highland Ave. | 619.474.7255 www.KegNBottle.com 3. South Bay Liquor 1355 Broadway | 619.422.1787 4. Sprouts Market 690 3rd Ave. | 619.409.7630 www.HenrysMarkets.com

BREWERIES

1. Border X Brewing 8684 Avenida De La Fuente Ste. 8 619.787.6176 | www.BorderXBrewing.com

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COLLEGE LA MESA

BEER BARS & RESTAURANTS

1. Cheba Hut 6364 El Cajon Blvd | 619.269.1111 www.ChebaHut.com 2. Hoffer’s Cigar Bar 8282 La Mesa Blvd. | 619.466.8282 www.HoffersCigar.com 3. Hooleys Irish Pub 5500 Grossmont Center Dr. 619.713.6900 www.Hooleys.com 4. KnB Wine Cellars 6380 Del Cerro Blvd. | 619.286.0321 www.KnBWineCellars.com 5. Terra American Bistro 7091 El Cajon Blvd | 619.293.7088 www.TerraSD.com 6. The Ugly Dog 6344 El Cajon Blvd. | 619.269.8204

www.TheUglyDog.com 7. The Vine Cottage 6062 Lake Murray Blvd. | 619.465.0138 www.TheVineCottage.com 8. West Coast BBQ and Brew 6126 Lake Murray Blvd. 9. Woodstock’s Pizza 6145 El Cajon Blvd | 619.265.0999 www.WoodstocksSD.com

BOTTLE SHOPS

1. Keg N Bottle 6060 El Cajon Blvd. | 619.265.0482 www.KegNBottle.com 2. Keg N Bottle 1827 Lemon Grove Ave. | 619.463.7172 www.KegNBottle.com 3. KnB Wine Cellars 6380 Del Cerro Blvd. | 619.286.0321 www.KnBWineCellars.com 4. Palm Springs Liquor 4301 Palm Ave. | 619.698.6887 Find us on Facebook!

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ENCINITAS DEL MAR

BEER BARS & RESTAURANTS

1. Bier Garden 641 S. Coast Hwy. | 760.632.2437 2. Board & Brew 1212 Camino Del Mar | 858.481.1021 www.BoardAndBrew.com 3. Del Mar Rendezvous 858.755.2669 www.DelMarRendezvous.com 4. Encinitas Ale House 1044 S Coast Hwy 101 | 760.943.7180 www.EncinitasAleHouse.com 5. Lumberyard Tavern & Grill 967 S Coast Hwy 101 | 760.479.1657 www.LumberyardTavernAndGrill.com 6. Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Co. 12840 Carmel Country Rd. 858.481.7883 | www.DelMar.Oggis.com 7. Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Co. 305 Encinitas Blvd. | 760.944.8170 www.Encinitas.Oggis.com 8. Priority Public House 576 N. Coast Hwy 101 | 858.204.6656 www.PriorityPublicHouse.com 9. San Diego BeerWorks 437 S. Highway 101 | 858.353.7174 www.SanDiegoBeerWorks.com 10. Stadium Sports Bar & Restaurant 149 S El Camino Real | 760.944.1065 www.StadiumSanDiego.com 11. Sublime Tavern 3790 Via de la Valle | 858.259.9100 www.SublimeTavern.com 12. The Craftsman New American Tavern 267 N. El Camino Real | 760.452.2000 www.CraftsmanTavern.com 13. The Regal Seagull 996 N Coast Hwy. 101 | 760.479.2337 www.RegalSeagull.com 14. Union Kitchen & Tap 1108 S Coast Hwy. 101 | 760.230.2337 www.LocalUnion101.com

BOTTLE SHOPS

1. Farr Better Spirits 398 N. El Camino Real | 760.753.7137 2. Royal Liquor 1496 N Coast Hwy. 101 | 760.753.4534

BREW PUBS

1. Pizza Port Solana Beach 135 N Hwy. 101 | 858.481.7332 www.PizzaPort.com/Locations/Solana-Beach

BREWERIES

1. Culture Brewing Co. 111 S. Cedros Ave. | 858.345.1144 www.CultureBrewingCo.com

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CORONADO

BEER BARS & RESTAURANTS

1. Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge 1015 Orange Ave. | 619.437.6087 www.LeroysLuckyLounge.com 2. Little Piggy’s Bar-B-Q 1201 First St. | 619.522.0217 www.NadoLife.com/LilPiggys 3. Village Pizzeria 1206 Orange Ave. | 619.522.0449

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BOTTLE SHOPS

1. Park Place Liquor 1000 Park Place | 619.435.0116

BREW PUBS

1. Coronado Brewing Co. 170 Orange Ave. | 619.437.4452 www.CoronadoBrewingCompany.com

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MISSION HILLS HILLCREST

BEER BARS & RESTAURANTS

1. Brooklyn Girl Eatery 4033 Goldfinch St. | 619.296.4600 www.BrooklynGirlEatery.com 2. Jakes on 6th 3755 6th Ave. | 619.692.9463 www.JakesOn6thWineBar.com 3. Local Habit 3827 5th Ave. | 619.795.4470 www.MyLocalHabit.com 4. R-Gang Eatery 3683 5th Ave. | 619.677.2845 www.RGangEatery.com 5. San Diego Brew Project 1735 Hancock St. | 619.234.5757 www.SDBrewProject.com 6. Shakespeare Pub & Grille 3701 India St. | 619.299.0230 www.ShakespearePub.com 7. The Range Kitchen & Cocktails 1263 University Ave. | 619.269.1222 www.TheRangeSD.com 8. The Regal Beagle 3659 India St. 101 | 619.297.2337 www.RegalBeagleSD.com 9. The Ruby Room 1271 University Ave. | 619.299.7372 www.RubyRoomSD.com 10. Toma Sol 301 W Washington St. | 619.291.1159 www.TomaSolTavern.com

BOTTLE SHOPS

1. Whole Foods Hillcrest 711 University Ave. | 619.294.2800 www.WholeFoodsMarket.com

BREW PUBS

1. Hillcrest Brewing Company 1458 University Ave. | 619-269-4323 www.HillcrestBrewingCompany.com

BREWERIES

1. Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment 1795 Hancock St. | 619.299.2537 www.AcousticAles.com

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ALPINE BREWERIES

1. Alpine Beer Company 2351 Alpine Blvd. | 619.445.2337 www.AlpineBeerCo.com

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RAMONA BREWERIES

1. ChuckAlek Independent Brewers 2330 Main St. Ste C | 513.465.9768 www.ChuckAlek.com

HOME BREW SUPPLY

1. Ramona Brew Supplies 369 Main St. | 760.440.7727

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JULIAN BREW PUBS

1. Julian Brewing/Bailey BBQ 2307 Main St. | 760.765.3757 www.BaileyBBQ.com

BREWERIES

1. Nickel Beer Company 1485 Hollow Glen Rd. | 760.765.2337 www.NickelBeerCo.com

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OP-ED

Open Letter to Beer Festival Goers

By Ryan Allan

Dear Craft Beer Lovers & Beer Festival Goers, The following was provoked by my recent experience at a beer festival in San Diego. It isn’t like I didn’t know that things got a little crazy at the end of a beer fest. I just never really saw it up close and without rose-colored glasses. There were two sessions of the festival. One started at noon & the other at 5. We showed up for the late session around 4, and wow. Normal beer fest attendance involves a bunch of sober(ish) people gathering, forming a line, entering and collectively imbibing great beer likely upping their levels of intoxication as the evening goes. Sometimes some people get drunk. It happens, but usually we’re all on the same respective path. We all start sober and end up less than. By offering two sessions those attending the evening sessions were given a special opportunity to see the aftermath of a beer fest while still waiting to get in to what we assumed would be a lovely evening of consuming great beer while watching the sunset over Coronado from the embarcadero in downtown San Diego. There is only one word I can use to describe it: carnage. Walking up we passed through the aisle of food trucks near the exit. It was packed with drunked up fools. We watched people shove their way to the front of lines, scream for or at friends and strangers. One guy was literally passed out standing up in front of a pizza stand. It was almost mesmerizing to watch him sway back and forth with his eyes closed, arms overlapped and no one taking care of him. The men’s bathroom at the end of the food truck lane was destroyed. Beer fest debris and piss was everywhere. Two drunken girls were squatting and peeing over the urinals asking obviously uncomfortable dudes, “Are you mad? No, are you mad? Seriously, we do this all the time, but are you mad that we’re here? Are you mad?” They may still be there. We were at the front of the evening session line at about 4:15 PM. Unfortunately, the entrance was also the exit. The drunkest who hadn’t exited calmly & respectfully when the announcement was made were still stumbling out. There were people falling on the ground in front of the entrance and attempting to go to sleep. People were shouting in the faces of the volunteer gate-keepers or screaming through the gate at friends who’d left them behind because they were acting a-fool. Idiots were hollering racist comments to their buddies about the Rent-a-Cop who was trying to make sure they wouldn’t get in trouble for breaking the law by sneaking beer out. Drunken buffoons were getting angry when the sober people in line wouldn’t hi-five them? People shouldn’t do those things. Trying to slap a brewery sticker on the chest of some girl with her boyfriend or husband? Definitely don’t do that. The list of shitty behavior goes on and on. It was overwhelming. Do all beer festivals end this way? One or two idiots are always a risk, but this wasn’t just one or two. It was dozens, maybe hundreds. For the 30 minutes we were in line we watched people acting truly shitty as human beings. Have I acted that way after over-imbibing at past festivals? I hope not. If I have I am truly sorry. Ultimately, beer festivals serve three purposes. 1. It’s an opportunity for breweries to promote their products directly to the end consumer. 2. It’s a chance for beer lovers to celebrate beer & community together. 3. Often, it is an opportunity to use our love of beer to raise money for a good cause. Nothing about experiencing the end of the beer festival’s first session felt like a celebration of beer or made me feel good about supporting a good cause in College for Cancer. If anything, it made me reconsider wanting to attend the festival or be associated with other beer lovers. As someone who works with, writes about and is involved in the beer community on a number of levels I was embarrassed. As drinkers we need to be more aware of our impact. Southern California is truly a glorious place to be beer lover. We have great breweries, great festivals and great weather to enjoy them in. As a community need to be better than we were that day. Instead of looking at a festival as an opportunity to drink as much as possible let’s consider that it is more an opportunity to try new beers, and raise a glass as a community to how lucky we are. We will be at another festival, and hope you are too. Let’s represent beer drinkers as the Champions we are. In the end we still went to festival, and put that rough start out of our minds enough to have a good time. When things started to to take a turn to Crazydrunktown, we headed out early. In the spirit of all things craft beer, stay classy.


West Coaster - April 2015  
West Coaster - April 2015