Beer Maverick

The United States of Beer

The United States of America is a diverse and highly unique country. We often see sharp differences from one state to another (ahem, Red v Blue), and it is no different when looked at through beer goggles. Craft beer...

Beer Blogging is a Labor of Love

A lot of people love homebrewing their own beer. Even more love drinking it. The craft beer boom over the last decade has brought a huge influx of people into the industry. Just look at the number of microbreweries that...

Hopnonymous Brewing, Kearny Mesa

This former under-the-radar brewery has been making house beers for restaurants since 2018. In December 2019, they opened a tasting room in the brewery they took over in June 2019. It is in the former Council Brewing...

San Diego Beer in 2019

In 2019 San Diego saw a net increase of 3 breweries (from 157 to 160, +1.9%) and 14 tasting rooms (from 42 to 56, +33%). This overall addition of 17 locations (from 199 to 216) is an overall 8.5% increase. That’s higher...

BALLAST POINT IS CRAFT AGAIN!

Below, I’ve copied a press release that blew the socks off craft beer commentators. Here are links to my coverage of this in Coast News: Illinois Craft Brewery Buys Ballast Point (December 3, 2019) Breweries Innovate to...

Dogleg Brewing Co., Vista

Dogleg Brewing Co. soft opened Nov. 8, 2019, next door to the new Eppig brewery in Vista, just down the block from Helia Brewing. I’m calling this the Keystone Kraft Kbeer Krawl (the ‘k’ on “Kbeer” is silent, of course).

SouthNorte Beer Co., Bay Park

SouthNorte, a guest brewery at Coronado Bay Park, now has four permanent taps at that location’s tasting room—two of the four 2019 GABF medalists. Plus Coronado Brewing had two other winners this year, one of which is...

Bolt Brewery & Spirits, La Mesa

Bolt Brewery & Spirits is the third location for this brand that claims to be the first craft brewery in San Diego County. It has a full bar and serves free hot dogs. If dive bars are your thing, this might be your...

My Yard Live, San Marcos

The sprawling, kid-friendly, My Yard Live offers food, a full bar, games, and several distinct areas including a lovely patio with umbrellas and lawn chairs. They aren’t competing just on beer—which, at least at this...

San Diego Beer Tour: East Village

Thinking about a San Diego beercation? Here for a conference and want to explore the famous San Diego craft beer scene? Here’s a beer tour of downtown’s East Village neighborhood, a hot spot where you’ll find 8 (soon...

Plan 9 Alehouse, Escondido

Plan 9 Alehouse in Escondido is a nice spot for lunch and a beer. They have a quality guest craft beer list in addition to offering several made on site. The science fiction these is subtle but a nice touch.

Green Flash, Redux

Check out the new branding and core beers from Green Flash, including “old school” West Coast IPA.  #sdbeer #craftbeer #sandiegocraftbeer #sandiegobeer #beertography #instabeer #ipa...

BEER AND THE GOOD LIFE

LIFE IS SUFFERING. HAVE A BEER. This is my contribution for “The Session #139” for BrookstonBeerBulletin.com’s Beer Blogging Friday. See my post here, and the Round Up of links from other beer bloggers here.

Julian Beer Co., Julian

After being closed for two years and with a slight tweak to the name, Julian Beer Co. has reopened. They are right next to the pie place! #craftbeer #sdbeer #sandiegocraftbeer #applepie

Saint Archer Brewing, Leucadia

Saint Archer is a #sandiego #sandiegobeer #brewery. Since they disappointed #craftbeer fans and sold to MillerCoors, they haven’t gotten much love from #localbeer lovers. Their new tasting room in Leucadia is well...

Latchkey Brewing, Mission Hills

Craft Brewery Review #183: A new brewery in an old brewery location. Mission Brewery Plaza is now home to Latchkey Brewing, which took over the space from Acoustic Ales. #craftbeer #history #sandiego #sdbeer #sdcraftbeer

CAVU Brewing, La Jolla

#LaJolla’s newest #brewpub, CAVU Brewing (originally opened as Absolution by the Sea), offers #craftbeer from the Absolution #brewery in Torrance as well as offerings made here, on the oldest still-operating #brewing...

Nickel Beer Co., Julian

If you are trekking to Julian for a pie, or coming back from the dessert, this is a place you could stop. The beer is okay, the atmosphere is relaxed, but the brewhouse and restrooms are filthy. #craftbeer #SanDiego

Smoking Cannon Brewery, Ramona

Successful homebrewers opened this Civil War-themed brewery on Ramona's Main Street just last year. It is a comfortable spot with a small town feel. The beer is not bad at all and I predict it will eventually be quite...

Deft Brewing, Bay Park

Serving mostly European-style beers, this new brewery is off to a good start. People will like it for its atmosphere, service, vibe, and beer quality/variety. And it has the seal of approval of visiting Europeans...

Rouleur Brewing Company, Carlsbad

A cycling theme pervades the Rouleur Brewing tasting room in the Carlsbad Brewery Ignitor, lending a fun note to the relaxed and sophisticated ambience. The diverse beer offerings are named after things in cycling--and...

Wild Barrel Brewing, San Marcos

Wild Barrel Brewing is a unique new brewery with a pleasant tasting room in San Marcos. They offer a full range of styles, not just the barrel aged sours and imperial stouts implied by the name. #craftbeer #sandiego

Knotty Brewing, Downtown

The Knotty Brewing tasting room has limited hours, but you can get several of their beers next door at Knotty Barrel, a bar with an extensive craft beer list and a fun atmosphere. #craftbeer #beer #SanDiego

Bolt Brewery, La Mesa

The brewery and tasting room of Bolt Brewery in La Mesa is a great place to unwind on an afternoon or evening. Outdoor seating under an awning, nice landscaping and good design add to the experience provided by friendly...

North Park Beer Co., North Park

North Park Beer Co. produces some very good house beers, offers a solid guest tap list, and has partnered with Mastiff Kitchen to provide high quality food. The large, craftsman-styled main room is bright, comfortable...

Pizza Port Brewing, Ocean Beach

Pizza Port serves 25 house beers (brewed at their five different locations around San Diego County) as well as an extensive guest tap list. The Ocean Beach location is kid friendly, laid back, and serves dang good pizza.

OB Brewery, Ocean Beach

Opened in July 2016, OB Brewery has a roof top patio within earshot of the waves breaking near the pier. The setting is hard to beat, the food is good, and the beer shows early potential though it isn't quite up to...

Fall Brewing, North Park

Fall Brewing occupies an old warehouse on 30th. Though it is farther north than most of the craft beer action in North Park, it is worth seeking out for its fun tasting room and quality beer.

Pure Project, Miramar

Pure Project was conceived in Costa Rica and started in the "brewery igniter" in Miramar. They brew a broad selection of different styles and have already acquired a reputation for quality that makes their bottle...

Rip Current Brewing, North Park

The Rip Current tasting room in North Park (co-located with Sublime Kitchen) offers the full line of award-winning Rip Current Brews in an airy, comfortable space conducive to extensive day drinking.  RECOMMENDED.