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Iron Fist Supports Alzheimer’s Research

Apr 18

ironfist_alzheimersTomorrow Vista’s Iron Fist Brewing Company is hosting a big event to support Seasons Hospice Foundation and Alzheimer’s Foundation.

The father of Iron Fist employee Mike Campbell suffered from the disease and feels “these organizations were very helpful and supportive while we learned to understand what my father was going through on a daily basis.”

“Please help us, in his memory, so others can benefit from their research and support.”

The event goes from 12 – 8 p.m., with a live performance from the Jesse Wagner Trio.

Saint Archer @ Torrey Pines

Apr 16

Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 10.48.36 PMThe Lodge at Torrey Pines’ restaurant “The Grill” is helmed by Chef Daniel Boling, who has been putting on beer dinners with local breweries such as Societe, Monkey Paw, Rough Draft, AleSmith, Manzanita, Rock Bottom, Coronado, Ballast Point, Stone and others for years.

“For all the beer dinner menus I try to find some connection to the brewer,” Chef Boling told WC. “The first question I always ask the brewer when trying to come up with a pairing is, ‘What do you like to eat with your beer?’”

In the case of Saint Archer, the featured brewery at next Wednesday’s dinner, the answers were island-influenced: “Kim (Lutz, lead brewer) mentioned that Yiga (Miyashiro, director of brewing operations) makes good poke, and then we all started talking about Hawaiian food,” said Paul Tralka, brewery sales representative. Lutz has also roots there, having previously worked at Maui Brewing Company, and it just so happened that The Grill Chef had recently visited Hawaii for the first time a short while ago.

“I really want the event to be about the brewery,” said Chef Boling. “The food is important, but the beer should be the star. Hopefully both the food and beer make each other better.” Tickets and room packages are available at this link; the menu is below:

Reception: Ahi poke in a crispy sesame cone
Paired with Blonde Ale

First course: Kalua-style porchetta with fried sweet potato, arugula and Cara cara orange
Paired with White Ale

Second course: Local halibut with Macadamia nut crust, lomi-lomi salmon and spicy pickled cabbage
Paired with IPA

Third course: “Loco Moco” red ale-braised short rib, sticky rice and poached pullet egg
Paired with Red Ale

Dessert: Malasadas with dark chocolate ganache
Paired with Coffee Brown Ale

San Diegans Win 11 Medals at the 2014 World Beer Cup

Apr 11

coronadowbc2014San Diego brewers earned 11 medals at the 2014 World Beer Cup. The winners were announced at the Gala Awards Dinner/Ceremony, which took place following the 2014 Craft Brewers Conference. Out of 94 categories of beer, San Diegans won gold medals, 4 Silver medals, and 3 Bronze medals. In total, 1,447 breweries entered 4,918 beers from 62 countries. 220 judges from 32 countries determined the winners. The San Diego County winners and their categories are listed below. In addition to winning 2 medals, Coronado Brewing Company was awarded World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster in the Mid-Sized Brewing Company category.

Category (# entries) - Winning Beer and Brewery – Award
Category 10 (Rye Beer, 47 entries) – Habitus by Mike Hess Brewing Co.Gold

Category 13 (Other Strong Beer, 44 entries)  - May the Port Be With You by Pizza Port Solana BeachBronze

Category 18 (American-Style Sour Ale, 32 entries) – Framboise de Amorosa by The Lost AbbeySilver

Category 24 (Aged Beer, 14 E\entries) – Aged Navigator Dopplebock by Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits / Home Brew MartBronze

Category 46 (Australasian-Style Pale Ale or International-Style Pale Ale, 33 entries) – Sculpin IPA by Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits / Old GroveGold

Category 79 (Old Ale or Storng Ale, 40 entries) – Old Ale 2013 by AleSmith Brewing Co.Gold

Category 80 (Barley-Wine Style Ale, 53 entries) – Old Scallywag by Coronado Brewing Co.Silver

Category 82 (Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout, 36 entries) – The Pugilist by Societe Brewing Co.Silver

Category 86 (American-Style Strong Pale Ale, 97 entries) – Islander IPA by Coronado Brewing Co.Gold

Category 88 (Imperial India Pale Ale, 106 entries) – Hop 15 by Port Brewing Co. - Bronze

Category 89 (American-Style Amber/Red Ale, 90 entries) – Shark Bite Red by Pizza Port Bressi RanchSilver

World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster, Mid-Size Brewing Company: Coronado Brewing Company

Congratulations brewers!

Full list of winners can be found here.

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World Beer Cup Award Ceremony

Apr 11

via @westcoastersd Instagram

The award ceremony for the 2014 Brewers Association World Beer Cup is being livestreamed tonight at 6:30 PST via

This year, more than 4,900 beers from over 1,400 breweries located in 60+ countries will compete for World Beer Cup awards.

Every two years, a highly qualified professional panel of beer judges honors the top three beers in 90+ categories with gold, silver and bronze awards. For 2014, some 220 judges from 32 different countries will evaluate the beers. Several first-time countries will be represented on the 2014 judge panel, including Spain, China and Taiwan.

Deschutes’ Woody Returns to SD

Apr 7

The ladies of Pizza Port hang out with Woody in 2010. Photo courtesy

Deschutes Brewery’s giant beer barrel on wheels, Woody, returns to San Diego from Oregon this month for several Base Camp for Beer Fanatics events. This year, they’re partnering up with San Diego Coastkeeper to raise some money to protect our shoreline.

Tuesday, April 15 (5 – 9 p.m.)
Hats Off to Homebrewers @ Coronado Production Facility
For $30 enjoy side-by-side samples of beers from both breweries paired with small bites from Deschutes Brewery executive chef Jeff Usinowicz and Coronado executive chef Casey Chapman. Your ticket cost also includes brewing supplies (clone recipe booklets and whole flower hops), a formal Q&A session with the brewers, and a commemorative snifter.

Wednesday, April 16 (4 – 7 p.m.)
Bikes, Beers & Bites @ Pacific Beach
Start the beer crawl at Bicycle Discovery on Felspar (rentals are $10), before heading to Ciro’s Pizzeria, Bare Back Grill and SD TapRoom, where each bar will have special beers and appetizers for crawlers ($15 total). TapRoom caps the ride with a “Flights and Bites” event featuring several Deschutes beers.

Thursday, April 17 (5 – 9 p.m.)
Landmarks Beer Dinner @ Urge Gastropub
In Rancho Bernardo four stations will showcase a Deschutes beer named after a popular Central Oregon landmark and a paired plate. Chefs and brewers will educator visitors about cooking with beer, pairing food with beer and more.

Thursday, April 17 (8 – 11 p.m.)
Beer-lesque: Tastings and Tassels @ 98 Bottles
Hosted by “Naughty Pierre,” this event in Little Italy is $5 to attend. The ladies will feature a Deschutes beer in each of their burlesque and variety stage acts.

Friday, April 18 (6 – 10 p.m.)
Pizza, Pints & Prizes @ Pizza Port Ocean Beach
Special pizzas are being made just to pair with beers like Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Chainbreaker White IPA, Inversion IPA, Hop in the Dark Cascadian Dark Ale, and Fresh Squeezed IPA.

Saturday, April 19 (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
Beach Bash @ Belmont Park
Woody is parking on the north end of historic Belmont Park for events with Wave House (starting at 11 a.m.), Coaster Saloon, and Sandbar. Each spot will have unique menu items paired with Deschutes beers.

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