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San Diego Beer News

Unite Red Ale Now Available

Mar 27
via @culturebrewingco (Instagram)

via @culturebrewingco (Instagram)

Beers created at 10 local brewing operations on March 8 in celebration of International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day (#iwcbd; @pinkbootsbeer) are starting to emerge from their fermentors.

On Wednesday, Mike Hess Brewing released their creation; yesterday, URBN St. released their Belgian-inspired Unite Red Ale; and today, Culture Brewing’s two locations will tap kegs at noon and Mosaic-hopped casks at 5 p.m.

More participating locations include AleSmith, Ballast Point Little Italy, ChuckAlek, Intergalactic, Monkey Paw, Karl Strauss Downtown, and Rock Bottom La Jolla. Employees from Green Flash, 2Kids, White Labs and Stone participated as well. Be on the lookout for those releases; let us know and we’ll update this post.

Breweries Crop Up @ Farmers’ Markets

Mar 27

A few local breweries have begun taking advantage of a new law allowing them to sell packaged beer at farmers’ markets. Sampling directly is not yet allowed, but another bill changing that will hopefully get passed.

via @ModernTimesBeer (Twitter)

Derek Freese at the PB Farmers’ Market; via @ModernTimesBeer (Twitter)

Mike Hess Brewing brand ambassador Neal Brosnan was at the North Park Farmers’ Market yesterday. Word from the brewery is that they’ll continue posting up every Thursday. Update: According to Cody Thompson of ThreeBZine, Ramona’s ChuckAlek Independent Brewers sells at this market as well. 

Also, Modern Times’ party ambassador Derek Freese was spotted at the Pacific Beach Farmers’ Market a few Tuesdays back; they’ll continue their presence weekly.

If you know of more breweries doing the same, let us know in the comments.

Here’s the website for SD’s weekly markets; support local food and local beer!

Upcoming Beer Happenings

Mar 26

3/26 Saison Persuasion (Beer to the Rescue) @ Pizza Port Solana Beach
3/26 Lost Abbey Rare Beer Dinner @ Waypoint Public
3/27 Lupulin Against Lupus (Beer to the Rescue) @ Aztec Brewery
3/28 Stone Tap Takeover @ URGE Gastropub
3/28 BagbyFest @ Bagby Beer
3/28 AHA Homebrew Competition & Rally @ Stone Liberty Station
3/28 Local Habit Grand Re-Opening
3/28 BeerNerdz March Madness Blind Tasting @ The Brew Project
3/29 Ballast Point Brewery Tour Bus
3/29 Advanced Brew Class @ Home Brew Mart
4/1 First Beer Dinner Ever @ Ballast Point Miramar
4/1 Silva Stout Release Tap+Cask @ Iron Pig Alehouse
4/2 Pint Night w/ Drakes @ High Dive
4/2 Oompa Lupus (Beer To The Rescue) @ Ballast Point Little Italy
4/3 Firkin Friday w/ Ironfire Brewing Co. @ Hamilton’s Tavern
4/4 5th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer Festival

WC Event Calendar Online

Mar 25
Party at Bolt Brewing (La Mesa); photo by Tim Stahl

Party at Bolt Brewing (La Mesa); photo by Tim Stahl

Due to popular demand, we’ve brought back our online event calendar!

While the old format was glitchy, the new streamlined look will make it easy for you to find great beer events happening all around San Diego.

The calendar doesn’t fill itself, though; we encourage readers and business owners to submit events by emailing… Cheers! 

Craft Beer Exports Near $100M in 2014

Mar 24

Boulder, CO • March 24, 2015—The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers—today 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.

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.

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.


“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 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.