18 years ago, on July 26, 1996, Stone Brewing Co. sold the first keg of Stone Pale Ale to Vince Marsaglia of Pizza Port fame.
This is a big deal, as there were few craft breweries in San Diego at the time, and this showed two local companies supporting each other.
Three years ago, Stone co-founders Greg Koch and Steve Wagner gave Vince Marsaglia a call to commemorate the fifteen-year anniversary of the sale, and uploaded the resulting video to YouTube.
In 2006, Stone decided to move operations to their current location in Escondido. And who ending up taking their place in San Marcos? Port Brewing/The Lost Abbey, a brewery project by none other than Vince Marsaglia and his sister Gina.
Stone has also been in the news recently for other reasons; as you have probably already heard, one week ago today the brewery announced that they are pursuing a brewery project in Berlin, Germany that they hope will be open in late 2015 or early 2016. Peter Rowe from the UT went more in-depth on the $25M project, which is being pushed forward with an indiegogo campaign. Stone is also looking to build a brewing facility “East of the Mississippi” — details for which are still under wraps.
Last weekend, Karl Strauss showed its commitment to community and environment with their fourth annual beach clean-up in partnership with the Surfrider Foundation. 144 team members—from brewers to HR to sales—arrived at Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach early in the morning to begin cleaning up the beach and surrounding inland area.
“We are a local company operating in a beach city so it’s important for us to give back and do what we can to keep our oceans clean,” says Matt Rattner, President, Karl Strauss Brewing Company. “It was incredible to see so many team members volunteering to help out in such a meaningful way.”
Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter Manager, Haley Jain Haggerstone, was onsite to brief staff and reiterate Surfrider’s goal to protect and preserve the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches. “I was thrilled to organize a beach cleanup for the Karl Strauss team. Karl Strauss has been a big supporter of ours for years through the Beach to Brewery fundraiser, hosting our quarterly chapter meetings, and donating beer for our events. They collected an impressive amount of trash and helped make a big impact,” says Haggerstone.
Overall, the clean-up was a huge success with 278 pounds of trash (plus 53 pounds of recyclable materials, 3,755 cigarette butts, 1,017 miscellaneous plastics, 633 plastic food wrappers, 330 plastic bottle caps, and 281 plastic lids and straws) taken from the coast. Employees picked up more than 3,750 cigarette butts and 2,000 pieces of plastic—reiterating the importance of Surfrider’s “Hold On To Your Butt” and “Rise Above Plastics” campaigns.
Once a month, La Jolla’s Herringbone restaurant is partnering with local breweries and musicians.
This Saturday, North Park’s Thorn St. is the featured brewery, while musicians Andy Mauser and the Kris Bradley Duo are set to play.
Past brewery collaborators have included Modern Times Beer and Acoustic Ales (fitting, right?)
See the photo at right for more information on food specials, location, and times.
Vista’s Iron Fist Brewing Company is planning on opening a 3,000 sq. ft. tasting room with outdoor seating in a brand new development off Cesar Chavez Parkway and National Avenue in the Barrio Logan, according to a recent post on their Facebook page.
The satellite tasting room concept has been obviously popular for San Diego breweries; Belching Beaver and Modern Times both have similar operations in North Park, and Rip Current is looking to open in the area as well.
Technically, Tom Nickel of O’Brien’s Pub & Nickel Brewing Company is looking to become the Honorary Mayor of Julian, but we thought we’d share anyways, as he’s campaigning for a good cause: proceeds from the race will go towards the restoration of Julian Town Hall (you can help out Nickel & Julian here.)
Whoever raises the most before July 31 — Nickel is competing against Johnny Hake (Julian Cuyamaca Community Emergency Response Team – CERT/Teen CERT), Mike Hart (Julian News Publisher), and Charles Scott (The Candied Apple Pastry Company) — receives the title for one year.
This Thursday, O’Brien’s is hosting a Nickel Beer Night/Town Hall fundraising event, complete with a cask of Volcan IPA with Centennial hops, a cask of chocolate and vanilla bean Stonewall Stout, draft kegs of Weekender Wheat (a German-style hefe), Evacuation Pale (5.5% hoppy pale with Simcoe and Mosaic brewed the day of the Banner Fire when the Nickels had to evacuate their home), and a preview keg of 11.1% ABV Kupfernickel Barleywine from the Appleton 12-year rum barrel.