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Tony Gwynn Pale Ale Six-Packs

Dec 8

AleSmith500 sixers of AleSmith’s Tony Gwynn tribute beer will be available via Brown Paper Tickets today starting at noon, with customers able to reserve up to two six-packs for pick-up starting this Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, 1,000 additional six-packs will be sold from the brewery’s Miramar tasting room.

The beer, San Diego Pale Ale .394, references Gwynn’s career-high batting average in 1994. After a few tasting sessions and meetings earlier this year, the Baseball Hall of Famer and his family decided they wanted Peter Zien and his crew to create a hop-forward beer with light body and color. AleSmith first released the beer to the public on June 6 at Padres Beerfest, ten days before Mr. Padre passed away.

A portion of the proceeds goes to the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation, created in 1995 — the same year as AleSmith — to improve the lives of local children through social, academic, and economic programs.

Because of the beer’s popularity — 119 six-packs were sold quickly during San Diego Beer Week — AleSmith will continue ramping up its production. The beer has been on tap consistently at The Bar Key in North Pacific Beach, and according to TapHunter, it’s on at Brothers Provisions as well.

New Belgium Tour de Fat Raises $45,000+

Oct 6

New Belgium’s traveling festival of bikes raised $45,700 for local non-profits San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and San Diego Mountain Biking Association, up 10 percent from last year.

Around 7,000 people convened at Golden Hill Park for the Saturday 27 event.


Tour de Fat © Tim Stahl 2014

“It’s a ‘fun-raiser’ unlike any other,” said Andy Hanshaw, Executive Director of San Diego County Bicycle Coalition.  “Over the last five years, New Belgium has contributed nearly $200,000 that has gone right back into our efforts here to make San Diego a safer, more accessible place for all people to ride their bikes. It’s Hilarity for Charity, and we love it!”

As you can see from this Facebook album, the party is a lot of fun, and a highlight of every Tour de Fat stop is the car-for-bike swap, where one person commits to commute by bike for the next year. That local this year was Hutton Marshall. “I’m excited to start my year living car-free,” Marshall told New Belgium. “Working on a tan, helping create a healthier planet and developing strong gluteus muscles are goals everyone should strive for and I will most certainly do so during the coming year.”

GABF Awards Ceremony: Saturday 9:30 a.m.

Oct 1

After a successful 2013, when local brewers took home 14 medals from the Great American Beer Festival’s awards ceremony, we’re excited to see what happens this year.

Again, there’s a record number of beer entries, so competition will be stiff.

Can Monkey Paw grab another gold? Will Marty Mendiola at Rock Bottom La Jolla continue building his hardware collection?

We’ll see this Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. Denver time), when The Brewing Network streams the awards ceremony live on their website.

GABF Monkey Paw

2013 Team Monkey Paw: Karen Blair, Scot Blair, Christopher West & Cosimo Sorrentino; joined by BA President Charlie Papazian

#sdbeer billboard #4

Sep 17

via @amplifiedales

This morning in Pacific Beach, the fourth #sdbeer billboard greeted pedestrians and motorists on the intersection of Garnet Avenue and Everts Street. Spearheaded by Beau Schmitt of The Brew Project, these advertisements have recently been updated, now saying 90+ breweries instead of the original 85+.

The first billboard was up from June 23 to July 21 in North Park on the corner of Texas Street and University Avenue. CBS Outdoor, the company paid to install Schmitt’s designs, estimated that 220,000 people saw the sign, which featured The Brew Project, West Coaster, Alpine Beer Company, Hamiltons Tavern, and Mike Hess Brewing.

The second billboard went up July 25 in East Village on the corner of F Street and 15th, facing East for all the traffic getting off the 94 (right in front of Monkey Paw & Maker’s Quarter). Again, it was CBS Outdoor that estimated more than 364,000 pairs of eyes took in the message over its four-week period. The Brew Project, Monkey Paw, Societe, Neighborhood, and AleSmith graced this particular poster.

The third billboard, which just came down, included Culture Brewing, Coronado, The Regal Beagle, 57 Degrees, and The Brew Project, and was displayed to approximately 1.093 million people at the bottom of Mission Hills, on the corner of Pacific Highway and Washington Street.

Now, Amplified Ales, Pizza Port, and TapRoom have been substituted into the image. Be on the lookout for more great ideas coming from The Brew Project.


Tasting Room Trend

Aug 6
via @amped_alex

via @amped_alex

More and more San Diego breweries are planning, or have already completed, satellite tasting room operations that don’t have a brewery component. Currently, under state law, brewers can receive an unlimited number of duplicate licenses to open these spots, but Assembly Bill 2010 may soon limit that number to six.

Stone led the charge, opening the first Stone Company Store in South Park in June of 2011. They have since created outposts on Kettner Boulevard by the train station, right outside Petco Park, in Oceanside, and in Pasadena.

Modern Times Beer was invited to build their “Flavordome” inside the burgeoning North Parker on 30th Street, and they held a soft opening in May of this year.

8/10 mile directly north, San Marcos-based Rip Current is planning to build out a tasting room/restaurant combination right across the street from Ritual Tavern, with a prospective fall opening. 2/10 mile north of there, Belching Beaver swung up their garage door-style windows for the first time in April of 2013.

AleSmith’s space is TBD, while Port Brewing is closing in on a date for the unveiling of their Cardiff digs. Fellow North County brewery Iron Fist just signed a deal in Barrio Logan (close to the space of Border X Brewing’s satellite operation). Also south of downtown, Coronado’s new restaurant is soon coming to Imperial Beach.

The next to set up shop will be Santee-based Manzanita Brewing Company, who are hoping to open their Pacific Beach operation just north of Bare Back Grill in early September, just in time for the release of their pumpkin beer. There, they’ll have 23 taps and two beer engines.

This post was updated to include a few more businesses-in-planning. Know of other San Diego breweries planning satellite tasting rooms? E-mail me at 

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