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April 1, 2014

Apr 1

6a454d50b9be11e394f212fe06fbf87e_8What do you believe?

Societe, previously adamant about not filling casks or doing any sort of bourbon barrel-aging, just tapped a cask of bourbon barrel-aged The Butcher with oak chips at O’Brien’s Pub in Kearny Mesa.

– The Stone Stochasticity Project is back with its third beer, a canned Cr(He)am Ale infused with Helium.

Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival

Mar 28

1920111_10152274443497145_1870488430_nJoin the San Diego Brewers Guild tonight from 5 – 9 p.m. for an event focused on great beer and great art. Tickets are $35 at the door and include 10 four-ounce pours.

Breweries featured: Ballast Point, AleSmith, Rock Bottom, Stone, Green Flash, Thorn St., Aztec, Gordon Biersch, Pizza Port, Coronado, Helm’s, Lightning, Karl Strauss, and Hillcrest. The artists: Gustaf Anders Rooth, Eric Wixon, Benjamin Lavender, Keith Greene, Dia Basset, and Mike Payne. The restaurants: Barrio Star, Croce’s Park West, Pizzicato, and Jimmy Carter’s Mexican Cafe.

What’s Brewing: Thorn St.

Mar 22
Eric O'Connor (left) with Dennis O'Connor (no relation) at Thorn St. Brewery in North Park

San Diego natives Eric O’Connor (left) with Dennis O’Connor (no relation) at Thorn St. Brewery. Not pictured is business partner Dan Carrico

North Park’s Thorn St. Brewery (TSB) created their first beer, North Park Pale Ale, in November 2012 on a 7-BBL system, and they have been steadily increasing production ever since. Recently they added a 10-BBL fermentation tank, and they’re set to replace three 7-BBL fermentors with two 15-BBL vessels soon.

Brewer Eric O’Connor told WC that the company is widening distribution by bringing beer to the beaches (Pizza Port Ocean Beach and Fred’s Mexican Cafe [PB]), as well as out east to Brody’s in Jamul and Main Tap Tavern in El Cajon.

They’ll soon be competing at the World Beer Cup in Denver with four beers: Golden Hills Pils, The Menace IIPA, Relay IPA, and Dark Tsar Russian Imperial Stout.

Back home, lots of beer is aging. Four whiskey barrels are currently housing Dark Tsar Russian Imperial Stout (some of which was kegged and tapped at the beginning of March), another two whiskey barrels are holding a Belgian quad, and the last two whiskey barrels have an imperial stout infused with vanilla and specially-roasted dark, oily coffee beans from Santos Coffee House right across the street. TSB has also added a couple more wine barrels for a sour program; an American strong ale just went in last week.

1911724_481827511945151_143174277_nAnother project in the works involves crowd-sourced hop growing. The brewery is planning to provide hop rhizomes and care instructions for local customers so that by the fall of 2015 the harvest will be large enough to brew a 7-barrel “92104″ fresh-hop beer, with a portion of sales going to local charities. Participating hop growers will also get discounts on beer.

More activities at TSB include a growing cask program, a kids-eat-free from food trucks promo from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesdays (followed by movie night at 8 p.m.), trivia on Wednesdays, new beer releases on Thursdays, and a monthly Sunday brunch featuring local restaurants. The first brunch is scheduled for Sunday, April 6 with Carnitas’ Snack Shack.

Want your brewery to be in the next “What’s Brewing” post? E-mail me:

Rip Current Tap Takeover @ Barrel Republic 3/21

Mar 20


Rip Current, the San Marcos-based brewery that just belatedly celebrated their one-year anniversary this past weekend, is throwing their biggest tap takeover ever tomorrow night at Barrel Republic in Pacific Beach. The new bar on Garnet Avenue is known for its use of iPourIt, an innovative technology that allows patrons to pour their own beers from self-serve taps.

20 beers from Rip Current, helmed by esteemed homebrewers-turned-pros Paul Sangster and Guy Shobe, will be available: Marine Layer Hefeweizen, San Diego-style Hefeweizen, Palomar Chocolate Porter, Western Swell Weizenbock, Impact Zoombas (Pink IPA made for Brewbies Fest), Cutback Kolsch, Kona Storm (nitro), Vanilla Storm, Barrier Reef Nut Brown, Caught in a Rip Triple IPA, Rescue Buoy RIS, Scotch Oaked Black Lagoon Scottish Strong, Old Man’s Old Ale, Hazardous Hazelnut Porter, In the Curl IIPA, Black Lagoon Scottish Strong, Rip Ryeder Hoppy Session Red, Lupulin Lust IPA (CO2 and nitro [first time]), and Ankle Breaker Sticke Alt.

Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar…

Mar 19

Straight from the host website, “…what sounds like the beginning of a rather bad joke is a fun, new outreach program by the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center” scheduled for tomorrow night all over town.



Thankfully the Balboa Park-based center has chosen some great local craft beer bars to send 50 scientists with signs reading “We are scientists. Ask us anything!”

Visit the link above to see the addresses and times of the scientists’ visits; here’s the list of locations:

Ballast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen, Basic Pizza, Blind Lady Ale House, California Kebab & Beer Garden, Green Flash Brewing Company, Hamilton’s, Hess Brewing, McGregor’s, Modern Times Beer, Pizza Port Carlsbad, Pizza Port Solana Beach, Polite Provisions, Quality Social, Small Bar, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondido, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, Sublime Ale House, The Field, The Knotty Barrel, The Regal Beagle, The Regal Seagull, The Wine Pub, Tiger!Tiger!, Urbn Coal Fire Pizza, and Waypoint Public.

Can’t make it to any of these spots tomorrow? Keep up with RH Fleet on Twitter and Facebook as well as the hashtag #2scientists

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