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San Diego’s satellite tasting room projects

Apr 19

The future home of Little Miss Brewing’s tasting room in OB (three doors down from Culture Brewing’s satellite)

Breweries make the best margin by far when selling their beer in their taprooms. With a county expansive as San Diego, getting customers to a single location can be a challenge, but the satellite tasting room model—one where a brewery opens a non-brewing sampling space in a geographically removed community—has proven quite successful in helping brewing companies reach new customers, move inventory and generate additional revenue. Many satellites have been sent into orbit throughout the county in recent years, and quite a few are in different states of planning at present. Here is a breakdown of such projects by the neighborhoods they may someday call home.

Bay Park: As announced earlier this week, Grantville-based Benchmark Brewing Company has signed a lease on a space. The family-run business had been exploring the prospect of opening a satellite in Oceanside, but ultimately decided to stay within the City of San Diego.

Carlsbad: A collective of artisans will someday share space with crops of produce, wine grapes and hops at the North 40 development. Numerous tenants have been reeled in over the past two years (and many have walked away), but Miramar’s AleSmith Brewing Company and Carmel Mountain’s Second Chance Beer Company are signed up, with the former hoping to sell house-made cheese with its beer.

Chula Vista: Fresh off the high of moving into Twisted Manzanita Ales’ former production brewery (and distillery) in Santee, Groundswell Brewing Company is working to open a sampling space on downtown Chula Vista’s main drag, Third Avenue…right across the street from soon-to-debut Thr3e Punk Ales Brewing Company.

Encinitas: Though a community that’s openly resisted brewery-owned venues, this beachy berg has two breweries slogging against the tide for space on Coast Highway 101: Point Loma’s Modern Times Beer Company (across from La Paloma Theatre) and Solana Beach’s Culture Brewing Company (next to Bier Garden of Encinitas).

Marina District: Developers have spent the better part of the past year curating a list of breweries to share space at The Headquarters at Seaport Village. Planned as a central courtyard surrounded by six identical yet uniquely appointed brewery tasting rooms, it has proven challenging for a variety of reasons, but would create a concept unique to San Diego.

Normal Heights: Longtime craft-beer champion Blind Lady Ale House will soon have some sudsy company in their ‘hood care of Miramar-based Little Miss Brewing, which is hard at work on two fun-and-games equipped tasting rooms within San Diego proper.

North Park: Another interest with two satellites in the works is Second Chance, who recently revealed plans to open a tasting room on 30th Street in North Park, across the street from popular beer-bar Toronado and doors down from the site of Ritual Kitchen, which announced last week that it will soon shut its doors after 10 years in business.

Ocean Beach: Little Miss Brewing’s other upcoming satellite will join the county’s most tasting room-dense community, on the same block as Belching Beaver Brewery, Culture, Helm’s Brewing Company and Kilowatt Brewing Company; and a short walk from OB Brewery and Pizza Port OB; and a quick drive from Mike Hess Brewing Company’s sampler.

Pacific Beach: Downtown’s Mission Brewery is geared to cash in on partygoers’ thirst for beer, installing a tasting room on Garnet Avenue where it intersects with Gresham Street. PB is currently without a brewery satellite after Twisted Manzanita’s closed down when the company folded last year.

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San Diego Beer Week 2014 – Publisher’s Picks

Nov 5

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Kegs have been hoarded, tap lines cleaned, and lineups finalized. It’s go time in the San Diego beer world. Lots of hard work has gone into this 6th incarnation of the 10 day confederation of beer events that is San Diego Beer Week. With 20+ events on the first day alone, tough decisions must be made as to which events will be attended.

As much as my soul wishes to taste all of the beers at all of the places during SDBW, my liver is the one that has to deal with all the alcohol. Plus, drunk driving sucks. I’m limiting myself to three events a day max, with an emphasis on trying tasty, new things. Here’s what I came up with:

From 2012's Rare Beer Breakfast at Stone. Pictured L-R: Colby Chandler (Ballast Point), Shawn DeWitt (Coronado), Dr. Bill (Stone), Ryan Glenn (Ballast Point), and Greg Koch (Stone)

From 2012’s Rare Beer Breakfast at Stone. Pictured L-R: Colby Chandler (Ballast Point), Shawn DeWitt (Coronado), Dr. Bill (Stone), Ryan Glenn (Ballast Point), and Greg Koch (Stone)

11/7 Friday

Stone Rare Beer Breakfast @ Stone Brewing Co. Escondido
Whale hunters will be pleased with the offerings from Crooked Stave, Russian River, Firestone Walker and much more. $65 gets you fifteen 3oz tasters, an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, a cool taster glass and more.

Urge Beer Run: Day 2
The guys from Urge road tripped from San Diego to Seattle, packing the RV with treats from breweries along the West Coast. With beers you just don’t see coming on tap from Oregon & Washington, this is a good stop for beer tickers looking to try something new.

Guild Fest: VIP Brewer Takeover
One of the three official Brewers Guild events for SDBW, the VIP Brewer Takeover on Saturday evening is not to be missed. There’s a good chance you’ll get to say hello to your favorite brewer and the tap list is pretty solid. I’m going to taste Queen of Tarts by Karl Strauss, Green Flash’s Hammie’s 8th Anniversary Wheat Wine & the 12th Anniversary Sour Pale Ale, Twisted Manzanita’s Serenity, Rip Current’s IIIIPA, and New English’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Brown.  I’m also looking forward to checking out all the newer breweries as they’re anxious to show off on their 1st Beer Week. Tickets are $75 for unlimited tasting of food and beer.

December / January 2012-13’s cover of the 2012 Guild Fest

11/8 Saturday

San Diego Brewers Guild Festival
The largest of the three official San Diego Brewers Guild events of SDBW, this will be a snapshot for the current state of San Diego Beer with unlimited tastings from over 50 SD-county breweries. My personal favorites on the list include Electrocution by Amplified Ales and Stone Liberty Station’s Witty Moron. I’ll be looking to try beer from newcomers 32 North, Bagby, Dos Desperados, Fallbrook, Prodigy, Toolbox and Urbn St.

NorCal Beer Night @ Hamilton’s Tavern
Hammies is orchestrating a massive taplist with lots of Northern California beers you just don’t see much of down South. Marin Brewing, CellarMaker, Social Kitchen, Magnolia, Moonlight, Moylan’s, Iron Springs and many more will be on tap.

Chef Calvin Hanis of Carnitas Snack Shack with his pet pig, Carnitas

11/9 Sunday

Green Flash Smokeout @ Carnitas Snack Shack
The realm of tasty that is Carnitas Snack Shack is hosting the 6th Annual Green Flash Smokeout. Green Flash will have Chuck Silva & Dave Adams curating on hand to talk about Green Flash happenings and any of the beers on tap. The food will be killer. This one will put you in the right place for our next event pick:

The World’s Biggest Bottle Share on 30th Street
I love DrinkAbout and I love bottleshares. This is a hybrid of those two things taking place in the greater North Park area. A bus will connect Polite Provisions, Ritual Kitchen & Beer Garden, Waypoint Public, Bluefoot, Brabant, Station Tavern, Alchemy, and Hamilton’s. $20 gets you a t-shirt, bus access from 12P-6P and a commemorative taster glass. Bring a few bottles to share with friends new and old while enjoying discounts at each of the stops. Cool new concept from the South Park Business Association.

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Fishing with the Brewers @ Fathom Bistro
The pub on the pier is getting together some friends and going fishin’. For $70, you get a fishing pole with hooks, weights and bait that are yours to keep. You also get breakfast, lunch and a t-shirt, too. Cast lines and hang out with Adam Avery of Avery Brewing, Chuck Silva of Green Flash, Jamie Floyd from Ninkasi, Bear Republic’s Richard Norgrove, AleSmith’s Bill Batten and Yuseff Cherney of Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits. Beers from each of the respective brewery will be on tap, and the view is awesome.

Brews, Views and Chews @ Tom Ham’s Lighthouse
Across the bay, the iconic Tom Ham’s Lighthouse is hosting a mini-festival including another fantastic view of San Diego. $40 gets you tasters from Ballast Point, Lost Abbey, New English, Ironfire and Acoustic Ales with food from Hanis Calivn (Carnitas Snack Shack), Lance Repp (Tom Ham’s), Chad White (Comun Kitchen) and Don Morales (Bali Hai). There will be live music and a silent action also.

Modern Times Tasting @ SD TapRoom
TapRoom is arguably the most San Diego proud bar with a well curated local-centric taplist to boot. Modern Times is one of my favorite breweries at the moment, and their newer beers like Universal Friend and Aurora have been bold and delicious – complimenting their sessionable core lineup nicely. Starts at 8PM.

May 2013’s cover of West Coaster featuring Benchmark Brewing

11/11 Tuesday

Full Table by Benchmark Brewing Co.
We’re big fans of Matt Akin and Benchmark Brewing. Their subtle but skillfully brewing style is no better explained than by a sip of their core offering Table Beer. For this event, there will be a dozen different variants of Table Beer. This is a great way to taste how things like switching the yeast or barrel aging affect a beer. Flights of 6 are $12 and individual tasters are $2. Benchmark is very close to Groundswell Brewing and San Diego Brewing Company, both worthy of a visit afterwards.

Ice Cream Float Night @ Tap That Tap Room
Tap That will have a full selection of beers ready to be augmented with a scoop of ice cream. You can’t go wrong with beer floats with Karl Strauss’ Peanut Butter Porter and Belching Beaver’s Peanut Butter Stout. Tap That also has bottles and kegs to go, so if your fridge or kegerator needs a SDBW-reload you can do that, too.

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Ignacio “Nacho” Cervantes at Pizza Port Carlsbad, mid 2011

11/12 Wednesday

Crushed & Karl’d Brunch
Pacific Beach’s Karl Strauss is bringing beer for brunch at the new Crushed on Garnett Avenue. Making great use of the old Ciro’s draft system right out of the gate, this new spot is a promising addition to the rapidly expanding Pacific Beach Better Beer Circuit. Brewmaster Paul Segura will be in attendance. Crushed is an easy walk to Tap Room, Barrel Republic, Iron Pig and Amplified, also.

Pizza Port Showdown @ Sublime Ale House
Sublime is putting beers from all SD-county Pizza Ports on tap and pitting them against one another. Taste beers from Nacho Cervantes (Ocean Beach), Devon Randall (Solana Beach), Sean Farrell (Bressi Ranch) and Mike Abuchon (Carlsbad) and vote for your favorites. The winner gets a trophy and beers the beers organized into four categories: Hoppy, Belgian, Dark and Brewers Choice. Beers on tap include: Bacon & Eggs, May the Port Be With You, Barrel Aged Export Stout and Fresh Hop Grapefruit Tap.

August 2011’s cover featuring Mexico’s Insurgente Brewing

11/13 Thursday

Nickel Beer Night @ West Coast BBQ
Nickel Beer Co. owner and West Coast BBQ co-owner Tom Nickel makes some quality beer out of Julian. This is a great way to taste a few of his beers and eat some BBQ from West Coast’s huge smoker. Smoked Beer Cheese plates and Hot Links available for munching.

No Border: Craft Beer & Tacos with Insurgente Brewing @ Tacos Perla
From Tijuana to North Park, Cerveceria Insurgente will be on tap at Tacos Perla. The two brothers Ivan and Damien Morales have been very busy since we featured them in our August 2011 issue of West Coaster (check out our archives: http://westcoastersd.com/editorial). Baja beer has been growing at an incredible pace, and this is one of the breweries we’re most excited about south of the border.

Love Your Mother Earth Brewer @ Ritual Kitchen & Tavern
Farm to table pub Ritual will host Vista’s Mother Earth Brew Co.’s Kamron Khannakhjavani for a beer pairing dinner. Mother Earth’s beer has been tasting really good lately, and Ritual Tavern is the perfect setting for a low key beer dinner.

11/14 Friday

Ballast Point Tap Takeover 2011 at The High Dive

Ballast Point Tap Takeover 2011 at The High Dive

Ballast Point Tap Takeover @ The High Dive
The friendly neighborhood pub High Dive has for years been Ballast Point Home Brew Mart’s break room. Owner Ingrid also recently married BP’s brewmaster Yuseff Cherney. Both of these things mean that you can expect the best from Ballast Point’s beers and spirits to be available: check out a list: http://www.highdivesd.com/events/sdbw-ballast/

Council Brewing Progressive Tart Saison Night @ Council Brewing Co.
One of San Diego’s newest and most promising breweries will be rotating on kegs of their low-ABV, high flavor Tart Saison. Variants include Mango, Pomegranate and Nelson-hopped.

Meeting of the Guilds @ Toronado
Featuring beers from the San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco Guilds, this is a great chance to taste beer from our Northern friends. Ladyface, Strand, El Segundo, Eagle Rock and more will be representing Los Angeles. San Francisco will be represented by Magnolia, Thirsty Bear, Almanac along with several others. Plenty of San Diego beer, too, but for this one I’ll be trying to tick off new beers on Untappd.

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Team BNS

11/15 Saturday

The Bruery Secret Stash @ The Joint
There’s lots of good beer in Ocean Beach these days. Plan to spend some time in the neighborhood and start with The Joint, a funky Spanish / Japanese restaurant that will be serving up rare beers from The Bruery on Saturday. Afterwards, check out the new Culture Brewing Co. tasting room and don’t forget to see what neighbors Raglan, OB Noodlehouse II, and Pizza Port are serving. After your OB beer day, take a unsober selfie on the pier and send it in to us.

East County Hop On, Hop Off Brew Bus
This is a great way to easily check out what East County’s brewing scene is all about. Organized by Urbn Street Brewing Co., a bus will run from 5-10PM and visit BNS Brewing & Distilling, Twisted Manzanita Ales, Main Tap Tavern in addition to Urbn St. The bus is free.

Barrel Republic 1st Year Anniversary
The one-of-a-kind, pour-it-yourself beer bar is going insane all SDBW, but on the final Saturday of Beer Week Barrel Republic is celebrating their 1st Anniversary. The concept is cool and there will be more good beer available then you can shake a Willi Becher at. With loads of proper glassware, you can taste beer at your own pace and in whatever quantity you prefer. Beers on tap will include Telegraph Brewing Co. Rhinoceros 2012, Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Velvet Merkin aged in Tequila Barrels, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Pugachev’s Cobra 2013 and more.

11/16 Sunday

Beer lovers taking in the sights at the 2010 Beer Garden at the Lodge at Torrey Pines

Beer lovers taking in the sights at the 2010 Beer Garden at the Lodge at Torrey Pines

The Beer Garden @ The Lodge at Torrey Pines
In years past, the official closing event of San Diego Beer Week has been a one-stop shop for the finest in SD beer and food in an absolutley stunning setting. With 24 breweries and 12 restaurants being showcased on the edge of Torrey Pines Golf Course, this is a worthy finishing act for the previous 10 days. https://www.sdbw.org/event-info/10-the-beer-garden

 

November is also our 4th Anniversary at West Coaster. We launched during Beer Week 2010, and this post has photos and covers from the past four years. Don’t forget to check out our November 2014 issue online or in print. Thank you very much for reading!

The 1st issue of West Coaster awaiting delivery - November 2010

The 1st issue of West Coaster awaiting delivery – November 2010

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The Friday Five: 5Q w/ Brandon Brooks

May 3

In big San Diego food news, local chef Brandon Brooks will be taking the helm at Sessions Public starting tomorrow, May 4.

Brooks, far right, with friends at the release of Chefs Press' Brew Food cookbook

Brooks, far right, with fellow food lovers at the release of Chefs Press’ Brew Food cookbook

What do you have planned for the kitchen?
What I’m working on right now is taking their philosophy and expanding on it. When you walk into Sessions, you don’t really feel like you’re in Point Loma anymore; I get the vibe of being in the Northwest, especially with some of the game components they have on the menu, like venison meatballs and duck fat fries. I want to continue to play with that idea, while keeping the rustic approach to the food, which is something I’ve always felt was my touch. We’ll start doing more in-house, especially when it comes to breaking down whole animals.

What are you expecting from your first few days?
I’ll actually spend the first week or two learning the kitchen and seeing how it works. I’ll need to watch my cooks and see what their skill levels are. I have one sous chef and three cooks, so before we start making some menu changes I’ll want to make sure that everybody is capable and comfortable in executing them.

Who helped you get where you are today?
I definitely want to give a shout out to Mike and Staci at Ritual Tavern in North Park. I feel that was the place where I was able to get my foothold in San Diego food, and I learned a lot about working with beer as well. I feel that Ritual and Sessions have a similar vibe, and it’ll be exciting heading up a kitchen again. Also big thanks to Hanis Cavin from Carnitas’ Snack Shack for keeping me busy pouring beer in the “pig pen” while I was looking for a new kitchen.

DSC_0741-001Any plans for upcoming events?
We definitely want to get some great beer dinners going, but with there being so many out there, we’re going to start looking at creative ways to put a spin on them. I’d like to do a dinner with Societe, while also reaching out to some of the newer guys like Rip Current. We’re also talking about another Trencherman event so we can show people the enjoyment you can have while pairing beer and food.

How do you see the local food scene continuing to intertwine with the beer scene?
Well, I think it’s reached a point in this city where not having good beer options means you’re shooting yourself in the foot. The best chefs understand that, and I think we’re going to see a lot more collaboration between them. For example, chefs Hanis Cavin from Carnitas’ Snack Shack and Olivier Bioteau from Farm House Cafe are putting on a Societe “Hog and Brew” beer dinner Monday, the 13th. And at a recent Chef Celebration dinner, Jsix executive chef Christian Graves brought some of his homebrew for everyone to try. There are lots of creative chefs out there, and I think we’ll start seeing more high-end, unique events come from it.

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Upcoming Beer Dinners

Sep 4

Today, September 4
Mission Beer Dinner @ Local Habit
The Hillcrest farm-to-table restaurant helps celebrate Edible San Diego’s Eat Drink Local Week with a three course meal paired with Mission beers by Chef Nick Brune. Tickets are $47.57 at this link, with several seatings to choose from. First course: Beet ravioli with marinated fennel and California goat cheese, paired with Mission Blonde Ale; Second course: Spur Valley chicken confit with lavender potatoes or noodle galette with carrot puree and zucchini emulsion, paired with Jasper’s Extra Pale Ale; Third course: Dark Seas ice cream float with raspberry coulis, paired with Mission Dark Seas Imperial Stout.

Tomorrow, September 5
Mission Beer Dinner @ BiCE
Two times in two days for Mission Brewery, but this dinner will be the first beer pairing put on by the BiCE staff. The meal costs $62, plus tax and tip. The appetizer: Beer-drunken cheese and boar sausage on a pretzel bread crouton, polenta “steak fries”; paired with Mission Jasper’s Extra Pale Ale; First course: Potato gnocchi with Mission Amber-braised pork ribs, paired with Mission Amber; Main course: Oven-roasted whole pork leg marinated overnight in beer, porcini sauce served table-side, paired with Mission Shipwrecked Double IPA; Dessert: Mission Dark Seas-burnt sugar flan, espresso sauce; paired with Mission Dark Seas Imperial Stout. A meet-the-brewer event! Call 619-239-2423 for reservations.

Saturday, September 8
Ballast Point Beer Dinner @ Sessions Public
A three-course, bacon-centric meal with be served in Ocean Beach’s Sessions Public featuring Ballast Point beers. Sessions owner Abel Kaase has a long-standing friendship with Ballast Point owner Jack White, both Point Loma natives, so you know the beers selected will be top notch. That list has not been released yet, nor has the menu, but when it is we will update this post. The cost of the dinner is $40 all inclusive, but seating is limited so call 619-756-7715 or e-mail abel@sessionspublic.com to make reservations for this 7 p.m. event.

Tuesday, September 11
Iron Fist Beer Dinner @ Gingham
Five different chefs at the La Mesa restaurant will prepare dishes paired with Iron Fist beers for $65 per person, plus tax and tip. First course (Ryan Studebaker, Executive Chef): Smoked lamb belly carpaccio, fig, pistachio dust, arugula and cherry gastrique, paired with Velvet Glove; Second course (Joel Cammet, Executive Sous Chef): Pulled pork pirogues, Memphis-style BBQ, spaghetti squash and grains of paradise, paired with Spice of Life; Third course (Abraham Fregoso, Sous Chef): Black tea and chili-braised duck sliders, jalapeño and agave marmalade and jicama slaw, paired with Golden Age; Fourth course (Jason Baker, Sous Chef): Braised veal cheeks, peach demi glaze and summer vegetable sauté, paired with Dubbel Fist; Fifth course (Rachel King, Pastry Chef): Vanilla bean panna cotta, coconut passion sorbet with mango and lime crunch, paired with Hired Hand. Call 619-797-1922 for reservations.

Wednesday, September 12
Manzanita Beer Dinner @ Vagabond
Chef Paul Niles’ global-inspired cuisine will be on show at the South Park venue. The courses and pairings have not yet been released, but when they are this post will be updated. Updated courses: First course: Tuna poke, avocado, togarashi and taro chips, paired with Pale Ale; Second course: Lamb meatball slider, romesco sauce, house-made tater tot, paired with Rustic Horizon Red; Third course: Roasted chicken roulade with spaetzle, fried vegetables and brown butter, paired with Gillespie Brown Ale; Fourth course: Roasted mushroom salad with truffle oil, toasted ciabatta and burrata, paired with IPA; Fifth course: Cheese board tasting with quince paste, fig jam and cranberry walnut bread; paired with Chaotic Double IPA. The dinner is $45 per person for five courses, plus tax and tip; reserve seats for this 7 p.m. event by visiting vagabondkitchen.com or calling 619-255-1035. Brewmaster Garry Pitman will also be on hand.

Saturday, September 15
Karl Strauss Beer Dinner @ Albert’s Restaurant (SD Zoo)
Award-winning beers from Karl Strauss’ Paul Segura will be paired with dishes from San Diego Zoo Executive Chef Chris Mirguet and Sous Chefs Charles Boukas and Matt Jillson starting at 6:45 p.m. A reception with live animal presentation will begin 45 minutes earlier on the Treehouse Plaza Deck, where Pintail Pale Ale and Off The Rails will be paired with pumpernickel and ham petit fours, a cambozola, camembert and white cheddar cheese board, plus cured meats and mustards. The first course will pair Tower 10 IPA with chilled prawns and chorizo salad; the second course will pair Wreck Alley Imperial Stout with beef stout stroganoff; the third course will pair Boardwalk Black Rye IPA with blackened pork loin; and finally, for dessert; Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen will pair with pumpkin banana crème brulee. The cost is $69 per person, plus tax and tip; call 619-557-3964 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily to reserve your spot.

Tuesday, September 18
Dogfish Head Beer Dinner @ Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge
Toast with a pint of Punkin Ale at the 7 p.m. reception before enjoying a five-course meal featuring one of the East Coast’s most sought-after breweries, Dogfish Head. First course: Corn chowder with bacon jam, paired with Festina Peche; Second course: Anson Mills stone-cut oatmeal risotto with wild mushroom and caramelized onion, paired with My Antonia; Third course: Crispy skin Loch Duart salmon, lentils, roasted pumpkin and savory spinach, paired with Namaste; Fourth course: Balsamic-braised pork shoulder with creamy orzo, paired with Indian Brown Ale; Dessert: Valrhona dark chocolate biscotti with macerated cherries and sweet mascarpone, paired with Palo Santo Marron. Cost is $49 per person, plus tax and tip; call 619-437-6087 to make reservations.

Tuesday, September 25
Societe Beer Dinner @ Local Habit
Chef Nick Brune has collaborated with Societe brewers/founders Doug Constantiner and Travis Smith to create a delicious five-course meal. There will be two seatings (6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.), and the cost is $50, plus tax and tip. First course: Shaved beets with orange coriander-glazed octopus, paired with The Harlot; Second course: Potato-wrapped Pacific fish with Springhill chive butter and lemon fritto, paired with The Apprentice; Third course: Eggplant roulade with crab, artichoke puree and Thai basil, paired with The Pupil; Fourth course: Pluot ravioli with rabbit ragout and rabbit liver vinaigrette, paired with The Butcher; Fifth course: Toasted walnut custard cake with California raisins, paired with The Widow. Calls for reservations at 619-795-4770.

Thursday, September 27
AleSmith Beer Dinner @ Ritual Tavern
Newly-annointed Chef Kyle Bergman will be hosting his first beer dinner at Ritual Tavern during the North Park restaurant’s 5th Anniversary month, and the AleSmith brewers will on hand for this five-course meal featuring Evil Dead Red and a double coffee version of Speedway Stout. The menu and pairings haven’t been released yet, but we’ll update this post when they are. Cost is $55 per person, plus tax and tip; call 619-283-1720 to reserve your spot at this 7 p.m. event.

Thursday, September 27
Coronado Beer Dinner @ JSix
Jsix chefs will be creating a four-course dinner featuring “nose-to-tail” dishes from a whole pig, goat and rabbit. The cost is $65 for just the food menu, or you can pair it with beers from Coronado Brewing Company for $20 more. The event starts at 7 p.m.; make reservations by calling 619-531-8744.

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Perfect Storm: Weekend of 6/29 Packed With Beer Events

Jun 27

Through cosmic happenstance, this weekend, specifically Saturday, is absolutely PACKED with beer events. Below is a listing of what’s going down 6/29-7/1 with a few lines of explanation.

Friday 6/29
3PM — Cismontane Rare Draft & Cask @ Ritual Tavern
I’ve been watching Santa Margarita’s Cismontane Brewing Co. appear on draft lists around town recently – worth a look!

430PM — 1st Anniversary Celebration @ Local Habit
In celebration of Local Habit’s first, there will be a special beer brewed by Hess Brewing, a menu that’s been created by  popular vote, and several excellent draft offerings. Also, there’s a custom glassware giveaway to the first 40 patrons. To read more on this, click here.

5PM — Firkin Friday w/ Green Flash @ Hamiltons Tavern
“Dueling casks” of Green Flash Retro Extra Pale Ale — the company’s first beer recipe from almost ten years ago — and Imperial IIPA will start flowing at 5.

6PM — AleSmith Decadance 2012 Cask @ KnB Wine Cellars
KnB puts it best: “[You] won’t see this baby again any time soon!” Cask starts pouring at 6PM.

730PM — Ballast Point Night @ Coaster Saloon
Coaster Saloon has been working on their craft beer program. This eve the Saloon is partnering with the MeetUp.com group San Diego Craft Brew Society. Coaster will have Habanero Sculpin on cask along with Sea Monster Stout, Longfin Lager, and Piper Down Scottish Ale. More information can be found here. If you haven’t been to the Saloon, it’s steps away from the beach and the weather should be awesome.

Saturday 6/30
10AM — Cismontane Beer for Breakfast @ Small Bar
If you haven’t been to a Beer for Breakfast by Small Bar, you’re missing out. Be prepared to eat and drink and accomplish little else afterwards (I recommend napping and/or hanging out by a pool). If you need a break from the beer, try one of their Bloody Mary’s (made with Ballast Point’s Bloody Mary mix).

11AM — 1st Anniversary Celebration @ Local Habit
The celebration continues into Day #2 and starts at 11AM. First 40 people in the door get a custom Hess / Local Habit glass to commemorate the occasion.

12PM — KnB4 @ KnB Wine Cellars
To celebrate their 4th, KnB is going insane. A tasting garden will pour rare beer from bottles & kegs, and they’ll also be selling rare bottles from their cellar. Among the many taps offered will be their collaboration Gose beer by Monkey Paw Brewing. There will also be a 225 pig roast. Click here for the full details.

1PM & 5PM — Grand Opening @ Societe Brewing Co. (SOLD OUT)
12 in ’12 member Societe opens their doors officially. Sold out 🙁

3PM — AleSmith Summer YuleSmith cask @ Ritual Tavern
If you haven’t tried this year’s Summer YuleSmith, you should. It is awesome.

4PM — Green Flash Beer Pairing Dinner @ Phileas Foggs
Poway’s Phileas Foggs is hosting a 5-course dinner paired with Green Flash beers. For more info, click here. Tickets are $45

4PM — Pints for Pups @ Mission Brewery
Hang out with some dogs and drink Mission’s beer while raising funds for guide dog training.

5PM — 30th on 30th
Each month on the 30th, the businesses on uptown’s 30th street serve up awesome beer and food. Click here for more info.

6PM — 4th Anniversary Party @ Main Tap Tavern
All day food specials ($5 meatball sandwichs) and, of course, awesome beer from El Cajon’s reigning beer bar. Live music with American Midnight goes on at 9PM.

Sunday 6/31
11AM —  1st Anniversary Celebration @ Local Habit
The celebration continues into Day #2 and starts at 11AM. First 40 people in the door get a custom Hess / Local Habit glass to commemorate the occasion.

430PM — BeerNerdz Gluten-free Beer Blind Tasting @ Bottlecraft
Gluten-free beer is a growing trend these days, and BeerNerdz has teamed up with Bottlecraft to put on a blind tasting of the latest in GF offerings. For more info and tickets, click here.

This list of events was derived from our Event Calendar.

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