Hot Buttered Ale

Hot Buttered Ale

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in Brandy, Cocktails, Craft Beer, Holiday Drinks | No Comments

Beer and Butter Before we get started, I’ll let you know we’ll be cooking beer here. If you are a craft beer purest and that makes you uneasy, this might not be the recipe for you. If, on the other hand, you enjoy cooking as much as mixing drinks, read on. Part spicy baked goodness, ...

The Negroni Stout

The Negroni Stout

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Cocktails, Craft Beer, Gin | 3 Comments

Beer for Breakfast Not too long ago we met our pals Mel and Flash (founders of the awesome craft beer app and site TapHunter) for drinks. We started at the El Dorado for a Bourbon Mule then migrated to one of my favorite spots, Neighborhood. We order up various beers, cocktails (on tap!) and settle ...

Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Karl Strauss is a special brewery to me. I came to San Diego in the early 90s and the bar taps featured your standard mega American beer selections. Nothing with any dimension – just flabby, watery, pale fizz. When Karl Strauss hit the taps in San Diego bars, I was more than excited. This was the dawn of a new beer era in this town.

San Diego Int'l Beer Festival

San Diego Int'l Beer Festival

Posted by on Apr 12, 2011 in Craft Beer | No Comments

Along with that trend there’s been a spike in the number of local beer festivals, tastings and cask nights. I won’t say that’s a bad thing but it’s hard to keep track of them all. So, when one lands on our radar with plenty of lead time and a discounted pre-sale, we’re on it.

Scot Blair: Hamilton’s Tavern, Small Bar, Monkey Paw

Scot Blair: Hamilton’s Tavern, Small Bar, Monkey Paw

We step through the door of Hamilton’s and the midday sun dissolves into warm dim light, the corner jukebox jangles out The Stone’s “Aint too Proud to Beg” and suddenly I feel like this is the best place to be – the only place to be – on this sunny afternoon.

Skip and Go Naked

Skip and Go Naked

Posted by on Mar 2, 2011 in Cocktails, Craft Beer, Gin | No Comments

Whenever we pack up and hit the road, we consider where we’ll be on Thursday, for happy hour, and how we might toast the region and our latest projects. This time, the contrast of coastal sun and mountain snow leaves us just a little giddy … this beer cocktail is the perfect reflection.

The Home Brew Mart

The Home Brew Mart

Colby Chandler and the team of brewers are mad scientists of a sort. They have at their disposal an arsenal of ingredients at all times. I don’t know why it took me so long to get into the Home Brew Mart. If I’d known they serve up incredible beers on tap daily, it may have changed things.

Ballast Point Bourbon-Barrel Black Marlin Porter

Ballast Point Bourbon-Barrel Black Marlin Porter

Posted by on Jan 27, 2011 in Craft Beer | No Comments

Lately we’ve seen just about everything drinkable making its way into a wooden wine barrel or used spirit cask. Wood, charcoal and the apparition of bygone booze does something inexplicably wonderful. And a perfect Thursday Happy Hour tasting.

Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Brewing Co.

Passion for beer runs deep at Stone Brewing. It’s immediately evident as Greg Koch and Steve Wagner sit down with their glasses and survey the pour. It’s not quite right. There are some tiny bubbles clinging to the side. Greg gets up and returns to the tap with a new glass. This one is better. ...

The Best Damn Beer Shop

The Best Damn Beer Shop

The name says it all. Sid Mikhail runs this shop-inside-a-shop located in the Super JR Market on 7th avenue. Last week we popped open a Russian River Supplication, spent some time talking about his special inventory, and shot a few frames after the store closed for the night.