Ballast Point Spirits

Ballast Point Spirits

What some people may not know is that Ballast Point has quietly been distilling top-notch spirits– namely gin, rum and whiskey. That’s right. Whiskey. From San Diego. Ballast Point is the first and only distillery in San Diego

Stone Ruination IPA

Stone Ruination IPA

Posted by on Aug 20, 2010 in Craft Beer | No Comments

What is it about cyclists and good beer? Seems that everyone into bikes also has a strong opinion about craft beer. We are no exception.

Taphunter

Taphunter

I had a chance to share an afternoon with Mel and Flash Gordon of Taphunter.com to hear what they’ve been up to. Turns out, quite a bit. The Taphunters have been hard at work with an iPhone app, adding new cities to their coverage and tinkering with the site to make it even more helpful ...

About Hopped Up

About Hopped Up

I moved from Seattle to San Diego in late 1993. At that time the northwest had a very active micro-brew scene. I was particularly smitten with local breweries Red Hook, Pyramid and Pike Place Brewery and spent many a night tasting their latest offering. When I arrived in San Diego the locals seemed happy with ...

Russian River's Supplication

Russian River's Supplication

Posted by on Jun 17, 2010 in Craft Beer | 2 Comments

A couple months ago, I discovered another great bottle shop in San Diego. Some people geek out in high-end electronics stores, some people get big-eyed at jewelry stores, and some people go crazy in candy shops. But for me, a well-stocked bottle shop makes my heart go pitter pat.

De Landtsheer’s Malheur 10 and 12

De Landtsheer’s Malheur 10 and 12

Posted by on May 22, 2010 in Craft Beer | No Comments

Malheur means misfortune. I felt anything but unfortunate as I sat sipping this golden Belgian strong ale from De Landtsheer with its honey mouth-feel, yeast and apple flavor, and mild but crisp hop finish.

Dogfish Head’s Aprihop

Dogfish Head’s Aprihop

Posted by on May 7, 2010 in Craft Beer | No Comments

Spring fever is busting out all over in San Diego. And I was looking to celebrate the weather with a patio brunch and a few good friends. But our meal of fresh salads, vegetable tarts, and incredibly moist Hawaiian cake needed just the right beverage: a 4-pack of Dogfish Head’s Aprihop beer.

3 Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek

3 Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek

Posted by on Apr 2, 2010 in Craft Beer | One Comment

Spring has sprung. That means if you live in Washington, DC, you are probably enjoying some beautiful cherry blossoms. And if you live in San Diego, it means you’re probably enjoying some extraordinary cherry-inspired Belgian beer at a festival.

Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot Barleywine

Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot Barleywine

Posted by on Mar 26, 2010 in Craft Beer | No Comments

I head to a pub for a little b-ball action and some beer. On tap, the perfect basketball brew: Bigfoot barleywine.

Cantillon Iris

Cantillon Iris

Posted by on Mar 19, 2010 in Craft Beer | No Comments

One sip of this Cantillon lambic and I was back in Brussels, a city built on swamps, where irises used to grow in abundance. And where great beer can be had by all.