Vermont, America, Craft Beer, The World

by C. C. Hansen, the SCCB Blogger Think globally, drink locally. A BeachRock Brew outside the SCCBB's comfort zone in the comfort of his backyard. Apparently, it's American Craft Beer Week. The Brewers Association invites us to "drink outside our comfort zone" and "try special beers." Craftbeer.com exhorts us to "flip our brew-tine," reminding us … Continue reading Vermont, America, Craft Beer, The World

The Saint is Dead. Long live the King….and the Convict

By BeachRock Bill “Guess what,” Son Carl said while looking at his phone as we drove north on the I-5 to Oceanside. “Bagby is closed Mondays.” “FAAAAAAK!” the rest of us yelled. This was supposed to be the post of all posts for BeachRock Bill. The Colonel was in town, my original homebrew partner-in-crime, and … Continue reading The Saint is Dead. Long live the King….and the Convict

Deluxe 1717’s New Liquor License

by C. C. Hansen Leek and asparagus terrine: goat & cream cheese, tarragon & dill, coriander & fennel seeds, and local mixed greens. Sublime! Because my daughter Isabella has worked on occasion with culinary artists, I've had the privilege not only to occasionally enjoy divine gastronomic creations and make the acquaintance of rockstar restaurateurs but … Continue reading Deluxe 1717’s New Liquor License

Hanging Out at Thorn St. Brewery

by BeachRock Bill Thorn St. Brewery's original neighborhood location The areas in and around North Park have a storied history of being one of San Diego's best spots to enjoy great craft beer--Hamilton's Pub, Toronado, Small Bar, Tiger-Tiger, and Blind Pig were all early on the scene and, along with the opening of Thorn Street … Continue reading Hanging Out at Thorn St. Brewery

SCCBB ARCHIVES – Napa Smith

Learning About Craft Beer Brewing with Master Brewer Don Barkley by C. C. Hansen Don Barkley in 2010 at Napa Smith Brewery. Though this article was originally published in the now-defunct Examiner.com in 2010, the SoCal Craft Beer Blogger (SCCBB) was inspired to re-post it to the old SCCBB site after hearing a piece that … Continue reading SCCBB ARCHIVES – Napa Smith

Reflections of a Homebrewer

By BeachRock Bill Colonel Mustard and BeachRock Bill at BeachRock's original ocean-view location I started brewing beer with a good friend at his house 13 years ago. I cut the tops off some old kegs, bought an Igloo cooler, added hardware to it all, and we had ourselves a functional 10-gallon all-grain system on the … Continue reading Reflections of a Homebrewer

SCCBB Archives – Sierra Nevada

by C. C. Hansen (formerly the Ventura Craft Beer Examiner) Part of a series on Northern California brewers and breweries.Originally posted as "docking with the California craft beer mothership" on the now-defunct Examiner.com in May 2010. According to CraftBeer.com, "An American craft brewer is small, independent, and traditional." The limit on "small" is less than two … Continue reading SCCBB Archives – Sierra Nevada

Lions and Tigers and Beers, Oh My!

by Brewhead Ted Whew! I successfully managed to guard my pint of Nix Pale Ale from (the painting of) the Kraken, during my visit to Ogopogo Brewing... The other day, I returned to my hometown of San Gabriel to revisit one of my favorite--if not my absolute favorite--breweries: Ogopogo Brewing. Founded in 2018 as the … Continue reading Lions and Tigers and Beers, Oh My!

NEWSFLASH: Modern Times

The SoCal Craft Beer Blog learned today that San Diego-based brewery Modern Times, which has been struggling financially as a result of possible over-expansion and the pandemic, will likely go into receivership. Meaning, the brewery's senior lender, California Bank & Trust, will likely sell the company. The information was first posted by Modern Times CEO, … Continue reading NEWSFLASH: Modern Times