Wild Barrel Brewing. Needles in the Haystack.

by BeachRock Bill The " Wild" barrels in action With a September of Haziness and an October of Festbier out of the way, it was time to decide on the next San Diego brewery to visit. Our friend Guillermo asked if he could accompany Wife Helen and me on our next adventure. Guillermo has a … Continue reading Wild Barrel Brewing. Needles in the Haystack.

Oho! Oktoberfest!

By BeachRock Billl Ahhh...Oktoberfest. Thoughts of cooler evenings, turning leaves, and full flavored German beer come to mind, but beyond that, most Americans don’t have a clue what it is (a festival in Munich) and how it began (a wedding celebration for a future King). So the SCCBB thought it would be fun to give a little … Continue reading Oho! Oktoberfest!

Hazy September-Part 1

San Diego By BeachRock Bill Here at the SoCal Craft Beer Blog, we love our Hazy IPAs. They are juicy, refreshing, flavorful, complex, and with their un-beerlike opacity, very cool looking. So we have decided to proclaim September "Hazy Month," where (hopefully) each week our Contributing Editors wax poetic on what the style means to … Continue reading Hazy September-Part 1

Sayonara Stone Brewing

By BeachRock Bill “Stone Brewing to be Sold to Sapporo Holdings in Deal Expected to Close in August” While trying to decide on a date night with some blog potential, a friend of mine suggested a “good-bye” visit to the non-corporate Stone before it becomes a Japanese-owned brewery. I loved this idea, and knowing Stone’s … Continue reading Sayonara Stone Brewing

San Diego West Coast IPA Six-Packs (at a store near you)

By BeachRock Bill San Diego County is blessed to have dozens of some of Craft Beer's most acclaimed breweries. While many San Diegans can and do purchase beer directly from these breweries, the majority of beer consumed here in San Diego, and by beer drinkers everywhere, is purchased at neighborhood groceries, liquor stores, and box … Continue reading San Diego West Coast IPA Six-Packs (at a store near you)

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

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

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

Sippin’ Down Beer-a-mar Road

By BeachRock Bill SCCBB's BeachRock Bill visits Alesmith, Mikkeller, and Little Miss along Miramar Road With Saturday night fast approaching, and a blog post looming, Wife Helen and I asked Son Carl and Fiancée Cassie if they would like to meet somewhere for a pint. Wanting to keep the driving to a minimum, we decided … Continue reading Sippin’ Down Beer-a-mar Road

Tasting at North Park Beer Co

By BeachRock Bill SBBCC's BeachRock Bill and family visit North Park Beer Company for an evening of beer tasting. Some do, other's just blog about it Head brew-master and North Park Beer Co. proprietor Kelsey McNair’s dream of owning a brewery started out small, with a homebrew set-up in a North Park garage. The dream … Continue reading Tasting at North Park Beer Co