NEWSFLASH/ Flashback: Stone, Lagunitas, and Multinational Deals

by SCCBB Blogger Entrance to the Lagunitas TapRoom and Beer Sanctuary, September 2010 This week we were planning to run a Flashback post from our days as the Ventura Craft Beer Blogger. Our subject was going to be Lagunitas Brewing in Petaluma, California. Then, BeachRock Bill, our SCCBB San Diego Blogger, texted us a newsflash … Continue reading NEWSFLASH/ Flashback: Stone, Lagunitas, and Multinational Deals

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)

We’re Tasting at We’re Pouring

by Guest Blogger Eleanor “It’s either We’re Pouring and they’re cooking or I’m pouring and you’re cooking,” Chauncey, SCCBB’s blogger-in-chief, said to me on a recent Tuesday night. “Easy choice,” I said, putting on a navy fleece over my Hill Farmstead t-shirt and heading out the door before Chauncey could change his mind.   We’re … Continue reading We’re Tasting at We’re Pouring

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

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

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

Pure Project’s North Park Taproom Grand Opening

by BeachRock Bill This past Friday night, SCCBB's newest San Diego correspondent, BeachRock Bill, had the pleasure to attend the grand opening of Pure Project's newest taproom in North Park Coming onto the San Diego beer scene in 2016 with a small brewing space off Miramar Road, Pure has since grown into one of San … Continue reading Pure Project’s North Park Taproom Grand Opening