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)

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

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

MadeWest, Six Years Later

This past weekend (February 26, 2022), SCCBB and his partner in crime, Eleanor, visited MadeWest's newish Ventura Pier location for the first time. Other key members of their Covid Social Pod visit regularly, and the pictures they post to their Instagram feeds are always stunning. Santa Cruz Island is in the backdrop to this Pacific … Continue reading MadeWest, Six Years Later