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Andrew Dyer

Andrew Dyer is a Navy veteran, full-time student, and shameless soccer dad. He lives in Chula Vista.

The future of packaged craft beer appears to be in cans. Rip Current, 32 North and Mikkeller have all released cans in the last few months. more

Jan 9, 2017 2:00 PM The Beerdist

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This was not that great a year for craft beer, although the numbers say otherwise. The Brewers Association reports more than 5,000 breweries now operating in the U.S. and more than 700 in California. more

Dec 27, 2016 11:30 AM The Beerdist 1 Comments

When Rey Knight opened Butcher's Brewing in 2013, the small suburb of Santee was known for a number of things—not all of them good—but beer was not one of them. Not much had changed by the time Butcher's rebranded as Finest Made Ales in August 2016. more

Dec 12, 2016 12:00 AM The Beerdist

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Eppig Brewing is the first of three breweries to occupy the CRAFT by Brewery Igniter space in North Park (3052 El Cajon Blvd.), which has finally opened its doors to the public. more

Nov 28, 2016 12:00 AM The Beerdist

The San Diego Brewers Guild launched the eighth annual San Diego Beer Week on the Broadway Pier with its two-day Guildfest beer festival. more

Nov 11, 2016 12:00 AM The Beerdist

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When the San Diego Brewers Guild was founded in 1997 there were fewer than 10 breweries in San Diego County. When San Diego Beer Week begins on Nov. 4, the brew house tally will stand at 129. more

Oct 28, 2016 12:00 AM The Beerdist

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In its 35th year (30th for the competition), the Great American Beer Festival is a monster. The three days of GABF would test the limits of human endurance in the consumption of beer, food and Chapstick. more

Oct 17, 2016 12:00 AM The Beerdist

The 30th Great American Beer Fest competition featured more than 7,000 beers from 1,752 breweries from across the U.S. By the time the lights went up at the end of Saturday’s ceremony, San Diego area brewers had collected more than their sh... more

Oct 10, 2016 12:00 AM The Beerdist

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If alcohol and politics don’t mix, why do so many of us have a hard time not getting political when the booze kicks in? more

Oct 3, 2016 12:00 AM The Beerdist

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This style is known for its fruity, some say “juicy” flavor and mouthfeel. They are less bitter than their West Coast cousins, and a bit easier to drink. One characteristic stands above the others, however. The haze . more

Sep 19, 2016 12:00 AM The Beerdist

When an attention-grabbing newsfeed headline promises a definitive list of the top 10, 20 or 100 craft beers in the country, who can resist a click? But before the page loads I am already thinking of all the ways it will be wrong. more

Sep 2, 2016 12:00 AM The Beerdist

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When actor Wil Wheaton approached Fark.com founder Drew Curtis about doing a "geek" collaboration beer with Stone Brewing's Greg Koch in 2012, they did not have any reason to think it would be anything other than a one-time thing. more

Aug 18, 2016 12:00 AM The Beerdist

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When a billion-dollar sellout loses its chief executive officer and chief commercial officer on the same day, eyebrows are raised. When, two days later, two co-founders also depart—one of them the head brewer and distiller—it raises more th... more

Aug 5, 2016 12:00 AM The Beerdist

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Pokestops are where players load up on gear and gyms are where the characters do battle. But not all breweries have their Pokemon game on point. I went to find the ones that do. more

Jul 22, 2016 12:00 AM The Beerdist

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It can be a challenge to find the beer that makes San Diego such a fabulous beer destination in the area. But here are ones worth finding. more

Jul 8, 2016 12:00 AM The Beerdist

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I have not been shy about my loathing of beer festivals. The oversold, over-poured and overdrunk spectacles offer little more than an all-you-can-drink smorgasbord of debauched indulgence aimed more at flask-carrying frat bros than bonafide... more

Jun 24, 2016 12:00 AM The Beerdist

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Craft beer's popularity is snowballing and with it the demand for rare, specialty and one-off brews. These hard-to-find, often pricey beers are also used as trade bait or sold on the secondary market at steep mark-ups, frustrating brewers a... more

Jun 10, 2016 12:00 AM The Beerdist

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Helm’s Brewing Co.Photo by Andrew Dyer There's something in the air in Ocean Beach. Adding to the usual mix of salt and sativa are the similarly distinct aromas of yeast, malt and hops. more

May 27, 2016 12:00 AM The Beerdist

Every two years since 1996, breweries from around the world have competed at the self-described "Olympics of beer," the World Beer Cup. It's hosted by the Brewers Association, cited as "the most p more

May 16, 2016 12:00 AM The Beerdist

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A long time ago (last weekend) in a neighborhood far, far away (Miramar), I came to know the power of the dark side. more

Apr 29, 2016 12:00 AM The Beerdist