Beth Demmon

"Beth Demmon is a North Park-based craft beer and grammar fiend who loves arguing about Oxford commas and why saisons are criminally underrated. If she's not working her wordsmith wizardry at her day job, she'll most likely be found prowling around the newest San Diego breweries and eateries in search of the freshest flavors for The Delighted Bite."


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Grapefruit beers are terrible. Beers with watermelon are an affront to respectable beer drinkers everywhere. There are a few exceptions when fruity beers are palatable—krieks, lambics or the very occasional wheat beer. more

Jun 16, 2017 4:57 PM Final Draught


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“I’d like a classic margarita. Just the most straightforward one you ha—” The heavily tattooed server dressed in black cut me off.  “I’ve got you.” more

Jun 14, 2017 12:13 PM Drink Issue


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The backlash against Big Beer’s deceptive entry into the local marketplace may very well be the last gasp of a dying—or at the very least, stifled—chapter of American capitalism more

Jun 5, 2017 4:27 PM Final Draught


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Despite significant delays resulting in late entry into an already crowded craft beer scene, California Wild Ales hopes to soon launch a surprisingly original concept in Sorrento Valley: San Diego’s first all-wild-ale blendery. more

May 19, 2017 4:27 PM Final Draught

It’s not quite the world’s oldest profession, but humans have been homebrewing beer since around 5000 B.C.E., making it one of the most ancient activities still pursued by people today. more

May 8, 2017 5:25 PM Final Draught

I can already hear the cries of “Get your politics out of my beer!” mixed with the ever popular “It’s just beer, don’t take it so seriously.” However, before anyone gets their manly panties in too big of a twist, let’s evaluate what this amendment re more

Apr 24, 2017 3:13 PM Final Draught 4 Comments

Saisons are the perfect style of beer, in my not-so-humble opinion. By striking a balance between the sawdusty mouthfeel of a hefeweizen and the cloyingly sweet notes of blonde ales, saisons are crisp and refreshing on a hot summer day. more

Apr 7, 2017 4:32 PM Final Draught


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Chuck Silva was the brewmaster at Green Flash Brewing Company for over a decade, but he is so much more than that. more

Mar 29, 2017 12:19 PM Beer Issue


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Construction to double its brewing capacity has already begun at its original brewhouse, and Carlsbad’s North 40 Urban Farm project (tentatively launching in 2019) plans to host a third Second Chance outpost. more

Mar 27, 2017 3:18 PM Beer Issue


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However, what water lacks in pizazz, it makes up for in importance when it comes to brewing. Not only does it compose the bulk of all beer, but the minutiae of mineral content and pH levels affect different styles of suds in vastly different ways. more

Mar 13, 2017 3:31 PM Final Draught 2 Comments

23 weeks: Get into a conversation at Eppig Brewing with a man about how it’s OK to drink in moderation while pregnant. Thanks for the stamp of approval, man who will never carry a baby. more

Feb 27, 2017 2:30 PM Final Draught


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In these days of alternative facts and fake news, getting called “overrated” is practically a badge of honor. more

Feb 13, 2017 2:25 PM Final Draught


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At $64.50 a pop, it sounds like an upscale way to spend an evening, but beneath the brass trappings and white tablecloths, it’s mostly couples huddled in various corners scrolling through Facebook to avoid any potential social interactions with stran more

Jan 27, 2017 4:20 PM Final Draught

Given the current political climate, even merely discussing the widespread reality of human trafficking is more timely than ever. more

Jan 24, 2017 5:22 PM Features


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When it comes to craft beer, North County resident Steve Morris summed it up: “Encinitas is missing the boat.” more

Jan 13, 2017 5:35 PM Final Draught 1 Comments

The original members of Dogwood—whose lineup changed a lot during their decade-long career—bonded in their Escondido high school photography class over their mutual love of music and extreme sports videos. more

Jan 3, 2017 5:08 PM Music Feature


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There are plenty of places within walking distance or a short Uber/Lyft ride away where sports fans can remain loyal to local craft beer. more

Dec 30, 2016 3:30 PM Final Draught 1 Comments


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From Bowie to Brexit, 2016 has pretty much been a rancid pile of hot garbage. Personally, I seek refuge in our local craft beer scene, but alas, even #SDbeer couldn't escape some drama. more

Dec 19, 2016 2:50 PM Final Draught

Even if readers didn't participate in Small Business Saturday, there are still plenty of ways to support the local craft beer industry this holiday season. more

Dec 7, 2016 11:15 AM Final Draught

I’m terrified about our country’s future. But more immediately, I’m terrified at the prospect of this holiday season. How is anyone supposed to make it through Thanksgiving or any upcoming winter festivities without getting dragged into a h... more

Nov 17, 2016 12:00 AM Final Draught