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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Portland is overrated. Austin is in Texas (‘nuff said). Seattle seems dreary, and don’t get me started on Chicago winters. And while I’m not a native, I’ve been here for nine years. more

Oct 17, 2017 1:23 PM Best of San Diego


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With the number of brewhouses and tasting rooms continuously increasing (148 to 181 in the past year and a dozen more in progress, according to West Coaster’s tally), it’s no wonder a few have collapsed under the weight of capitalist competition. more

Oct 9, 2017 11:48 AM Final Draught


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Schwarzbiers to me are what pumpkin spice lattes are to sorority girls (or CityBeat columnist Ryan Bradford): sometimes available off-season, but best enjoyed when the weather starts to cool. more

Sep 25, 2017 11:22 AM Final Draught


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For years, San Diego and Portland have both laid claim to the title of Best Beer City in America, so it’s no surprise that Modern Times has long eyed Oregon’s largest city as a potential site for another “production brewery and neighborhood hangout.” more

Sep 11, 2017 11:29 AM Final Draught


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What’s on Draft retains the same comedic irreverence as Crafty, but with a more polished look, thanks to Keliinoi’s filmmaking experience as well as Mayer and Kostka’s brewing chops. more

Aug 28, 2017 11:36 AM Final Draught


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Growlers—refillable half-gallon jugs for beer-to-go—are dying a slow death. more

Aug 14, 2017 10:38 AM Final Draught 1 Comments

In my book, the five food groups may as well be: cheese, bread, charcuterie, apple fritters and raw fish. But as someone who mostly writes about beer, the occasional salad and fruit bowl works wonders for my poor, mistreated liver. more

Aug 9, 2017 11:02 AM Food Issue


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Most recently, Abnormal Beer Company has stayed true to its name by exporting their offbeat approach to beer and food to Haeundae Beach in Busan, South Korea. more

Jul 31, 2017 12:32 PM Final Draught


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Luckily, there are plenty of off-site beer events coinciding with the Con. Bonus: none of these require a badge! more

Jul 17, 2017 3:42 PM Final Draught

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Russia’s influence isn’t just limited to hacking elections. Russian imperial stouts are one of the most complex and (dare I say it?) bigly styles in beer. more

Jun 30, 2017 5:29 PM Final Draught


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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


Photo courtesy of Silva Brewing

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

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