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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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Courtesy of AleSmith

Brown ales aren’t catchy, but there’s an underappreciated beauty to them. more

Jan 15, 2018 2:55 PM Final Draught 3 Comments

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Photo courtesy of CSUSM

There aren’t many beer historians in the country, but California State University San Marcos’ Judith Downie is one of them. more

Jan 2, 2018 11:18 AM Final Draught

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Photo courtesy of Bagby Beer Company

New Year’s Eve can be tough for someone like me. I’m obligated to stay up past 10 p.m., and I’ll definitely drink too much, so it’s not exactly an antisocial party pooper’s favorite holiday. more

Dec 18, 2017 10:50 AM Final Draught

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Photo by Torry David Gaustad

According to a recent report published by Cal State University San Marcos and the San Diego Brewers Guild, San Diego breweries made philanthropic contributions worth $4.5 million in 2016 alone more

Dec 4, 2017 12:51 PM Final Draught

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Photo courtesy of SouthNorte Beer Company

Locally, SouthNorte Beer Company exemplifies this cross-border and cross-cultural collaborative spirit. more

Nov 20, 2017 11:10 AM Final Draught

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Photo courtesy of Colby Chandler

Colby Chandler, Vice President and Specialty Brewer at Ballast Point and the Brewers Guild president from 2004 to 2010, reminisces about the era. more

Nov 6, 2017 1:13 PM Final Draught

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Photo courtesy Lost Cause Meadery

Collaborations are one of my favorite things about craft industries. Coffee roasters often supply beans to breweries for coffee beers. more

Oct 23, 2017 4:40 PM Final Draught

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Photo by Beth Demmon

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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Photo courtesy of Wiseguy Brewing Company / Facebook

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 1 Comments

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Photo by Beth Demmon

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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Photo courtesy of Modern Times / Facebook

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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Photo by Beth Demmon

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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Photo by Beth Demmon

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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Photo courtey of Abnormal Korea Facebook

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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Image courtesy of Stone Brewing

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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Photo by Beth Demmon

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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Photo by Beth Demmon

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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Photo by Beth Demmon

“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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Photo courtesy of What’s On Draft

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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