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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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Photo by Beth Demmon

When it comes to beer, the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is the United States’ largest professional brewing competition and is largely considered to be the pinnacle of American craft brewing. more

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I will never understand why there are so many pumpkin beverage haters out there. As is the case with lattes, naysayers come out en masse every fall to whine about the atrocity that is, in their opinion, pumpkin beers. more

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It’s no secret that men have dominated the craft beer scene since its inception, but recent studies have touted the rising number of women in the industry. more

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Maui Brewing Company is no stranger to San Diego beer; its founder Garrett Marrero is a local native with ohana (Hawaiian for “family”) ties to the area. more

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Photo by Julian Beer Company

Zombies, Frankenstein’s monster, vampires… hell, even Jesus dabbled in resurrection. I’m all about second chances at life. It’s just not often that it’s a brewery that rises from the dead. more

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Photo courtesy of Stone Brewing

Escondido is only home to three craft breweries: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Escondido Brewing Company and Jacked Up Brewery. more

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Photo by Beth Demmon

There’s a reason Golden Child is the first beer listed on Bitter Brothers’ board. At 5.2 percent ABV it’s absolutely crushable. more

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Photo courtesy of Melvin Brewing

Melvin Brewing from Wyoming fits all that criteria, plus a little extra. They plan to open a new brewpub in the East Village in October, but initial excitement has been dampened with controversy. more

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People love to tell me to “lighten up, it’s just beer” or readily admit that they don’t consider it an important enough industry to make conscientious purchasing choices. more

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Photo by Beth Demmon

Radlers—also known as shandies—are a historical German style created in the 19th century that are half soda, half beer and marketed toward recreational cyclists as a way to quench thirst without getting tipsy. more

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Photo by Crystal Turk

It only takes a pinch of activated charcoal to transform a mixed drink into a spooky delight. Any more than that and it runs the risk of ruining the delicate flavors cultivated with the other ingredients. more

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Brut IPAs are exactly what they sound like: dry, effervescent pale ales low on sweetness that rely on hop aromatics to complement a mild malt profile. more

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There’s a staleness permeating the San Diego craft beer scene. Over the past few months, I’ve noticed more squabbling about styles, trash talking tap lists and bickering about beer economics than I ever have in years past. more

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Photo by Beth Demmon

I was tickled to see a sticke altbier available as well, a German lager rarely seen even in hardcore craft beer circles. more

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Photo by Beth Demmon

Overall, of course San Diego doesn’t need a new brewery. But a bayside biergarten is an invigorating change from blah tasting rooms tucked into industrial parks. more

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I get the backlash. It’s personal to people, many of whom lost their jobs in the recent turbulence. more

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Photo by Jim Sloan

The future of local beer is hazy, but one thing is clear: San Diego is an attractive place for out-of-town brewers to set up shop. A more

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Photo by Beth Demmon

The number of San Diego ciderhouses is still in the single digits, but that number is rising. Last year ushered in around a half- dozen cideries within county limits, and North Park welcomed its first urban cidery this year: Bivouac Ciderworks. more

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Midnight Jack (3801 Oceanic Drive, Suite 101) has hosted live music and comedy shows since opening in 2016, but this new project aims higher. more

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Photo courtesy of Intergalactic Brewing Company

Last year, Van Horne publicly disclosed that the brewery’s current business model was unsustainable and that he was “exploring all options, including, but not limited to, putting the business assets up for sale.” more

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