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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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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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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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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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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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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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La Jolla is better known for scenic, sometimes smelly beaches and pricey cocktails rather than beer, but the tide may be turning in the bougie beach town. more

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The final frontier in my journey: smoked beer. I was 22 the first time I tried a rauchbier (translated from German as simply “smoke beer”). Back then was way too early for me to appreciate the subtleties of a well-crafted smoked beer. more

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Green Flash owner and co-founder Mike Hinkley has publicly stated many times that he has no plans to sell Green Flash, but never flat-out says it won’t happen. more

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This commitment to far-out fermentations is a refreshing change of pace after 2017’s never-ending deluge of hazy IPAs, and I’m betting the gamble will pay off. more

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Every fetish has a home. Whether it’s stygiophilia—arousal at the thought of hellfire and eternal damnation—or just a good ol’ fashioned leather fetish, somewhere, someone else is down with it. more

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Constellation Brands has a huge stake in the Mexican beer market, boasting Corona, Modelo Especial, Negra Modelo and Pacífico among the top exported beer brands in its portfolio. more

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Not everyone can enroll in a multi-semester program just to satisfy their curiosity, leading a few breweries to take it upon themselves to launch independent initiatives geared toward the  casual, yet curious beer drinker. more

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

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

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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

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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

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

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