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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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

Mar 16, 2018 10:50 AM Final Draught

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

Mar 12, 2018 11:13 AM Final Draught


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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

Mar 5, 2018 11:18 AM Final Draught


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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

Feb 26, 2018 10:26 AM Final Draught


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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

Feb 12, 2018 12:00 PM Final Draught


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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

Feb 7, 2018 10:52 AM Love and Sex Issue

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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

Feb 1, 2018 1:56 PM Final Draught 1 Comments

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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

Jan 29, 2018 11:13 AM Final Draught


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 1 Comments


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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