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I’m terrified about our country’s future. But more immediately, I’m terrified at the prospect of this holiday season. How is anyone supposed to make it through Thanksgiving or any upcoming winter festivities without getting dragged into a h... more

Nov 17, 2016 12:00 AM Final Draught

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Photo by Giana Rodriguez, SDSU

There are plenty of analyses about gender inequality as well as racial inequality in craft beer, but there are virtually zero conversations happening about the overlap—or lack thereof—between the two more

Nov 4, 2016 12:00 AM Final Draught

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Photo by Beth Demmon

Oct 21, 2016 12:00 AM Final Draught

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Photo by Beth Demmon

Variations of apple cider have existed for at least a millennium, making it one of the oldest types of fermented libation the world has ever seen. more

Oct 7, 2016 12:00 AM Final Draught

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The author in a dirndl, traditional Oktoberfest garb

Despite the omnipresent and horribly kitschy seasonal pumpkin beer trend, autumn is without a doubt the single greatest season in which to imbibe craft beer. more

Sep 23, 2016 12:00 AM Final Draught

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Photo courtesy of Allagash Brewing

Hopheads rejoice! The end-of-season hop harvest is upon us and with the last gasp of summer has come a cascade of wet hop beers flowing across San Diego. more

Sep 12, 2016 12:00 AM Final Draught

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Photo by Rudy Lopez

Is it really so shocking to be told that minors are prohibited after a certain hour when you visit a pub/brewery? Apparently so. more

Aug 26, 2016 12:00 AM Final Draught

With more than a million people trying their hand at homebrewing annually, it's no surprise that demand for brewing supplies and education continues to ris more

Aug 12, 2016 12:00 AM Final Draught

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Image courtesy of What’s On Draft

Equal parts "thank you" and "suck it!" to all the beer writers who did and didn't take me up on my cold, dead fingers challenge from Part 1. more

Jul 29, 2016 12:00 AM Final Draught

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Photo courtesy of Taphunter

When you can bear to tear yourself away from my excruciatingly witty beer commentary, here are some local podcasts filling the airwaves with bacchanalian banter. more

Jul 18, 2016 12:00 AM Final Draught

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Photo by Beth Demmon

If you're asking yourself, "It's just beer—why do you have to make it gay?" you've probably never been harassed at a bar for your skin color, gender, sexual orientation, or even noticed any of the countless microaggressions against anyone t... more

Jun 30, 2016 12:00 AM Final Draught

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Douglas Constantiner, Jim Crute, Jacob McKean, Curtis Hawes and moderator Omar Passons

Starting a craft brewery in San Diego is practically a rite of passage for homebrewers and entrepreneurs nowadays. But the reality of launching a new business in such a crowded marketplace comes with a hefty price tag—often with a few more ... more

Jun 17, 2016 12:00 AM Final Draught

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Image courtesy of North Park Beer Co. / Instagram

A home-brewing prodigy turning pro, McNair has the potential to crush his already legendary amateur status with North Park Beer Co.'s nearly 9,000 square foot prime corner location at University Avenue and Ohio Street. more

Jun 10, 2016 12:00 AM Final Draught

The cream filling in the Oreo that is San Diego doesn't have official boundaries, but when it comes to beer, the vast majority of San Diego's 128 (and counting) craft breweries are situated in that sweet spot between state routes 56 and 94. more

Jun 3, 2016 12:00 AM Final Draught

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Photo by Carolyn Ramos

The Flycaster at ChuckAlek BiergartenPhoto by Carolyn Ramos I totally understand that people are pretty sick of hearing about how faaabulous North Park is for food and drink—especially cra more

May 20, 2016 12:00 AM Final Draught

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Photo courtesy of Stone Brewing

May 9, 2016 12:00 AM Final Draught

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Photo by Beth Demmon

The definition of craft beer is under scrutiny, and no beer discussion nowadays is without debate or drama—especially when it comes to big beer. The industry standard reads that craft is "small, independent and traditional," but if we aren'... more

Apr 22, 2016 12:00 AM Final Draught

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Photo by Beth Demmon

San Diego has been thirsting for Mikkeller's doors to open since the wandering Danish beermaker announced his flagship brick-and-mortar brewery in the former AleSmith space (9368 Cabot Drive) in Miramar last year. more

Apr 8, 2016 12:00 AM Final Draught

Around-the-clock production means that you must be brewing something right. But with beer output of that magnitude comes the need for process synchronization. more

Mar 25, 2016 12:00 AM Final Draught

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Photo by Beth Demmon

Mar 11, 2016 12:00 AM Final Draught