Just because I'm best known as a beer writer doesn't mean that's all I have to offer. With my expansive literary pedigree, I'm capable of delivering witty and biting commentary on virtually any fluid. That's why I was the logical understudy to cover Ballast Point's new speakeasy in Scripps Ranch.
The grand reopening of a restaurant usually guarantees little more than a change of ownership and a few fresh-faced servers. La Jolla Brewing Company (7536 Fay Ave.) has expanded on that by refreshing the restaurant interior, the brewer, the kitchen staff, the beers and the food.
The words "Christmas beers" always give me pause. While that designation doesn't carry specific style guidelines, such brews invariably possess the same pitfalls: They carelessly bludgeon the ale with mulling spices.
Waypoint Public (3794 30th St.) has emerged from the ashes of The Linkery (there are some who say the grounds are haunted by the tortured ghosts of displaced sausages) as North Park's newest bistro and beer bar.