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Coffee Beer Fest Jan 25, 2015 Enjoy some of the best coffee beers from names like Stone Brewing, Alesmith, Noble, Ballast Point, Modern Times and more. 72 other events on Sunday, January 25
 
Concerts
Bands coming to town and just-announced shows
Arts & Culture feature
Work that made a mark locally in the last year
Spin Cycle
A crucial vote on the party’s future happens this month
Check 1, Check 2 | Music & nightlife
Observatory to take over historic location
The World Fare
Dumplings, borscht and Stroganoff highlight the La Mesa eatery’s menu

 

 
 
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Friday, January 9,2015
Beer & Chees

Wavelength Brewing has a full spectrum of potential

New Vista brewer has more crests than troughs

By Ian Cheesman
Should you need to beat a hasty retreat, Wavelength Brewing (236 Main St.) is the perfect storming distance away.
Friday, December 19,2014
Beer & Chees

Three beer nog recipes without the egg nog

Our suggestions on how to add more happy to the holidays

By Ian Cheesman
It’s been another big year for craft beer. According to the Brewers Association, approximately 1.5 new breweries are currently opening in the U.S. daily, driving the number of licensed breweries to
Friday, November 28,2014
Beer & Chees

Quantum Brewing favors substance over style

A promising Kearny Mesa brewery with some room to improve

By Ian Cheesman
I’ll admit that I set my expectations pretty high when first entering Kearny Mesa’s Quantum Brewing (5375 Kearny Villa Road). The name inspired fantastical visions in me of brewing taken to its mo
Friday, November 7,2014
Beer & Chees

San Diego Beer Week marches on

Local World Cup of brew keeps getting bigger and better

By Ian Cheesman
I’m long past the age of feeling attached to re-appropriated pagan rituals, but every year around this time, San Diego Beer Week (SDBW) offers me a taste of that once-familiar holiday giddiness. 
Tuesday, October 21,2014
Best of 2014

Benchmark Brewing

Two generations of Akins are responsible for this Grantville suds business

By Ian Cheesman
Since its founding a little more than a year ago, Benchmark Brewing, located at 6190 Fairmount Ave. in Grantville, has been almost entirely a family affair.
Friday, October 10,2014
Beer & Chees

Substantial suds and service at Bagby Beer Company

Oceanside’s newest tavern has lots of great features and room enough to spread them out

By Ian Cheesman
Bagby Beer Company may open softly, but it carries a big stick. 
Friday, September 19,2014
Beer & Chees

Revved-up reviews deux

Your one-stop shop for hastily formed opinions on beer

By Ian Cheesman
Deciding what beer I wanted to pair with Labor Day was surprisingly difficult. My first thought was "all of them," but that approach is incredibly expensive and typically comes with legal consequences.
Thursday, August 28,2014
Beer & Chees

2kids Brewing and Pacific Brewing: beers worth strolling for

If these Miramar breweries were any closer, you’d have to stack them

By Ian Cheesman
Pacific Brewing Co served as a something of a counterpoint to 2kids, favoring styles more aligned with West Coast sensibilities.
Friday, August 8,2014
Beer & Chees

Venissimo brings the piquant to North Park

Bottlecraft’s new roommate constantly cuts the cheese

By Ian Cheesman
Contrary to what this column’s name implies, I don’t really know much about cheese. I’ve attended enough cocktail parties to ascertain that rind-encapsulated cheeses are better than individually
Friday, July 18,2014
Beer & Chees

Tapping into San Diego craft brew with Tap That

An Oceanside keg-rental joint that also delivers beer directly to your liver

By Ian Cheesman
The tasting room greets you with a shrine to San Diego craft brew. The walls are adorned with the emblems of every brewery Tap That works with, numerous enough to wallpaper a strip around the perimeter.
 
 
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