crank up the
heat in this
hoppy IPA. For
those who can
handle the fire,
it’s a favorite.
will love this dry
beans from San
a pinch of
perk up this
rich and robust
Fans of peanut
will flip for
this sweet and
silky stout with
rolled oats and
with a scoop
of vanilla ice
cream on top.
5 TO TRY: UNUSUAL SAN DIEGO BREWS
We went from producing 400
barrels our first year in 1996
to becoming the 10th largest
brewery in the world and producing 213,000 barrels in 2013.
Ultimate beer geek moment
Being knighted by the Belgian
Brewers Federation in 2010.
Favorite grub and suds
The Stone Brewing World Bistro
& Gardens, along with Neighborhood, Urban Solace, Solace &
the Moonlight Lounge, Ritual
Tavern, Craft & Commerce.
Tap lineups to try
Monkey Paw, Urge Gastropub,
Hamilton’s Tavern, Neighborhood,
Churchill’s Pub & Grille, Pizza
Port and Blind Lady Alehouse.
When he’s not brewing
I love hiking Torrey Pines and
making nut butters from raw
organic nuts as holiday gifts.
Advice for young brewmasters
Ignore everybody and do it your
Meet Greg Koch, CEO and
co-founder of Stone Brewing Co.
GREEN FLASH BREWING COMPANY
This award-winning brewery is known for
its robust, take-no-prisoners brews like the
Palate Wrecker, an explosive hoppy double
IPA. The tasting room is stocked with 30-
plus taps, and rotating food trucks serve
up good eats. Stop by on Sunday morning
for Hoppy Yoga, followed by a pint.
6550 Mira Mesa Blvd., Mira Mesa
SOCIETE BREWING COMPANY
Kearny Mesa’s first brewery is a favorite
of many craft suds connoisseurs, as its
IPAs burst with varied hop flavors, and
its Belgian brews go beyond ubiquitous
styles. The relaxed tasting room also welcomes dogs and small fry alike.
8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Kearny Mesa
MIKE HESS BREWING COMPANY
Brewer Mike Hess has expanded into a
sprawling repurposed bookstore in
the artsy enclave of North Park. The stylish tasting deck has board games and a
bounty of tasty brews. Locals convene and
imbibe at communal tables while noshing
cheap eats from food trucks.
3812 Grim Ave., North Park