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Thursday, January 26, 2012


GUEST BLOG—The following news flash is from West Coaster, a Craft Beer publication and website: “…Today, Thurs. (Jan. 26), New English Brewing’s tasting room in Sorrento Valley will open to the public for the first time at 4 pm.

The guests of the soft opening held about two weeks ago read like a who’s who of San Diego beer, with appearances by Lee and Jennifer Chase of Blind Lady, Greg Koch of Stone, Colby Chandler of Ballast Point, Bruce Glassman of Chefs Press/San Diego’s Top Brewers, Dan Selis of Mission, Gary Pitman of Manzanita, Chris White of White Labs, writer Brandon Hernandez, and more.

Great show of support for owner/brewer Simon Lacey, who’s really been performing all his duties as a one-man team, with some occasional help from homebrewer Kenny who offered his services when Lacey spoke at a QUAFF meeting more than a year ago. Lacey’s Explorer E.S.B. — the brewery’s flagship — and Brewers Special Brown Ale were obvious hits, as both casks blew before the night was out. New English’s tasting room will also be open Fridays from 4-8 and Saturdays from 12-8.”

More Beer News: Ballast Point Brewing Co. will unveil today (Jan 26) its first bottling of 2012 Sea Monster Imperial Stout. Bottles will be hitting retail outlets next week. Taste Sea Monster at the brewery’s two locations beginning at 11 am tomorrow. Location Info:

For more craft beer and food events go to and check out this feisty newsmagazine’s “daily” event calendar for more great happenings.

Image: Invitation to New English Brewing Co.’s taste room grand opening.

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