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Friday, November 23, 2012


CRAFT BEER MECCAWest Coaster magazine, as part of its ongoing coverage of the craft beer industry in San Diego County, announced the licensed and operational brew house count has reached 60 establishments.
            The roster (in alphabetical order) shows brewery name and location. Also, shown is a list of 29 new breweries in the works.
* = 2012 opening.

1. AleSmith Brewing Company (Miramar)
2. Alpine Beer Company (Alpine)
3. Amplified Ale Works (Pacific Beach)*
4. Automatic Brewing Company (Normal Heights)
5. Aztec Brewing Company / 7 Nations Brewing Company (Vista)
6. Back Street Brewery (Vista)
7. Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits (Scripps Ranch)
8. Ballast Point Home Brew Mart (Linda Vista)
9. Belching Beaver Brew (Vista)*
10. Breakwater Brewing Company (Oceanside)
11. Cold Bore Brewing Company (Jamul)
12. Coronado Brewing Company (Coronado)
13. El Cajon Brewing Company (El Cajon)
14. Fezziwig’s Brewing (Carlsbad)* soft opening 9/21; grand opening in Oct. ‘12
15. Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant (Mission Valley)
16. Green Flash Brewing Co. (Mira Mesa)
17. Helm’s Brewing (Kearny Mesa)*
18. Hess Brewing (Miramar)
19. Hillcrest Brewing Company (Hillcrest)*
20. Indian Joe Beer (Vista)*
21. Iron Fist Brewing Company (Vista)
22. Julian Brewing Company (Julian)*
23. Karl Strauss 4s Ranch (4S Ranch)*
24. Karl Strauss Carlsbad (Carlsbad)
25. Karl Strauss Downtown (Downtown)
26. Karl Strauss La Jolla (La Jolla)
27. Karl Strauss Main Production Brewery (Pacific Beach), renovation scheduled for completion SDBW 2012
28. Karl Strauss Sorrento Mesa (Sorrento Mesa)
29. La Jolla Brew House (La Jolla)
30. Latitude 33 Brewing Company (Vista)*
31. Lightning Brewery (Poway)
32. Mad Lab Craft Brewing (Otay Mesa)*
33. Manzanita Brewing Company (Santee)
34. Mission Brewery (Downtown)
35. Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery (East Village)
36. Mother Earth Brew Company (Vista)
37. New English Brewing Company (Sorrento Valley)
38. Oceanside Ale Works (Oceanside)
39. Offbeat Brewing Company (Escondido)*
40. Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Company Carmel Valley (Carmel Valley)
41. Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Company Fenton Parkway (Mission Valley)
42. On-The-Tracks Brewery (Carlsbad)
43. Pacific Beach Ale House (Pacific Beach)
44. Pizza Port Carlsbad (Carlsbad)
45. Pizza Port Ocean Beach (Ocean Beach)
46. Pizza Port Solana Beach (Solana Beach)
47. Poor House Brewing Co (North Park)*
48. Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey (San Marcos)
49. Prohibition Brewing Company (Vista)
50. Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurant Downtown (Gaslamp)
51. Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurant La Jolla (La Jolla)
52. Rough Draft Brewing Company (Mira Mesa)*
53. San Diego Brewing Company (Grantville)
54. San Marcos Brewery & Grill (San Marcos)
55. Societe Brewing Co. (Kearny Mesa)*
56. Stone Brewing Company (Escondido)
57. Stumblefoot Brewing Company (San Marcos)*
58. The Beer Company (Downtown)
59. Wet ‘N Reckless Brewing Company (Mira Mesa)*
60. White Labs experimental beer tasting room (Miramar)*

* Indicates a 2012 debut

Brewing facility (Neighborhood), Expected opening date (article)

Acoustic Ales (Downtown / Midtown)
RPM Brewing (North Park or Carlsbad), 2013
Bagby Beer (Oceanside)
Benchmark Brewing (zip code 92120)
Bespoke Brewing / CC&L  Craft Brew (Little Italy)
BNS Brewing & Distilling (Santee), Early 2013
Butcher’s Brewing (Carlsbad)
ChuckAlek Independent Brewers (Ramona)
Coronado Brewing Company Knoxville (Bay Park), brewing, but tasting room not yet open. Estimated mid-October.
Devil’s Forge Brewing Company
Hess Brewing (North Park), Late 2012 or Early 2013
Intergalactic Brewing Co. (Poway), Late 2012
KnB Cellars (Del Cerro)
Kuracali (Carlsbad), Late 2012 – Early 2013
Modern Times (Point Loma)
Mother Earth Brew Company (Vista. downtown), 2013
Nickel Beer Co. (Julian)
North Park Beer Co. (North Park)
Pizza Port expansion (Carlsbad), 2012-13
Plan 9 Alehouse (Escondido), Fall/Winter 2012-13
Prodigy Brewing Company
Rip Current (San Marcos), 2012
Saint Archer (Miramar), Early 2013
Smokin Beaver Brewing Company (Escondido)
Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido)
Stone Liberty Station (Liberty Station), March 2013
Taproot Brewing
Thorn St. Brewery (North Park), 2012?
Two Kids Brewing Company
Urban Jungle Brewing (Poway), Fall-Winter 2012 



Gardening with Beer
Mossy Beer-Aged Terracotta Pots: To give terracotta pots that mossy, aged look, brush beer on the sides of unglazed pots with a paintbrush or sponge. Then rub soil from the garden on top of the painted on beer. Keep the pots moist and in a partial shade or shady spot. In a few months green moss will grow where the beer was. 

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