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Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Volunteer gig--Attention helpful North Parkers! The North Park Community Association is looking for a volunteer to manage issuing a bi-weekly email newsletter to our community and keep our wonderful website up-to-date. The lovely Brijet Myers took over a while ago but needs some help from someone with a bit more time on their hands and perhaps more tech knowledge. Please email: if interested! Many thanks! (feel free to share this post)

Paying gig-- Are you a great feature story writer with running shoes? Do you know one to refer?

We are seeking a top-notch writer to be a part-time journalist in residence. Are you a great reporter, industrious, and ready to run around? Are you organized, self-motivated and able to meet deadlines? This is a 20 to 25 hours a week @$25 per hour steady position at a top ten public university. You can be a freelancer or a business. If that sounds good, and you are ready to join a growing team (we’ve almost doubled revenues in the last five years), then please email (no phone calls, please) your resume to Henry DeVries, assistant dean for external affairs at UC San Diego Extension, at We are on a fast track and are looking for runners.

Paying Gig-- We are searching for an amazing individual, a Jack or Jill of all trades, that will assist the office of the CEO by providing a range of administrative support to include scheduling meetings, arranging travel, assisting with the coordination of special events and projects, all while handling a myriad of details of a confidential and critical nature.  Under the direction of the Senior Executive Assistant, you will work together with a single goal in free up the CEO to focus on strategic company issues related to the company’s success - no job is too big or insignificant!

If you are an unflappable, multi-tasker with a “can-do” attitude, we want to hear from you!  Seeking a beer geek that is a detail-oriented team player, high-energy, goal-focused, and driven to succeed.

The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor's degree from a college or university or equivalent combination of education and 4 years directly related experience in an administrative support role.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook).  Ability to multi-task and prioritize work and activities to meet deadlines and experience working across all levels of an organization is preferred.

If you are interested in this awesome opportunity and you meet our requirements, we want to talk to you.

Forward your cover letter and resume and tell us why you are the best candidate for this position. Submit your information


Stone Brewing Co. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to workforce diversity. M/F/D/V are encouraged to apply.
Pre-employment drug screening, physical and background check are required. 

Paying Gig and Volunteer-- KFMB is hiring a News 8 reporter and weather anchor, as well as a part-time writer. Email or FAX 858/278-3741. The job line is 858/495-8640, or go to and click on KFMB Info (on the far right) and scroll down to Jobs. The station has internships available as well.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Editor’s note: This article first appeared at  The writer is a regular contributor to the San Diego edition of West Coaster Magazine.

GUEST BLOG—By Ryan Reschan--Saturday August 3rd is the third annual BrewFest Encinitas held on the grounds of the San Elijo Campus of MiraCosta College from 4 to 7 pm. The festival will have 16 breweries present, mostly from San Diego.

Who’s new this year?
Newcomers for this year’s festival include Aztec Brewing Company, Mike Hess Brewing, Rip Current Brewing, Ninkasi Brewing, and Culture Brewing Co. Local big name breweries include Stone Brewing Company, Ballast Point Brewing, Green Flash, Pizza Port Brewing Company, The Lost Abbey, Coronado Brewing Company along with regional breweries Sierra Nevada and Firestone Walker. Rounding out the lineup are Lightning Brewery, Iron Fist Brewing Co., and Stumblefoot Brewing Co. Representatives from each brewery will be answering questions as volunteers pour beer.

Why are they doing this?
BrewFest-EncinitasBrewFest Encinitas is a fundraiser for the Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club to support various local charities that include the MiraCosta College Foundation, Boys & Girls Club Griset Branch, Community Resource Center, Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA, Military Outreach Ministry (MOM), Encinitas Educational Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the Rotary Club itself. Attendees can choose to have $10 of their admission price donated directly to a charity of their choice and all profits will be given to the various charities supported. So far the event has raised more than $30,000 to great causes.

Writer’s Coconut IPA--made in collaboration with fellow homebrewer 
Robert Masterson, Rip Current Brewing and Stone Brewing--was released today.
Returning again this year is the VIP section that will have beers not available to general admission ticket holders, food samples from a top caterer, talks by some of San Diego’s best brewers such as Jeff Bagby, and a shaded tent area with special seating. Several gourmet food trucks will be serving up tasty grub for all attendees for purchase. Live bands will also be performing music throughout the festival.

QUAFF winners 2b announced:
New to this year’s event is the BrewFest Encinitas Homebrew Competition sponsored by Mother Earth Brew Co. and run by local homebrew club QUAFF. The top beers will be announced in each BJCP defined category before competing against each other in a second round of judging to determine the Best Of Show. Gift certificates will be handed out for Best Of Show, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.
Ticket Info:
General admission tickets are $40 and include a commemorative sampling glass and 10 beer tastings. Only 200 VIP tickets are available at $75, so act fast before they are gone. Designated drivers get free general admission while non-drinking tickets to the VIP section are $25. To purchase tickets to the festival, visit this link.

About the writer:
Ryan Reschan is a long-time resident of North County San Diego, and he first got into craft beer during his time at UC San Diego while completing a degree in Electrical Engineering. Skipping the macro lagers, he enjoyed British and Irish style ales before discovering the burgeoning local beer scene in North County and the rest of the country. After his introduction to brewing beer by a family friend, he brewed sparingly with extract until deciding to further his knowledge and transition into all-grain brewing. Between batches of beer, he posts video beer reviews on YouTube (user: StumpyJoeJr) multiple times a week along with occasional homebrew videos and footage of beer events he attends. His Coconut IPA collaboration with fellow homebrewer Robert Masterson, Rip Current Brewing Company and Stone Brewing Co. is being released today (July 29).

Monday, July 29, 2013


Recent grand opening of Thorn Street Brewery: L-R: Councilmember Todd Gloria, Dennis O'Connor, Unidentified brewery staffer and former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders.                  West Coaster Magazine image

BEER HERE--Over the weekend, Dennis O’Connor’s Thorn Street Brewery held its official ribbon cutting ceremony.  Holding the ribbon for the 32nd and Thorn event were former Mayor Jerry Sanders, District Three Councilman Todd Gloria and O’Connor.

For more info:

Future beer event:  Look for North Park’s Mike Hess Brewery to hold its grand opening on August 9.

Sunday, July 28, 2013


Hoover Dam, 1935

UNFINISHED SYMPHONIES--As fascinating as old images can be, especially those of iconic buildings or mega structures, seeing them photographed prior to completion can be just as interesting.  Cases in point being the following:

Transcontinental Railroad, United States, Circa 1860
United States Capitol Building, Washington DC, 1863
Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1887
Statue of Liberty, Paris studio, 1870
Tower Bridge, London, 1892
Manhattan Bridge, New York City, 1909
Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal, Panama,1912
Hoover Dam, Arizona, Nevada, 1935
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, 1936
Lincoln Tunnel, New York, New Jersey, 1937

United States Capitol, 1863

Statue of Liberty Construction, Paris Studio, 1870

Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1888
Transcontinental Railroad, United States 1860

Tower of London Bridge, London, 1892

Manhattan Bridge, New York City, 1909

Panama Canal, Miraflores Locks, 1912

Golden Gate Bridge, Marin County Tower (North) 1935

Lincoln Tunnel, New York City, 1937

Tunnel under the English Channel, 1990

Saturday, July 27, 2013


On Saturday, Karl Strauss debuts new tasting room and beer garden (near Balboa and I-5).
Image courtesy of

Mike Hess Brewery on
Grim Street in North Park
Opens August 9

SUDZ NEWS:  Mike Hess Brewing on Grim Street in North Park is holding its much anticipated grand opening on August 9.  You’re going to need someone on the inside to secure entry to any of the grand opening events as they will sell out faster than we can type this memo. And, yes that new tank you see on the North Park skyline is Hess Brewery’s silo used to store grain.  Somebody slap a North Park name on that tank>>>News hounds start your noses twitching because there’s another nationally known craft beer brewery looking to open up shop in North Park.  As to whom, our lips are sealed to the frozen light post on this item because the lease ain’t signed.  Anybody got a pen?

CHOW LINES—The Baja Club sandwich at Subterreanean coffee house on 30th near North Park Way is very tasty, $6>>>Best weekend menudo is at Sombrero’s on Fern in South Park, but the best posole (our humble opinion) is at El Comal on Illinois, near University.  Best carnitas cuisine is at Carnitas Snack Shack on University.  Best carne asada burrito on the planet remains at Saguaro’s on 30th & Capps.  If you think we’re working on tequila fried brain cells go find your best carne asada burrito and do a side-by-side tasting with North Park’s champion Saguaro’s. Let's face it, North Park Mex is the best.

OTHER STUFF: The foodie media is abuzz with anticipation of downtown’s Lion’s Share restaurant to take over Jay Porter’s now closed Hubcap eatery and bar on 30th Street>>> Also, Ritual Tavern has changed its name to Ritual Kitchen and Garden. >>>Belching Beaver Brewery tasting room (4223 30th Street) reduces pints by a buck Wed. thru Fri. from 3 to 6 pm.>>> City Beat’s website has posted a discount coupon for the new EndZone sportsbar on University, near Utah Sts: ten gets you $20.>>>Save the date for 30th on 30th as Sea Rocket will be offering a gluten free menu to go with tasty pairings with a tasting of craft beer from New Planet Brewery, Boulder CO.


--Del Mar Racetrack Beer Fest, 1 pm at the track’s seaside cabana and concert venue (just west of the main grandstand).  No charge to enter the beer fest or the after races concert because your track entry ticket of $6 will do the job.  There is a charge for the tasting once you get in.  More than 100 different craft beers will be offered.

--Karl Strauss Brewing Co.’s HQ tasting room and beer garden(finally) is opening to the public this weekend, 5985 Santa Fe Street.  Noon to 9 pm on Sat. and Noon to 5 pm on Sun.  Hours vary.  Info:
--The hippest intersection in North Park may just be 32nd & Thorn.  There’s always something cool happening there.  Cue Saturday’s Alex’s Lemonade Stand/Grand Stand to fight Childhood Cancer from 10 am to 6 pm.  DJs; Miller Tribe; silent auction; Star Wars characters; and local bands.  That’s 32nd and Thorn.  Not too far from Thornton Brewery and RIPE Deli, Santos Coffee just to name a few.

--Brew Rendezvous Beer Fest is set for 1 pm thru 4 pm at the Handlery Hotel, Mission Valley.  $45 general admission; $25 designated driver admission; $60 per person VIP reception (Noon to 1 pm).  Details: San Diego Weekly Markets, Suzie’s Farm and North Park favorites Urban Solace and Carnitas Snack Shack are just a few of the participants in Brew Rendezvous this Sunday (July 28th from 1 - 4pm), a fundraiser for Community Health Improvement Partners’ efforts to tackle childhood obesity through the development of a healthy, sustainable, regional food system.

Taste delicious local beers from top producers including North Park’s own Thorn Street Brewery and Hess Brewing.  Discounted tickets are available for designated drivers, so everyone can come on out to enjoy some amazing farm fresh food and support a great cause. See you on Sunday! 


The VIP Hour includes special beer and menu tastings and an appearance from "Dr." Bill Sysak, Stone Brewery's Craft Beer Ambassador and Certified Cicerone. "Dr." Bill Sysak will be available to share beer expertise and answer beer pairing questions.

OUCH--Drive safe this weekend and look before you open the door of your big ass Corvette door as you park on 30th because a bicycle rider just might not see it in time.  True story from 30th & Capps on 7/24 at 6:45 pm.