San Diego's craft beer sales are up almost 15%! Local craft brewers have seen sales grow from $680.9 million in 2011 to $781.5 in 2013, according to a new report by the locally based National University System Institute for Policy Research.
This is fantastic news for the industry as well as employment numbers considering that the craft beer industry employs over 2,200 workers in the county.
With the advent of the new map feature on Pinterest, I created a board featuring my favorite Northern California craft beer stops from the North Bay to the Oregon border. Included are breweries (from Russian River Brewing to Anderson Valley Brewing Co and beyond!), places to stop for meals (Mendocino Market, Piaci's Pizza, etc.,) bottle shops, and "protips," such as when you'll want to pack a lunch to take with you. This is an ongoing project, so check it out and "follow" me on Pinterest!
When you're on your way to see family and old friends for the holidays, the last thing you want to stress out about is what to bring. You are already getting the 9th degree of what you've been doing with your life the last year, who you're dating, why you're putting up with that soul-sucking job, when will you pop the question to your girlfriend of 5 years... Chances are you're already pretty stressed out and what better way to lubricate the situation than with a little booze.
Here's a few tips for the beginner on bringing beer to your holiday table.
Don't Be A Scrooge
This is not the time of year to grab a 30-rack, or a 12-pack of aluminum bottles. If you're looking to save a little money check out some of the beers in the bombers ( 22oz bottles) section. During this time of year they have holiday beers that are usually spiced with a heavier alcohol and flavor profile. If you're looking to splurge check out a Magnum (1.5L) or Jeraboam (3L bottles)-- these beers are great for parties or if your host or hostess is a connoisseur these are great for cellaring 'till next year.
Skip BevMo and go to the bottle shop down the street. The guys there will be knowledgeable and able to help you pick out a good beer to go with your meal as well as let you know new beers and special releases that are around just for the season.
From The Source
The best beer is usually fresh beer, and during the holidays fresh hop beer is king. If you live near a brewery go in and ask if they have any wet hop or fresh hop beer you can get in a growler (refillable 64oz glasses from the brewery). It goes with well with stinky cheeses and mild meats and is perfect for a course of canapes.
Proper glassware is always a plus whether you're at a restaurant or enjoying a "brewski" at home. Grab a set of tulip glasses on your way out of the bottle shop or brewery for your hostess to enjoy the beer you brought. The right glass increases your enjoyment by opening up the aromas and like a wine, allowing the flavor profile to open up and relax.
The most important part of buying beer is to have a little fun, if you see Santa's Butt-- buy it! Drinking should be enjoyable
Angelo "Brewpublic" Ieso is a fantastic beer blogger and one of my best friends. If you haven't heard of him I encourage you all to please visit his beer blog at Brewpublic.com and attend one of his events. He is a celebrity in Portlands beer scene as well as an amateur rapper-- we have hopes to start a HipHops blog in the near future.
One day, as my friend Angelo went about his charmed and wonderfully inspired life he had one of the scariest experiences a human can ever go through: he experienced a grand mal seizure. At that very moment his life changed forever.
A week later and $200,000 in debt, Angelo has been through brain surgery and several more seizures. While to the outside world it may appear that many of us are living the dream life, being a beer writer is not as lucrative as it is enjoyable-- many of us have day jobs that include bar tending, beer sales, event prep, b2b sales, and other service jobs.
What the craft beer industry is rich in is love and a little tip money. Please donate to his brain cancer funding page, think of it as buying Angelo a beer, any little bit will help.
Thank you friends.
I'm always being laughed at for my inability to cook rice. Well the fact is I don't really like rice, however I can make a mean teriyaki bowl with steamed kale instead. Steam up a little kale with garlic, sesame seeds, and soy sauce. Toss in a little bacon to taste and top with some tariyaki marinated grilled chicken! I added some shishito peppers just for kicks ;-) #shishito #padron #goatsatthegym #kale #lowcarb (at The Grim Goelzer)