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Suds in the city

Hess Fest brews up suds and fun

By Cody Thompson | Suds in the City Living in a city where the weather is essentially summer year-round, it can be difficult to narrow down which events and activities to attend. Every weekend presents an outdoor concert here or a street fair there and, of course, beer fests galore. This weekend features the sixth annual Hess Fest. Hess Fest 6 will take place on Saturday, July 30, on a closed-off Grim Avenue in North […]

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ChuckAlek brings Old World-style beers to North Park

By Cody Thompson | Suds in the City It is no surprise that San Diego loves its hoppy beers. In fact, calling our city “bitter” might actually be seen as a compliment in most circles. In a city that has been dry-hopped to the bone, the North Park neighborhood is getting a whole lot sweeter as they celebrate the opening of ChuckAlek Biergarten.

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A chat with a local craft-beer legend

By Cody Thompson | Suds in the City If you describe yourself to friends and family as a craft-beer fan, there is no question you have found yourself discussing the “Best Beer Cities” in America. Many cities can be represented during these inevitable conversations — Denver, Portland and Seattle all come to mind. But being a beer fan in San Diego, it only makes sense to stand up and fight for that championship belt of beer […]

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Kensington Brewing Company is not where you think

By Cody Thompson | Suds in the City In this exciting and ever-growing craft beer scene in San Diego, not a day goes by without plans being written about the next up-and-coming brewery. Star brewers of tomorrow are plotting their plans of attack on the San Diego beer scene today. That being said, what would appear to be the newest kid on the beer block officially opened its doors Jan. 23, although looking into their past […]

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Brew’s Up

National conference returns to San Diego and North Park

By Cody Thompson

With more than 100 breweries in operation and countless more in the planning stages, San Diego has solidified itself as the craft beer capital of America. That being said, it’s no surprise that craft beer fans and brewers alike from all over the world look forward to visiting our suds-soaked landscape any time the opportunity presents itself.

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Barn Brewery debuts

By Cody Thompson | Suds in the City

It seems as though a week can’t pass in San Diego without something new and exciting exploding out of our craft beer scene. As you read this, new breweries and craft beer bars are in the planning stages, mere whispers in the shadows behind kettles and kegs between hopeful brewers and businesspeople looking to become the next newsworthy craft operation.

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Petco Park hits a home run with local craft beer offerings

Posted: April 10th, 2015 | Columns, Featured, Food & Drink, Suds in the city | 1 Comment

By Cody Thompson | Suds in the City Personally, I can’t think of a much better day than a Sunday afternoon game down at Petco Park. The warm April sun is pouring down over your skin. The sound of the crack of a bat and people singing classic songs is all you hear while the smell of freshly cut grass and half-burnt hot dogs fills the air around you.

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A Modern calendar for 2015

Posted: March 13th, 2015 | Columns, Featured, Food & Drink, Suds in the city | No Comments

Cody Thompson | Suds in the City Just when you thought it was safe to go back into your neighborhood bottle shop and pick up your favorite local IPA, a new challenger appears which aims to hit you with a proverbial “Hadoken” of hops. Modern Times, with tasting rooms in both North Park and Point Loma, delivers two new IPAs set to make your head spin: Booming Rollers in canned four packs and Protocosmos in limited […]

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Craft Beerd brings ‘beer art’ to North Park

Posted: February 13th, 2015 | Featured, Food & Drink, Suds in the city | No Comments

By Cody Thompson Ever since I joined this wonderful world of craft beer in San Diego, I have heard a simple quote summing up our entire craft culture: “Craft beer people are good people.” And I have been lucky enough to see it come to life time and time again. Whether it is recording a podcast, conducting an interview or simply enjoying a beer in each other’s company, I have had the distinct pleasure of […]

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