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Friday, October 31, 2014


Coronado Brewing's company jeep rolls into Coronado CA across the Bay Bridge.
For the complete video go Coronado's website.
MORE TREAT, LESS TRICK—San Diego County, California has more than 100 independent brewing companies in operation making it the hottest craft beer region anywhere.

With so many brewers in town, it’s no surprise when San Diego does well in world and national beer competitions, the locals reap the benefits.

Two San Diego area brewers are currently basking in the spotlight after winning major awards.

Coronado Brewing Company (located across the the harbor from downtown San Diego) is the reigning Gold Medal champion of the planet for its Islander IPA earned at the 2014 World Beer Cup.  Cool as winning Gold for Islander IPA happens be, Coronado as a brewer also received the highly coveted Champion Brewery/Champion Brewmaster.  Simply put, Coronado Brewing Company is--right this minute--the best in the world. Let's savor it!

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirit, another San Diego-based brewer is basking in Gold Medal glory for its Grunion, an American-Style Pale Ale.  Ballast Point’s Gold was earned earlier this month at  the annual Great American Beer Festival held in Denver.

More on these championship brewing operations:

Coronado Brewing Company:
In 1996, when craft beer was still a foreign term and San Diego County was home to only a handful of breweries, the Chapman brothers Ron and Rick opened a brewpub in their hometown of Coronado. CBC brews abundantly hoppy West Coast-style ales staying true to their San Diego roots. They began distributing their beers throughout the local market, and today you can find Coronado beers in 13 states across the US. In addition to their long established pub in Coronado, the company opened a tasting room inside their newly built San Diego production facility in early 2013.

Coronado Brewing, above, accepting its 2014 World Beer Cup Honors

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits:
After developing a taste for beer in college, founder Jack White decided to try making more interesting beer than he could find in the store or at a keg party. He developed a talent for home brewing in his back yard and soon realized it wasn’t easy to get access to the various supplies and ingredients he wanted—nor did he have anyone with whom to trade ideas about brewing.

In 1992, Jack opened Home Brew Mart, which he filled with the supplies, ingredients, and conversation every brewer needed to make better beer at home. Soon after, he found a collaborator in Yuseff Cherney, a fellow home brewer with a similar passion and a set of home brewing awards to boot. Together, they decided to open a “back room” brewery out of Home Brew Mart. In 1996, Ballast Point Brewing was born.

Victorious Team Ballast Point at this month's Great American Beer Festival
(that's founder Jack White, the big guy, top row).
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Thursday, October 30, 2014


As part of Old Town San Diego’s Annual “Tour of Altars,” produced by the Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO), Bazaar del Mundo will transform its shops into a walkable trail of altars, complete with traditional sugar skulls, handmade papier-mâché decorations and special Day of the Dead-inspired clothing and crafts.
SAN DIEGO’S OLD TOWN—GUEST BLOG—By Alana Coons--The annual celebration of Mexico's revered holiday, Día de los Muertos returns to Old Town San Diego on November 1 and 2, produced by Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) as a part of the historical and preservation group’s educational and cultural programming.

The celebration is a means of bringing the community together to experience the tradition and culture surrounding Day of the Dead. Día de los Muertos is not to be confused with Halloween, which precedes it; the celebration is neither ghoulish nor morose, rather it is festive, colorful, and joyful.

This is the largest Day of Dead event in the region. The free family oriented event invites visitors to explore Old Town San Diego from one end to the other to view dozens of ofrendas or altars seen throughout businesses, museums, shops, and restaurants.

"This is one of my very favorite events in Old Town," said Diane Powers of Bazaar del Mundo. "The tour of altars is very dramatic and especially spectacular in the evening, when each altar is aglow with a multitude of candles. Also not to be missed is a visit to El Campo Santo Cemetery along San Diego Avenue, where the gravesites are decorated and the whole cemetery is illuminated."

Multiple zones are identified on the event map this year for easier navigation where visitors will find 8 zones, all with a different variety of altars, music, dancing, and family-oriented craft activities animating the streets and plazas of Old Town. Many craft-making sessions are free and designed for all ages. Come make paper masks or flowers, have your face painted to look like a colorful sugar skull, or decorate plaster sugar skulls to honor someone who has departed this life.

Alana Coons, Education and Communications Director for SOHO, says that "the goal is that everyone will be able to experience the magic of an event that is unlike any other in San Diego and leave with something both culturally and emotionally lasting, as well as having just a great, fun time."

Visit during the day and again at night, for two very different experiences. The easy map defines the areas to visit, activities of all types traditional to the holiday will be found at each zone. Maps can be downloaded at

Visitors are strongly encouraged to take public transit, which comes directly into Old Town, car pool, or if you live close, to walk. Parking and transportation information is located on the website. For more information about this free event for all ages, visit