What’s Tapping (2/29)

Our weekly list of freshly tapping beers with quality Bottlecraft recommendations

Welcome to San Diego Beer News‘ weekly list of beers tapping for the first time or returning to beer lists at breweries throughout San Diego County, including links where you can find additional info or purchase the beers online. For more details regarding release/tapping dates, times and locations, consult the official website or social-media accounts of the brewing companies listed.

And keep scrolling for Bottlecraft staffers’ recommendations about beers they are excited about that can be found at their bottle shop locations in North Park, Little Italy, Point Loma and Oceanside!

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  • Ataraxia Aleworks (Kearny Mesa): Basilisk Belgian-style Dark Strong Ale, 9%
  • Ataraxia Aleworks (Kearny Mesa): Recluse Brown Ale, 6.1%
  • Athletic Brewing (Miramar): Non-alcoholic Irish-style Red Ale, < 0.5%
  • Aztec Brewery (Vista): Sacrifice Red IPA, 7.6%
  • Ballast Point Brewing (Miramar, Morena, Little Italy): Golden Lion Tamarind Golden Ale w/ Tamarind, 6.4%
  • Barley & Sword Brewing (North Park): Wheeler’s Patent Irish-style Stout on Cask, 3.8%
  • Bear Roots Brewing (Vista): Rooted in the West IPA, 7.2%
  • Belching Beaver Brewery (Oceanside, Vista): Crush the Kaiju 2 West Coast IPA, 7%
  • Black Plague Brewing (Oceanside, Escondido, North Park): After Party Strawberry Lemonade Hard Seltzer, 5% – PURCHASE ONLINE
  • Black Plague Brewing (Oceanside, Escondido, North Park): Daywalker Red Ale, 6.1% – PURCHASE ONLINE
  • Deft Brewing (Morena): Deft de Garde Bière de Garde, 7.2%
  • Duck Foot Brewing (Miramar, Leucadia): Aviator Glasses Belgian-style Blonde Ale, 6.5%
  • East Village Brewing (East Village): Hair of the Sloth Unfiltered Double IPA, 8.5%
Aztec Brewery Sacrifice Red IPA
Aztec Brewery’s Sacrifice Red IPA was just tapped at the company’s taproom in Vista
  • Harland Brewing (Scripps Ranch, South Park, Bay Park, Carmel Valley): Citra! Citra! IPA, 7%
  • Harland Brewing (Scripps Ranch, South Park, Bay Park, Carmel Valley): Double IPA, 8%
  • Harland Brewing (Scripps Ranch, South Park, Bay Park, Carmel Valley): My Kinda Pilz Czech-style Pilsner, 5%
  • Helix Brewing (La Mesa): Helix Pale Ale, 4.8%
  • Hopnonymous Brewing (Kearny Mesa): Gal Fawkes New Zealand-hopped IPA, 7.1%
  • Hopnonymous Brewing (Kearny Mesa): Leaving Without Saying Goodbye Irish-style Red Ale, 6%
  • Hopnonymous Brewing (Kearny Mesa): Two Amigos Mexican-style Lager w/ Lime, 5.2%
  • Jacked Up Brewery (Escondido): Honey Ale, 6%
  • Jacked Up Brewery (Escondido): Irish-style Red Ale, 5%
  • Jacked Up Brewery (Escondido): Tuesday IPA, 5.3%
  • Karl Strauss Brewing (Downtown, Sorrento Mesa, Rancho Bernardo, Carlsbad, San Marcos): Pale Rider Pale Ale, 5.5%
  • Lightning Brewery (Poway): Black Lightning Bold Porter, 8.5%
  • Mcilhenney Brewing (Alpine): Dankster for Life IPA, 6.7%
  • Nickel Beer Co. (Julian): Blood Orange IPA, 7%
  • North Park Beer Co. (North Park, Bankers Hill): Conjurers & Conquerors Triple Dry-hopped Hazy Triple IPA, 10% (collaboration w/ Brujos Brewing) – PURCHASE ONLINE
Seek Beer Rustic Approach
Rustic Approach, an oak-aged Pilsner brewed with Puesto Cerveceria and Poor House Brewing, is available on-tap and in cans at Seek Beer Co. in North Park
  • North Park Beer Co. (North Park, Bankers Hill): Spheromancy West Coast Pilsner, 5.6% (collaboration w/ Brujos Brewing) – PURCHASE ONLINE
  • North Park Beer Co. (North Park, Bankers Hill): Triple Dry-hopped Hop-Fu! West Coast IPA, 7.5% –
  • Pizza Port (Carlsbad): Orloj’s Dark Czech-style Lager, 5%
  • Pizza Port (Imperial Beach): Schwarzbier, 4.4%
  • Pizza Port (Solana Beach): Line Jumper Pale Ale, 5.3% (collaboration w/ Living Haus Beer Co.)
  • Pizza Port Bressi Ranch (Carlsbad): Jawa Juicy Pale Ale, 6.6%
  • Pure Project Brewing (Vista, Carlsbad, Miramar, North Park, Bankers Hill): Chocosaurus Rex Imperial Stout w/ Cocoa, Vanilla & Spices, 12.5% – PURCHASE ONLINE
  • Pure Project Brewing (Vista, Carlsbad, Miramar, North Park, Bankers Hill): Lief Méthode Traditionnelle 3-Year Blend, 7.7% – PURCHASE ONLINE
  • Seek Beer Co. (North Park): Oak-aged Rural Approach Rustic Pilsner, 5.3% (collaboration w/ Puesto Cerveceria & Poor House Brewing)
  • South O Brewing (Oceanside): Summer Hill Helles-style Lager, 5.4% – PURCHASE ONLINE
  • Stone Brewing (Escondido, Point Loma, Downtown, Harbor Island, Oceanside): Stone Pilsner, 4.7%
  • TapRoom Beer Co. (North Park): 17th Anniversary West Coast Triple IPA, 10.2%
  • WestBrew (Vista, Del Mar, East Village): Mosaic Surfer Pale Ale, 6%
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Gene Fielden

Gene Fielden | North Park Bottlecraft Manager

Burgeon / Everywhere Far & Near | New Zealand IPA (6.4%): The title of this beer is a perfect aperçu, as it encapsulates a brewery both far (Everywhere) and near (Burgeon), at least from a San Diego perspective – but seen from Orange County it would be the other way around! Everywhere Beer Company is increasingly living up to its own name as the self-distribution drops and collabs have been landing with greater frequency. This West Coast IPA is double dry-hopped with an absolute bevy of New Zealand varietals along with Citra, Mosaic and Mosaic Cryo to boot!

Firestone Walker Pivo Pils | Dry-hopped Pilsner (5.3%): How has a core beer of such extensive breadth and renown not yet been profiled in these pages? The key to this mystery lies in the local arm of the nationwide distribution company for Firestone Walker, who for baffling reasons has refused to stock this beer in cans for many years now. This is thus a triumphant return for one of the more iconic dry-hopped pilsners of our age. Despite the Slavic origins of the name (“Pivo” simply means “beer” in every single Slavonic tongue), this beer was at least in part inspired by Tipo Pils from northern Italy.

Gueuzerie Tilquin Oude Airelle Sauvage | Traditional Lambic (6.5%): Pierre Tilquin has joined the pantheon of blenders of traditional lambic. Displaying a mastery of classic gueuze as well as the classic fruits of the region, in recent years he has become ever-more esoteric in his choice of ingredients. This never-before-seen iteration contains a healthy dose of lingonberries for zingy tart aromatics and crunchy acidic flavors, topped off by generous carbonation. Op uw gezondheid / À votre santé!

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