What’s Tapping (5/2)

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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  • Barley & Sword Brewing (North Park): Chasing the Muse West Coast IPA, 7% (collaboration w/ Ballast Point Brewing)
  • Barley & Sword Brewing (North Park): The Edwin Fox English-style IPA on Cask, 5.4%
  • Barrel & Stave Brewing (Vista): Sun Diego Sour: POG Berliner-style Weisse w/ Passionfruit, Orange & Guava, 6.4%
  • BattleMage Brewing (Vista): Brew Shall Not Pass Hazy IPA, 6.3%
  • Bear Roots Brewing (Vista): Mood Indigo Blueberry American Pale Ale, 5.1%
  • Bear Roots Brewing (Vista): Solsource Session IPA w/ Orange, 5.6%
  • Bear Roots Brewing (Vista): Tipo Dry-hopped Italian-style Lager, 5.2%
  • BLAH Brewing (Normal Heights): Unplugged Pale Ale, 5%
  • Blue Fire Brewing (San Marcos): SD Pilsner, 5.9%
  • Breakwater Brewing (Vista): Beach Honey Blonde Ale, 4.8%
  • Breakwater Brewing (Vista): DMJ IPA, 7.2%
  • Carlsbad Brewing (Carlsbad): Hopski Light Lager, 4.7%
  • Culture Brewing (Solana Beach, Encinitas): American Strong Ale, 8%
  • Culture Brewing (Solana Beach, Encinitas): Pineapple Hazy Session IPA, 5.1%
  • Culver Beer Co. (Carlsbad): Spell Crafter Hazy IPA, 6.5%
  • Deft Brewing (Morena): Deft Leicht Leichtes Helles-style Lager, 3.4%
  • Deft Brewing (Morena): Deftoberfest Bavarian-style Märzen, 5.5%
  • Deft Brewing (Morena): Fear the Deft Star Kottbusser, 6.4%
  • Division 23 Brewing (Miramar): Happy, the Hoppy Lager, 5.8%
Green Cheek Beers
Two of this week’s three drops from Green Cheek Beer Co. include a witbier called Here We Are and a West Coast IPA called ‘Member Rakau?!
  • Duck Foot Brewing (Miramar, Leucadia): Beer-garita Slushie, 4%
  • East Village Brewing (East Village): Flight of the Peach Ale w/ Peach, 7%
  • Eppig Brewing (Point Loma, Downtown): Beach Beer Mexican-style Vienna Lager, 5.2%
  • GOAL. Brewing (North Park): OG AM’s Hazy Double IPA, 8.2%
  • Green Cheek Beer Co. (Oceanside): Here We Are Belgian-style White Ale w/ Orange & Coriander, 5%
  • Green Cheek Beer Co. (Oceanside): The Mighty Rhine German-style Amber Ale, 4.9%
  • Harland Brewing (Scripps Ranch, Carmel Valley, Bay Park, South Park): Li Hing Mui Sour Ale w/ Passionfruit, Mango, Plum & Salt, 6.1%
  • Hopnonymous Brewing (Kearny Mesa): Iris and the Giant Peach Kettle Sour Ale, 7%
  • The Lost Abbey (Vista): Inferno Belgian-style Golden Ale, 8.5%
  • Mason Ale Works (Miramar): Millennial Falcon Double Dry-hopped West Coast IPA, 7%
  • Mason Ale Works (Miramar): Ricochet Hazy Double IPA, 8%
  • Mcilhenney Brewing (Alpine): Muntz New Zealand-hopped Rye IPA, 7.2%
  • Mission Brewing (East Village, Kensington): Lager de Luna Mexican-style Dark Lager, 5.6%
  • Mission Brewing (East Village, Kensington): Lager de Sol Mexican-style Lager w/ Salt & Lime, 4.8%
  • Modern Times Beer (Point Loma): Cosmic Currents Hazy Double IPA, 8%
  • Modern Times Beer (Point Loma): Impact Strategy Hazy Double IPA, 8%
  • Modern Times Beer (Point Loma): Space Ways Hazy IPA, 6.7%
  • My Yard Live Beer Co. (San Marcos): Wit Men Can’t Jump Belgian-style Witbier w/ Orange, Grapefruit & Coriander, 5.7%
Harland Brewing Sour
This week, Harland Brewing is releasing Li Hing Mui, a sour ale crafted with passionfruit, mango, plum and salt
  • Nickel Beer Co. (Julian): Stonewall American Stout, 6.5%
  • Nickel Beer Co. (Julian): Take a Hike American Pale Ale, 5.6%
  • Nickel Beer Co. (Julian): Volcan West Coast IPA, 7%
  • Night Parade Brewing (Scripps Ranch): Red 5 Rye IPA, 6.7%
  • North Park Beer Co. (North Park, Bankers Hill): Digital Jedi West Coast Pilsner, 4.7% – PURCHASE ONLINE
  • North Park Beer Co. (North Park, Bankers Hill): Freestyle Collider Batch 2 Triple Dry-hopped Hazy Triple IPA, 10% – PURCHASE ONLINE
  • North Park Beer Co. (North Park, Bankers Hill): Guava Blaster Fruited Sour Ale, 6.9% – PURCHASE ONLINE
  • North Park Beer Co. (North Park, Bankers Hill): Hop-Fu! Double Dry-hopped West Coast IPA, 7.5% – PURCHASE ONLINE
  • Northern Pine Brewing (Oceanside, Carmel Valley): May I Kick It? New Zealand-hopped Lager, 5.3%
  • Pizza Port Brewing (Carlsbad, San Marcos, Solana Beach, Ocean Beach, Imperial Beach): Who’s Your Madre? Strong Pale Ale, 6.4%
  • Prohibition Brewing (Vista): New Zealand-hopped Pale Ale, 5.8%
  • Pure Project Brewing (Vista, Carlsbad, Miramar, North Park, Bankers Hill): Murkeley Murky Double IPA, 8.5% (collaboration w/ Fieldwork Brewing) – PURCHASE ONLINE
  • Pure Project Brewing (Vista, Carlsbad, Miramar, North Park, Bankers Hill): Simple Substance West Coast IPA, 7% (collaboration w/ Shred Beer Co.)PURCHASE ONLINE
  • Seek Beer Co. (North Park): Cognizant West Coast IPA, 7%
  • Seek Beer Co. (North Park): Commitment Issues Hazy IPA, 6.4%
  • Societe Brewing (Kearny Mesa, Old Town): Last Resort Belgian-style White Ale, 5.2%
  • South O Brewing (Oceanside): Coast Dwellers West Coast Pilsner, 5.6% – PURCHASE ONLINE
  • TapRoom Beer Co. (North Park, Pacific Beach): Dream in Red American Red IPA, 7.5%
  • TapRoom Beer Co. (North Park, Pacific Beach): TapRoom White Belgian-style Witbier w/ Coriander, Ginger, Grapefruit & Calamansi, 5.6%
  • WestBrew (Vista, Del Mar, East Village): Mojave Haze Hazy IPA, 7.2%
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Gene Fielden

Gene Fielden | Bottlecraft North Park Manager

Cellarmaker / North Park Beer Co. X-Raying Nugs | Hazy Double IPA (8.5%): Cellarmaker is already renowned throughout the length and breadth of California for IPAs of all stripes. A collaborative beer with our friends and neighbors at North Park Beer Co. (NPBC) is a must-try however! Inspired by NPBC’s affinity for Citra Incognito, Cellarmaker further bombarded the beer with more Citra, Nelson and Nelson Cryo (i.e lupulin powder). As if that hadn’t been enough to overload your sensory perception, a layer of Rakau Hop Kief topped off the whole science experiment. Enjoy this innovative DIPA making use of a medley of new hopping technologies!

Enegren / Bierstadt American Reinheitsgebot | Helles-style Lager (4.8%): The fantastic American Reinheitsgebot series by Enegren conceptualizes what the Purity Law would look like if applied to an American craft-brewing context. All ingredients are grown and/or sourced from domestic producers or processors so as to spotlight the broad range of talent and terroir available in the United States. Each recipe has been different thus far, but also in collaboration with a fellow lager-loving brewery. The 2024 release brings back Colorado lager darling Bierstadt for a showstopper of a pale lager, with pilsner malt from Leopold Brothers (whom you may know for their incredible array of spirits – special recognition for their Summer Gin and Three Chamber Rye) and Audacia hops from Indie Hops in Portland.

Ayinger Maibock | Maibock (7%): Leaning on Munich malt for nuttiness and that ineffable white-grape aromatic element that works so well with the cooked-cereal impression imparted by decoction, the Maibock from Aying helps to define the style. Literally “May Bock”, these pale strong lagers herald the arrival of late spring. This family-owned and -operated brewery is located in the town of Aying, a stone’s throw south of Munich, providing tradition, imprimatur and gravitas. Prost!

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