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San Diego Uptown News | June 10–23, 2011


Craft Beer is booming, more than ever M

ayor Jerry Sanders has declared June 2011 Craft Beer Month in San Diego. In his June 1 proclamation at the newly opened Green Flash Brewery fa- cility in Sorrento Valley, Sanders cited the growth of the industry, the expansion of several brewer- ies and beer businesses, and the growing allure of San Diego as a destination for beer tourism. So it’s no coincidence that a few major beer events will take place this month—including the American Homebrew As- sociation’s National Homebrew Conference and the San Diego International Beer Festival at the SD County Fair. But there have also been a few more permanent developments in the past few weeks that make enjoying a craft beer easier than ever—even after Craft Beer Month comes to an end.

STONE BREWING CO’S EX- PANSION. In mid-May, Stone Brew- ing Co. announced a slurry of expansions, including a planned hotel across from its Escondido brewery, a forthcoming catering division, and a Liberty Station brewery and restaurant, all to debut next year. It has also taken over the former La Milpa farm, renaming it Stone Farms and planting its 18 acres to supply fresh produce for Stone’s soon-

FROM PAGE 7 CALENDAR, $10. “My Mother’s Italian, My Fa- ther’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy! opening night:” 7 p.m. Wednes- day, 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 4, Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, 544-1000, $42.50-$47.50. Rodney Dillard and the Dil- lard Band: 7:30 p.m., AMSD Concerts, 4650 Mansfield St., 303-8176,,, $20.


“In Their Own Words: Clas- sic and contemporary Native American art:” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday through Sept. 5, Mingei Interna- tional Museum, 1439 El Prado, 239-0003,, adults $7, seniors $5, youths, students and military $4, members and chil- dren under 6 free. North Park Farmer’s Market: 3 to 7 p.m. every Thursday, parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., free. Cinema Under the Stars presents “The Woman in the Window:” 8:30 p.m., Cinema Un- der the Stars, 4040 Goldfinch St., 295-4221,, $14 Thursday and Sunday, $15 Friday and Saturday.

JUNE 17 Preschool Storytime Summer Reading Program: 10:30 to 11 a.m., Mission Hills Library, 925 W. Washington St., 692-4910, tinyurl. com/missionhills, free. North Park Promotion Com- mittee meeting: 1 to 2 p.m.,

finds ideal. His goal is to offer a setting that is friendly but more low-key than a bar, where the focus is on conversation and people can come to “geek out” on beer.

In the three weeks since opening, Jensen has already found a niche in the neighbor- hood. Customers stop by for a beer during lunch time (he welcomes the delivery of food), small gatherings in the evenings, and to finish projects on their laptops over a beer.

Bottlecraft is located at 2161 India St. and is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. A grand opening celebration is planned for June 18. Visit for details.

A flight of Jolly Pumpkin beers at Bottlecraft

to-be multiple restaurants (Mil Krecu, of the Tierra Miguel Foundation, will manage the organic operation). For Uptown residents, how- ever—the most exciting—and immediate—Stone news is the opening of a storefront in South Park, which will offer bottles and growler fills to-go, with a planned 14 taps that will rotate to include seasonal and special releases. This means come mid June, for anyone in North or South Park, a growler of Stone beer is just a walk or a bike ride away. The Stone Company Store will be located at 2215 30th

Heaven Sent Desserts, 3001 Uni- versity Ave., 294-2501, npbid@, free. Mission Hills Farmer’s Mar- ket: 3 to 7 p.m. every Friday, 4050 Falcon St., free. Wine, Cheese and Choco- late Festival: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., celebrate the Women’s Musum of California’s 4th annual event in the Spanish Village Art Studios Patio, 1770 Village Place, 233-7963, $30 in advance, $40 at the door. The Tannahill Weavers: 7:30 p.m., AMSD Concerts, 4650 Mansfield St., 303-8176, amsdcon-,, $22.

Cinema Under the Stars presents “The Woman in the Window:” 8:30 p.m., Cinema Un- der the Stars, 4040 Goldfinch St., 295-4221,, $14 Thursday and Sunday, $15 Friday and Saturday.


Golden Hill Farmer’s Market: 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday, B St. between 27th and 28th Streets, free.

The Little Italy Mercato: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Saturday, Date and India streets, littleitalymercato. com, free. Old Town Farmer’s Market: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday, Harney Street, free.

South Park Old House Fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., historic home tour and fair with entertainment, exhib- its, food and kid’s crafts at 30th and Beech Streets, theoldhousefair. com, 233-6679, free for the fair and $20 for the historic home tour. The Amazing High Heel Race: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., participate in the Hillcrest-wide scavenger hunt at participating businesses to raise money to enhance the Hillcrest

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store quietly debuted in Little Italy, changing the way we can shop for beer. Here, beers are sold individually, rather than by the six pack, and any bottle can be opened and enjoyed on the premises. It’s a wonder- ful concept that encourages curiosity and exploration: If you’re not willing to commit to a six-pack of a new beer, you can

community,, $125 per team. Sound Science: 1 to 3 p.m., children ages 5 to 12 can learn to make their own instrument out of household objects at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado,, $2 with admis- sion.

Neil LaBute’s “Bash: Latterday Plays” closing night: 4 and 8 p.m., ion Theatre Company BLK- BOX, 3704 Sixth Ave., 600-5020,, $10-$29. Cinema Under the Stars pres- ents “Never Say Never Again:” 8:30 p.m., Cinema Under the Stars, 4040 Goldfinch St., 295-4221, top-, $14 Thursday and Sunday, $15 Friday and Saturday. Rocky Horror Picture Show: midnight, Ken Cinema, 4061 Ad-

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try one bottle. If you can’t decide between two styles, you can fill a six-pack with three of each. Bottlecraft isn’t just about exploring, though. It’s about exploring communally. Owner Brian Jensen has created a space that is welcoming and inviting, designed to encourage custom- ers not only to buy beer but to linger for a while. Jensen and a friend crafted the custom-built furniture, which includes a long communal table and plenty of bar and counter seating. On a recent Thursday evening, the space was filled with quiet chatter, a noise level Jensen



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GREEN FLASH MOVES TO MIRA MESA BOULEVARD I have a soft spot in my heart

for Green Flash’s West Coast IPA, and when I learned that I no longer had to travel to Vista for growler-fills and kegs, I jumped with joy. As of June 1, the Green Flash brewery and tasting room has set up shop in the middle of Sorrento Valley, in a massive 45,000-square-foot space. While the main motive for the move was to increase production, the new location is far more convenient for anyone living in central San Diego. The space is also far more conducive to visitors than the Vista brew- ery, as the crowds who flocked

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