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Panama 66 – For Families and Craft Beer Connoisseurs

Panama 66, in beautiful Balboa Park, is an amazing blend of culture, local food, cocktails a family friendly atmosphere and craft beer.

Panama 66 invites families and craft beer connoisseurs to order a tasty brew to enjoy along with a delectable meal all while browsing the art on display in the San Diego Museum of Art’s Sculpture Garden. While you can sit at the provided tables, I suggest you bring a picnic blanket and relax on the grass under the trees. Don’t worry, they will find you and bring you your order.

Also, if there is an Automatic Brewing Co (the house brewery) beer on tap, snag one of those and you won’t regret it.

In case you are interested, Panama 66 is the sister restaurant to Tiger!Tiger! and Blind Lady Ale House (my favorite craft beer spot in Normal Heights).

Panama 66

Where: 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: Check website for soft opening hours
Website: www.panama66.com
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Butcher’s Brewing Now Pouring in San Diego’s Santee

Beer List - Butcher's Brewing

Just close your eyes and pick one. You’re almost guaranteed to like it

After contract brewing for a while in Irvine, Butcher’s Brewing has found a more permanent home in San Diego’s Santee. Before opening in early May 2013, Rey Knight (brewmaster and owner) and his crew made a few renovations to the old Manzanita brewery and tasting room including the addition of a few more taps for a total of 15.

I had the opportunity to attend the #ButchersBeerUp for a short tour and to sample what Butcher’s been brewing in East County!

The Beer

The Beer - Butcher's Brewing

Just three of the 5 beers to be enjoyed at Butcher’s Brewing:

We’re yeast farmers. We tend to yeast, we keep yeast happy, and the by-product is beer.

Before the tour, a group of local beer lovers gathered in the tasting room to sample 5 of Butcher’s Brewing’s beers:  Haupia Cream Ale (4.5% ABV, 18 IBU, dry hopped with roasted coconut and vanilla), Fair Weather Friend High Hopped Pale Ale (4.5% ABV, 62 IBU, brewed with Simcoe Hops), Free Range IPA (7% ABV, 70 IBU, brewed with Nelson Sauvin Hops), Ultimatum Red  IPA (7% IPA, 56 IBU, brewed with Centennial, Cascade and Columbus Hops), and Continental Breakfast Stout (6.8% ABV, 40 IBU, brewed with roasted barley and rolled oats).

I had just finished a hike through Mission Trails Regional Park and was thankful to start off the tasting with the light and refreshing Haupia Cream Ale. I could have drank it all day but there were four more beers to sample.

Fair Weather Friend was a nicely balanced combination of hoppiness and a pale ale. This would be a great beer for sitting around the back yard and enjoying the sunshine.

It might of just been the thirst, but Free Range IPA was a little too hoppy for me. I will try it again.

On the other hand, Ultimatum Red IPA is deadly! I like reds and IPAs and the smooth combination of the two was so delicious I ordered a pint after the brewery tour.

The Continental Breakfast Stout rounded out the tasting. The interesting thing about this stout is even though there is a coffee flavor, no coffee was used in the brewing process. I would like to return to the brewery and try this one again on a cold fall evening.

From top to bottom, my choices would be Ultimatum Red IPA, Fair Weather Friend, Haupia Cream Ale, Continental Breakfast Stout and Free Range IPA.

The Brewery

Hombrew System - Butcher's Brewing

The homebrew system that started it all

We use a gravity-fed system because gravity rarely fails.

According to West Coaster, Butcher’s Brewing is the 72nd brewery in San Diego County! The brewery setup consists of 11 repurposed honey tanks which each hold 7 barrels of beer. Because of it’s smaller capacity, Rey considers Butcher’s Brewing a nano brewery.

The nano-brewing system is set up with some high-tech temperature controls (the same controls used by White Labs) that provide the brewers with the ability to change barrel temperatures on the fly from an iPhone. A heater on the roof helps with the cold desert nights and is definitely not needed during the warmer months when the temperature inside can easily reach 104°.

The brewing system technology can also change the water hardness on the fly. Since water makes up 90% of beer, the water hardness is very important. For example, hard water is used when brewing a stout and soft water is used for pilsner.

Even with all this fancy brewing technology, Rey turns to his old homebrew system when he wants to brew a pilot batch. Ahh, the simple things in life…

So next time you are exploring San Diego’s East County, stop by Butcher’s for an Ultimatum and tell ’em Bernasconi sent you (they won’t know who I am, but it’s the thought that counts).

Butcher’s Brewing Info

Location: 9962 Prospect Avenue, Suite E, Santee, CA 92071
Website: www.butchersbrewing.com
Phone: 619.334.2222
Social Media: Facebook | Twitter
Tasting Room Hours:
– Tuesday-Saturday: 2:00 to 10:00 PM
– Sunday: 2:00 to 8:00 PM
– Monday: Closed

Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens Liberty Station Preview

Update: Rumor has it that Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens Liberty Station will have a soft opening on Wednesday, 15 May 2013!

Two years ago, Stone Brewing Co. invited me to tour (read about it and see pictures here) an empty building in Point Loma. They planned to transform the empty space into Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens Liberty Station.

The new restaurant would bring the amazing combination of great beer, delicious food and the amazing garden found at the restaurant in Escondido while adding a few new twists including two bocce ball courts, new menu items, a small experimental brewery and a convenient location for us city dwellers.

Two years and many historic building headaches later, Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens Liberty Station is almost ready to open early summer 2013. While you wait, take a look at these preview night photos and get excited!

Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens Liberty Station Information

Location: 2816 Historic Decatur Rd #116  San Diego, CA 92106
Telephone: 760-294-7899
Hours:
– Sunday-Thursday: 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
– Friday-Saturday: 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Website: www.stoneworldbistro.com/libertystation

Photo of the Day – Stone Brewing Lineup

Stone Brewing Lineup

Stone Brewing Company Lineup at the Beer Garden at the Lodge at Torrey Pines during San Diego Beer Week 2012. I’ll take one of each please!

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