A San Diego Local’s Recommendations for CBC 2012: My Week in Beer

Found yourself in San Diego for the Craft Brewers Conference 2012?

Here are my suggestions for the evenings this week to explore San Diego and get away from Mission Valley! I’ll be updating my twitter account  (@whanrahan) when I hear about new events but so far this is what I’m planning on doing. All these places are within 10 miles of the Conference so just a short Taxi ride away. I’ll be happy to provide further details – just email me at williamdhanrahan@gmail.com – Hope this helps!

Green Flash

Monday, April 30th  5@:00 PM

30th on 30th

If you want to taste local brews and explore San Diego’s vibrant beer culture, there’s a cheaper,  more fuel-efficient & safer method than driving to all the breweries . Simply explore — by foot, car or the No. 2 bus — 30th Street, the five-plus miles between Normal Heights and South Park offers some amazing stops for craft beers and local food. Here’s the program in general: on the 30th of each month, a bunch of restaurants and bars on and near 30th Street offer specials, such as a feature appetizer for $3. This makes it easy for you to go on a restaurant crawl and check out all the amazing places on the 30th Street Corridor. Most places start their specials between 5 and 6pm.

My Top Picks on 30th Street

Toronado: local drafts for $3

URBN North Park: $5 cocktail: High Treason – Mount Gay Eclipse rum, Velvet Falernum, lime, pineapple, absinthe. $4 pints of 30th Street Pale Ale.

West Coast Tavern: award winning burnt smoked cheddar mini Mac n Cheese for $5.

The Linkery: $2 half pours of 30th Street Pale Ale from Green Flash and a veal & bacon meatball sandwich for $3 (cash only, includes tax and service).

Tuesday, May 1st @ 3:00 PM

Firestone Walker Night at Monkey Paw

805 16th Street, San Diego, CA 92101 This is my local, found in East Village (That’s an area of downtown, walking distance from the Gaslamp)

They will have beers on tap from firestone walker, including double barrel ale, double jack iipa, reserve porter velvet merkin and much more. Cask starts at 3pm, Monkey Paw has a nice happy hour from 5pm – 8pm with $1 off beers. Don’t forget to try their amazing cheese steaks!!!

Wednesday – May 02, 2012 @ 09:00PM / ends @ 12:00AM

Can Diego CBC Opening After Party

Blind Lady Ale House – 3416 Adams Avenue  San Diego, CA 92116

Come to blind lady ale house and for Can Diego, hand-picked breweries who CAN at the very first CAN DIEGO event at Blind Lady Ale House

• Golden Road Brewing Co-founder Meg Gill and Brewmaster Jon Carpenter with cans of Point the Way IPA and Golden Road Hefeweizen

• Maui Brewing Company Founder Garrett Marrero with cans of Coconut Porter and La Perouse

• Avery Brewing Co. Owner & Brewmaster Adam Avery with cans of Joe’s Pilsner and Ellie’s Brown Ale

• Oskar Blues Head Brewer Dave Chichura, Marketing Director Chad Melis, and Beer Traffic Control Freak Jeremy Rudolf with cans of G’Knight Imperial Red Ale and Chaka, their epic Belgian Pale collaboration with Sun King  http://beerstreetjournal.com/oskar … ate-chaka/

• 21st Amendment Co-founder Shaun O’Sullivan and Sales Director Dave Wilson

• Tallgrass Brewing from KANSAS!

• Ska Brewing Co. plus more to come!

Try some of the best canned brews in the nation and meet these great peeps to talk beer and cans with them from 9 – 12 at BLAH. There is no entry fee.

Thursday, May 3rd @ 5:00 PM

50/50 Night @ Hamilton’s – 1521 30th Street San Diego, CA 92102

Hamilton’s Tavern is a traditional neighborhood alehouse located in the heart of the historic South Park area of San Diego. Come try some amazing beers from Fifty Fifty Brewing! On Cask: Brown ale On Draught: RyePA IPA Red is the new black IPA Totality imperial stout Eclipse barrel aged imperial stout BART barrel aged strong ale Conundrum barley wine barrel aged.

Friday, May 4th @ 7:00 PM

Deschutes Tap Takeover @ Tipsy Crow

770 5th Ave San Diego CA 92101 (Downtown)

On Tap: Mirror Pond Ale, Chainbreaker White IPA, Love Child IPA, Abyss 2011, Stoic, and more!


Zhujiang Chinese Beer Coming to USA

March 28, 2012

Zhujiang beer is a 5.3% abv pale lager, and is one of 4 Chinese national beer brands (along with Tsingtao, Snow Beer and Yanjing). Zhujiang is a leading brand in China; 48,000 bottles are consumed per hour. It is particularly successful in the South of China. The beer is also exported to countries around the globe, including Canada, France, Australia, U.S., Sweden and the UK.

To many, Asian style beers are the ideal accompaniment to a Chinese meal since it never detracts from the food flavors. Some Far Eastern food can be light flavored and you still want to taste it after a drink

I. Khan Global Brands, Inc. has been appointed the U.S. Master Importer of Zhujiang Premium Draft, ranked among the top-selling beer brands domestically in China and gaining in recognition and popularity throughout international.

The Brewery is based along the Pearl River delta in the Canton province, famous for its culinary style, and flavor. The Guangzhou Zhujiang Brewery was established in 1985 with guidance from the Belgian brewing industry and assistance from InBev, it is the single largest and most prestigious brewing facility in the world. In recent years, the Brewery was awarded Top Environmental Friendly Enterprise, the leading award in the Chinese Environmental Protection Program.

Zhujiang Premium Draft, Guangzhou Zhujiang Brewery’s flagship brand is widely known and available across the entire country and neighboring Pan Asian region. Zhujiang Premium Draft is ranked among the top-selling beer brands domestically in China. Zhujiang Premium Draft stands firmly as China’s National Famous Beer Brand, and continues to be successful in winning market share in other Asian markets and throughout international, export markets.

The agreement gives Zhujiang Premium Draft access to broad marketing and sales expertise and to I. Khan Global Brands, Inc.’s wide-reaching U.S. distribution network. The new agreement significantly broadens Zhujiang Premium Draft’s international export distribution opportunities. In return, I. Khan Global Brands, Inc. will have the opportunity to add this exotic and sophisticated Asian beer to its growing portfolio. Zhujiang Premium Draft’s distribution is focused on cosmopolitan cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and San Francisco.

Zhujiang Premium Draft is recognized as one of Asia’s finest beer exports,” said Isaac Khanzadeh. “We are extremely proud of Zhujiang’s position as the top selling brand in China. American beer drinkers all over the United States will soon be able to discover the fine taste of Zhujiang Premium Draft. It is a high-quality, premium brand that is a perfect complement to our growing portfolio. We are very pleased about the Brewery’s continued commitment to environmentalism and look forward to importing and marketing the Zhujiang Premium Draft brand in the United States for many years to come.”

Has anyone had this beer before? I’ve seen a few reviews so far on Beer Advocate, but I think this needs to be tested.

SOURCE I. Khan Global Brands, Inc.

Englishman Seeking Traditional English Style Beers in San Diego….

A quick lesson in some classic English beer styles and San Diego brewery New English Brewing Co.

Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) ESBs are essentially more aggressive and more balanced Bitters, both in alcohol and hop character, but nothing overpowering. Color range will be similar, though leaning towards the darker end of the scale; dark golds to copper. Despite “bitter” being in its name, ESBs are not really all that bitter. They key to an ESB is balance – examples include Fuller’s ESB, Old Thumper ESA & Wells Bombardier.

New English Brewing Co have released explorer E.S.B. Described as an assertively hopped and respectably strong bitter, while balanced with a chewy maltiness. Reviews on Beer Advocate (www.beeradvocate.com) describe the nut and biscuit flavors as highlights of this beer.

English India Pale Ale (IPA) – The majority of British beers with the name IPA include Greene King IPA, Deuchars IPA, Flowers IPA, Wadworth Henrys Original IPA, etc. Though bearing the name IPA, these session bitters are not as strong and hoppy as an IPA in the USA. The English IPA has a lower alcohol due to taxation over the decades. – and you hopheads out there used to West Coast IPA or Sculpin IPA, please don’t be disappointed, this is really how most IPA’s taste back in Britain!!

First brewed in England and exported for the British troops in India during the late 1700s. To withstand the voyage, IPA’s were basically tweaked Pale Ales that were, in comparison, much more malty, boasted a higher alcohol content and were well-hopped, as hops are a natural preservative. Historians believe that an IPA was then watered down for the troops, while officers and the elite would savor the beer at full strength. The leaner the brew the less amount of malt there is and less need for a strong hop presence which would easily put the brew out of balance.

Troopers Tipple IPA is a true English style IPA, using English hops to provide much less bitterness (38 IBU’s) in the authentic English style.  However with plenty of hop flavor due to the use of English East Kent Goldings. Troopers Tipple IPA was designed to be a true ‘session beer’ to be enjoyed while relaxing with friends or as an accompaniment to a variety of food & a good choice for those wanting to appreciate IPAs but who haven’t yet acquired the taste for the outrageously bitter US Style IPAs.

The Tasting Room opened on January 26TH 2012, try the flight of 4 tasters for $5! 11545 Sorrento Valley Rd, Suite 305, San Diego, CA, 92121 – http://www.newenglishbrewing.com

I Will Review Your Beer!

I Will Review Your Beer!

Want a free review of your beer? All you have to do is send some of your beer, and I’ll gladly give it an in-depth review, covering all aspects of the brew. Rest assured your beer will get a very thorough tasting and a comprehensive social media push.

A full post review is free when send us your beer via mail. You can also send the appropriate funds to go out and purchase your beer (assuming it’s available in San Diego).

Contact me at williamdhanrahan@gmail.com for more details.

Note: I will be completely honest in the review!


– Will

Newcastle Brown Ale: Have you experienced the Lighter Side of Dark?

A Uniquely Interesting Combination by Will Hanrahan

I spent 3 amazing years in Newcastle and graduated with a degree in Marketing, so it’s great to see how popular this beer is in the USA. I wanted to share a little more information of the brand and about the city of Newcastle. Cheers!!

Newcastle Brown Ale

Newcastle Brown Ale: Brewed in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire

Ad Campaign Characteristics: Wit, Intelligence & Dry Humor


Dry Heat billboard

Objectives: Breaking Conventions

Standing apart from the perceptions that most domestic beers thrive upon A dark beer that is surprisingly easy to drink

Bloody Smooth

Not your typical ale – an extraordinary beer, distinct and innovative with real ingredients


Educating consumers and sharing the Beauty of the Brand, the Beer and Banter in British Culture

Fun Facts

The day after “Broon’s” launch, it was said the local police appealed to the brewery to make it weaker because the cells were full of drunks.

The ale was also dubbed “dog” by drinkers, as they would make the excuse of going to “walk the dog” when nipping to the pub

Varieties of Newcastle

Founders Ale

  • Newcastle Summer Ale: Refreshing and light, this golden beer offers a subtle citrus hop aroma and a clean, refreshing flavor with a dry finish
  • Newcastle Werewolf: Naturally blood red in color, this distinct tasting fall ale produces a combination of sweet berry overtones and a sudden bite of bitterness
  • Newcastle Winter IPA: Zesty in character and jam-packed with a creamy finish, the Newcastle Winter IPA is full-bodied and hoppy, delivering unique and authentic malt flavors for the cold season and snowy matchdays
  • Newcastle Founder’s Ale: A rich ode to the heritage and the work of five of the best brewers in the city coming together to show off their craft, Founder’s Ale offers a full-bodied ale with a sweet and dry finish

Some Famous Geordies 

Mark Knopfler



Brian Johnson

George Stephenson

Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer

Why are people from Newcastle called ‘Geordies’?

ONE theory is that the name was taken from George (Geordie) Stephenson, the mining and railway engineer who hailed from the north-east. 


Another is that it derives from a term of abuse coined by the Scottish Jacobites in the 1745 Rebellion because of the defence of the town of Newcastle against them by supporters of King George (Geordie) II

Angel of the North 

The Angel of the North  Read more here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_of_the_North)

And Finally….

Did you know the first public demonstration of the light-bulb was given by its inventor Joseph Swan on 3rd Feb 1879 at a lecture theatre in Newcastle, therefore the first public building in the world lit by electric light? In 1881 Mosley Street in Newcastle became the first street in the world to be illuminated by electric light.

Please let me know if you have any more questions about Newcastle and the Brand, always happy to help. I hope you found this article interesting.