In front of me I was staring at a glorious en plein air painting that is the sunset west of San Diego’s prime Torrey Pines Mesa. I was inside The Lodge at Torrey Pines, a 5-star craftsman-style hotel … [Read more...] about Triple Play: Great Beer & Cuisine at a Legendary Location
Slightly north of Miramar Road and just off the 15, you find yourself in a daze of furniture stores, fast-food restaurants and nondescript industrial parks reminiscent of the most mundane of tract … [Read more...] about Honestly Hess
Hello! Welcome to the West Coaster website. In the next few days, the kinks you might see on the website will be ironed out. Thanks for being patient and keep checking back. "There is a demand for … [Read more...] about Welcome to West Coaster
We were relaxing on the second story patio of El Torito, a restaurant by day, disco by night situated on Avenida Revolución in downtown Tijuana. As beats pumped through the aging speakers and drowned … [Read more...] about Taste of Tijuana – TJ Beerfest Pt. 2
I have a soft spot in my heart for anyone who inspires fond memories of my youth. While my grandmother gave me drumsticks and ginger-ale, Tijuana provided me with grain alcohol and fireworks. When I … [Read more...] about Pour Favor – TJ Beer Fest Pt. 1
Beer is a wonderfully varied beverage; from imperial stouts to Danish table beers, you can get almost any flavor from it. Beer has a very long and illustrious history, changing with the technology … [Read more...] about Beer Style Spotlights: Tell Me What You Want!
As a fervent fan of all things hoppy, I have been eyeing the development of the black IPA with keen interest over the last several years. My first beer purchase on my 21st birthday was Stone Brewing … [Read more...] about Black IPA is “officially” dead; meet “American-style India Black Ale”
SF beer week is past the halfway point, so I though it would be good to share my experiences so far, and plans for the final weekend. Friday kicked things off with a boom, with the release of Pliny … [Read more...] about SF Beer Week thus far…
Today I was up at my buddy Mike's house in Menlo Park brewing my first ever porter. I guess I just haven't been into brewing dark beers, (well, faux dark beers were my M.O. from the get go, but … [Read more...] about So I finally got around to brewing a porter…
Part two of my personal history of beer is still in the works, but until then I'm skipping to the present--this very day to be exact. Last week, I mailed in my application to the Siebel Institute … [Read more...] about So you want to be a brewer? Read a book!