New York Times Travel – May 2012
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Beyond San Diego’s Surf and Sun: Suds
…the heart of the San Diego beer scene lies in its craft beer enthusiasts, who wear idiosyncrasy as a badge of honor. As a relative newcomer to serious beer tastings, I started off my trip at the Bottlecraft Beer Shop & Tasting Room, in San Diego’s Little Italy. The bright and airy store, opened last June, sells some 500 brands of beers from near and far away. Brian Jensen, the owner and a young graduate of the French Culinary Institute’s sommelier program, takes special pleasure in educating beer drinkers. “I’d like people to be thinking more about it rather than just chugging beer,” he said. “It’s very much like wine.” He gave me some basics on how to taste beer, using a four-glass flight of brews from the excellent San Diego-based Ballast Point Brewery to illustrate his lesson.
When I asked Mr. Jensen what makes San Diego’s beer scene remarkable, he mentioned the area’s strong home brewing culture. “Every brewer still holds true to home brew roots,” he said. (Ballast Point itself began in 1996 as a spinoff of the vibrant Home Brew Mart, a store dedicated to the process.)