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dogOceanside is a typical Southern California’s beach town with warm sandy beaches and an historic wooden pier.

The Privateer Marketplace is the neighborhood hang for craft beer and wine, artisan bites and 100% coal fired pizza.

The restaurant utilizes the farm to table practice by buying produce from a local farm that is less than a mile from the restaurant.

It was recently named one of San Diego’s best pizza places and boasts delicious thin crust Neapolitan-style pie.

People seriously freak over the pizza.

The restaurant was closed but patrons were beating on the front door demanding to be let in.

When you have your heart set on pizza and your favorite beer at your favorite place then nothing else will do.

I went to the Privateer Marketplace for a wine tasting but left with a better understanding of beer.

Does that make sense?

It should, because of it’s location…San Diego County, and the fact the Privateer has over 14 local beers on tap that rotate out weekly.

ericPro surfer and Privateer bartender, Erik Klier, said he first started coming to the Privateer as a friend but soon started working there for the love of craft beer.

“Pale Ales have turned into IPA’s which have turned into sessional beers and local brewers like Lost Abbey is the largest barrel brewing company in the world,” Klier preaches.

Rooted in the Monastic Belgian brewing traditions, Lost Abbey barrel ages beer that are released on a when-they-are-ready basis.

Referring to the Privateer’s location, Klier asks, “what is better than having pizza and beer on the beach?”

He will get no argument here.


Craft Beer Capital of America
When anyone thinks of San Diego, it is surfing and sun and flip flops that come to mind not world class breweries.

But it’s true, San Diego County has been officially crowned “the Craft Beer Capital of America.”

privateer1San Diego is home to more breweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs than any other county in the United States.

As of 2016 the county was home to 123 licensed breweries and brewpubs, with more in the planning stages.

Brewing is one of the fastest-growing business sectors in San Diego and there are four SD breweries that are among the 50 largest craft brewers in the U.S.

San Diego is so well established in the craft beer world that the World Beer Cup competition has been held there several times.

Brewers in San Diego generated $851 million in sales in 2015, a 17% increase from 2014 and employed more than 4,500 people.

prohibit36 Years of No Local Beer

The San Diego Brewing Company opened in 1896 and was one of the first commercial breweries in California and 7 more followed in the years leading up to Prohibition.

Prohibition was the nationwide ban on alcohol from 1920 to 1933 and left San Diego with only 3 breweries.

The Aztec Brewing Company was founded in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, in 1921 supplied Americans with beer all through Prohibition.

The company moved to San Diego in 1933 after the repeal and became San Diego’s largest brewery.

Aztec was bought out and closed down in 1953 and for the next 36 years there was no local beer brewed in San Diego County.

From 1953 until the 1980’s the San Diego beer market was dominated by national brewers.

Traditional brewing techniques brought to America by immigrants from all around the world disappeared and national “light” brands emerged that boasted fewer calories but no taste.

find-karlKarl Strauss
In 1989 Karl Stauss opened a brewery and brewpub.

This was San Diego’s first commercial brewery since Aztec was closed in 1953 and the first time in generations that the beer drinkers of San Diego tasted fresh beer.

Two college buddies were inspired by a brewpub they visited in Australia and went on a mission to bring local beer back to San Diego.

Karl Strauss was an uncle to one of the founders and was already an American brewing legend.

Karl was born in his father’s brewery in Germany in 1912 and left home at 19 to study beer making in Bavaria.

He began his career at Pabst Brewing on the bottling line but quickly worked his way up the ranks and helped formulate the recipe for Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Over his 70 years he brewed more than seven billion servings of beer, enough for everyone on the planet.

The company’s flagship brew is Amber Lager and its best seller and gold medal winner is Red Trolley Ale.

The Karl Strauss Brewery sets the tone for San Diego brewers sustainable business practices by buying their grain from local farmers, using recyclable packaging as well as alternative fuels for their delivery fleet.


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San Diego Pale Ale
San Diego County brewers are best known for strongly-hopped, high-alcohol India Pale Ales or IPA’s.

Double IPA also known as San Diego Pale Ale are beers made with very intense hops which makes for a very bitter beer.

A standard American beer scores less than 20 on the International Bitterness Units (IBU) scale but a double IPA scores more than 100 IBU.

Every brewery in the County makes a double IPA and it is San Diego’s signature beer.



In the 1800’s breweries in England sent large quantities of export beer across the world by steam ship to colonies in India, Australia and New Zealand.

Extra hops was added as a means of preservation so ships could transport beers to India.

IPA was formulated to survive long voyages by sea better than any other style.

The trip to India took at least six months as the the equator was crossed twice.

These huge ships, called East Indiaman, were hot and tightly packed with crates and barrels that pitched and rolled with every wave.

The beer, usually a porter, fared poorly and often arrived spoiled or stale.

George Hodgson’s Bow Brewery offered a few casks of a strong, pale beer called barleywine he had brewed aka “October beer.”

It got its name from the harvest-time beer that was made for wealthy country estates.

These beers were brewed rich and aged for years to mellow.

Some lords brewed a batch to honor a child’s birth and tapped when the child turned eighteen.

They were loaded with just-picked hops to keep them tasting fresh.

Some up to 10 pounds per barrel.

Hodgson thought a beer that hoppy could withstand anything.

In 1822, the Calcutta Gazette announced “Hodgson’s warranted prime picked ale of the genuine October brewing. Fully equal, if not superior, to any ever before received in the settlement.”

The beer was pale and strong and reminded the troops of a taste from home.


stone ipaWest-Coast IPA is going global
West Coast IPA has gone mainstream not only in the U.S. but also in old-world brewing circles.

Cultures that once thought American beer was an abomination now crave the complexity and flavor of West Coast IPA.

San Diego brewery, Green Flash, began brewing fresh batches of its signature West Coast IPA in Belgium last year and Stone Brewing is building the first ever U.S.-owned brewery in Europe.

It will be a two-acre brewery and restaurant complex in Berlin where Stone will distribute bitter ales all over Europe.

“I look forward to a day in the very near future,” CEO Greg Koch said to the San Diego Tribune, “when we at Stone will be able to proudly shout from the rooftops of our German
brewery: ‘Ich bin ein Berliner brauer! I am a Berlin brewer!’ ”

The brewery will have seating for 700 indoors and 500 outdoors with three house beers: Arrogant Bastard, Ruination and Stone IPA.
stay craftyBeer City Destination

The IPA obsessed all over the world are hopped up on different varieties the way wine snobs geek out on terroir.

Beer tourism is an important part of San Diego County’s economy throughout the year

Many breweries offer tours and tastes, and dozens of guides give “beer tours” around San Diego.

Events like the San Diego Beer Week and the San Diego International Beer Competition bring in tens of thousands of beer lovers from all over the world.

The festivals serve to educate a new generation of beer drinker about old styles of beer.

NewAir AWB-360DB Dual Zone Craft Beer Cooler
NewAir AWB-360DB Dual Zone Craft Beer Cooler



Storing IPA with a NewAir AWB-360DB Dual Zone Craft Beer Cooler

If you can’t make it to the Privateer Marketplace for your Double IPA and pizza, or you live in New Jersey, you can always get your favorite pie delivered and pull a fresh brew out of your AWB-360DB Dual Zone Craft Beer Cooler.

Enjoy your craft beer collection for all it’s worth and invest in the best storage available with a Dual Zone Craft Beer Cooler.

Dual cooling zones mean that the cabinet’s side by side storage areas are specialized and independently operated for chilling different craft beers at your desired temperature ranges.

While metal shelving gently cradles your collection, you can also remove or adjust the shelves to fit larger or any other of type of craft bottles.

The legs are also adjustable, making it customizable for built-in installation.

To ensure that no one can access your richest and most treasured collection, the AWB-360DB is equipped with locking doors.

The thermostat ranges from 36-72° F in both zones and it can be adjusted so you can cellar your porters on one side and enjoy your ready to drink IPA’s on the other door.


For more information on storing your favorite craft beer check out today!

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