The other star of the evening at Waypoint Public: Patrick Rue & his incredible beers. Truly spectacular stuff. See more of the lineup at DiscoverSD.com #craftbeer #genius #orangecounty #foodie #beerdinner  (at Waypoint Public)

The other star of the evening at Waypoint Public: Patrick Rue & his incredible beers. Truly spectacular stuff. See more of the lineup at DiscoverSD.com #craftbeer #genius #orangecounty #foodie #beerdinner (at Waypoint Public)

Temptation Tuesday #3: Loved this one. Blue Lake Green bean salad w slivered almonds, blue cheese & caramelized honey. Paired w The Bruery Soroboruo, a sour Wee Heavy. Find more of “Amanda’s Finest Hour” at DiscoverSD.com. #craftbeer #sandiego #foodiesd #youstayhungrysd #northpark  (at Waypoint Public)

Temptation Tuesday #3: Loved this one. Blue Lake Green bean salad w slivered almonds, blue cheese & caramelized honey. Paired w The Bruery Soroboruo, a sour Wee Heavy. Find more of “Amanda’s Finest Hour” at DiscoverSD.com. #craftbeer #sandiego #foodiesd #youstayhungrysd #northpark (at Waypoint Public)

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Temptation Tuesday #2: Grilled Spanish Octopus w avocado, grapefruit, radish, & pickled pepper. Paired w The Bruery Sans Pagaie. Beautiful pairing! @thebruery @chefamandab #craftbeer #sandiego #foodiesd #youstayhungrysd  (at Waypoint Public)

Temptation Tuesday #2: Grilled Spanish Octopus w avocado, grapefruit, radish, & pickled pepper. Paired w The Bruery Sans Pagaie. Beautiful pairing! @thebruery @chefamandab #craftbeer #sandiego #foodiesd #youstayhungrysd (at Waypoint Public)

I’m calling today Temptation Tuesday. From Waypoint Public’s dinner w The Bruery: Sea Bass Crudo w White Peach & Chamomile. Paired w Hottenroth. Find more at “Amanda’s Finest Hour” on DiscoverSD.com. @chefamandab @thebruery @waypointpublic #craftbeer #sandiego #foodiesd #stayhungrysd (at Waypoint Public)

I’m calling today Temptation Tuesday. From Waypoint Public’s dinner w The Bruery: Sea Bass Crudo w White Peach & Chamomile. Paired w Hottenroth. Find more at “Amanda’s Finest Hour” on DiscoverSD.com. @chefamandab @thebruery @waypointpublic #craftbeer #sandiego #foodiesd #stayhungrysd (at Waypoint Public)

Who loves oysters? Me! Who loves wine? Well that’s easy. Meet the marriage of wine and food. Château du Coing de St. Fiacre Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie. Crisp and clean, great minerality, with trademark salinity, if you’ve never had Muscadet, now’s the time. #wine #france #summer #porch #oysters #shellfish

Who loves oysters? Me! Who loves wine? Well that’s easy. Meet the marriage of wine and food. Château du Coing de St. Fiacre Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie. Crisp and clean, great minerality, with trademark salinity, if you’ve never had Muscadet, now’s the time. #wine #france #summer #porch #oysters #shellfish

Pink of the Week: Domaine Sorin Côtes de Provence

Welcome to a new year of my annual Pink of the Week series! For me, summer is simply not a proper summer without the joyful refreshment of rosé.  Try to tell me about a better poolside wine, evening porch wine, brunch wine (ok, besides Champagne!), or for that matter, a wine to convert box wine drinkers over to higher quality vino than the veritable rosé.

Last summer 2013, I reviewed (Click on each to see that review):

This year is an EXCITING lineup of all new pinks! First up Domaine Sorin Côtes de Provence:



"Light salmon color with notes of white peach, lemon, mineral and fresh herbs. Bright and refreshing. At only $10, a great intro into Provence rosés. AND of course, perfect for poolside!"  — me

San Diego’s Best Brunch + Craft Beer

My top brunch in San Diego? This time on The Flavor Project, it’s TWO of the best breakfast sandwiches I’ve ever had! From Sea & Smoke in Del Mar, California: On the left, Croque-Ma Daaaamn, with brioche, cured ham, poached egg, Swiss & goat cheese, and mornay. On the right, Cinnamon Roll Sandwich with cured ham, bacon, egg, cheddar, and maple syrup. What craft beer(s) go with these decadent brunch delights? 



"For the Croque, Westmalle Tripel would be my pick. It has spiciness & fruity esters from the Belgian yeast that will play off the cured ham and tanginess of goat cheese, and the sweetness of Brioche bread will match the candied sugar of the beer. The beer finishes dry, so it helps cut throughout the richness of the mornay sauce. For the cinnamon roll sandwich, Anchor Old Foghorn will be perfect. This English-Style Barleywine. It’s not overly hopped, the sweetness will be matched, and the malt will have toffee and caramel notes to match the bacon and maple syrup. There is enough roastiness and nuttiness to work with the bacon and cheddar. "  — Dr. Bill, Master Pairings

Comic-Con weary? Go refresh nearby with J IPA at JSix atop Hotel Solamar. It’s a delicious collab w Hess Brewing. Tell Andy hello! @mikehessbrewing @hotelsolamar #comiccon #comiccon2014 #craftbeer #sandiego #hotel #poolside #bar  (at Jsix)

Comic-Con weary? Go refresh nearby with J IPA at JSix atop Hotel Solamar. It’s a delicious collab w Hess Brewing. Tell Andy hello! @mikehessbrewing @hotelsolamar #comiccon #comiccon2014 #craftbeer #sandiego #hotel #poolside #bar (at Jsix)

Catching up on my #craftbeer news via WestCoaster magazine. @westcoaster_socal @greenflashbeer #life #work #poolside #sandiego  (at la mia casa, just west of Europe)

Catching up on my #craftbeer news via WestCoaster magazine. @westcoaster_socal @greenflashbeer #life #work #poolside #sandiego (at la mia casa, just west of Europe)

UCSD Craft Beer Documentary “Crafting San Diego” screening last night went great! Thanks for coming everyone. With director Dave Adams. #craftbeer #sandiego #me  (at Thorn Street Brewery)

UCSD Craft Beer Documentary “Crafting San Diego” screening last night went great! Thanks for coming everyone. With director Dave Adams. #craftbeer #sandiego #me (at Thorn Street Brewery)

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Delicious Applewood Smoked Bacon & Onion Confit Tart w Brie & a “Stay Tuned” cocktail by Christian Siglin. That’s him in the fly pineapple shirt. @daskid #cocktail #sandiego  (at Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant)

Delicious Applewood Smoked Bacon & Onion Confit Tart w Brie & a “Stay Tuned” cocktail by Christian Siglin. That’s him in the fly pineapple shirt. @daskid #cocktail #sandiego (at Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant)

It’s Comic-Con time! Try the Joker Juice at Encore Champagne Bar: Russian Standard vodka, creme de cassis, lemon, & Piper-Heidsieck Brut Cuvée Champagne. Check out more cocktails on DiscoverSD.com #cocktail #ComicCon #SDCC2014 #ComicCon2014 #sandiego  (at Encore Champagne Bar & Dining Room)

It’s Comic-Con time! Try the Joker Juice at Encore Champagne Bar: Russian Standard vodka, creme de cassis, lemon, & Piper-Heidsieck Brut Cuvée Champagne. Check out more cocktails on DiscoverSD.com #cocktail #ComicCon #SDCC2014 #ComicCon2014 #sandiego (at Encore Champagne Bar & Dining Room)

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Thrilled & honored to be included in Riviera Magazine’s 20 Unique Ways to Spend Your Summer Nights! I’m #13 suggesting my favorite beer cocktails. @rivieramagazine @sycamoreden @ballastpointbrewing #craftbeer #sandiego #cocktails #me  (at la mia casa, just west of Europe)

Thrilled & honored to be included in Riviera Magazine’s 20 Unique Ways to Spend Your Summer Nights! I’m #13 suggesting my favorite beer cocktails. @rivieramagazine @sycamoreden @ballastpointbrewing #craftbeer #sandiego #cocktails #me (at la mia casa, just west of Europe)

Seafood + Craft Beer

What craft beer goes with fish? This time on The Flavor Project, we have Hawaiian Butterfish with grilled pineapple and mango salsa, shiitakes, baby bok chou, almond rice, & lemon beurre blanc. What is the perfect craft beer to match this coastal dish?



"I would suggest Lost Abbey Witches Wit, a 4.8% wheat beer with big notes of grapefruit zest, orange peel, and coriander. The tartness from the wheat will cut the richness of this delicious fish and the beurre blanc. The citrus notes will intermingle nicely with the pineapple and mango salsa, while the coriander will dance with the shiitakes & bok choy!"  — Dr. Bill, Master Pairings

Salad + Craft Beer

How do you pair a salad with Craft beer? The Flavor Project comes this week from Jake’s Grill in Portland, Oregon! Their roasted organic beet salad is delicious with grapefruit wedges, goat cheese, arugula, & balsamic syrup. What craft beer can deal with all of these flavors?



"I would recommend Avery White Rascal, a Belgian-style Wit that has a little more hop influence than your average Belgian. The tartness from the wheat and the citrus will match the acidity in the balsamic and the grapefruit wedges and yet will complement the peppery notes of the arugula with the Belgian yeast."  — Dr. Bill, Master Pairings