NEW PLACES

Ohana Brewing Company Tasting Room

Chatting with the owner, I find him amiable, proud, and studied all at once. He explains that “Ohana” means family in Hawaii and that it took all his family and friends to get him up and running.


Societe Brewing Company

The sour releases at this point... are top secret stuff. One can stand here and dream of the brewer’s beauties inside these wine barrels. Owner Travis trails our group and informs us that this room will NEVER see a whiskey barrel.


Alpine Beer Company

The dark malts move in on my palate as I move to the small back patio where much needed rain is beginning to wash the decks. The whole experience hits a sweet spot of “life is good”-ness.


THE SAFEHOUSE

Owner Nick Thanasith heads up the kitchen and offers up a number of Japanese standards like yakitori, customizable ramen, and yakisoba. Alongside these are an assortment of steamed buns with different fillings. Think pillowy-bread bao taco. And, unlike traditional izakayas, there is an impressive lineup of craft beer, much of it local. Bingo!


IPA Night at Local Habit

The entrance and interior of Local Habit has a vintage quality, seemingly entrenched in Hillcrest for many years, and yet the restaurant is less than three years young. Enter, open the menu, check the draft board at the bar. You’ll soon find that there is more here than meets the eye for the contemporary brew scene lover.


A Rough Draft Written in Miramar

Rough Draft is solid therapy for the masses, a beguiling enclave tucked away in the office parks of Miramar. Just like a reputable, 50-minute-hour shrink, you’ll find yourself going back. I’ve done so twice already. Nothing is easier than talking yourself into bliss.