Wine and Beer

Tale of two diners: Rosie’s in, Vinz’s out

It was the best of times, for Rosie’s Cafe; it was the worst of times for Vinz Wine Bar/Continental Deli. Grand Avenue Escondido’s restaurant scene this week saw Rosie’s get a reality TV show makeover while Vinz Wine Bar and its associated Continental Deli went bye, Felicia. “Some exciting news from our neighbor, Rosie’s Cafe (formerly Champion’s,)” said Andy Granger, also known as Andy the Barber,…


No-go on Cal drunken driving starting Jan. 1

California, and other states deploy breathalyzers in cars to limit road deaths ’Tis the season to be a little too merry, and law enforcement officials across the country are once again reminding revelers not to drive if they’ve been drinking. Along with those warnings comes a bit of good news: Deaths involving drunken driving are only about half of what they were in the early…


Toilet water to craft beer for Stone Brewing

Stone Brewing Co.’s latest sudsy creation earned a quick nickname: “Toilet to tap.” That’s because the Escondido brewery’s new craft beer is made with treated wastewater. The brave souls who taste-tested the Full Circle Pale Ale on Thursday were flush with excitement, calling the beer “delicious,” “hoppy” and “outstanding,” according to local media reports. “It is fantastic,” San Diego Mayor Kevin Falconer said after sampling it. “There’s no…


So, you want to work for Stone Brewing

A funny thing happened to Stone Brewing Co. on its way to global expansion and hotel entrepreneurship: 5 percent of its work force got laid off Thursday. ESCONDIDO, CA. — We don’t know how many employees were affected by this. Stone didn’t say.  However, the company website said it employs 1,100 people, and industry websites put the number of jobs eliminated at 50 to 75….


Meet Escondido’s smallest brewery-to-be

Editor’s Note: This article first aired in West Coaster and is reprinted by permission dedicated to serving America’s finest beer county at http://www.westcoastersd.com/2016/09/26/meet-escondido-brewing-company/. Although they’re not related by blood, Ketchen Smith and Evan Smith are bound by their love of craft-beer and their shared project for getting into the business of producing it, Escondido Brewing Company (649 Rock Springs Road, Suite B, Escondido). Longtime Escondido residents, Evan owns and operates his 38-year-old…


Stone Brewing builds Berlin beer buzz

Nearly seven years in the making, American craft beer has made a milestone leap into Europe’s time-honored beer culture this week. Escondido-based Stone Brewing announced that its Berlin, Germany brewery now is fully operational and the company is distributing its brew to 17 countries throughout Europe. Stone is the first U.S. craft brewery to independently build, own and operate a brewery in Europe. For generations…


Wide World of Foam: Abnormal and Stone

“Spanning North County to bring you the constant variety of beer… the thrill of consuming… and the agony of finding true brew… the human drama of brewing competition… This is Escondido Grapevine’s Wide World of Foam!” Welcome to a tale of two local craft brewing companies, one large and in charge of Escondido and the other smaller, but trying harder at Rancho Bernardo. We’re talking…