R Gang Eatery’s First Beer Dinner

RGang-01Has it really been a month since I posted an article? So sorry for my lack of attention to you, the awesome readers that support my efforts. Sometimes I can get so busy doing fun stuff I forget to talk about it; I’ll try (and probably fail) to be more regular with new content for you.

RGang-3R Gang Eatery is a great little restaurant that does amazing things with limited space and an even smaller kitchen. Recently, they brought Matt Morrison on as Chef (former sues chef of The Handlery and Stone Liberty Station) and one of his first actions was to set up a tremendous beer dinner with nano brewery (now micro brewery) super star, Mike Hess Brewing. Fresh off winning a gold medal at the World Beer Cup for Habitus, Hess is hitting their stride and finally released their first canned beers. Full pints await the alumithusiast in five varieties, Jucundus, Claritas, Grazias, Habitus, and Solis #27. Continue reading

Council Brewing Co. – Coming Soon

Council Council Brewing Co. will be opening their doors very soon in Kearny Mesa, located at 7705 Convoy Ct., with convenient access from 805 and 163. Council is owned and operated by Liz and Curtis Chism, with Greg Leiser heading up the finances. Liz will be the brew master and manager of brewery operations. This area is becoming another hot bed of breweries putting them right by Societe, Helm’s, and Magnetic.

I visited the future brewery Wednesday, March 19th, and was impressed with the space they have. Being a nano brewery with a 3 barrel, non automated brew system, they could have started with much less square footage but their long term vision includes room to grow. They even have thoughts of opening a small tasting room in a more urban area later, possibly Golden Hills or North Park. Continue reading

Magnetic Brewing – Coming Soon

MagneticI met Morgan from Magnetic Brewing a long time ago. I was at the Mission Valley Craft Beer and Food Festival and noticed he was wearing a brewery t shirt I had never heard of. I asked him about that and found out that he was just starting his endeavor to open. Now, a few years later, he’s on the cusp of completing that goal. He has no backing, partners or employees; simply put, he is building all aspects of his operation from underground up. I had several questions and he was kind enough to answer them all, let’s take a look.

What’s your name? Address of the brewery?

My name is Morgan McCarty and Magnetic Brewing is located at
5595 Magnatron Blvd Ste O
San Diego, CA 92111

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San Diego Chefs Salute Tommy Gomes

TommyGomesSunday, February 23rd, The Handlery Hotel, hosted a terrific event honoring a great man, Tommy Gomes from Catalina Offshore Products. Tommy is the favorite purveyor of local seafood of many chefs here in San Diego and an advocate for dock/farm to table. They all got together in a banquet hall to celebrate him with amazing dishes, craft beer and great times. Continue reading

Jack in the Box – Bacon Insider Through Sore Eyes

MoinkJack has done it again! The newest innovation from Jack in the Box, The Bacon Insider, stuffs bacon right inside the patty for extra bacony goodness. I hear there are crazy things happening out on Jack’s Farm.  Here’s the official blurb describing what you can expect when you pick up one of these delicious burgers:

Leave it to Jack to give bacon lovers what they want. A bacon triple-threat – the new Bacon Insider burger from Jack in the Box restaurants takes bacon to unprecedented levels with a craveable sandwich featuring a juicy beef patty with savory bacon pieces mixed right in, sandwiched in-between six-half slices of hickory smoked bacon, and topped with a creamy bacon mayo sauce. And if that’s not enough, you also get lettuce, tomato and American cheese – all served on Jack in the Box’s new gourmet brioche bun. The Bacon Insider is available for a limited time only at participating Jack in the Box restaurants.

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Jack’s Munchie Meals Through Sore Eyes

Jack In The Box has the cure for your munchie needs, Jack’s Munchie Meals. When your hunger strikes, make it a late night foody call.

There are four new meals at Jack In The Box, available at 9pm daily, to totally annihilate your cravings, Munchie Meals. With four varieties to satisfy even the emptiest stomachs, each comes with halfsie fries (1/2 regular, 1/2 curly), two tacos, medium drink and your choice of the new mains dishes. Continue reading

The Five Chef Societe II – Duck Tales

_MG_5000With the Five Chef Societe II – Ducktales dinner, the Handlery Hotel returned to craft beer events with a bang. The second annual beer pairing meal was even more impressive than the first and left the lucky ticket purchasers delighted and satiated. If it wasn’t clear from the title, every dish was made with duck for this event.

The Handlery excels in managing private events and this was no exception. From decorating to professional, courteous service, this hotel displays a level professionalism that’s difficult to compete with. Your ticket to the event got you your first pint of unbelievable Societe Brewing craft beer, appetizers, five courses of delicious duck dishes prepared by some of the best chefs our city has to offer and beer tasters of the recommended pairings. Continue reading

2nd Annual Sore Eye Sportsmas!

Sportsmas2The 2nd annual Sore Eye Sportsmas has come to a close. Thank you to each and every person that supports this site in any way!

The grand prize winner is Kim Coldiron! She won a private, 6 course, craft beer pairing dinner, inside the 950 Lounge at the Handlery Hotel, by chef Karl Prohaska and managed by Gus Thompson. Each course will be paired with a taster of San Diego craft beer.

This gift will was given out at 6pm Pacific on Friday, December 20th.

Thank you to Karl and Gus for their generosity. Sore Eye Sportsmas would not be possible without awesome people like you. This was the biggest giveaway in my history and I’m stoked I was able to give back to my followers and supporters.

Happy Holidays!

Sore Eye Sportsmas Returns!


Helm’s Brewing Co.’s First Anniversary Party

_MG_4860Helm’s Brewing Co. celebrated their first anniversary last Saturday, November 16th . One of San Diego’s younger breweries, Helm’s has hit the ground running, just released their first bottled products and threw a great party to celebrate it all.

I first told you about Helm’s when they opened last year. Since that time they have dialed in their recipes, built an impressive list of clients and gained a following any micro brewery would be proud of.

Tickets to this event were $30 which included unlimited tasters of the 17 beers they had on hand to celebrate with and a custom anniversary taster mug. A music stage behind the brewery welcomed you into the festival area of beer, food and vending booths. There were a few food items included with your ticket and a few available for purchase. The pork sliders from Eastbound Bar and Grill were terrific (included with ticket). Helm’s did a great job at managing the event. With beers spread out to 3 booths outside to support the main bar inside they were able to keep lines really short and the atmosphere fun and lively. The bands they had play were all a step above the usual beer festival entertainment. Continue reading