The Brewers Association, a national trade group, pronounced “beer and food” one of 2010’s hottest trends.
In San Diego, this trend shows no signs of cooling off in 2011. Proof:
Bruski: Burgers and Beer, a restaurant with 24 beers on tap, opened this week. The initial lineup is not as hop-er-rific as what you’d find at, say, Small Bar — Coors, Bud Light and Blue Moon share space with IPAs from Green Flash, Stone and Bear Republic. But the list of bottled and canned brews is solid.
Bruski is at 9844 Hibert St. Suite G-10, in Scripps Ranch. Call for hours and up-to-date beer offerings: (858) 530-2739.
Just a few miles north of Bruski on I-15 is Urge Gastropub, a not-quite-year-old place with attractive fieldstone walls, a long bar, a patio, decent food and dynamite beers. We dropped last week for a swallow of Ommegang Hennepin (no charge), a taste of Mother Earth’s Righteously Hopped Red Ale ($2) and a half pint of Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea ($4).
Urge is at 16761 Bernardo Ctr. Dr., in Rancho Bernardo. The number: (858) 673-8743.
Meanwhile, The Grill continues its excellent series of beer dinners under the supervision of sous chef Kyle Bergman. On Jan. 19, he’ll pair five courses with five Ballast Point brews, including rareties like Smokin’ Hot Habanero Sculpin with a curry spice pork loin. Dinner is $55 and starts with a 6:30 p.m. reception; reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (858) 777-6645.
The Grill is inside The Lodge at Torrey Pines, 11480 North Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla.