Wine Spectator's 2018 Award of Excellence


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Belching Beaver Brewery Tavern & Grill has been honored for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2018 Restaurant Awards. The restaurant is recognized among other winners from all over the globe as a top destination for wine lovers.

The Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Ranging in size from 90 selections to several hundred, these lists are well focused and tend to emphasize discovery.

This year’s class of restaurants is one of the most impressive and innovative ever,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator. “Their wine lists keep improving, because wine lovers are eager to explore and learn. The goal of our Restaurant Awards is to support restaurant wine programs and bring them to diners’ attention through our outreach through print, digital and social media. Wine Spectator salutes every restaurant honored in the 2018 Restaurant Awards.”

The Tavern & Grill’s General Manager Ralph Lizarraga is a sommelier and was the driving force to get this award.

With a wine vault housing, Diamond Creek, Stag’s Leap Cask 23, Opus One and so much more, there is something for everyone. The vault is also available for private parties, where you’ll dine surrounded by a variety of wines.

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Peanut Butter Extravaganza: Anniversary Celebration

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Peanut Butter Extravaganza: Five-Year Anniversary of PB Milk Stout and Belching Beaver Tavern & Grill Two-Year Anniversary Celebration

We are throwing a huge peanut butter extravaganza to celebrate America’s favorite Peanut Butter Milk Stout! Five years ago in June, we released our creamy, smooth milk stout and people loved it! This beer helped put us on the map in the craft beer scene, and we want to celebrate it.

Troy Smith, Brewmaster, came up with the idea for this liquid treat. “I was really happy with the way our Beavers Milk Stout turned out and I thought peanut butter would work well with this base beer,” says Troy Smith.

We’re going big and celebrating with an event showcasing six different styles of our Peanut Butter Milk Stout: Classic Peanut Butter Milk Stout, Peanut Butter Milk Stout, Mexican Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout, PB&J, Peanut Butter Latte and Barrel-Aged Mexican Chocolate Peanut Stout.

We’re also excited to release for the first time, our Peanut Butter Milk Stout Ice Cream. Made from the beer itself, this is a delectable treat only available at this event. But stay tuned for more details to come.

The Peanut Butter Extravaganza will also coincide with Belching Beaver Brewery Tavern & Grill’s two-year anniversary.

We’re hosting a pig roast in our back patio at Tavern & Grill, and we’ll be offering a Luau Plate complete with, Kahlua pork, veggies, mac salad, white rice, and lomi-lomi salmon. Stop by for the pig preview party Friday, June 22, 5 pm – 8 pm as the pig gets put in the ground to start cooking for 10 hours.

Please join us for specialty beers, cocktails, delicious food, swag, and Dam Good Times. This event is family-friendly and we can’t wait to celebrate with the people that help make Belching Beaver what it is today. Cheers!

Date: Saturday, June 23rd
Location: Belching Beaver Brewery Tavern & Grill
302 E. Broadway, Vista, CA 92084
Time: Noon – 4 pm

Digital Bath 4-pack - Belching Beaver, Deftones Beer

Digital Bath, The 4th Belching Beaver & Deftones Collaboration

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Digital Bath, The 4th Belching Beaver & Deftones Collaboration

Debuts In June

We’re back at it again and brewing-up a new beer with our friends from Deftones! Digital Bath will be our fourth beer brewed with the Deftones crew and we couldn’t be more excited.

Sharing the same name as one of the most highly regarded songs off their White Pony album from 2000, Digital Bath is a New England Style IPA. Brewed with Citra, Galaxy, Mosaic, Nelson, Simcoe Cryo hops, this beer is smooth and juicy with notes of citrus, perfect for summer.

Digital Bath will be available in 4-pack 16oz. cans. The graphics on the can show the Belching Beaver logo in an 8-bit design to coincide with the beer name, Digital Bath. The can is also wrapped in a pattern with the iconic White Pony and Belching Beaver logos.

For Belching Beaver and Deftones fans that don’t live in SoCal, we’re happy to say this beer will be distributed in seven states: California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii. It will also be available online through

This is a limited release and will only be around for a few months.


The details of the beer are as follows:

Name: Digital Bath
ABV: 6.5%
IBUs: 30
Hops: Citra, Galaxy, Mosaic, Nelson, and Simcoe Cryo hops
Style: New England IPA
Release Date: June 1, 2018
Availability: California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii. Online at

Belching Beaver Opening Pub980 at Original Brewery

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Pub980 will give customers a whole new experience. We’re bringing the outdoors in, and creating a space that resembles camping with your friends, while enjoying delicious food and drinks, including wine and a few guest taps. Sit around a fire pit or at a table made out of Torrey Pines under an indoor sky full of stars. You will be surrounded by Ficus trees, a 30 foot living wall, koi pond, tents, fire pits, light fixtures made from fishing polls, lanterns and so much more!

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