SoNo Beer Garden: More Brewery Love…

It’s almost here…SoNo Chili Fest! This weekend is the big one and we are working to make sure everything is set for our always-epic fundraiser. We wanted to make sure to give a last shout out to some more of the awesome breweries who have donated to our beer garden this year so without further ado…



Green Flash is near and dear to our hearts because their newly promoted Brewmaster, Eric Jenson, is a Mckinley parent. They also happen to make some great beer and have been growing their business, bringing San Diego style brew to the rest of the country.



Rip Current Brewing kicked ass at this year’s Great American Beer Awards and it’s easy to see why. Paul has been brewing quality beers for years and we love having a tasting room in our own North Park, back yard.



Ballast Point has had an outstanding year. Their $1 billion price tag speaks for itself, and Constellation were no fools to put their money on Ballast Point moving forward. We can’t wait to see what good things are coming for this San Diego craft beer institution.



Pizza Port is another San Diego craft beer pioneer and also another big winner at this year’s GABF. Their many locations throughout San Diego bring together two of our favorite things…pizza and beer!



Coronado Brewing Company also won big in 2014 at the World Beer Cup when they won for Best Mid-sized Company and Brewmaster. They are always willing to help out in our beer garden and we couldn’t be more excited to have them pouring on Sunday.



Stone Brewing is the biggest craft brewery in Southern California and true pioneers in the craft beer industry. Not only do they have some of the best beer around (I’m looking at you Ruin Ten) but they have perhaps the best name in the industry with their Arrogant Bastard Ale. They have just recently expanded overseas to Germany, and we are excited to have such a fantastic brewery representing San Diego Beer over there.



Modern Times opened their tap room, the Flavordome, in North Park a little over a year ago and they are a fabulous addition to the neighborhood. If you haven’t been over to their Lomaland Fementorium in Point Loma, you should definitely make the short trip soon. They tons tasty beers on tap, including variations on core beers, pilot batches and down right delicious experiments.



Mission Brewery has a rich history dating back to 2013. Suffice it to say they are passionate about the craft with over 30 national and international awards to prove it. Their renovated brewery, in the old Wonder Bread building in East Village, is gorgeous and a destination for any beer lover looking for an excellent beer in a cool space.



Latitude 33 Brewing is bringing the Vista love along with their delicious beer to SoNo Fest’s beer garden. They took over the North County space after Green Flash expanded and have been making a name for themselves in both San Diego County and L.A.


Absolution Brewing Company came all the way down from Torrance, CA to lend their support and we couldn’t be more appreciative for their delicious beer and their generosity. Although this brewery is one of the little guys, they produce high quality, small batch beers that are seriously terrific.


and last but not least…


Thorn Street Brewery opened its doors during SoNo Fest, three years ago and has been a T-32 hub since, for family, dogs, and friends alike. Although they only have a 7 barrel system presently, they manage to turn out an impressive number of beer styles that are sure to please any palette. You can often find SoNo volunteers and Mckinley parents in TSB unwinding or planning the next fundraiser.


We really want to thank all of the breweries that are participating in SoNo Fest this year. We couldn’t do it with out them, and their generosity and strong sense of community spirit are heart warming to say the least.

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SoNo Sponsors: Buona Forchetta + Community Realty Co. show their local love


Where would any of us be without the warm, plucked-out-of-Italy twinkle of lights and goodness that is Buona Forchetta? One shudders to think of the corner at 30th & Beech before owner Matteo Cattaneo transformed it into the lively, cozy, family dining destination that it is today. One ‘Buona Sera’ from any of the very friendly employees makes you believe you’ve crossed the Atlantic as you’re swept to a table under the lights and instantly transported to a little piece of Italia perfectly situated in South Park.  The always-packed pizzeria has been been turning out authentic wood-fired pizzas (thanks to the famed Sofia, a hand-crafted pizza oven) and handmade pastas since its inception in 2013 and it just keeps getting better.

Not only is the food something to marvel at (and eat too much of and maybe even bathe oneself in), owner Matteo Cattaneo is himself a neighborhood treasure. Ever present around South Park as a resident and business owner, his success hasn’t changed his amiable and genuine demeanor. He is quick to raise a hand in greeting or flash a wide smile to anyone he comes across.

It’s a natural fit then for Cattaneo to sponsor SoNo Fest (he’s also a McKinley dad) and bring the ever-popular Dante, his wood-fired pizza oven on the go, to serve the masses some of Buona Forchetta’s delectable goodness on wheels. Thank heavens, because I for one, wouldn’t want to imagine a world without Buona Forchetta in it.



Another local devotee, Community Realty Co., established in 2014 by Realtors and McKinley parents Jorge Vega and Jean Rivaldi, proudly lends its support as a SoNo Sponsor this year. Vega and Rivaldi forged a business relationship after a playground conversation turned to shop talk. Vega, an Altadena resident and Rivaldi, a South Parker, focus their attention and expertise on the local San Diego urban center that they both know and love so well.

Together they combine their varied backgrounds (marketing + product development + branding and real estate brokerage management + community housing) to bring a boutique real estate concierge service to the local area that focuses on detailed attention to each and every client.

Rivaldi hailed originally from Chicago and fell in love with South Park and North Park at first sight, “It reminds me of the urban walkable neighborhoods I was used to in Chicago, but almost with the hometown feel of Nebraska where I grew up. What we have here in these neighborhoods is very unique and special.”

Vega grew up in Northern California, but made his way to San Diego for college, and ever since it’s been home, “I love knowing all of my neighbors and really feeling like I belong to part of a community that comes together as friends.”

Vega and Rivaldi also feel strongly about supporting public education. In 2014 they started the Buy>Sell>Give Back campaign to support San Diego’s urban center public schools. For every transaction closed with Community Realty Co. in the area a minimum of $500 is donated to the public school of the buyer or seller’s choice. When a client doesn’t have a school preference, the funds go to McKinley School Foundation.


Thank you to both Buona Forchetta & Community Realty Co. for your generous support of SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off 2015!

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