Jazz on Tap returns for year 3 at Quartyard

Jazz On Tap returns to Quartyard for it’s third annual concert featuring a wealth of awesome jazz bands.  Anchored by San Diego favorites Gilbert Castellanos, Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, and the Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio, Jazz on Tap is primed to be a concert filled with quality music from start to finish!

Expect New Orleans style jazz parades complete with beads, eclectic worldly sounds from the Monette Marino World Jazz Ensemble, and an orchestra performance by the Jazz Katz Orchestra!

In order to accommodate all the culture we will be extending the venue boundaries to allow for more guests and food trucks!

This event is presented by the non-profit foundation, Water For People, and we can’t wait to welcome them back to #YourCityBlock!  This all ages event takes place Saturday, April 21st and tickets are only $10 pre-sale and $15 at the door!

Get your tickets today: HERE

Your Art at #YourCityBlock

We find much importance and happiness in supporting the local art communities that exist within San Diego.  With that notion, we strive to implement artworks by #YourCityArtist on a rotating basis to interact with the guests of the venue.

To kick off the artwork at #YourCityBlock, San Diego native Jonny Alexander brings his nature inspired artwork to our art wall.

Having recently returned to San Diego from Detroit where he spent two years as Master Printer for 1xRun, Jonny is excited to create more studio and public mural work for the people of San Diego.

Tackling the massive container canvas, we called upon the talents of abstract artist Brittany Segal.

The abundance of detail in her work and size of the pieces leads to two different viewing perspectives: a pulled back observation of the work as a whole or a close observation of the intricate turmoil of details.

Lastly, all this artwork would not be possible without the continued support of Artist & Craftsman located at 3804 Fourth Ave.  Artist & Craftsman is an employee owned art store that has been helping facilitate the work of local artists since 2000.

If you’re in need of supplies for your next project or information on how best to create the vision that’s in your mind, the staff at A&C are the best in town for such.

Blood, Sweat, and Beers: Laurel England’s top 4 drinks for Quartyard Opening

Hi neighbors! I’m so excited to be back at Quartyard curating your draft list and hanging out behind the bar (except when I’m saying hi to your dog) for all your beverage needs.

Pretty much a part of Quartyard since the beginning, I take great pride in the concept and am thrilled to make some new memories with all of you.  During the closure, I was traveling around the country working the music festival scene and can’t wait to share with you some GREAT beer finds I had the pleasure of coming across.  Along with some new goods, you’ll see plenty of our favorite local breweries which we will absolutely continue to support here at Quartyard.

We have been hard at work building #YourCityBlock and we can’t wait to serve you some cold ones.  As they say, all work and no play make Jack a dull boy… so let’s drink.

It’s the beginning of Spring and that means longer days of sunshine, Padres home games, dog meetups and glorious BEER.

Here’s my top 4 must have drinks for our opening:

1: Alesmith .394 

It’s April in San Diego..need we say more? Baseball is back! Although Spring gets us excited for so many special release beers in general, there is one beer that sets the tone for everything, our beloved .394 San Diego Pale Ale. This hoppy pale is loved by all and definitely a staple on the tap list. For ALL Padres home games you can find .394 on tap here at Quartyard. See you for pre and post game!

2: Mason Ale Works Respeto Mexican Lager 

There’s no denying the continuation of the Mexican style lager boom happening in SD. We will be having a dedicated line to craft lagers and are currently loving Mason Ale Works Respeto. In fact we blew threw our kegs by 2pm on our first official day of business Sunday.. So apparently you are too! Respeto will be back for the grand opening party have no fear. You’ll see packaged Lagers as well, keep a lookout on our display self!

3: Melvin 2×4 DIPA

AKA “the best damn DIPA in the world”. East Village get excited because Melvin Brewing (Alpine, Wyoming) will be opening a brew pub this summer right in our hood. We wanted to introduce them to you with a bang with this absolutely delicious DIPA. This is a MUST drink beer for our party on the 13th!

4:  Quartyard Mule 

Good news! We are upping our libation game for our cocktail lovers out there. A new cocktail list will be debuted the week of the grand opening party. Although our house craft on draft moscow mule isn’t new, it’s absolutely coming back with the new location. Refreshing with an extra kick, thanks to Top Hat ginger beer, this crushable vodka based mule is topped with bitters, fresh mint and lime. Classic mule indeed, but why leave a good time to find a good time!?

Be sure to grab your ticket to #YourCityBlocks grand opening event on Friday April 13th!

Cheers!

Go Dog Go… Quartyard’s Dog Run is Back

Great news! We are thrilled to announce #YourCityBlock is back and so is the dog run! Thank you for bearing with us as we prepared the final touches to welcome back the community.

We hope you and your dogs will create furr-tabulous memories. Also, make sure to keep the pups hydrated as San Diego starts warming up.

You asked and we listened! Some new improvements we’ve integrated are a new cleaning system that will include daily sanitizing the dog run and brief cleaning breaks, to avoid the paw-ful smell that used to linger at the previous site!  

We are still deciding what the cleaning schedule will be, but rest assured there will be a courtesy warning before we briefly close the gates of the dog run.

 The gates will be open for Fido from 8am-10pm. Please make sure to read the dog rules posted at the entrances in full to ensure everyone will have a grand time.

In addition, The Dogumentor will be contributing pawsome dog reads for all to enjoy and  you may just learn a thing or two!

If you are wondering what/who is The Dogumentor let me introduce myself. My name is Brandee and I am a photographer who is passionate about documenting dogs.

It’s a Dogs of San Diego theme and over the past two years I have met over 2,000 puppies!  That is paw-sibly one of my top life achievements.  Some favorite spots to photograph are at Quartyard and Grape St. Dog Park.

I’ll be frequenting #YourCityBlock and we are in the works of creating a monthly contest where your pup can be chosen as Quartyard’s Dog of the Month!

I will be choosing the winner and the prizes will consist of a variety of dog related products (TBA) for your winning pup. Plus you’ll have bragging rights on both Quartyard and The Dogumentor’s social pages!

For starters on how your pup can be a Dog of the Month be sure to follow Quartyard and  The Dogumentor on Instagram.

More details on this rad opportunity to follow. Thanks for stopping by and can’t wait to meet more pups at #YourCityBlock!

 

Seahorse Coffee: New Container on the Block

We are thrilled to welcome a newish edition to the Quartyard family!  You may recognize the owners, Ashley Kaye and Chris Mitchell, as they were two of our favorite baristas at the former cafe, Meshuggah Shack.  

Together, they created Seahorse Coffee.  

Seahorses like to travel in pairs and we are stoked that they swam their way to #YourCityBlock.   

We sat down with Ashley and Chris to learn about their caffeine fueled dreams and aspirations.  

Where’d the name Seahorse Coffee come from?

Ashley:  Chris and I have been friends for 10+ years. Over that time we’ve gathered a large group of closely knit friends, we call our group the Seahorses.  It evolved from a joke someone made at the pool and just kind of stuck. As far as nature is considered, the seahorse is a bit of an odd critter, so are we.

I like to think we all end up finding our tribe as we travel through life, the kooks found each other and called themselves seahorses.

Chris: When we were kicking around ideas for names, Seahorse came up and there was no letting go. Our buddy Chad made a sweet seahorse souvenir poster for an epic Summer Solstice pool party and it was a really strong image. I am still really inspired by that poster even 6 or 7 years later.

Ever make coffee for a celebrity?  If so, what’d they order?

Ashely: Brandon Maurer (the relief pitcher for the Padres 2017) used to come by the Meshuggah Shack at Quartyard before home games to get our cold brew. We called it Maurer Power. It took us a few visits before we worked out who he was, super cool low key dude, I’m sad he got traded.

Chris: Brandon was definitely a celebrity highlight at the last Quartyard location. When I started serving coffee at Peet’s like 18 years ago, I had the pleasure of pouring drip coffee for Rob Halford fairly regularly. He is pretty metal.

Describe the vision of Seahorse Coffee in 6 words or less.

Chris: Locally roasted smiles… also dogs!

Grossest thing someone has put in their coffee?

Ashley: Vodka…Whiskey is the obvious choice.

What specialty drinks should we be excited about?

Ashley: I’m excited about the ‘Big in Japan’ (and you should be too) it’s a Raspberry White Mocha with whip cream and a Pocky stick!

What is the most amount of espresso shots you have had in one day?

Ashley: When I was first learning to pull shots my teacher had me taste all of them. I probably had the equivalent of 8 or so shots that day.

What are your hours?

Ashley: We are open at 7 in the morning for now, quitting in the afternoon as needed.

What is the best way to stay in touch with Seahorse Coffee?

Chris: Ash is on top of the Facebook account and I try to keep up with the Instagram.

Facebook: @seahorsecoffee Instagram: @seahorse_coffee

Have you ever looked a seahorse in the eyes?

Chris: Every day brother, every day.

Stop by Seahorse Coffee for those morning goods!

Quartyard’s Official Close Date: 06.02.2017

The time has come to order the cranes and say goodbye to a wonderful two years of music, art, dogs, and community. Although we are saddened to close this chapter in Quartyard’s journey, we cannot wait to see what the future holds for Quartyard’s new location on 13th and Market, coming late 2017.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, #YourCityBlock will be throwing a blow-out farewell party on Friday, June 2nd from 6-11PM that all are welcome to. Our celebration will feature everything Quartyard is known for- live music, art, local vendors, food trucks, and of course, great beer.

Pre-sale tickets will be available this Saturday, 05.20 at 11am, so be sure to snag yours and come party with us!

Facebook Event Page: http://bit.ly/2rAzWha

Quartyard Is Moving!

Since Quartyard’s inception in 2014, it has served as a platform on which members of the San Diego community can immerse themselves in arts, music, and culture in a sustainable and outdoor environment.

As anticipated, the lease on the space Quartyard occupies has ended, but Your City Block isn’t leaving yet! Quartyard will remain open until the beginning of summer, and will re-open at our new location on the corner of 13th and Market in late 2017.

Our new space will feature everything you love about Quartyard – including a dog park, beer garden, on-site eatery, coffee shop, and more!

Everyone on the RAD Lab and Quartyard team would personally like to thank our supporters who have watched us carry out our vision over the years. We are eager to start this brand new chapter with our community.

– Your City Block