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14 Educational Events During Beer Week

Oct 24


Beer Week (November 4-13) is the perfect time to brush up on beer knowledge. Check out these 14 educational events during SDBW, plus a couple bonus events, noting that some links below go to a generic business site (for now). Check in with each host for more information. Also, here are more upcoming events.

R 11/3 (not technically Beer Week yet)
“#2Scientists Walk Into a Bar” @ 25 Local SD Bars/Breweries
Sa 11/5
Beer School: A History of Beer Then & Now @ Coin Haus
Learn to Homebrew Day (Nationwide)
Su 11/6
Cider Making Workshop @ The Homebrewer
Brewing Class @ Hydrobrew Oceanside
M 11/7
– Cicerone Off-Flavor Training Course @ San Diego State University
Intro to Homebrewing @ The Homebrewer
T 11/8
Beer U: Beer & Sushi @ Stone Company Store Oceanside
W 11/9
– All About IPA Class & Tasting @ OB Warehouse
Beer Education Night (Beatitude Process & More) @ Council Brewing
R 11/10
Fermented Pairings: Sensory Exploration @ White Labs
F 11/11
Trivia Night (Bonus Round: Beer-focused) @ White Labs
Sa 11/12
Beer School: American Beer Styles @ Coin Haus
Su 11/13
Beginner Brew Class @ Ballast Point Home Brew Mart
Homebrew 101 @ Common Theory Public House
M 11/14 (not technically Beer Week anymore)
All-Grain Homebrewing 101 @ The Homebrewer

More, added 10/25:
Su 11/6 
Cicerone Face-To-Face Meetup @ North Park Beer Co.
1st Annual Beer Trivia Showdown @ North Park Beer Co.
R 11/10
Jopen Brewery & Venissimo Dutch Cheese Class @ Bottlecraft North Park
Beer 101  w/ Certified Cicerone Jake Nunes @ North Park Beer Co.

Short Pour: Wild Barrel

Oct 21

12651150_941104225975494_7468404234676239436_n“Dr.” Bill Sysak, Stone Brewing’s craft beer ambassador for more than seven years, just announced his intention to open Wild Barrel Brewing Company in San Marcos in spring 2017.

It was not immediately clear if Sysak was impacted by last week’s layoffs, and a press release stated that he had been working on this new project “over the last couple of years.”

Wild Barrel’s 15-barrel brewhouse will produce “San Diego Weisse” sours implementing a variety of fruit additions, plus rotating “San Diego style IPA’s” as well as an American stout with seasonal coffee additions from local roasters, and a “crushable” Belgian witbier.

Staying true to their name, a barrel program will age “a variety of barrel aged sours along with Bourbon-barrel Imperial Stout variations.” The company will begin with 300 barrels and expand to 1,000 “within the first few years.”

Short Pour is a new segment for brief news updates.

Last Call for Beer Week Events

Oct 19

Today is the last day to submit events for the print version of our calendar. This is a free service.

After today, events submitted to us will be added to the online list, which will be updated daily throughout Beer Week.

Be sure to check out what we’ve already posted… SDBW is just 16 days away!

Stone Brewing lays off employees

Oct 13

Reports on social media from ex-employees of Stone Brewing indicate that multiple people have been laid off from the company, including “HQ Brewceptionist” Denise Ratfield who penned an acknowledgment of the situation on her Facebook page.

stoneThe news comes as the company recently brought in a CEO to replace Greg Koch, who moved to a new position as executive chairman. Stone Brewing just opened taprooms at new brewing facilities in Berlin, Germany and Richmond, Virginia within the past couple of months.

When reached for a comment, Stone PR sent this statement from CEO Dominic Engels:

“Due to an unforeseen slowdown in our consistent growth and changes in the craft beer landscape, we have had to make the difficult decision to restructure our staff. Unfortunately, this comes despite a year that includes the incredible accomplishments of opening two new breweries, which are ultimately expanding the availability of Stone beers and boosting the reputation of American craft beer in Europe.

More recently however, the larger independent craft segment has developed tremendous pressures. Specifically, the onset of greater pressures from Big Beer as a result of their acquisition strategies, and the further proliferation of small, hyper-local breweries has slowed growth. With business and the market now less predictable, we must restructure to preserve a healthy future for our company. Even given this unfortunate circumstance, we will continue to be fiercely independent and, importantly, Stone remains one of the largest – if not the largest – employers in the craft brewing segment. [emphasis in the original]

It is crucial to recognize that this decision was made after much careful consideration. Approximately 5% of all team members were affected, and they were offered a substantial notice period and career transition services. The team members no longer with our company are talented, committed individuals who have held important roles in our organization, and we expect that their talents will be in high demand. This reduction was not a reflection of the work they did, but a careful decision made to ensure that our company will remain competitive and profitable. No additional layoffs are expected within Stone’s foreseeable future.”

Stone was reported to have more than 1,100 employees in September, 2015.

Super Saturday

Aug 26

GF_22oz-Treasure-Chest_noBG_RGB_webTomorrow San Diegans have a plethora of options for beer drinking other than just visiting the 120+ breweries in town. A few of those events benefit great causes, including Green Flash’s sixth annual Treasure Chest Fest, which raises funds for breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen San Diego.

Treasure Chest Fest promises to be multi-faceted, featuring 20+ restaurants & vendors, live entertainment to go with the luau theme, educational presentations, games & activities, meet-the-brewer sessions, a photo booth and more.

Here are more Saturday events, pulled from the West Coaster event calendar:

Pomegranate Green Tea (Beer To The Rescue) Release @ Kilowatt Brewing
91X BeerX Beer & Music Fest @ Liberty Station
Bay City Brewing Co. First Anniversary Party
Uncasked at UTC (Benefiting the San Diego Brewers Guild)
Firestone Walker Beer Dinner @ URGE Gastropub Rancho Bernardo
Beer 4 Breakfast w/ Second Chance @ Small Bar
Avery 23rd Anniversary Celebration @ Machete Beer House
Vegan Sweets Pairings @ 32 North Brewing
Big & Small ABV Guided Tasting @ Benchmark Brewing
Craft Brewed Comedy @ Mission Brewery

Know of more events? Tell us in the comments.

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