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3 Down, 7 To Go…

Nov 7

The first weekend of San Diego Beer Week has concluded, and there are still 7 days to go…

Check out almost 250 upcoming events on our online calendar. Follow us on Instagram for more frequent posts.

For a further breakdown of SDBW, visit pages 8 and 42-44 of our November issue. We divide Beer Week into categories like Barrel-Aged and Sour, Events for Hop Heads, Chocolate & Cheese Lovers, etc.


Please enjoy #sdbeer responsibly; designate a driver.

19 SDBW Events For Hop Heads

Nov 4

For links to more information for these events, visit our event calendar.

F 11/4
– Need My IPAs @ Pizza Port Carlsbad
– Hoppy Friday w/ Societe @ West Coast Barbecue & Brew
– Hop Nation w/ Latitude 33 @ Barrel Republic PB

Sa 11/5
– Pizza Port/Half Door/Bottlecraft Hazy IPA Can Release @ All Bottlecraft Locations

M 11/7
– Hoppy Beers From Miramar @ Pizza Port Solana Beach

T 11/8
– “Amurka” Murky IPA w/ All-American Hops @ Pure Project


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W 11/9
– Kohatu & White Tea IPA Release @ Kilowatt Beer
– Pizza Port Nite (Mini IPA Fest & Parking Lot Party) @ Pizza Port OB
– Classic West Coast IPA Blind Flight Night @ Amplified Ale Works

R 11/10
Beer Releases (Nelson Blanc IPA & more) @ KnB Bistro & Bottle Shop
– Galaxy & Rooibos IPA Release @ Kilowatt Beer
– SD IPA Haze Craze @ Amplified Ale Works
– IPA Lounge w/ 10 Beers @ Thorn Street Brewery

F 11/11
– Mosaic & Orange Pekoe IPA Release @ Kilowatt Beer

Sa 11/12
– Hoppy Hullabaloo @ Sublime Ale House
– IPA Tasting @ SD Tap Room
– IPA Night @ Pizza Port Bressi Ranch

Su 11/13
– Modern Times Collab. Release (IPA w/ Brett) @ Pure Project
– Hoppy & Sour Mashup @ SD Tap Room

Short Pour: Haze Craze

Oct 28
Resident Brewing's Chasing Galaxy IPA

Resident Brewing’s Chasing Galaxy IPA

Popularized in the Northeast over the last several years, hazy, fruity IPAs with less bitterness but big hop aroma are now sweeping across San Diego. These unfiltered, opaque beers may annoy some West Coast IPA purists, but they’re finding plenty of converts thanks to a softer, fuller mouthfeel. Ryan Reschan wrote about this topic on page 36 of the September issue.

Here are some San Diego Beer Week (11/4 – 11/13) events highlighting the haze craze:

Sa 11/5
– Pizza Port/Half Door/Bottlecraft’s collaboration Foggiest Idea Hazy IPA can release @ all Bottlecraft locations. The beer will on tap, too, alongside more Pizza Port and Half Door. Starting at 11 a.m.
T 11/8
– Tapping of Keep Amurka Dank @ Pure Project, featuring all-American hops (Citra, Mosaic & CTZ). $1 off pints all night with your “I Voted” sticker. Starting at 3 p.m.
– Turbid Tuesday @ all Bottlecraft locations, featuring multiple hazy beers on tap. Also, no corkage fee with an “I Voted” sticker.
R 11/10
– Haze Craze tap takeover @ Amplified Ale Works Pacific Beach. Breweries on tap include Abnormal (New Money), Alvarado St. (unnamed/new IPA), Black Market (Patrick Hayze), Fall (Weekend Pirate), Half Door (#buzzwords & Hoban House), Mason Ale Works (The Joneses), Modern Times (Golden Pineapple), Pure Project (Keep Amurka Dank), and more TBA. Starting at 5 p.m.

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.

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