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SDBW Highlights: Editor’s Edition

Oct 31

Tomorrow, Brandon Hernández breaks down his best bets for SD Beer Week. Today, I wanted to point out some events that caught my eye. For more than 260 SDBW events, check out our web calendar.

Friday 11/3
Farm to Fermenter Day @ Duck Foot Brewing:
Local ingredients were used in multiple beers, including honey from Meljess Bees in Temecula, coriander from San Diego Seed Co, passion fruit from Carmel Mountain Preschool Community Garden, plus lemongrass, lavender, pomegranate, and kumquat from the farm of Chief Fermentation Officer Brett Goldstock.

Honorable Mention: 
SDBW Boulevard Ale Trail @ 5 Participating Breweries

Saturday 11/4
Dark Side Day @ Intergalactic Brewing:
Intergalactic’s coconut porter has medaled in the last four editions of LA’s International Beer Competition (1x gold, 2x silver, 1x bronze). Expect a variety of twists on Space Oasis, as well as the base beer Robotic Porter.

Honorable Mention: $3 San Diego Can Celebration @ Urge Rancho Bernardo

Sunday 11/5
Chai Porter Release @ Kilowatt Brewing:
Kilowatt’s worked with six local coffee roasters on releases throughout Beer Week. On Sunday, the OB Beans-infused creation graces taps at both Kearny Mesa and Ocean Beach locations. On Saturday 11/11, all six beers will be on and available in flight form.

Honorable Mention: Guided Flight w/ Council Brewing @ The Brewers Tap Room

Monday 11/6
Melvin Brewing Night w/ 91X @ O’Brien’s Pub
SDBW attracts great breweries from all over. Fresh off winning Brewery Group and Brewmaster of the Year at GABF 2017, Wyoming’s Melvin Brewing visits O’Brien’s to take over ~10 taps. Local station 91X will be broadcasting live from 3 – 7 p.m. on the patio.

Honorable Mention: Miramar Breweries @ Bottlecraft North Park

Tuesday 11/7
The Full Table @ Benchmark Brewing
For one day out of the year, Benchmark’s “beer flavored beer” motto gets twisted, with twelve versions of the Belgian-style Table Beer available in three themes: lactic, regional hops, and tea time.

Honorable Mention: Mini IPA Fest @ Pizza Port Ocean Beach

Wednesday 11/8
Two Collaborations @ Eppig Brewing
Beer makers are known for a collaborative spirit that surpasses most other industries. Celebrate the camaraderie as Eppig Brewing taps two new beers: West Coast Pale Ale made with Resident Brewing, and Brown Ale made with Port/The Lost Abbey.

Honorable Mention: Cicerone Certification Program Off-Flavor Course @ White Labs

Thursday 11/9
Barrel-Aged Tasting @ Second Chance Beer Co.

Head Brewer Craig Gregovics and Barrel Geek Jesse Smith will lead attendees through a two-hour educational program that includes the opportunity to taste six small-batch beers with sensory guidance.

Honorable Mention: Lost Abbey & Modern Times Showcase @ TapRoom PB

Friday 11/10
15th Anniversary Celebration @ Green Flash Mira Mesa
Be one of the first 200 to drink the anniversary beer and you’ll get a commemorative pint glass. There’s also live music, live screen printing, food pairings, birthday cake, archive bottle tastings (and sales), plus one-off tappings and a preview of a new beer.

Honorable Mention: Day 3/3 of Speedway Grand Prix 2017 @ AleSmith Brewing

Saturday 11/11
Collaboration Release + Fundraiser @ Protector Brewery
San Diego’s all-organic brewery Protector teamed up with local nonprofits The Public Good and Workshops for Warriors to create TPG Pale Ale. Proceeds from the event will go to assisting veterans working towards manufacturing careers.

Honorable Mention: Beer Geek Olympics @ The Homebrewer

Sunday 11/12
Fermented Pairings Series Vol. 21 @ White Labs
White Labs and Biersal Food Truck present four courses and five beers (well, four beers and one welcome beermosa). The “hangover brunch” theme includes a sauerkraut pancake, brisket hash, sourdough beignets, and more.

Honorable Mention: Pizza & Beer w/ The Bruery & Port Brewing @ Brothers Provisions

Coffee & Beer Event Tomorrow @ Bay City

Oct 21

West Coaster is helping promote a cross-industry event taking place tomorrow, Sunday the 22nd, from 2-6 p.m. at Bay City Brewing (3760 Hancock Street).

Three San Diego roasters — Ryan Bros, Swell, and OB Beans — worked with Bay City’s head brewer Chris West on unique collaboration beers that will be served at the event.

Each roaster will be on hand to pour specialty coffee samples as well.

Tickets are just $15 at this link, including a welcome drink, 3 x 8oz tasters of the coffee beers, coffee pours, and three varieties of Darling Gourmet Biscotti.

San Diegans Fundraise for Northern California

Oct 16

Given many local brewers’ ties to Northern California, the ongoing fires have galvanized fundraising efforts.

Second Chance Beer’s Marty Mendiola and Virginia Morrison were planning to spend their fifth wedding anniversary this past weekend in the area. “Marty and I used to visit Northern California at least three times a year when he was still with Rock Bottom, as he managed the brewery at the RB Campbell location, and I have family up that way,” said Morrison. “Thus, it holds a very special place in our hearts.”

This Saturday they’re hosting a fundraiser in tandem with a celebration of their GABF medals. Pints of winners Legally Red and Tabula Rasa are $4 from 1 to 3 p.m. 20% of beer sales during that time, plus 10% from the rest of the day, will be donated to relief efforts.

Some fundraisers took place over the weekend:
O’Brien’s Pub’s Wet Hop Fest benefited the United Way of Wine Country.
– 10% of Small Bar’s sales were donated to King Ridge Foundation.
Toronado donated $1,000 to the Santa Rosa chapter of the Red Cross, in addition to $1 from every pour of Russian River beer. Russian River’s Vince and Natalie Cilurzo have strong connections to San Diego’s professional brewing and homebrewing communities.

More fundraisers are in the works:
– Starting Friday October 13th until the end of November, Fathom Bistro Bait & Tackle on the Shelter Island Pier will donate $1 from every Russian River beer, including Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig IPA, to victims’ charities.
– Tomorrow, Blind Lady Ale House will donate $5 per glass from each $10 (.5L) pour of Russian River beer to King Ridge Foundation.
Eppig Brewing will release one of their beers under the Sonoma Pride label this week in the tasting room. 100% of proceeds will go to King Ridge Foundation.
Craft Beerd will donate 50% of the sales from their Russian River-inspired pin (up to the first 50 pins) to the United Way of Wine Country.
Mikkeller San Diego is planning a fundraiser (TBD).
– Russian River (Santa Rosa) and Bear Republic (Healdsburg) are planning special releases of Sonoma Pride. Check out the website for three ways to contribute.
Stone Distributing Co. will donate a portion of sales throughout the month of October to Direct Relief. Retroactive to October 1, for every case of Bear Republic and Russian River beer sold, the company will donate $0.25; Stone will further donate $0.25 for every case of Stone Brewing beer sold in Southern California; and Stone Brewing will donate $0.15 for every case of Stone beer sold via its wholesale distribution partners throughout the rest of California. Also, the following list of brands distributed by Stone Distributing Co. have committed to splitting a donation of $0.25 per case for the entire month: Avery Brewing Co., Boochcraft, Eel River Brewing, Kern River Brewing Company, MadeWest Brewing Company, Mason Ale Works, Maui Brewing Co., Mikkeller Brewing, Modern Times Beer, Oskar Blues Brewery, Smog City Brewing Company, The Bruery, The Lost Abbey, Victory Brewing Company, and Wandering Aengus Ciderworks.
Update: Societe Brewing will donate a portion of proceeds from Halloween, October 31.
Update: 100% of proceeds from this coming Saturday’s BagbyFest in Oceanside will go to King Ridge Foundation.

Know of more fundraising efforts? Please leave a comment below.

Upcoming Events: Friday to Friday

Oct 13

There’s lots happening over the next week in beer, with plenty of opportunities to try Great American Beer Festival (GABF) winners.

Friday, October 13
Keep the spirit of Oktoberfest alive at Normal Heights’ Blind Lady Ale House, with specials on food and stein refills through the weekend.

Saturday, October 14
They say it takes a lot of beer to make whiskey, so why not check out the SD Distillers Guild’s first large-scale festival, Spirits by the Bay, this Saturday. Brewery The Lost Abbey will be pouring too, alongside more than fifteen Southern California distilleries, plus local cider operation Newtopia. More information is available at our affiliate

If you really want just beer, Hamiltons Tavern is hosting this year’s Great American Beer Festival (GABF) Brewery Group and Brewmaster of the Year winner Melvin Brewing for the South Park bar’s monthly Second Saturday event. And because food is complimentary, expect a packed house.

Sunday, October 15
Improve your succulent skills at Culture Brewing’s Solana Beach tasting room during a fall-themed workshop. Two beers are included in your ticket; maybe recent GABF winner Blonde will be on tap.

Monday, October 16
Traveling yoga group The Beer Yogis visits GABF winner AleSmith again, so come start off the week with some Savasana.

Tuesday, October 17
North Park Beer Company invites Burning Beard Brewery, Nomad Donuts, for a collaborative beer dinner. In-house kitchen Mastiff Kitchen will help produce the five-course menu.

Wednesday, October 18
Regents Pizzeria welcomes GABF winning brewery Beachwood (Seal Beach/Long Beach) to take over some of their taps, plus pour a one-off cask.

Thursday, October 19
Another cask night featuring a GABF winner, but here it’s Second Chance Beer Co. at O’Brien’s Pub. Clever Hoppy Name IPA is on cask, with gold medal winner Tabula Rasa Porter definitely on the menu.

Friday, October 20
The weekly Hops on the Harbor Dinner Cruise features Green Flash Brewing Co. through the month of October, offering unique views of the city skyline.

San Diego Beer Week Approaches!

Sep 25

San Diego Beer Week 2017 starts in 39 days, and we’ve already added more than 70 events to our web calendar. Breweries, bars, PR folks… add your events to the list by e-mailing Cheers!

Friday 11/3
Guild Fest VIP Brewer Takeover @ Broadway Pier
Amplified Ale Works 5-Year Anniversary @ Lafayette Hotel
Bad Advice IIPA Can Release @ Council Brewing
New Kids on the Block (Eppig, Pariah, North Park) @ Regents Pizzeria
BYOBib: Beer & Seafood Boil @ Coronado Brewing Co.
Back Country Beer Night w/ Alpine/Cellar 3/Nickel @ O’Brien’s Pub
Farm to Fermenter (Local Ingredient Beers) @ Duck Foot Brewing
– Hops on the Harbor Dinner Cruise w/ Stone Brewing
Kick-Ass Cask Night @ Belching Beaver North Park
Saturday 11/4
Brewers Guild Festival @ Broadway Pier
Spontaneous Sour Saturday @ Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station
IPA Day w/ Special Flight @ Council Brewing
Sour & Funky Tasting @ TapRoom PB
Bends and Brews Yoga @ Karl Strauss Santa Fe St.
Sour Weekend Begins @ O’Brien’s Pub
Barrel-Aged Day @ Duck Foot Brewing
Beer without Borders Vol. 3 @ Machete Beer House
Nomad Donuts & Beer Pairings @ Thorn Brewery
Craft Your Own Adventure @ Golden Coast Mead
Sunday 11/5
Green Flash Smokeout @ Carnitas Snack Shack
Beer & Bites w/ Mastiff Sausage Co. @ Thorn Brewery
Beer Dinner w/ Melvin Brewing @ O’Brien’s Pub
Kegs & Eggs Brunch w/ The Brewers @ Duck Foot Brewing
Barrel & Cigar @ Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station
DRK Festival @ Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondido
Boy Scout Charity Event @ Mike Hess Brewing North Park
Monday 11/6
4th Annual Brews, Views and Chews Beer Pairing @ Tom Ham’s Lighthouse
Brewery/Magic Factory Tours (4 Different Times) @ Council Brewing
Modern Times Beer Cask & Featured Beers @ Regents Pizzeria
Alpine / Green Flash / Cellar 3 @ TapRoom PB
Beer Nerd Trivia Showdown Extravaganza @ North Park Beer Co.
Melving Brewing Night @ O’Brien’s Pub
Truffles & Beer Pairings w/ Andrea’s Truffles @ Thorn Brewery
Steak & BJ Night w/ Three Weavers Blood Junkie @ Small Bar SD
Tuesday 11/7
Vienne, Biere De Mars Bottle Release @ Council Brewing
Karl Strauss / Pizza Port @ TapRoom PB
Pink Boots Society Meeting (RSVP) @ Societe Brewing
Kern River Night @ O’Brien’s Pub
Societe Gives Back: Pints for Prostates @ Societe Brewing
QUAFF Homebrewers Turned Pro Meetup @ North Park Beer Co.
Small Bar Supper Club feat. Ska Brewing @ Small Bar SD
November Tap Takeover w/ Coronado @ Yard House Mission Valley
Wednesday 11/8
Barrel Aged Beers w/ The Lost Abbey @ TapRoom PB
Don’t Be Self Conchas: Bottle Logic & Pan Dulce Pairing @ Machete Beer House
Latitude 33 Cask & Featured Beers @ Regents Pizzeria
Beer Education Night (Advanced Sour Talk) @ Council Brewing
Fieldwork Brewing Night @ O’Brien’s Pub
Beer Trivia @ Duck Foot Brewing
Ice Cream Beer Floats w/ Hammond’s @ North Park Beer Co.
Thursday 11/9
Women in Beer Week Tap Takeover & Meet the Brewers @ Small Bar SD
Beer & Donut Pairing w/ Nomad @ Council Brewing
Modern Times Showcase @ TapRoom PB
Founders Brewing Night @ O’Brien’s Pub
Mission Wildlife Charity Trivia Night @ Mike Hess Brewing North Park
Craft Beer Tasting Class w/ Jake Nunes @ North Park Beer Co.
Friday 11/10
15th Anniversary Bash @ Green Flash Beer
Tyson’s Big Ass Barrel-Aged Beer Night @ O’Brien’s Pub
SDBW Beer Garden Day 1 @ TapRoom PB
Wild Beer Day Flights @ Council Brewing
Half Door Brewery Cask & Featured Beers @ Regents Pizzeria
Beer Release: Berline Weisse @ Duck Foot Brewing
Bonneville 7 @ Black Plague Brewery
Hops on the Harbor Dinner Cruise w/ Stone Brewing
Kick-Ass Cask Night @ Belching Beaver North Park
Saturday 11/11 – Veteran’s Day
20% off for Active/Retired Military: R&D Kegs @ Council Brewing
Collabapalooza hosted by Karl Strauss @ The Observatory North Park
Venissimo Cheese & Beer Pairings @ Thorn Brewery
Warrior Station Benefit Bottle Share @ O’Brien’s Pub
SDBW Beer Garden Day 2 @ TapRoom PB
Beer for Breakfast w/ Fieldwork Brewing @ Small Bar SD
IPA Day @ Duck Foot Brewing
Woodshop Bottle Share @ North Park Beer Co.
Sunday 11/12
SDBW Official Closing Event @ The Lodge at Torrey Pines
AleSmith Beer Garden Invasion @ TapRoom PB
The Lost Abbey Beer Dinner w/ Tomme Arthur @ O’Brien’s Pub
Employee R&D Kegs @ Council Brewing
 Stretch & Sip Yoga @ Belching Beaver Ocean Beach

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