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Beer U: Intro to San Diego Craft Beer @ Stone Brewing Co.

Nov 8

At Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens, Ken Wright, Minister of Evangelism and Indoctrination, presented information for an introduction to San Diego craft beer during last night’s rendition of “Beer U.” For this event, he was joined in the audience by Daniel Love from Mother Earth Brew Co. and Iron Fist’s Brandon Sieminski. This event was an educational opportunity to sample eight great brews, and learn about our local brewing community’s accomplishments, while continuing to celebrate San Diego Beer Week.

Daniel Love, Ken Wright and Brandon Sieminski discussed San Diego's growing craft beer community, while sampling great-tasting beers!

Throughout the presentation, guests were encouraged to ask questions, and also provide any of their own knowledge about the topic. In combination with the delicious and flavorful beers, the participation from the audience created a great environment. The list of beers sampled included Mission Brewery’s Mission Blonde Ale, Mother Earth California Creamin’, Pizza Port Carlsbad Cow Stout, Black Market Rye IPA, Hess Ex Umbris Rye Imperial Stout and Manzanita Chaotic Double IPA. Those in attendance were also able to try very new beer releases, such as Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale and Iron Fist Martial Law.

By having Daniel Love and Brandon Sieminski in the audience, these brewers were able to discuss the stories behind their beers, while attendees had the opportunity to sample them. Love went on to provide individuals with advice about home brewing. “It’s not about the strongest beer (ABV %) you can make, but using the most robust and most ingredients.” He suggested the best type of beer to make is “something you can make and enjoy with friends.”

A timeline was also shown to describe certain occurrences and legislation that helped expand the craft beer industry throughout the country. Attendees learned that the Carter administration was responsible for legalizing home brewing in 1978. You can find some of the additional dates regarding the history of San Diego beer, which were referenced at last night’s Beer U, in our current issue.

If you did not have the opportunity to attend last night, Stone Brewing Co. hosts Beer U events often, covering a variety of topics. Check out their site for upcoming events. For our female readers, consider learning more about this Wednesday’s upcoming event at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Garden: Women Celebrating Craft Beer.

Full disclose: In addition to interning for West Coaster, I also work for Stone Brewing Co.

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