It may be grey and raining outside, but the next ten days are still looking awfully bright for San Diego residents and visitors alike – especially those who know the value of a pint (or five) of quality craft beer. Today marks the beginning of San Diego Beer Week 2011 (SDBW), a ten day citywide festival of that hoppy, malty beverage this town holds most
“San Diego Beer Week promotes San Diego's thriving craft beer culture by sponsoring a ten-day countywide festival that attracts beer tourism, fosters knowledge of our regional brewing heritage, and serves as a showcase for San Diego's breweries, restaurants, pubs, and other businesses with ties to the craft beer community,” reads the SDBW website. The main event is the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival, which takes place at Ingram Park in Point Loma’s Liberty Station on November 5 – the all-day event will feature musical acts like Matthew Sweet and Telekinesis, plus craft beer tastings from every member of the guild.
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But if you can’t make it to the Brewers Guild Festival, don’t worry – it may be the main event, but it’s far from the only event. So far, 463 separate events are listed on the SDBW site between November 4 and November 13. The first on the list is a keep-the-glass day at Chula Vista’s La Bella Pizza, featuring Ballast Point classics like Pale Ale (formerly Yellowtail) and their Sculpin IPA, which started at 7:00AM this morning (!!!) but will still be going strong until they close their doors at 1AM. From here on out it’s a week-plus long solid wall of happenings from the border up to the farthest reaches of North County, with equal action from beer bars like Hamilton’s and Blind Lady Alehouse and craft breweries like Stone Brewing Co. and Mission Brewing. The grand finale is the SDBW & Chef Celebration Beer Garden, which is scheduled to go down on November 13 at the Lodge in Torrey Pines.
Are you ready for the weekend yet? We can’t wait. See you out on the battlefield.