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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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