February | So Many Anniversaries: There must be something in the water (other than hops, malt and yeast), because this month is packed with brewery anniversaries, including Kilowatt Brewing (two years at its OB tasting room on Feb. 1-3), Rip Current Brewing (six years on Feb. 2), Pariah Brewing (two years on Feb. 6-8), Wild Barrel Brewing (on year on Feb. 16) and Culture Brewing (six years on Feb. 23). | Kilowatt Brewing, 1875 Cable Street, Ocean Beach; Rip Current Brewing, 1325 Grand Avenue, Suite 100, San Marcos –AND– 4101 30th Street, North Park; Pariah Brewing, X, North Park; Wild Barrel Brewing, 692 Rancheros Drive, San Marcos; Culture Brewing, 111 South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach; Times Vary
February 2 | Changing of the Barrels: There’s one very special brewery anniversary left out of the above capsule. Karl Strauss Brewing is turning thirty, and celebrating by releasing a rye whiskey barrel-aged imperial stout at its annual event celebrating aging in more ways than one, which will also feature a smorgasbord of core, one-off and specialty beer selections. | Karl Strauss Brewing, 5985 Santa Fe Street, Pacific Beach, 5 p.m.
February 9 | Brewbies Festival: Not only does this festival support the great work being done by the Keep A Breast Foundation, it also features scads of high-quality, rare and one-time-only beers brewed by an always-impressive roster of Southern California breweries that have helped make this decade-old fundraiser one of the best local events of the year. | Bagby Beer Co., 601 South Coast Highway, Oceanside, 1 p.m.
February 16 | Carnival of Caffeination: Beer mellows you out. Coffee perks you up. Artisanal versions of both beverages culled from standout producers from across the country will battle it out in event-goers’ bloodstreams at this grand-scale fest. Whether it’s the alcohol or the caffeine, Modern Times Beer‘s one-two punch figures to be potent. | Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, 404 Euclid Avenue, Encanto, 12 p.m.
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