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San Diego Beer Week Events

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As the nation’s craft beer capital, San Diego Beer Week is a special time for breweries to experiment with new flavor combinations, rollout limited releases, and partner with other breweries for some special collaborations. With over 150 breweries in our city, there is no shortage of events going on all week long from November 2-11, to ensure you quench your thirst for San Diego’s favorite beverage.

SDBW Events

San Diego Beer Week’s Most Popular Brewery Tour (Nov. 2)

*Hops* aboard San Diego’s most popular Beer Week Brewery tour and enjoy the San Diego scenery as we travel by rail to the breweries. On this tasty adventure, you’ll go to 4 breweries with a tasting flight at each stop. You’ll also get a behind-the-scenes brewery tour and delicious brewery lunch, as well as enjoying local craft beers, great food, beer games and prizes. The tour includes short, fun, guided historic walks. Remember to drink, but don’t drive! You can join us on this train tour easily from most locations by walking or using public transportation (bus, trolley, train, coaster etc.).

Barrel Republic’s 5th Anniversary (Nov. 2)

Courtesy of Barrel Republic

Taking place at all three locations in Pacific Beach, Carlsbad and Oceanside on Friday, November 2nd, Barrel Republic will be collaborating with Stone Brewing Co. for a special beer release and tap takeover event in commemoration of their 5th Anniversary. Starting at 6:00 P.M. and continuing all night long, Stone, will be debuting their exclusive batch of never-before-tasted Barrel Republic 5th Anniversary Ale. Join in the festivities for the chance to experience Stone’s special beer batch release with fellow craft beer lovers along with a Tap Takeover of ales from this favorite brewery.

San Diego Beer Week Guild Fest (Nov. 3)

Join the San Diego Brewers Guild and more than 60 independent breweries for 2018 Guild Fest, taking place at Embarcadero South in Downtown San Diego on Saturday, November 3 from 2:00-5:00 pm. This annual event celebrates SD Beer Week and the independent brewing community that makes it all possible. The official kick-off party to San Diego Beer Week, Guild Fest will showcase new, exciting features, including delicious craft beer from San Diego and beyond, a pre-party harbor cruise, and more.

Barre Republic’s Sour Sunday | Oceanside (Nov. 4)

Pucker up for Sour Sunday, taking place at Barrel Republic’s Oceanside location. Featuring an amazing lineup of rare and special sour beers from a variety of breweries, this event is not to be missed. Whether you’re a sour beer aficionado or are taking your first sips in the sour realm, the experts at Barrel Republic will be on hand to give their top recommendations! Available from opening time to when the stock runs out, these coveted sour brews are worth the trip.

Beer Week Adventure Run (Nov. 4)

Kick-off San Diego Beer Week and join us for a fun run along the harbor, led by Step By Step Run Co. Choose your route or let us choose for you with surprises along the way. Who knows? You may even end up talking like a pirate or on a boat. The best part? All adventures will end with Eppig beer. Register here. Fun run begins at 9:45am. Total run distance is approximately 5k. Runners and walkers of all levels welcome.

Stone DRK Festival

While Stone has long had a reputation for brewing hop-forward IPAs, many forget about their deep appreciation for the glorious dark side of beer. They are putting together an incredible list of beers including guest beers from some of the finest craft breweries in the world. Don’t miss this special event taking place at Stone Brewing World Bistro And Gardens – Escondido from 7:00 – 11:00 pm. Tickets to the event cost $65. Get yours here.

San Diego Beer Week Beer Garden (Nov. 11)

There is no better setting for the closing event of San Diego Beer Week than the Arroyo Terrace of the Lodge at Torrey Pines on Sunday, November 11 from noon – 3:00 pm. The Beer Garden brings together the best of San Diego’s breweries and local chefs to celebrate the craft beer movement. With 28 breweries and 14 chefs, the Beer Garden is a truly unique and delicious food and beer pairing event. Each admission includes unlimited tasters of beer and food. Get your tickets here.

Beer Releases & Collaborations

Second Chance Beer Company + AleSmith Brewing Company Beer Release: Blend-O-Matic

The Second Chance Beer Company is officially collaborating with AleSmith Brewing Company. The Blend-O-Matic features two beers (a Brut IPA and Hazy IPA), one recipe from each brewery, designed to be mixed and savored together. The new beers are currently available at Second Chance’s Carmel Mountain Ranch and North Park location.

Stone Brewing Sails into 2019 with a Bold Tropical Lager

Courtesy of Stone Brewing

This week, Stone Brewing offers a fair warning for when the company’s newest year-round beer washes ashore early next year. With a long and celebrated heritage of big, bold and flavorful porters, stouts, sours, IPAs, strong ales and more, Stone is proud to continue this tradition of pushing boundaries with the release of Stone Tropic of Thunder Lager. The new beer debuts in California and Stone Brewing Tap Rooms this week, with an international launch to come next year.

The beer’s name is a nod to the uncharted tropical islands on which most of us would willingly be a castaway… provided that we could have our perfectly stocked beer fridge in tow. It’s just right for a self-imposed “three-hour tour,” be it on an island, on a boat, or simply on the couch. Aromas of citrus, pineapple, and coconut are followed by flavors of lime, orange and passion fruit. A newer hop variety – Cashmere – when harvested at just the right time imparts flavors of ripe cantaloupe that elevate the juicy qualities of this beer. A welcome oasis, Stone Tropic of Thunder Lager proves to be the perfect island companion to a tropically-inspired, fruit forward lineup of IPAs, including Stone Tangerine Express IPA, Stone Scorpion Bowl IPA, and the upcoming Stone Revengeful Spirit IPA.


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