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Get a taste of America’s finest during San Diego Beer Week

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If you think Lebron James has great hops, you obviously haven’t been to a San Diego microbrewery.

The San Diego Brewers Guild Festival in Liberty Station Saturday will uncap a series of more than 300 intoxicating events put on by local establishments, displaying the county’s famous craft booze culture amid San Diego Beer Week.

The second annual event actually lasts little more than a week – 10 days to be exact. But who is keeping (open) tabs? Everyone loses count after the first few anyway … Days I mean. Not beers of course.

Breweries across the county this weekend will begin hosting festivities that include music, food, price specials, tours, classes (got to love education), and of course – brew tasting.

If you’re not already aware of San Diego Beer Week (SDBW), think of it as a shortened, less serious version of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But instead of fostering breast cancer awareness, SDBW shines a spotlight on the frothing beer personality of San Diego that only perpetuates the city’s stigma as being America’s finest.

San Diego has long served as an international ale hub, attracting booze aficionados from all over to delight in award-winning suds. The county is swimming in a multitude of breweries – more than 35 – solidifying the region nationally as a premiere stalwart in taste originality.

But don’t take my slurring words for it. The city’s breweries won more medals at the 2010 World Beer Cup than England, Germany, and Belgium combined.

So if you are so inclined, put down the Anheuser-Busch, and get a taste of San Diego’s award-winning heritage during Beer Week.

Listed below are SDBW’s cornerstone festivities as advertised on SDBW’s website. For additional information, including a complete listing of events, click here.

San Diego Brewers Guild Festival Saturday, November 6, 2010

Admission: $35 general, $50 VIP.

Location: Liberty Station (Ingram Park), Point Loma
Hours: VIP Session (12:00pm – 2:00pm), General Session (2:00pm – 6:00pm)

This is the kick-off event for San Diego Beer Week and the ultimate craft beer festival. This event showcases all of the San Diego breweries. It’s a great way to kick-off Beer Week, try award-winning local beer, and meet your favorite brewers. Stay tuned for a complete list of participating breweries and what beers will be poured.

General Session (2pm – 6pm) – Includes 10 tasters, a commemorative taster glass, and live music.
VIP Session (12pm – 2pm) – Includes access to complimentary Allied Guild Member food and specialty Beers and includes admission to the General Session.

All proceeds support the not-for profit San Diego Brewers Guild.

No one under 21 is allowed at this event


“Beer Garden” at the Lodge at Torrey Pines Sunday, November 14, 2010

Admission: $65

Location: 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037
Hours: 11:30am – 3:30pm

This is a gourmet beer and food pairing event featuring renowned local beers paired with world famous chefs. Admission includes a commemorative taster glass and unlimited beer and food pairing samples. The event will feature 12 local breweries each paired with a local chef to create unique pairings.

Participating Breweries: Coronado Brewing Company, AleSmith, Brewing Company, Ballast Point Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Company, Pizza Port, New English Brewing Company, Hamiltons Tavern, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Rock Bottom La Jolla, Green Flash Brewing Company, La Jolla Brewhouse, Lightning Brewery

Participating Chefs: Paul McCabe/Kitchen 1540, Jeffrey Strauss/Pamplemousse Grille, Jeff Jackson & Kyle Bergman/The Lodge at Torrey Pines, Amy DiBiase/The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Anthony Sinsay/Harney Sushi, Hanis Cavin/Kensington Grille, Tom McAliney & Patrick Heymann/Brandt Beef (w/ Eric Brandt), Aldo Negrete/Quality Social, Pete Balestreri/Tender Greens, Alex Carballo & Jason Seibert/Stone Brewery Jason Graham/Cal-a-Vie Spa

No one under 21 is allowed at this event

Photo by Agien.

Thumbnail by Len Rizzi via National Cancer Institute.


  1. Lantague

    November 2, 2010 at 8:20 pm


    Beer with more “hop” than Lebron? C’mon man.

    Beer week is “just like” breast cancer awareness month? Seriously?

    I know this isn’t the most hard-hitting journalism, but please… spare us the babytown frolics.

    That is all.

  2. Great Job!

    November 2, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    This article is amazing. Ol’ Matt McClanahan finished this article, stood up, clapped the dust and dirt off their hands from a hard day’s work and really thought that the “breast cancer awareness month = beer week” analogy was just brilliant. Really finely crafted stuff. Matt McClanahan, Master Wordsmith.

    “Well instead of it being a month long, boring downer of a campaign for awareness about a specific type of cancer, it’s actually a smattering of events that serve beer! Woaaaaaah!”

    That University of Phoenix journalism degree is paying off, my friend! Keep reaching for that rainbow!

  3. Dictionary.com

    November 2, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    yeah san diego has a real stigma for being great…. idiot.

    [stig-muh] Show IPA
    –noun, plural stig·ma·ta  
    [stig-muh-tuh, stig-mah-tuh, -mat-uh] Show IPA
    , stig·mas.
    a mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one’s reputation.
    Medicine/Medical .
    a mental or physical mark that is characteristic of a defect or disease: the stigmata of leprosy.
    a place or point on the skin that bleeds during certain mental states, as in hysteria.
    Zoology .
    a small mark, spot, or pore on an animal or organ.
    the eyespot of a protozoan.
    an entrance into the respiratory system of insects.
    Botany . the part of a pistil that receives the pollen.
    stigmata, marks resembling the wounds of the crucified body of Christ, said to be supernaturally impressed on the bodies of certain persons, esp. nuns, tertiaries, and monastics.
    Archaic . a mark made by a branding iron on the skin of a criminal or slave.

  4. Great Job!

    November 2, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Hey Matt, I just thought up some more sweet analogies for next year’s SDBW piece:

    “San Diego really look the Trail of Tears to reach its current place in the microbrew culture, but you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who has sampled the fruits of their labor complaining!”

    “Much like Jesus Christ’s crucifixion at Calvary, San Diego’s place in the beer world has recently been held high above his contemporary beer Barabbases such as Germany, Belgium and Egnaldn”

    “If you thought the nukes dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were big, you haven’t experienced how explosive San Diego’s microbrew growth has been!”

  5. Consummate Professional

    November 2, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I, for one, find it admirable that SDEntertainer.com has taken on the responsibility of hiring ESL-learners as a way to practice the language in a professional setting without fear of anyone ever actually reading what is obviously the online equivalent of a 4th trimester abortion. And while English is a very tricky language to a non-native speaker like Matt McClanahan, someone who must have grown up in such abject poverty that he could neither afford nor obtain a dictionary or thesaurus, I feel it is my duty to assist ESL students wherever possible.

    For instance, I commend you on your attempt to assimilate into American culture. While referencing Lebron James’ “great hops” before making references to beer hops (That’s a pun! Gold Star!), I should inform you that Lebron James has NOTHING to do with San Diego. I’m sure he was the only pop culture reference you knew of in your village back in the motherland, but you need to be more specific to the community to which you are writing.

    Also, I know it can be tricky to parse out the difference between two words that SOUND alike but are spelled differently with different meanings (That’s a homonym!). COURSE means the same as track while COARSE means rough. I’m sure this must be terribly difficult for you.

    And finally, I’m sure in your home country you compare beer drinking with friends to CANCER that KILLS 40,000 women annually, but in America, one could find that comparison REALLY FUCKING INSENSITIVE. I, of course, will give you a pass because there is no way someone who has grown up in America and spoken English all his life would publish something THAT FUCKING STUPID.

    And while I could reference your hackneyed parenthetical attempts at humor “(open) tabs”, your misuse of the word “stigma”, and compare your writing style overall to a cankered anus, I will instead congratulate you for coming as far as you have and hope that one day you shall graduate from terrible articles to scrubbing my toilets. *From Sea to Shining Sea*

  6. Internet Tough Guy

    November 3, 2010 at 2:21 am

    O Hai Matt McClanahan! How charitable of you to interrupt your ESL studies to respond to my comment. Thank you for clarifying that you know what “stigma” means (considering the response to your writing style, I find that apropos) and it is, in fact, the word “sarcasm” that you are unable to define. I will thus provide the dictionary.com link for your convenience: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sarcasm.

    And while your rapier wit may be too fast for your audience–the lament of all tortured geniuses, no?–I find it more likely that your attempts at humor fall flatter than your mother after a double mastectomy (That’s a pun!).

    In conclusion: you aren’t funny, you are a poor writer with a poor command of vocabulary and syntax, and you should find a new line of work.

    PS: Your mother is a lovely woman.

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