15 Top Events During San Diego Beer Week

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Explore the behind-the-scenes brewing process on the Beer Geek Tour.

Celebrate the craft beer industry at one of these San Diego Beer Week events.

Edited by Lisa Kelley

One of San Diego’s most widely recognized monikers is the Craft Beer Capital of the World. In fact, our calendars and weekend roundups are almost always featuring one or more beer festivals and events that draw a healthy crowd of cicerones, beer enthusiasts and those just looking to have a fabulously fun time. From Nov. 4-13, San Diego Beer Week offers more than 500 beer-centric events such as tap takeovers, exclusive releases, beer dinners, festivals and tours. Here are just a few of our favorites, but check out the website for a full events lineup: sdbw.org

VIP Brewer Takeover
Nov. 4. Get up close with some of the most influential and award-winning breweries in San Diego at this exclusive showcase of the city’s finest rare and specialty beers from local breweries. The event also includes unlimited food samples from local restaurants and purveyors. 6-9 p.m. The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, 1000 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego Marina. sdbw.org

Rare Beer Breakfast
Nov. 4. Stone Brewery hosts the annual breakfast party to kick off San Diego Beer Week, featuring 15 3 oz. tasters, a commemorative glass, a slew of phenomenal rare beers, delicious food stations and live music. $65/pp. Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens, 1999 Citracado Pkwy., Escondido. stonebrewing.com

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Stone Brewery’s Rare Beer Breakfast

Sour Night & Sour Flight
Nov. 4. Sessions Public dedicates a night to sour beers featuring rare and local sour brews alongside their menu of pub grub and hearty American dishes. Sessions Public, 4204 Voltaire St., Ocean Beach. sessionspublic.com

San Diego Brewers Guild Festival
Nov. 5. San Diego Beer Week’s biggest event features San Diego’s finest craft breweries, food from local purveyors and live musical performances. 2-5 p.m. The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, 1000 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego Marina. sdbw.org

Beer Geek Tour
Nov. 5. Epicurean San Diego hosts beer enthusiasts for a behind-the-scenes tour of the entire brewing process. Guests will join White Labs for a vertical flight of one beer brewed with different yeast strains, nosh on lunch at Brothers Provisions, learn about the brewing process and indulge in a beer and salami pairing at Societe Brewing Company. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $115/pp. epicureansandiego.com

Bikes, Brews and Brats with Green Flash
Nov. 5. Saddle up for Green Flash Brewing Company’s fourth annual Bikes, Brews & Brats event. Beginner and intermediate level riders are welcome on this urban mountain bike ride through Florida Canyon and Balboa Park. Work up an appetite for the after party at Regal Beagle featuring live music, beer, lunch and more. Cal Coast Bicycles, 3020 Adams Ave., North Park. eventbrite.com

Movember Moustache Contest
Nov. 5. North Park Beer Company invites competitors to see if they have what it takes to be crowned Best Moustache in North Park. The winner receives bragging rights and an honorary beer to be named after them and released later in the month. 3038 University Ave., North Park. us.movember.com

Donut and Beer Pairing with Nomad Donuts
Nov. 6. Nomad Donuts’ executive pastry chef and recent winner of the Cooking Channel’s Sugar Showdown, Kritianna Zabala brings her creativity to this unique pairing event. Enjoy three donuts and three 5 oz. beer tasters at this exclusive event. Thorn Street Brewery 3176 Thorn St., North Park. eventbrite.com

Modern Times Vegetarian Beer Dinner
Nov. 7. Meatless Monday will tempt even hard-core carnivores as Mess Hall at Liberty Public Market joins up with Modern Times Brewery for a four-course vegetarian beer dinner. The beers are vegan and paired alongside such dishes as gougeres with tofu “ham” and cheese stuffing; wood fired roasted Belgium endive; spiced cauliflower steak; charred butternut squash and salted olive oil cake. 6:30 p.m. $65/pp. 2820 Historic Decatur Rd., Liberty Station, 619.255.8360. messhallsd.com

Brews, Views and Chews
Nov. 7. Tom Ham’s Lighthouse hosts their third annual Brews, Views and Chews Beer Week Event, featuring seven local breweries and seven San Diego chefs for an ultimate beer and food pairing evening. Guests will enjoy unlimited bites and sips from New English Brewing, Lionfish Coastal Cuisine, Acoustic Ales, Cowboy Star Restaurant, The Lost Abbey, Hammonds Gourmet Ice Cream, Ironfish Brewing Co., Little Lion Cafe, Modern Times Brewing, Toronado, Belching Beaver, Bali Hai Restaurant and Green Flash Brewing. $50/pp. tomhamslighthouse.com

Beer for President
Nov. 8. Though normally closed on Tuesdays, 2kids Brewing Company makes an exception and pours their brews all day with live coverage of the 2016 Presidential Election. Celebrate or drink away your sorrows. Either way, 2kids has you covered with beers flowing until the election is called. 8680 Miralani Dr., Miramar. 2kidsbrewing.com

Brews on the Roof
Nov. 9. Kimpton Hotel Solamar launches a new monthly beer event just in time for San Diego Beer Week. This month’s Brews on the Roof will feature Mission Brewery’s three limited release brews as well as the opportunity to meet Lead Brewer Bobby Oliver and custom food pairings from JSix Restaurant. 435 6th Ave., downtown, 619.515.3000. hotelsolamar.com

All About IPA—Class & Tasting
Nov. 9. OB Warehouse in Ocean Beach hosts an evening of beer education and beer-friendly fare. Enjoy ten different beer tastings while learning how to perfectly pair food flavors. The menu includes buffalo buttermilk fried chicken, chipotle chicken flatbread, BBQ stuffed potato skins and more. $40/pp. 4839 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach, 619.222.1700. cohnrestaurants.com

Carnitas’ Snack Shack Beer Brunch
Nov. 12. Enjoy a seven course brunch buffet created by Carnitas’ Snack Shack and paired with tasty brews from Thorn Street Brewery. Menu items include short rib Benedict, chocolate chip and bacon pancakes, cheese hash browns, housemade sausage and bacon and chorizo scramble with creme. $35/pp. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thorn Street Brewery, 3176 Thorn St., North Park. eventbrite.com

The Beer Garden
Nov. 13. To close out San Diego Beer Week, head to the Arroyo Terrace of the Lodge at Torrey Pines as 28 breweries and 14 local chefs host an afternoon of delicious beer and food. Noon-3 p.m. $85/pp. 11480 North Torrey Pines, Rd. sdbw.org

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The Beer Garden at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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