May Craft Beer Events

The Craft Brewers Conference will take place in America’s Finest City the first week of May



The Craft Brewers Conference, the country’s largest brewing industry trade event, will take place in America’s Finest City the first week of May. Many of our local watering holes will roll out the red ale carpet to welcome the 3,000-plus American brewing professionals coming to see what makes San Diego so great. Others are in cahoots with brewing companies to put on parties. The best part, even if you’re not in the industry, you can partake in many of these sudsy soirees. Here’s information on some of the CBC festivities.

May 1: Saison du Buffet

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, 1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondido, 5 p.m.

Mix and mingle with the brewmasters from all over the country while enjoying a massive buffet and brews produced by the mixing and mingling of multiple brewers’ sense and sensibilities. Stone’s putting out dozens of collaboration beers crafted by teams of brewers from different companies. Tickets are $35 apiece.

May 2: CBC Drinkabout

Multiple Locations, 7 p.m.

Enjoy complimentary transportation around San Diego’s uptown neighborhoods to a slew of venues holding CBC events. Key among them is Toronado’s release party for a documentary celebrating women in the brewing industry called The Love of Beer and a night of quality canned beer at Blind lady Ale House dubbed Canapalooza.

May 3: Anchor Brewing Night

San Diego Brewing Company, 10450 Friars Road, Mission Valley, 5 p.m.

Many are familiar with Anchor Steam. It’s a gateway brew that converted a nineties drinker to craft beer. But there’s so much more to the company—beers like their Brekles Brown and Zymaster #1 California Lager, which will be on tap, as well as a line of spirits, the distillers of which will also be present to talk shop and shots.

May 4: World Beer Cup Night Tap Takeover

Toronado, 4026 30th Street, North Park, 5 p.m.

CBC will close with the World Beer Cup, the world’s largest, most definitive craft brewing competition, where breweries are named best of in three size categories. Enjoy beers from the planet’s reigning best mid-size brewing company, Paso Robles’ Firestone Walker, and best small brewing company, our very own Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits.

May 4: Linchpin White IPA Tapping

Hamilton’s / The Regal Beagle, 3659 India Street / 1521 30th Street, 5 p.m.

Mira Mesa’s Green Flash Brewing Company recently collaborated with Michigan’s Founders Brewing Company to craft a hoppy wheat beer and they’re so happy about it, they’re throwing not one, but two debut parties. Both will feature conspirators from the breweries as well as plenty of the guest of honor—Linchpin White IPA.

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