5 Chances to Sip and Savor in August and September
The Lodge at Torrey Pines (La Jolla), Wednesday, August 31: 6:30 p.m.
Definitely the most upscale of the San Diego Brewers Guild’s affiliate venues, The Grill at The Lodge at Torrey Pines consistently brings it with their commitment to the local craft beer scene. One of the most delicious ways they do so is with beer pairing events featuring guest breweries and farm-to-table cuisine from chef Kyle Bergman. The latest event will include a variety of beers hailing from the friendly brewers of Pizza Port’s Carlsbad location. Cost: $55 per person.
Columbia & B Streets (Downtown), Friday, September 9: 6 p.m.
One of the city's longest-standing beer events, the San Diego Festival of Beers will feature beer from over 70 breweries. The event will take place at the corner of Columbia and B Streets and include a full slate of live music. Tickets are $35-$40 and include ten free tasting tickets. Proceeds benefit SDPAC, a local non-profit supporting cancer research.
Churchill’s Pub (San Marcos), Saturday, September 17: 11 a.m.
Despite being quite en vogue, sour beers are still pretty tough to find, even in suds-centric San Diego. As such, any opportunity to get at a wide range of them should be guzzled up. Churchill’s Pub offers an annual celebration in honor of a late friend who used to help the pub source its sour beer kegs. Homage is paid in the form of 35 rare sours, all of which are available in 4- or 10-ounce pours. There is no cover charge for this event, making it a fine way to experience one of SD’s best pubs.
O’Brien’s Pub (Kearny Mesa), Sunday, September 18: 6:30 p.m.
One of the key reasons Ballast Point Brewing Company is the reigning best small brewing company in the world is the fact they offer one of the widest catalogs of beers anywhere. Join specialty brewer Colby Chandler (inventor of legendary Sculpin IPA and many other cult faves) as he teams with the kitchen staff at SD’s eldest craft beer hop spot for a tasting of some of BP’s newest and most innovative beers. Reservations and prepayment are required. Tickets are $50.
Ingram Plaza (Liberty Station), Saturday, September 24: 1 p.m. (Meet the Brewers early entry at 12 p.m.)
First, there was the San Diego Festival of Beers, then the San Diego International Beer Festival, then the San Diego County Fair. With generalized naming like that, it’s no wonder this festival is flying under the radar a bit. Put on by the San Diego Culture for Nonprofits, an organization contributing to an assortment of local charities, this time by bringing together a similar hodgepodge of hometown heroes and out-of-town guest breweries for a beer (or 10). Cost: $35-$50.
Top image courtesy of The Lodge at Torrey Pines
About the Author: A native San Diegan, Brandon Hernández has been wading in a sea of local craft beer for 14 years. In addition to his work for San Diego Magazine, Hernández serves as the San Diego correspondent for Celebrator Beer News (the US' longest tenured craft beer publication), is a regular contributor to Wine Enthusiast and The Beer Connoisseur and has been a consultant for Food Network. Keep up on his articles about ales, lagers, food, restaurants, chefs and the culinary arts on Twitter at @offdutyfoodie.