Wine and food go way back, but these days, much is being made of craft beer’s exceptional and wide-ranging pairability with edibles both savory and sweet. San Diego is one of the finest regions for experiencing forward-thinking beer-friendly cuisine. The following are five of the best food and beer events in San Diego during August:
Home Brew Mart, Linda Vista
Thursday, August 11, 4 p.m.
Head to Home Brew Mart for dishes from MIHO Gastrotruck and Fiji yogurt made with Ballast Point beer. MIHO, one of San Diego’s best-loved gastro trucks, will be serving a Lamb Meatloaf sammy with Ballast Point Navigator Dopplebock Gravy, while Fiji Yogurt is creating a bread pudding flavored yogurt with Ballast Point Longfin Lager Wort. After sampling some food made with beer, wash it down with one of the 18 brews available for sampling. Admission is free and food and beer samples are available at an additional cost.
Dallmann’s Fine Chocolate Boutique, Del Mar
Wednesday, August 24, 6:30 p.m., Tickets: $35
What happens when local brewers collaborate with one of our city’s finest chocolatiers? Pure palate magic, that’s what. This is the first of several events where chocolate will be paired with beer from some of SD's finest breweries. Look for cacao-friendly beers like porters and stouts as well as surprising match-ups like lagers and hop-heavy ales.Talk about a double dose of decadence. Reservations can be made online or call (858) 720-1933.
The Lumberyard Tavern & Grill, Encinitas
Thursday, August 25, 6:30 p.m., Tickets: $45
North County coastal hot spot, The Lumberyard (the namesake tavern in Encinitas’ The Lumberyard commercial development) is featuring beers from award-winning, hop-forward Paso Robles brewery Firestone Walker during a five-course dinner. Edibles like Dijon-herb encrusted New Zealand lamb lollipops and smoked tri-tip glazed with barbecue sauce made with a base of Walker’s Reserve Porter should go nicely with that beer, plus Solace wheat ale and high-ABV fave, Parabola Russian imperial stout. Call (760) 479-1657 to reserve your spot.
The Beer Company, Downtown
Thursday, August 25, 6:30 p.m., Tickets: $40
The popularity of craft beer has helped other artisinal beverages get some attention. Case in point—hard ciders. Fox Barrel is an adult-style cider company that’s gaining a lot of traction and their fruity line-up—including a special pear and apple cider aged six months in sauvignon blanc barrels—will be served alongside house beers and food from downtown’s The Beer Company during a four-course meet the brewer dinner. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Escondido
Tuesday, August 30, 7 p.m., Tickets: $49
A master of all things indulgent, Stone beverage director Bill Sysak knows his beer and how to pair it with dishes whipped up by his colleague, executive chef Alex Carballo. That’s what their Master Pairings series of beer dinners is all about. This time around, they’ll be focusing on pork in all its salty, smoky, savory forms; particularly the parts of the pig that go beyond common chops and tenderloins. Of course, not everything has to be niche in nature. There’s sure to be at least one cameo appearance by everybody’s favorite guilty pleasure…bacon. Reservations are required, buy your tickets here.
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.