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Thursday, November 3, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like San Diego Beer Week

Here ye! Here ye!
Calling the whole lot of you beer lovers!

Oh, you spoiled little San Diegans. As though having year round perfect weather, beautiful beaches, the best Mexican food north of the border, and bearing the nickname "America's Finest City" wasn't enough street cred to bask in, but you're also home to 33 breweries producing a dizzying variety of some of the hoppiest, most experimental, and greatest award-winning beers in the country.

 Amidst the warm weather and cool brews, local residents are furiously making preparations to paint the town sudsy with a ten day countywide festival honoring the thriving craft beer culture.

For this November 4 - 13, we proudly welcome

This year San Diego Beer Week will host 439 events at restaurants, pubs, bars and breweries all over town, including an official kickoff and a grand finale.

Get those taste buds in check, roll up your sleeves, and let out a notch in ye olde belt to make room for the tastings, tap takeovers, food pairings, classes, events, pint nights, brewery tours, beer breakfasts, brunches, lunches, dinners, meet the brewer and keep the glass events. 

And of course, there's music, merriment, and perfect paradise weather!

Where to raise your glasses and toast the upcoming festivities?

 A suggested game plan.

11/4 - Kickoff your week by inviting the brew crew to a rare beer breakfast offered at Stone Brewery World Bistro and Gardens featuring all you can eat omelet and Belgian waffle creation stations, crepes, canapes, pork bellies, and a whole slew of rare brews from the world over ($65).

11/5 - Come Saturday revel in the San Diego Brewer's Guild Festival kickoff party showcasing all San Diego Brewers and a fantastic food lineup ($35-$55)

11/6 - Enjoy the double trouble of beer paired with chocolate for an over the top exercise in decadence with European fine truffles made by local Chocolatier Isabella Valencia of Dallmann's for a unique and decadent beer brunch ($44.71)

11/7 - Alchemy will host a Hard Cider Pairing Dinner including four courses featuring local Julian Hard Apple Cider, among others paired with scallops, cheese tarts, pork prime rib and Julian apple pie with honey-truffled gelato ($38)

11/8 - Meet the brewer event with Alesmith's Beer and Cheese Pairing. Owner and artisanal cheesemaker, Peter Zien will be on deck at the Encinitas Ale House to unveil and tap the Evil Dead Red IPA and the Yulesmith 2011, and Speedway Stout paired with cheese flights to match. 6 beers/5 cheeses ($25/approx).

11/9 - Urban Solace will play host to its first annual Walkabout of Beers from 5:30 to 9pm. Five courses with three-ounce tastings of ten local craft beers. A portion of the proceeds will benefit San Diego Coastkeeper ($40)

details here!

11/10 - Brewmasters dinner with Ballast Point and Stone Brewery. Five course dinner, scallop carpaccio, meaty cioppino, carbonara negra, surf and turf, and a ForĂȘt Blanche Obelisque for dessert paired with ten beers featuring great local brewmasters Colby Chandler and Mitch Steele ($75.37)

11/11 - Roll out the barrels at O’Briens. 9 different barrels from some of San Diego best breweries, and barrel aged beers from around the country will be featured for the tap takeover this 11/11/11!

details here!

11/12 - Revel in the 9th Anniversary Celebration at Green Flash! Featuring award winning brews, a caravan of gourmet food trucks, games, and activities. Includes ten 4 oz. beer tastings, a souvenir glass, and a commemorative t-shirt. All proceeds go to the San Diego office of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
 If you don’t go, you're clearly a supporter of cancer. ($40)

11/13 - Beer garden and Chef Celebration at Lodge Torrey Pines. The official closing event of San Diego Beer Week you don't want to miss. ($35-$55)

For the week's lineup of events visit:

It's a beautiful week in the neighborhood.

Good cheer and fellowship to you!


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