SAN DIEGO--Our media partners at West Coaster craft beer magazine point out August is a month containing zero holidays. In situations like this, it’s up to fun-seeking individuals to come up with their own reasons for a good time.
Fortunately, San Diego County’s craft beer brewers ascribe to this philosophy and have plenty of killer events on tap for their fans. Check out just a few of the big-ticket affairs, then consult West Coaster’s full list of local beer events: www.westcoastersd.com
August 8 | 19th Anniversary Celebration: Have a good time toasting 19 years of Coronado Brewing Co. beers with a commemorative pint glass filled with CBC’s Anniversary Imperial IPA at the rather economic rate of entry (just $10). From there, enjoy any of the myriad beers on tap along with vittles from on-site food trucks and tunes from Ron’s Garage Band. | Coronado Brewing Company, 1205 Knoxville Street, Bay Park, 5 p.m.
August 11, 20, 21 & 22 | Beer to the Rescue Events: The charity campaign raising funds for the Lupus Foundation of Southern California has a busy month, with three breweries releasing innovative beers (New English Brewing Co.’s Too Legit Double IPA on Aug. 11; Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station Rainbow Triplin’ tripel brewed with strawberries, oranges, lemons, limes and grapes on Aug. 20; and Kilowatt Brewing Co.’s Biere Du Monde chicory café au lait porter on Aug. 21). Still thirsty, BeerNerdz is having a pairing competition using Beer to the Rescue brews at Quad Ale House on Aug. 22. | Multiple Locations, Times Vary
August 14 | San Diego Brewers Guild Golf Tournament: A Friday off is already a thing of beauty, but spending it on the greens, enjoying local craft beer with the boot-clad artisans who produced those fine suds takes a hooky-generated three-day weekend to the next level. Sign up on line to be a part of this second-annual event from the county’s brewer consortium. | Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Course, 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, Rancho Bernardo, 10 a.m.
August 14 & 15 | 19th Anniversary Celebration & Brewer’s Reception: So big, it takes two days and three sessions to fit all the quality beer in, Stone Brewing Co.’s annual two-day tour de fermentation is broken down into a rather intimate Friday Night Brewer’s Reception featuring specialty beers and shorter lines, followed by a dual-session Saturday brewhaha that registers as the West Coast’s largest beer festival. | California State University—San Marcos, 333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, Times Vary
August 22 | Festival of Dankness: IPAs are everywhere on a daily basis. ‘Tis one of the reasons San Diego is such a wonderful place for hopheads to live and play. Yet, one can always take things to the next level, as is the case with this festival devoted to the mighty India pale ale. Put on by Modern Times Beer, it will feature hoppy brews from some of the country’s most respected lupulin-forward beer-makers. | Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway, Downtown, 2 p.m.