WEST COASTER MAGAZINE’S ANNUAL BEST OF BEER WEEK PICKS
THREE AMIGOS OF CRAFT BEER—Saturday at O’Brien’s Pub in Kearny Mesa is your chance to meet three of San Diego County’s top brewers Tom Nickel (Nickel Brewing); Jeff Bagby (Bagby Beer) and Tomme Arthur (Lost Abbey) in one place.
GUEST BLOG--By Mike Shess, Publisher, West Coaster craft beer magazine and website—Whew! San Diego Beer Week is now at full tilt and crescendo-ing to a happy ending this weekend. Here are events I recommend for a memorable finale.
BEER WITHOUT BORDERS @ MACHETE BEER HOUSE
As I mentioned, the Mexican craft brewers are doing some
great stuff. It’s much easier to get to National City than Tijuana, and Machete is one of the bright stars of the growing South Bay beer scene. All 30 taps will be taken over by breweriessuch as Insurgente, Agua Mala, Border Psycho and Wendlandt. For those lucky enough to have a designated driver, don’t forget to check out La Bella Pizza, Manhattan Bar and Third Street Ale House while you’re in the area to understand
BATTLE OF THE GUILDS @ TORONADO
This event ruled last year. Try beer from the greater Los Angeles
and San Francisco first. Breweries that will be included from
LA: Three Weavers, Beachwood, Ladyface, Monkish, Phantom
Carriage + more. From the Bay Area: Magnolia, Cellarmaker,
Thirsty Bear + more. Last year had lots of brewers in attendance
from San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco; this is
a good event to mingle! Stop in early if you’re looking for the
rarer beers, or pop in while roaming 30th. Don’t forget to cast
your vote for San Diego!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH
THREE AMIGOS @ O’BRIEN’S PUB
Former Pizza Port brewers Tom Nickel, Jeff Bagby and Tomme
Arthur have each staked their own claims at Nickel Brewing
Co., Bagby Beer Co., and Lost Abbey, respectively. An event
with these three dudes present is a treat. If you wanted a
chance to hang out with the best of the business while tasting
some insane beer, this is it. Early afternoon is probably the
best time to hit this event up. O’Brien’s is within the Kearny
Mesa brewery cluster, which means Societe, Council, Kilowatt
and Helm’s are all within striking distance. For food, across
the street are two cool new beer pubs Common Theory and
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH
THE BEER GARDEN AT THE LODGE AT TORREY PINES
Located on the grounds of the 5-star Lodge at Torrey Pines,
the endpiece event of San Diego Beer Week is not to be
missed. Gaze upon the majesty of the Torrey Pines golf course
and the Pacific Ocean while stuffing your unmajestic, BeerWeek
weary maw with unlimited, expertly matched food & beer
pairings. This last official San Diego Brewers Guild event of the
year explains to all senses why San Diego is awesome. •
MORE LOCAL BEER NEWS:
San Diego Homebrew Festival and Competition
Friends of Jefferson Elementary School is proud to present the First annual San Diego Homebrew Festival and Competition on Sunday, November 15, 2015 from Noon to 4 pm.
Enjoy unlimited tastes of beer from 30 San Diego homebrewers as well as 5 of our local licensed breweries: Home Brewing, Mike Hess Brewing, Fall Brewing, Thorn Street, and Monkey Paw! All proceeds will be used to fund enrichment programs, scholarships and other necessities at North Park's local, public school Jefferson Elementary IB STEAM Magnet. There are only 350 tickets available.
Purchase tickets at: http://sdhomebrewfest.brownpapertickets.com/
BJCP certified judges will be sampling and considering each beer. All beers are judged against each other, there are no categories. May the best beer win! 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will awarded.
Listen in on some beer talk along with a short Q&A during our "Streetside Chat" with industry professionals. George Thornton of The Homebrewer and Home Brewing Co. will be moderating.
1:30 pm- The Tasting & Judging Process
3 pm- Going Pro: Learn the pros and cons of opening your own business
Winners will be announced at 3:45PM
--This event is RAIN OR SHINE.
--Bring your IDs along with your ticket. You will NOT be admitted without BOTH.
--NO ONE under 21 years old will be admitted: this includes infants and small children.
--Anyone too inebriated will be asked to leave.
--We encourage everyone to park in the parking structure directly across the street from the event.