10 DAY CELEBRATION / 100+ BREWERIES
If you and yours are looking for an excuse to visit San Diego’s sunny climes before fall’s moody weather sets in then here’s a good one. The San Diego Brewers Guild is tossing the craft beer event of the year. Called the 7th Annual San Diego Beer Week (November 6-15, 2015), the 10-day Celebration of San Diego’s thriving craft beer Community to feature more than 500 beer-centric events across the City and then some.
The beer ‘hoods like North Park, Gaslamp, Hillcrest, Miramar and Little Italy are electric this time of year. “It’s been an incredible year for San Diego breweries, bringing home an impressive 19 medals from the recent Great American Beer Festival, and this year’s SDBW is primed to be the most well attended yet” says Kevin Hopkins, the president of the San Diego Brewers Guild. “The destination event provides us with a powerful platform to share what’s new in San Diego beer with visitors from both near and far.”
Craft beer tourism has been an important component of that growth as millions of visitors explore the region to experience San Diego’s dynamic craft brewing industry. Last year’s SDBW attracted thousands of out-of-town guests, which accounted for 6,900 room nights booked. SDBW is the only week of the year when the city’s many breweries come together to offer festivals,
tastings, dinners, pairings and much more to a devoted audience of craft beer fans, allowing them to familiarize themselves with the best of San Diego’s brewing culture at the same time.
The week officially kicks off with the 13th annual two-day Guild Fest, presented by the Unified Port of San Diego, on the evening of November 6th, beginning with the VIP Brewer Takeover held at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. Guests to this exclusive event will have the opportunity to taste San Diego’s finest, rare and specialty beers from local breweries, as well as limited edition brews made solely for the evening, and enjoy lively entertainment featuring the Stone Brewing Co.’s house band, which notably includes head brewer Mitch Steele. The all-inclusive ticket includes unlimited beer samples throughout the evening as well as unlimited food samples from local craft-beer centric restaurants.
The festivities continue the next day from 2 to 5 p.m. at the SD Brewers Guild Festival. Last year’s Guild Fest events completely sold out for the first time in the history of the event, with over 3,000 beer aficionados in attendance. This festive kick-off event features unlimited craft beer samples, food for purchase from popular local food trucks and restaurants plus music from local bands.
LOTS TO DO
Many of San Diego’s award-winning breweries will collaborate to offer exclusive experiences for SDBW attendees, including ‘meet the brewers’ events, brewery tours, rare beer tastings and educational events. More than 500 individual brewery hosted events will take place during SDBW, including Stone Brewing Co.’s annual Rare Beer Breakfast (Friday, November 6 at 9 a.m.), Craft Beer + Bites: The SDBW edition (Thursday, November 12th at 6 p.m.) and the Battle of the Guilds (Friday, November 13th at 6 p.m.). A complete list of events can be found at https://www.sdbw.org/schedule.
SDBW week will conclude with The Beer Garden event at the Lodge at Torrey Pines on Sunday, November 15 from noon to 3 p.m. 12 chefs and 24 San Diego breweries will unite for a memorable afternoon of unlimited beer and food pairings to celebrate the craft beer movement. The event will benefit both the Chef Celebration Foundation and the San Diego Brewers Guild.
Visit www.sdbw.org/guild-festival for all ticket options and pricing.
Additional information about all SDBW events can be found here: www.sdbw.org/schedule.
For more information about San Diego Beer Week, please visit www.sdbw.org or the Facebook page, or follow @sdbeerweek for Twitter updates. For information about the San Diego Brewers Guild organization and upcoming events, please visit www.sandiegobrewersguild.com.
ABOUT THE BREWERS GUILD
SDBW is the local Brewer’s Guild’s largest community event, and is representative of the Guild’s tradition of bringing craft beer to the masses and giving local brewers needed visibility and opportunity for continued success.
The San Diego Brewers Guild is a nonprofit organization made up of allied San Diego craft breweries, tradespeople, restaurants serving craft beer and craft beer aficionados. Started in 1997 by a group of brewers with a common goal of supporting the brewing culture in San Diego, the Guild is the primary nonprofit organization supporting San Diego’s growing craft beer community. Its mission has remained the same since its inception: to promote awareness and increase the visibility of fresh, locally brewed beer through education and community events.
Throughout San Diego’s craft beer history, the Guild has worked to create an open line of communication between brewers, be an advocate for modern beer laws and promote the robust brewing community locally, nationally and internationally. With over 100 craft breweries now operating in San Diego County, the Guild’s role is more important than ever. www.sandiegobrewersguild.com
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ABOUT THE EVENT SPONSOR
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