Sunday, April 1, 2012
ARCHIVE / BEER FEST SEASON BEGINS/SAN DIEGO ROCKS
FEST SEASON OPENS—Beer fest season in San Diego has arrived. Today and next Saturday (April 7) two of the more popular food and craft beer fests will take place.
TODAY--The Mission Valley Craft Beer (and food) Festival. Already into its third year, the San Diego area fest has been fine-tuned to include the addition of a VIP hour (1-2 p.m.) and a pool-side, meet-the-brewers after party (’til 8 pm) with live music, each $10 more on top of the $40 general admission price. This year, regular party hours have been cut in half (2-5 pm.), there’s five to 10 more food and drink vendors than last year; picnic tables, additional seating, water stations and two areas for bathrooms have all been added so that guests can get the most out of the all-you-can-eat/drink fest, and this year’s ticket proceeds will go to another charity near and dear to San Diegans—Wounded Warriors Homes.
Discounted tickets are available for designated drivers and The Handlery Hotel is offering special-event room rates. The after-party is a must, and was added to the event roster so brewers could enjoy themselves after a hard day of festival work. Tickets are on sale now throughTicketDerby.com; there is a link on the Facebook page that leads to the ticketing site.
Mission Valley Event Confirmed Breweries:
Mission Brewery, The Beer Company, Lighting Brewery, Ballast Point Brewing, Green
Flash, Oggi’s, Stone Brewing Co., On The Tracks Brewing, Hangar 24 Brewery, Monkey Paw Brewing Co., Karl Strauss Brewing Co., Coronado Brewing Co., Crispin Cider Co. Tailgate Brewing, Rough Draft Brewing Co., Butchers Brewing, Latitude 33 Brewery, El Cajon Brewing Co., La Jolla Brewhouse, Golden Coast Mead, Hess Brewing, Eel River Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing, Manzanita Brewing
Transportation Options: The festival is encouraging taking the Trolley to the festival. Parking is available approximately 0.4 miles west of the Handlery (see below)
• Trolley: Take the Green Line trolley to Fashion Valley. Then: Walk down to Avenida Del Rio Rd below the station, walk West toward Fashion Valley Road (toward the golf course), turn left on Fashion Valley Road, turn right on Hotel Circle N, Handerly Hotel will be on the right.
• Parking: Parking will be available off property at the Sundt lot just west of the Handlery for free. There will be signs directing you to this lot. Address: 1660 Hotel Cir N #400, San Diego, CA
• Shuttle: There is additional overflow parking at the Crowne Plaza Resort for $5. The CP will be running a shuttle to the festival.
TICKETS: General admission is $40, and VIP admission is $50.
NEXT SATURDAY/APRIL 7—The wildly popular CityBeat (newspaper) Festival of Beers is set to start at 1 pm when the SOLD OUT VIP hour begins. General Admission begins at 2 pm with last call at 5 pm. GA tickets still available at $35.
CityBeat fest is outdoors in front of the historic Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd.
Entry to the festival gets you unlimited tasters,
plus live music on the Bar Pink Stage -- all afternoon!
Food will be available for an additional cost.
Must be 21 or older to attend this event.
Online Tickets: https://tix.extremetix.com/Online/?siteID=3276&cartID=a7e67134-192b-4e70-9d30-2e7dbb2a51fe
Photo caption: CityBeat Festival crowd in 2011.
Image: CityBeat promotional photo