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May 4 | Rhythm & Brews: Blending blues, rock and local beer, this is the biggest annual North County event put on by the San Diego Brewers Guild. And it will reach new heights this year care of a VIP area serving rare and one-off beers from San Diego breweries plus food from local vendors to go with all that ear candy. | Historic Vista Village, Vista, 1 p.m.
May 4 | May the 4th Be With You: Not only will 2kids Brewing go all out for Star Wars Day with movie-inspired art and light-saber duels, like the thawing of Han Solo, they will revive Miramar’s Intergalactic Brewing, offering re-brews of a half-dozen of their fan-favorite beers while bringing back members of that dearly-departed operation’s staff. | 2ids Brewing, 8680 Miralani Drive, Suite 123, Miramar, 12 p.m.
May 11 | Second Saturday: With free food, specialty beers, casks and awesome breweries, the second-Saturday-of-the-month festivities at Hamilton’s Tavern are always a draw. So is having Alpine Beer Co. in the house, but they will share the spotlight with NorCal’s Moksa Brewing as former SD brewer Derek Gallanosa makes his triumphant return. | Hamilton’s Tavern, X, South Park, 1 p.m.
May 18 | Over the Line Beerfest: Three years into this annual event, it’s hard to remember a time when craft beer didn’t have a presence at OMBAC’s OTL tournament… and that’s a good thing. This annual sporting event is legendary, so it’s only fitting that the region’s similarly legendary ales and lagers have a place at it. | Mission Bay Park, Mission Bay, Time TBD
May 25 | Arts & Amps Kickoff: Each year when the San Diego sun kicks off its spring-to-summer reign, Karl Strauss Brewing invites bands and artists to play at its PB tasting room. This year’s kick-off event will be headlined by Little Hurricane. Interested but can’t make it out? No problem. Follow-up editions of this sonic suds soiree will take place on June 22 and June 27. Karl Strauss Brewing, 5985 Santa Fe Street, Pacific Beach, 4:30 p.m.
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