Blissfully in love or defiantly single? Either way, you need to know what to drink to get through the holiday with pride, self-esteem, and ego in check. It's not easy with the bombardment of flowers, chocolates and sickeningly sweet greeting cards. But hyperventilate not, you are covered. Pull yourself together and pick one or more of these happenings around San Diego:
Alesmith's My Bloody Valentine, craft beer bars and shops, San Diego. No matter what your plans are, your first sip of anything should be My Bloody Valentine, Alesmith Brewing's annual tribute to Valentine's Day. A fantastically hoppy red, it will set any heartbreak straight. Or you could sit at home, watch the movie "My Bloody Valentine," drink My Bloody Valentine, and listen to the band My Bloody Valentine, and be ready to pop a vein.
"Sharing is Caring" Beer Dinner, Waypoint Public, North Park.
Who needs flowers when you have chocolate and beer? Executive Chef Amanda Baumgarten and Brian Jensen make your Valentine's Day a culinary dream with their four-course menu perfectly paired with craft brews. Don't miss the "Build Your Own Sundae" and San Tan Brewing's Sex Panther double chocolate porter for dessert. $60 per person.
Stake in the Heart (my own title), Stake Chophouse & Bar, Coronado. Whether that stake is made of powdered sugar and diamonds or battle blood, digging your teeth into a juicy steak is the answer. Executive Chef Tim Kolanko prepares a Niman Ranch N.Y. strip with Hudson Valley duck liver, while Beverage Director Greg Majors finds the perfect wine to match. I hear the white chocolate passion fruit dessert is worth any stake. $99 per person, wine pairings $75 and $95.
Toasting to Love, 100 Wines, Hillcrest. Send love down the hatch with a sparkling wine welcome toast paired with an oyster shooter. With a lime and jalapeno mignonette, you can feel the burn. Then relax and enjoy a three-course menu specially plated for V-Day.
"His & Hers," Eureka!, Westfield UTC.
End the evening with the perfect nightcaps in La Jolla. For your manly man, choose the Eureka!/Mission Brewery collaboration beer, a version of Dark Seas Russian Imperial Stout, aged for eight months in Four Roses Bourbon barrels. For the lady in your life, nothing but the most decadent will do. The Raspberry Chocolate Kiss is made with Prichard's Double Chocolate Bourbon, raspberry gomme syrup, and red grapefruit juice. Both are available through Valentine's weekend.
Cheese & Beer Pairing, Neighborhood. Too in love to wait for Valentine's Day? Take your honey on a surprise outing to the East Village hotspot for a Thursday teaser. The bar will be offering the beers of North Coast (think Brother Thelonious and Old Stock) with the divine cheeses of Venissimo.
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With 15 years in the restaurant and beverage industry and more than 700 reviews under her belt, Laurie Delk is a one-stop guide to all things craft beer, wine and spirits. You can follow Delk on Twitter @100beers30days or Instagram @sandiegobeer. Send ideas for featured drinks to firstname.lastname@example.org.