Take it from the tap: San Diego Beer Week edition


San Diego Beer Week runs for 10 days, but even that expansive week seems too brief to absorb the 500-plus events offered from Nov. 2 through Nov. 11.

That’s as it should be. Beer knows no limits, spilling over with an endless range of flavors, aromas and moods. Let your favorite beer styles guide you through the week, steering you to events sure to please your sudsy sweet spot.


San Diego’s fabled India pale ales…

Nov. 4: Test your palate at a blind IPA tasting.

Beerfish, 2933 Adams Ave., North Park, 619.363.2337,

Nov. 6: Enjoy Kelsey McNair’s Hop-Fu while watching Kung-Fu flicks. The show starts at 6 p.m.

North Park Beer Co.: 3038 University Ave., North Park, 619.255.2994,

Nov. 10: From noon to 10:30 p.m., Kilowatt’s tasting rooms will pour flights of four offbeat IPAs: Young Ginger Lemongrass IPA, Buddha’s Hand Citron IPA, Earl Grey Vanilla Bean IPA and Coconut Rum Oak IPA.

Kilowatt Kearny Mesa: 7576 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., 858.715.3998; Kilowatt Ocean Beach: 1875 Cable St., 619.255.9775,


Dark, rich, roasty stouts…

Nov. 7-9: The sixth annual Speedway Grand Prix will pour 12 unique versions of AleSmith’s fabled stout every day. Four-beer flights are $11 to $17.

AleSmith, 9990 AleSmith Court, Miramar, 858.549.9888,

Alesmith's Speedway Stout.

Alesmith’s Speedway Stout.

(Howard Lipin / San Diego Union-Tribune)

Nov. 9: Stone DRK Festival, 7 to 11 p.m. The $65 ticket buys 15 three-ounce pours. The massive lineup extends from Luscious, an English stout from The Alchemist, to Cigar City’s Barrel-Aged MOAT Water, a maple bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with coffee and vanilla.

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, 1999 Citracado Pkwy., Escondido, 760.294.7899,


Sour beers…

Nov. 2: Get Funk’d Up features the tart beers of Council Brewing.

Iron Pig AleHouse, 1520 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.412.4299,

Nov. 7: Wort Day Bottle Share. From 6:30 to 8 p.m., homebrewers are invited to share their experiences making kettle sour beers — and the beers themselves.

Home Brewing, 2903 El Cajon Blvd., North Park, 619.436.4028,

Nov. 10: Stone’s Sour Fest taps dozens of tart beers — including Lost Abbey’s Red Poppy, Modern Times’ Galactic Filaments and Stone Mission Warehouse Sour — Apricot. Tickets? $55.

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens — Liberty Station, 2816 Historic Decatur Rd., Liberty Station, 619.269.2100,


Something completely different…

Nov. 3: Bar Sin Nombre often pours beers from cult breweries like Michigan’s Jolly Pumpkin and Oregon’s De Garde, plus great locals. Why not celebrate its first birthday, 2 p.m. until closing?

Bar Sin Nombre, 253 Third Ave., Ste. 100, Chula Vista, 855.237.8392,

Nov. 4: Crush Fest celebrates easy-drinking, expertly crafted beers from noon until closing. $5 beers, all under 6% alcohol by volume — and free food!

The Ugly Dog: 6344 El Cajon Blvd., College Area, 619.269.8204,

Nov. 6: The Full Table (as the event’s being called) showcases a dozen different takes on Benchmark’s Belgian table beer, 3 to 9 p.m. Pours start at $5.

Benchmark Brewing: 6190 Fairmount Ave., Ste. G, Allied Gardens,

Nov. 7: Recreations of historic beers — a time machine in a mug! — from Burning Beard, Lost Abbey and others will be served at a beer dinner.

Fifty-Two East: 9621 Mission Gorge Rd., Ste. 101, Santee, 619.334.0752,

For more San Diego Beer Week event recommendations check out PACIFIC’s list of things to do in November or head to