You don’t have to drop major coin to feast during San Diego Beer Week - though you can do that, too. For the budget conscious, dig into this list of five events, all under 70 bucks.
New kids on the block at Regents Pizzeria
Beer and pizza go hand in hand, but pizza made with beer is another subject entirely. Learn all about it at Regents Pizzeria during a celebration of new San Diego breweries - featuring Fall Brewing, Bay City Brewing, O’Sullivan Bros. Brewing Co. and more - with limited edition pizzas made with beers offered on tap during the event. Admission is free; pizza and beer sold separately.
11 a.m. to midnight Friday Nov. 6. 4150 Regents Park Row #170, La Jolla . (858) 550-0406 or regentspizza.com
Quesoveza: A beer and cheese odyssey
A range of artisanal cheeses and eight local breweries, including newcomers Duck Foot Brewing Co. alongside local legend The Lost Abbey , is what you’ll experience on this epic journey for your taste buds. Best of all, tickets cost just $20 presale and $25 the day of the event. Visit quesoveza.brownpapertickets.com for more information and to reserve seats.
4 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 10. The WineSellar + Brasserie, 9550 Waples St., Mira Mesa. (858) 450-9557 or winesellar.com
Sierra Nevada brew master’s dinner
This intimate beer dinner invites 25 hungry hopheads to join Sierra Nevada brewers Jim Hansen and Jay Cooper for five courses of playful comfort food by URBN Executive Chef Alex Carballo - like “spaghetti and meatballs” comprised of the stand-in noodle squash, duck confit meatballs and heirloom tomatoes. Pairings include Sierra Nevada kellerweiss, pilsner, and Barrel-Aged Narwhal; plus more brews made at URBN. Tickets are $65.
6:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 10. URBN St. Brewing Co., 110 N. Magnolia Ave., El Cajon. (619) 528-6890 or urbnstbrewing.com
Escondido Tamale Festival
Go the VIP route at this regional food festival and score gourmet tamales paired with craft beer from San Diego and Baja California; special seating with great views of the Best Tamale Contest; and meet judges like San Diego’s own “MasterChef” winner, Claudia Sandoval. General admission is free; all attendees can purchase tamales in bulk and pre-order for the holiday season, enjoy live music, plus access the craft beer and wine garden area. VIP tickets cost $35 in advance and $45 day of the event.
10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday Nov. 14. Grape Day Park, 321 N. Broadway, Escondido. escondidotamalefestival.org
The butcher and brewers
For a neighborhood barbecue like no other, check out The Heart and Trotter’s event where you’ll get a porchetta sandwich, two beers from participating breweries Green Flash and Alpine, plus tender, meaty bites off the Caja China grill. In addition to butchery demos at 1 and 3 p.m., there will also be a raffle for classes, gift cards, sausages to take home, and more. Cost is $20.
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday Nov. 14. The Heart and Trotter, 2855 El Cajon Blvd #1, North Park. (619) 564-8976, theheartandtrotter.com