I get it, every day in sudsy San Diego is Beer Day. So what is National Beer Day, you might ask?
The “unofficial” holiday of beer geeks everywhere, National Beer Day, is celebrated every April 7, as a tribute to the Cullen-Harrison Act, which President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law March 22, 1933. The law officially went into effect on April 7, giving people the opportunity to buy, sell and drink beer containing up to 4 percent alcohol by volume. It is said that Roosevelt made the remark on signing, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.” According to some sources, 1.5 million barrels of beer were consumed that day by thirsty citizens.
In our beer mecca, celebrating National Beer Day with a local craft brew is almost too easy. If you are looking for a few unique and inventive ways to celebrate the holiday, don’t miss this itinerary of flavorful options downtown:
Plum Forgot, Saltbox: Lead bartender Joe Bailin is bringing back an old Saltbox favorite for National Beer Day. The Plum Forgot, made with wheat beer, also includes white rum, Batavia arrack, plum syrup and lemon. Chef Brad Kraten will be cooking up beer and cheddar sausage for your hungry tummies.
Hip Hop Diggity, Lion’s Share: Enjoy this hop-inspired cocktail, made with bourbon, aperol, grapefruit, lemon and IPA, while munching on the Share’s delectable menu items. Hint: There’s another beer cocktail on the list for you to find.
Nighty Night James, Jsix: Crafted by mixologist Andy Luymes, this comforting tribute to beer features pumpkin ale, along with Wild Turkey Rye Benedictine, clove syrup and fresh lemon.
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Beermisu, Bice: Close out National Beer Day with this mouthwatering dessert. Bice’s inventive twist on the famous Italian dessert is crafted with mascarpone cheese, soaked pavesini biscuits, and stout beer reduction (drool).
Rhythm & Brews Festival in downtown Vista: OK, so it’s not technically on National Beer Day, but just extend the festivities into the weekend. The Brewers Guild holds its fifth annual fest on April 9, with more than 60 breweries and unlimited samples of more than 100 craft brews. Rock out to live music, and munch on goodies from local food trucks. And for the first time, the beloved Beer College education sessions, a collaboration with SDSU and UCSD, will be available to all ticket holders. For more information, visit sandiegobrewersguild.com.
With 18 years in the restaurant and beverage industry and more than 850 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.