Your palate’s guide to San Diego Beer Week 2017
For every palate, there is a beer — and a San Diego Beer Week event.
For the ninth straight year, the San Diego Brewers Guild has organized a 10-day mission to the heart of craft beer. The 2017 journey begins Friday and continues through Nov. 12 with an overwhelming 500-plus events.
Where to start? Consult your taste buds and the flavor guide. Then match your preferred beer styles to our suggested events.
CRAZY FOR CRISP
For: Fans of wheats, pilsners, Mexican lagers.
Puesto: 789 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For: Explorers of tart-tastic wild ales and sour fruit beers.
Try (1.): “Spontaneous Sour Saturday.” While this collection of 15 sour beers is on tap at Stone Liberty Station, none were made at Stone. Instead, this all-star lineup features Avery, Craftsman, Jolly Pumpkin, plus local favorites from Lost Abbey, Modern Times and Toolbox.
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens — Liberty Station: 2816 Historic Decatur Drive, San Diego. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Try (2.): “Feral Fridays,” when Societe pours four- and 10-ounce glasses of its limited edition wild and sour ales.
Societe: 8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Nov. 10.
For: Lovers of pale ales and IPAs, brews of bracing bitterness.
Try: “San Diego Blind IPA Battle.” The staff at Urge Gastropub has selected their favorite local IPAs. Taste these unidentified beauties, then vote on your favorite.
Urge Gastropub: 16761 Bernardo Center Dr., San Diego. Wednesday, 5 to 10 p.m.
For: People who drink it all — ales, lagers, sours, IPAs, even warm cans of Old Milwaukee.
Try: One or all of these three:
1. The VIP Brewer Takeover, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
2. The San Diego Brewers Association Festival, Saturday 2 to 5 p.m. (Both Takeover and Fest are on the Broadway pier, 1000 North Harbor Drive, San Diego.)
3. The Beer Garden, a beer-and-food extravaganza, noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Lodge at Torrey Pines, 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, San Diego.
WILD AT HEART
For: Beer drinkers who love the — surprise! — new, the — surprise! — unexpected, the — surprise! — surprising.
Try: “Collabapalooza.” This new Beer Week event features 30-plus local breweries, each having paired with one or more others to create unique collaboration beers. The $40 entry fee comes with unlimited pours.
The Observatory North Park: 2891 University Ave., San Diego. Nov. 11, noon to 4 p.m.
For: Those who like their beers grainy, toasty and roasty.
Try: The legendary whiskey-barrel-aged stouts of FiftyFifty, Truckee’s cult brewery, while chatting with the owner, Alicia Barr, during a rare visit to San Diego.
Rip Current North Park: 4101 30th St., San Diego, 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
For: Bold souls, eager to venture beyond the ordinary.
Try (1.): Flights of Benchmark’s Table Beer, customised for the occasion — you’ll find lactic versions, tea versions and single hop versions. Each flight is $5.
Benchmark: 6190 Fairmount Ave., San Diego, 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Try (2): Abnormal Beer, one of the area’s most creative breweries, will pluck rare brews from the cellar of its home base, The Cork and Craft. (Bonus: this restaurant’s wine list is excellent, or so wine fanciers tell me.)
The Cork and Craft: 16990 Via Tazon, Suite 123, San Diego. 2 to 8 p.m. Nov. 9.
WE COULDN’T RESIST, BONUS CATEGORY 1
Try: Beer Choir. A $12 fee gets you one drink ticket at AleSmith, and copy of the Beer Choir Hymnal.
AleSmith: 9990 AleSmith Court, San Diego, 7 p.m. Monday.
WE COULDN’T RESIST, BONUS CATEGORY 2
Nason’s Beer Hall: 570 J St., San Diego, 9 a.m. Saturday.
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