San Diego Beer Week brings out the beer-bellied beast in all of us. From bars to restaurants to breweries, locals imbibe and nosh with reckless abandon and sudsy smiles. We’ve uncovered the most hedonistic and lip-smacking events this year, so start saving up those calories now:
Indulgences (requires gym visits, detoxes, and taking the stairs):
“Milled, Chilled, & Jelly Filled”
The clever name alone brings on the drool. Join the craft beer veteran and Nomad Donuts at the brewery’s Knoxville Street tasting room during SDBW’s opening weekend. Don’t miss their Early Bird Mocha Milk Stout, a collaboration brew with Bird Rock Coffee Roasters and the special “beer donuts” paired with, what else? Beer. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Raclette & Beer Pairing
Cheese please! For $15, guests gorge on kettle chips and cornichons “smothered” in the beloved Swiss cheese along with a pint of either the Glorious or Fool Me Twice brews. 5-8 p.m.
Second Chance Beer Company, 15378 Avenue of Science, Suite 222, Carmel Mountain Ranch. secondchancebeer.com
Belgian Beer & Waffles
Is there a better brunch food than waffles? Heaven awaits with Marcel Belgian Waffle Truck’s specialties paired with eight of Council’s Belgian-style beers, including St. Nick’s Punch, a farm ale with grape must, a Bourbon barrel-aged Quad, and the Deadlock Boysenberry, a barrel-aged dark sour. Noon to 6 p.m. (Go early.)
Council Brewing, 7705 Convoy Court, North Park. councilbrew.com
Truffles & Beer Pairing
Chocolate lovers who know the magic of Andrea’s Truffles will be lining up for this decadent pairing in North Park’s neighborhood hotspot. Tickets are $11 and include two truffles paired with two 5-ounce beer pours. 4-8 p.m.
Thorn Street Brewery, 3176 Thorn Street, North Park. thornstreetbrew.com
NPBC Beer Floats
Drink in your indulgences with a mouthwatering array of pleasure bombs from Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream including Pineapple Coconut and Stay Classy Small IPA, Banana Storm and Burlingame Black Lager, or Toasted Coconut and Darkness Refined Imperial Stout. All floats are $5 each. 3 to 9 p.m.
North Park Beer Company, 3038 University Ave., North Park. northparkbeerco.com
Guilt Free (no post-SDBW diets necessary):
Hoppy Yoga, various locations throughout SDBW
Breathe deep and stretch out that beer belly at a variety of Hoppy Yoga sessions, designed for all experience levels, and followed by post-workout beer social. Appearing at Saint Archer Brewery on Nov. 5, Culture Brewing Company - Ocean Beach on Nov. 6, with a triple header on Nov. 13 at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station, Green Flash Brewing Company and Culture Brewing - OB. The cost is $20 each time, and it includes a flight, pint or specialty pour of your choice. Times vary, check sdbw.org for more information.
Modern Times Vegan Brunch
Plant lovers rejoice, this beer week has something for you health-conscious and compassionate-minded people, too. Settle into veteran bar Churchill’s from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for veggie delights and pairings from beloved vegan brewery, Modern Times Beer.
Gluten-Free Sandwiches & Duck Foot Brewing Company
Celiacs and gluten-intolerant sufferers don’t have to miss all the fun! Head to Ocean Beach for a tummy-pleasing set of sammies and gluten-free beer from GABF award-winning Duck Foot Brewing Company. 5-10 p.m.
Sessions Public, 4204 Voltaire St., Ocean Beach. sessionspublic.com
TUESDAY, 11/8-FRIDAY, 11/11
Tea + Hops
Charge your anti-aging, antioxidant power this SDBW with a variety of healthy tea/craft beer combos. Nov. 8 begins with Green Tea with Citra Hops, sure to be a refreshing version with notes of citrusy grapefruit and lime. A Kohatu and white tea IPA heralds their second release on Nov. 9, Galaxy and Rooibos IPA hits on Nov. 10, and Mosaic and Orange Pekoe IPA rounds out the set on Friday, Nov. 11.
Kilowatt Brewing Co., 7576 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Kearny Mesa, kilowatt.beer
For more decadent doughnut, chocolate, and cheese pairings, along with the full schedule of events, visit sdbw.org.
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.
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