November brings many things to San Diego. The weather goes from hot to coldish to fire faster than the Chargers can blow a lead. The Hotel Del Coronado puts up their Christmas tree as soon as the Thanksgiving buffet clears out of the Crown Ballroom, and it finally gets cool enough in Arizona for the Zonies to clear out of town. The best part about November in San Diego is San Diego Beer Week, and it all kicks off on Friday.
This is just a sampling of the events on deck for San Diego Beer week. Make sure you check the San Diego Brewer’s Guild website for a complete listing of events, including enough “keep the pint” nights to furnish your own bar. Drink lots of water, have plenty of cab fare, and strap on your liver brace, because San Diego Beer Week 2013 is upon us.
Friday, November 1
Karl Strauss Brewmaster’s Brunch: a seven-course brunch by the people at MIHO Gastrotruck with beer pairings, including their sought-after Peanut Butter Cup Porter.
URGE American Gastropub’s Goose Island Beer Run: The people at this Rancho Bernardo craft beer temple kicked Beer Week off early with a 9-state road trip from Chicago to San Diego. When they get back to Urge on Friday, they’ll be bringing some of Goose Island’s finest offerings. Yes, they’ll have Bourbon County Stout.
San Diego Brewer’s Guild Festival VIP Brewer Takeover: This is the official kick-off event for San Diego Beer week. Broadway Pier becomes the playground for a who’s who in the San Diego craft beer scene.
Saturday, November 2
Toronado’s IPA blowout: Toronado will have 50 different hop bombs on tap to satisfy all of your cravings for Humulus Lupulus.
San Diego Brewer’s Guild Festival: Sample some of the best beers that San Diego has to offer on Broadway Pier.
Sunday, November 3
Saison Sunday: If you’re a fan of Belgian farmhouse ales, get your butt to Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens at Liberty Station. More than two dozen different saisons will flow from Stone’s plentiful taps all day.
Monday, November 4
Green Flash Freak Show at the Green Flash tasting room: Snag bottles of Little Freak, the red wine barrel-aged saison with brettanomyces. This is the first time they’ve bottled Little Freak so demand for tickets will be high. The Lodge at Torrey Pines will be on hand to provide food pairings.
Tuesday, November 5
Firestone Walker 17th Anniversary Release Party at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Escondido: Be among the first to try this year’s version of Firestone Walker’s beloved Anniversary Ale. If the 17th Anniversary Ale isn’t enough, you can also try Firestone Walker special releases like Parabola and Velvet Merkin.
Wednesday, November 6
SoCal vs NoCal IPA Battle Royale at URGE American Gastropub: Who makes the best IPA, Northern California or Southern California? Urge will serve you a taster flight, and you blindly vote on your favorite. The winner gets bragging rights, and a mention on Twitter.
Slater’s 50/50 beer dinner with Mike Hess Brewing: This event is probably one of the best values during San Diego Beer Week. Enjoy seven-courses of samples from Slater’s menu paired with a different Mike Hess beer, and it’s only $30.
Thursday, November 7
Crooked Stave night at Small Bar: Crooked Stave is one of the hottest breweries in Denver, and Brewer/evil genius Chad Yakobson brings his wares to Small Bar to show everyone how if he told yeast to jump, they’d ask “how high?” If they had mouths, and weren’t yeast.
Friday, November 8
Tyson’s Big-Ass Barrel-Aged Blowout Bonanza: Tyson Blake from O’Brien’s pub spends the year hoarding barrel-aged beers so they can blow it all out in a cathartic torrent of rum, whiskey and bourbon barrel-aged goodness.
Saturday, November 9
NorCal Appreciation Night at Local Habit: Beers from Almanac, Bear Republic, and Santa Clara Brewing provide the social lubricant while San Diego’s Euphoria Brass Band brings the house down in a fitting jazz funeral for San Diego Beer Week 2013. If you’ve never seen Euphoria Brass Band, they’re well worth it.