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San Diego Beer Weekend

The Grill, a Restaurant at The Lodge, Torrey Pines.
Photo Courtesy of The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Twelve months is too long to wait for good beer…or San Diego’s most all-encompassing beer event of the year for that matter. In light of this, the San Diego Brewers Guild (SDBG) has come up with San Diego Beer Week’nd, a three-day series of events June 11-13 offering a sneak peek of the many ways craft brewing will be celebrated when the 2nd annual San Diego Beer Week rolls around (Nov. 5-14).

Comprised of over 300 events attended by over 20,000 people at breweries, restaurants, brewpubs, hotels and a slew of less-traditional venues throughout the County, last year’s inaugural Beer Week was a huge success. It pulled together a multitude of brewers, chefs, artists and business owners for a wide assortment of events ranging from simple pint and cask nights to gourmet beer dinners and full-on beer festivals.

Collaboration was a key to the event’s success and that symbiotic spirit will be at the forefront at the cornerstone event of San Diego Beer Week’nd—Beer Hall at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Taking place from 6 to 10 P.M. on Friday, June 11, the event will feature chefs from some of San Diego’s most beer-centric eateries (including Blind Lady Ale House, Hamilton’s Tavern, Karl Strauss Brewing Co., Ritual Tavern, Stone World Bistro and Gardens) preparing dishes developed to pair specifically with special brews from the county’s premier breweries (AleSmith, Ballast Point, Green Flash, Pizza Port and more). Tickets are $60, 10 percent of which will be donated to the SDBG and be used to make SDBW 2010 bigger and better.

The involvement of an iconic property like The Lodge may at first seem out of character, but make no mistake, this critically-acclaimed hotel has a legitimate craft beer program being advanced by dedicated advocates within the organization (most notably chefs Kyle Bergman and Luca Banfi and the manager of The Grill restaurant, Stephen Kurpinsky, all of whom are devout craft brew enthusiasts). Their efforts to spotlight local brewers are such that, earlier this year, The Lodge was inducted into the San Diego Brewers Guild as an Allied Member.

“They’re new to the craft beer scene, but the people behind the scenes have been doing it a long time and are kind of like pioneers,” says SDBG president Adam Carbonell. “We wanted one event that showcases the best of what San Diego is physically and what better place is there than The Lodge with its craftsman architecture and scenic view from the cliffs above La Jolla? They offer something not many people in the Guild or elsewhere can offer and the fact that they want to offer it is cool.”

“San Diego Beer Week and Week’nd promote San Diego’s vibrant craft beer community, [which is] widely regarded as the best in the country,” says Will Cherashore of The Lodge. “We’re excited to host Beer Hall and further establish The Lodge’s reputation as a destination for craft beer and food pairings.”

Initially, the SDBG’s sole ambition was to set up the Beer Hall event, but with it drawing interest from journalists and national publications who will be jetting in to get a gander, Carbonell and his colleagues quickly recognized the opportunity they had to take this preview to the next level. In a matter of days, like one quick drink after work turning into watching the sun rise after drink number who-knows-what, Beer Hall progressed into San Diego Beer Week’nd thanks to the addition of numerous events put on by other SDBG Allied Members.

Among the roster of goings-on is Suds for Surgeries, Mission Valley’s first ever craft beer festival at The Handlery Hotel, proceeds of which will benefit Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, a non-profit organization benefitting youths with deformities. Also on-tap is a Padres pub crawl of sorts launching from Hamilton’s Tavern with stops at PETCO Park and Downtown Johnny Brown’s. As with San Diego itself, there’s a level

Beer Sampling at San Diego Beer Weekend.
Photo Courtesy of The Lodge at Torrey Pines

of diversity that’s hard to match outside America’s Finest City.

“I want people to realize there’s more to San Diego than beautiful people, great weather and a killer whale,” says Carbonell. “Beer is the vehicle, but the broad picture is San Diego, itself.”

Even more events are in the works for San Diego Beer Week’nd and, just like San Diego Beer Week, the best way to keep on top of it all is with frequent visits to www.sdbw.org.


Friday, June 11

Beer Hall atThe Lodge at Torrey Pines, 11480 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla; Tickets: (858) 777-6607 or www.lodgetorreypines.com

Karl Strauss Cask Nightat Karl Strauss Brewing Company, 1567 Columbia St., Downtown; Tickets: (619) 234-2739 or www.karlstrauss.com

Allagash Night at Downtown Johnny Brown’s, 1220 Third Ave., Downtown

Saturday, June 12

2nd Saturday Celebration with Bear Republic Brewery at Hamilton’s Tavern, 1521 30th St., North Park

Mission Valley Craft Beer Festivalat The Handlery Hotel, 950 Hotel Circle N., Mission Valley; Tickets: (619) 298-0511 or www.freshstart.org

Sunday, June 13

4th Annual Padres Dayat Hamilton's Tavern, 1521 30th St., North Park; Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/109744

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