San Diego Beer Week officially kicks off with the Brewer’s Guild Festival this Friday and Saturday. Appropriately named “Beer on the Pier,” the brew tasting event will take place on the Broadway Pier in Downtown San Diego.
This event is a short 12 minute walk from some of the top Downtown San Diego hotels, like the Pacific Inn, which is perfect for those who plan on using all of their 15-20 beer taster tickets. Friday’s $75 VIP Brewery Takeover tickets include unlimited beer and food tasting and an opportunity to get to know local brewing experts. A combo ticket, good for Friday and Saturday, is on sale for $100, or you could opt for general admission which is $40 for 15 samples. For an extra hour of tasting and 5 more beer ticket, purchase the premiere pass for $55.
You can purchase tickets online at www.brownpaperbag.com or get your general admission tickets at the door. If you feel like going to soak up the experience without soaking up the suds, designated driver tickets are $50 for Friday and $25 for Saturday’s event.
This downtown festival, which is less than two miles from San Diego’s Horton Plaza, is bringing in live music to entertain beer aficionados as well as food trucks to satiate those alcohol-induced munchies. Another bonus is that all beer drinkers receive a free commemorative glass, in which you’ll have the opportunity to sample everything from the hoppiest of IPAs to smooth and rich porters from some of the best local breweries.
The Brewer’s Guild Festival is just the start of a 10 day long series of beer events designed to celebrate San Diego’s growing microbrewery industry. There will be exciting tasting events and parties throughout the county, all of which you can find on the SDBW website.
Those staying near Balboa Park and the Gaslamp in downtown San Diego can also check out some nearby SDBW participants including Hamilton’s, Monkey Paw, Carnitas Snack Shack, and Ritual Kitchen. One thing’s for certain, residents and visitors will definitely have plenty of options when it comes to an ice cold brew!