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Your Ultimate Guide to San Diego Beer Week in North County (2018)

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San Diego Beer Week (SDBW) is coming once again to San Diego County from November 3 through November 12. San Diego County residents can enjoy from over 500 sponsored SDBW events all across the county. If you live in North County, there’s plenty for you to do.

Friday, November 3rd

Beer Week Artist Exhibit: “Talking to a Wall” – Jordan Stark

Cellar 3 will host an evening of live music from Dre Trav & DJ Markalan, local craft beer, and an art show featuring local artist Jordan Stark.

Saturday, November 4th

Lost Abbey’s Barrel Night

Port Barrel/The Lost Abbey bring you a unique tasting and dining experience. 150 lucky guests will enjoy an evening tasting six barrel samples of Lost Abbey’s specialty brews that have been aging for as long as 18 months. Dinner will be provided by executive chefs from OMG Hospitality Group. Draft beers from the tap will also be available. Price for the tickets include four bottles of Veritas 020, a limited-edition taster glass, six single barrel samples paired with a six-course meal.

Urge American Gastropub: $3 San Diego Can Celebration

Urge American Gastropub will feature their ten favorite cans from San Diego County breweries including Mother Earth, Second Chance, Bitter Brothers, Thorn St, Modern Times, Abnormal, Pizza Port, Coronado, and Mason Ale Works. Stop by to pick up a can and a special edition koozie.

TJ’s F#%k Cancer, Drink Beer, & Play Bingo Fundraiser

Second Chance Beer Company will host a fundraiser for their special friend, TJ, who has an inoperable type of brain cancer. All money will support San Diego’s Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure. Come enjoy the specially brewed beer “TJ’s Chai Porter” (Tabula Rasa Toasted Porter infused with black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg) just for this occasion.

Sunday, November 5th

Stone DRK Festival

Stone Brewing has carefully curated it’s favorite and rarest dark ales for you to try. They combined their annual Pour It Black and Oakquinox beer festivals into one mega-tasting for SDBW. Price includes a commemorative glass, fifteen 3 oz tasters, and an extensive draft list that includes North County San Diego favorites like Bagby Beer Company, The Lost Abbey, Mother Earth, and Port Brewing.

Urge American Gastropub: A Night Out With Urge

Urge will take you across all North County locations (Rancho Bernardo, Oceanside, San Marcos) as you taste delicious pairings of food and Mason Ale Works beer. Festivities will start at the Rancho Bernardo location where Chef Adam Griffin will create tasty food and beer pairings. A party bus will take guests to Urge Whiskey Bank (Oceanside) to taste Chef Erik Lobner’s beer and whiskey pairings along with food pairings in their 101 Proof Speakeasy. To cap off the night, bowl and dine at Urge Common House (San Marcos) featuring Chef Brad Hightow’s beer and food pairings. All guests will receive a commemorative bowling shirt.

Burgeon Beer Tap Takeover at Burger Bench

Head on over to Burger Bench to try some of Burgeon Beer’s mouthwatering brews along with a burger.

Monday, November 6th

Urge American Gastropub: AleSmith Ultimate Monday Night Score Sale

Urge American Gastropub will feature select beers from AleSmith, so you can enjoy them as you watch Monday Night Football. Beers will be $2 off.

Burgeon Beer Tap Takeover at The Regal Seagull

Come to your favorite pub and sausage grill to enjoy your food with Burgeon Beer brews.

Beer and Bites – The Brewers Tap Room

The Brewers Tap Room carefully selects their beers from local nano-breweries that you can only find at their tasting rooms. Catered by Root Cellar Catering, enjoy four plates paired with some of the best beers in San Diego. Price includes four beer & bites and a full pint before.

Second Chance Beer Company: Seize. Sip. Serenade.

Take a guitar lesson with Mike from The Guitar Aces while you sip on a pint. Price includes one lesson and one pint. Pay at the door.

Tuesday, November 7th

Burgeon Beer Taco Tuesday Beer Pairing at Sublime Ale House

Try delicious Sublime Ale House tacos with a Burgeon Beer pairing.

Wednesday, November 8th

Urge American Gastropub: West Coast IPA vs. New England Haze

You get to choose which IPA-style you like better: West Coast’s clear IPA or New England’s cloudy IPA.

Stone Brewing: Cake & Beer Global Anniversary Celebration

Stone fans can celebrate Stone Brewing’s 21st anniversary along with their Richmond and Berlin locations first anniversary. In honor of Stone’s global success, guests will enjoy 4 oz tasters of Stone Xocoveza, Stone Pilot Series: Scorpion Bowl IPA and Stone White Ghost Berliner Weisse from Stone Brewing Berlin. A celebration wouldn’t be complete without a cake. Cake designer Viki Kane of Just a Little Dessert Co will create a cake in the form of three barrels of beer with working taps and cakes flavored with the three beers mentioned above. This one-of-a-kind experience will be filmed for the Food Network’s brand new show, “Ridiculous Cakes.” Guests will also be able to try the global anniversary-themed cake.

Thursday, November 9th

Legacy Brewing Company Brewers Pairing Dinner

Take a sip and a bite during this four-course meal. Price includes meal and beer pairings.

Second Chance Beer Company: Educational Barrel-Aged Tasting

Learn more about your favorite barrel-aged beer from Second Chance’s Head Brewer Craig Gregovics and Certified Cicerone & Barrel Geek Jesse Smith. They’ll teach you everything from barrel aging requirements to the different styles of barrels and makes and the art of barrel making. You’ll also get to taste first-hand how barrel aging impact the beer’s flavor. Guests can taste six small-batch barrel-aged beers: Glorious Belgian Golden Ale aged in Pinot Noir Barrels, Tabula Rasa Toasted Porter aged in Pinot Noir Barrels, Mulligan Irish Red aged in Cutwater Rum Barrels, Rye IPA aged in Cutwater Gin Barrels, Tabula Rasa Toasted Porter aged in Bourbon Barrels with Cherries, and Tabula Rasa Toasted Porter aged in 4 Roses Barrels.

Music in the Gardens with Special Guest Reid Genauer

Band leader for folk bands, Strangefolk and Assembly of Dust, Reid Genauer will perform his folk stylings at Stone Brewing’s lush outside setting.

Friday, November 10th

Burgeon Beer Tap Takeover at The Brewers Tap Room

Try your favorite Burgeon Beer brews at The Brewers Tap Room featuring some of the best nano-breweries.

Urge American Gastropub: Team Urge’s House Favorites

Each member of Urge American Gastropub’s management team will choose two of their favorite beers from their two favorite breweries. Stop by to try what they picked.

Saturday, November 11th

Escondido Tamale Festival

Try some of the best tamales in North County San Diego. Choose from different varieties including Oaxacan, banana-wrapped, dulce, lobster, smoked BBQ tamales and more. Pair your favorite Latin foods with your favorite North County beers from craft brewers like Dos Desperados Brewery, Aztec Brewing Company, Jacked Up Brewery, Forgotten Barrel, and Second Chance Beer Company. General admission is free. VIP tickets include a swag bag, a tamale plate (two tamales, rice, beans, salsa, agua fresca), five-tab beer/wine wristband, tamale-making class (for first 100 VIP’s), one raffle ticket, bottle of water, and VIP seating in shaded areas. A Designated Driver VIP option is also available (excludes beer/wine drink wristband).

  • Date: Saturday, November 11
  • Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Price: Free; VIP Ticket $42.39 (including service fee; VIP Ticket Designated Driver $32.04 (including service fee)
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  • Location: 321 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025 (Grape Day Park)

Burgeon Beer Tap Takeover at Churchill’s Pub & Grille

Enjoy hand-cut crisps, pork belly poutine, fish and chips, and more of Churchill’s delectable food with a beer from Burgeon Beer.

Sunday, November 12th

Urge American Gastropub: Craft Beer Industry Night

Culminate your SDBW festivities in a bold way. Anyone in the beer industry (with proof of employment) can enjoy discounts, swag, and other items to cap of SDBW.

  • Date: Sunday, November 12 – Monday, November 13
  • Time: 5 pm (Sunday) – 3:30 am (Monday)

Your Turn…

Which SDBW event are you looking forward to attending?

Fred Hernandez: Fred Hernandez is a freelance writer, blogger, and musician from North County San Diego. Fred currently covers pop culture, travel, food, and politics on his blog, FredsGuideToLife.com with his signature biting wit. Fred's work has been featured on MerryJane.com, SanDiegoReader.com, and a variety of B2B and B2C companies.