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San Diego Hosts Its First Beer Week

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San Diego, CA Recently named the top beer city in the country by Men’s Journal, San Diego is hosting it’s first-ever San Diego Beer Week November 6-15, 2009. San Diego Beer Week is a 10-day event showcasing San Diego’s finest craft beer countywide.

SDBW PictureSan Diego is one of the country’s first cities to embrace a Beer Week, following the successful model first set forth by Philadelphia and later San Francisco. With more than 33 working breweries in the county, San Diego is anticipating a prosperous inaugural event and hopes to bring attention to the region’s burgeoning beer tourism industry.

“Not only are we working with local bars and restaurants for beer week [but], we’ve set up great partnerships with local hotels to bring in people from out of town,” Adam Carbonell, San Diego Brewers Guild representative, said.

San Diego Beer Week kicks off with the VIP Session of the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival on November 6, followed by two general admission sessions on November 7, at the World Beat Center in Balboa Park.  The Guild Festival is the largest gathering of local craft breweries featuring more than 80 beers brewed in San Diego County. Allied member restaurants will be at the event serving small bites to pair with the beers.

There are currently more than 100 events planned for San Diego Beer Week, with new events added daily. “We are encouraging breweries to push the envelope and create events with places not typically associated with craft beer. We know we’ll have support from beer enthusiasts, but we want to reach people who might not know about San Diego’s craft beer scene,” Chandler said.

Some of the week’s highlights include: Ten Year Lineup of Stone Imperial Russian

Stout at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Third Annual Barrel Tasting Night with Lost Abbey, homebrew classes with Ballast Point/Homebrewmart, Belgian Beer Dinner at the Quarter Kitchen, Beer & Cheese pairing class at Great News Cooking School with Karl Strauss and Venissimo Cheese, Green Flash 7th Anniversary Party, and First-Fling Frisbee Golf Tournament with Hamilton’s Tavern.

San Diego Beer Week will conclude with a Chef’s Celebration of Beer on Sunday, November 15, 2009. The Chef’s Celebration event teams up local chefs with San Diego Breweries to create unique beer and food pairings. The event also includes seminars on sensory analysis, how to pair beer and food, and other craft beer related issues presented by local brewers.

For information about San Diego Beer Week, including complete event listings, sponsors, public transportation, and accommodations, please visit the official website.

About San Diego Beer Week

San Diego Beer Week is sponsored by the non-profit San Diego Brewers Guild with the goal of promoting San Diego’s thriving craft beer culture by hosting a ten-day countywide festival that attracts beer tourism, fosters knowledge of our regional brewing hertiage, and serves as a showcase for San Diego’s breweries, restaurants, pubs, and other businesses with ties to the craft beer community.