San Diego's craft brew scene is marking an accomplishment this month: 10 years of San Diego Beer Week (SDBW), a special county-wide celebration filled with hundreds of beer-centric events.
SDBW runs from Nov. 2 to Nov. 11 this year with more than 500 events at local breweries and restaurants across the county. From beer-themed scavenger hunts to food-and-beer pairings, homebrewing workshops and suds-inspired music festivals, there are a wide array of events for locals to chose from during SDBW's 10-day run.
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A limited edition beer celebrating the local beer industry will be offered at several of these events. "Capital of Craft IPA" was a collaborative effort between Guild-member breweries. The hoppy brew features a 2-row pale malt and white wheat malt and is made with agave syrup.
While events begin on Friday, SDBW officially kicks off with its main event, Guild Fest. More than 60 independent breweries will gather in one place, San Diego Embarcadero South, to offer sips of their creations.
Guests with a $50 general admission ticket will get a commemorative tasting cup and unlimited samples at the annual festival, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The event closes on Sunday, Nov. 11 with another tentpole event, the SDBW Beer Garden. The Lodge at Torrey Pines will be home to dozens of local brewers and chefs from 12 bto 3 p.m. for this food and beer pairing event. An admission ticket for $85 gets guests unlimited bites and sips.
SDBW The event is hosted by the San Diego Brewers Guild (SDBG), who represents more than 130 brewers across the county -- from titans like Stone Brewing to fan favorites like Belching Beaver and newbies like Thunderhawk Alements.
For a list of all the sudsy offerings during this year's SDBW, visit here.
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No one has (yet) given San Diego County a crown for its contribution to the beer industry but the sheer amount of awards given to local craft breweries -- which for the most part are not more than three-decades old -- has given San Diego a special place in the hearts of beer lovers across the country.
The city has been unofficially called the "Craft Beer Capital of America."
San Diego's beer scene contributed about $1.1 billion to the local economy and generated about $802 million in revenue in 2017, according to the SDBG.