San Diego, California makes a strong argument for America’s best beer city especially every year when the San Diego Brewers Guild celebrates San Diego Beer Week (SDBW), this year November 2-11, 2018. This year the guild has announced a revamp to their 2018 Guild Fest that kicks off SD Beer Week. San Diego County will kick off the week with a countywide toast, followed by the 2018 Guild Fest on Saturday, Nov. 3 and closing the momentous occasion with The Beer Garden at The Lodge Torrey Pines on Sunday, Nov. 11.
More from a press release:
SDBW is an annual celebration involving San Diego’s industry comprised of more than 130 independent craft brewing locations. The week will be filled with more than 500 beer-centric events throughout the county, allowing craft beer aficionados and newbies a chance to try the best of San Diego indie beer. Participating breweries, tasting rooms, bars and restaurants are encouraged to host special events on the first night of SDBW and join a virtual toast at 7:30 p.m. PT. Fans may find events at sdbeer.com/eventsand take part in the Countywide Virtual Kickoff Toast by sharing photos on social media using #SDBEER and #SDBW.
“San Diego Beer Week is the perfect way for both locals and tourists to enjoy our region’s vibrant craft brewing community,” said Paige McWey, Executive Director of the San Diego Brewers Guild. “This year, we’re especially excited to give fans a completely revamped Guild Fest to start the week. We think attendees will really enjoy the new location in Downtown and be pumped to try beers from our neighboring California and Mexico guilds, as well as the option to pre-party on a boat in the San Diego Bay.”
For the first time ever, regional brewery guilds from outside of San Diego, such as the Mexicali Brewers Guild, Sacramento Brewers Guild, Orange County Brewers Guild, Los Angeles Brewers Guild and more to be announced, will be pouring beers alongside SDBG brewery members at Guild Fest. Fans may choose between general admission passes or a brand-new VIP harbor cruise experience. Ticket are available atsdbeer.com/sdbw.
General admission passes ($50 + tax and service fees) include:
- Unlimited samples from more than 60 independent breweries, with 120-plus beers to choose from
- A new spacious location in Downtown San Diego – Embarcadero South
- Food available to purchase from local craft beer-friendly restaurants
- A commemorative tasting cup
- Tasting session from 2 to 5 p.m.
VIP passes ($90 + tax and service fees) include:
- Ticket for a 60-minute VIP Harbor Cruise, hosted by Flagship Cruises
- One general admission pass to 2018 Guild Fest
- Small food bites and specialty beers aboard the boat
- Beer samples during both the VIP Harbor Cruise and Guild Fest
- Early entrance into the main festival, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Closing out SDBW is the Beer Garden at the beautiful Arroyo Terrace of the Lodge in Torrey Pines. From noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, guests will enjoy unlimited tasters of local craft beers from 28 breweries, creatively paired with artisanal food from 14 chefs. With live musical entertainment and panoramic ocean views, this event is the most exquisite end to SDBW. All-inclusive general admission tickets cost $85 (plus tax and service fees), while ‘Designated Driver’ tickets cost $50 (plus tax and service fees) and come with non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets for the Beer Garden may be purchased atsdbeer.com/sdbw/beer-garden.
Searching for craft beer in San Diego is made simple with the SD BEER App, a mobile application giving fans access to a plethora of events, interactive map, brewery profile listings and more. To make the entire SDBW experience even easier, event-goers are able to request a Lyft ride to any location listed in the SD BEER App via the push of a button. Lyft, the fastest growing rideshare company, is also the official co-producing sponsor for SDBW. With the goal of providing safe and reliable rides to and from locations, the discount code ‘SDBW2018’ gives craft beer drinkers 20 percent off up to two trips during SDBW.
“San Diego is an icon for the craft brewing industry, one we are proud to support through our partnership with the San Diego Brewers Guild,” said Lyft San Diego Market Manager Hao Meng. “We want everyone attending San Diego Beer Week to be able to enjoy the delicious craft beer offerings responsibly, so we are happy to provide discounted rides and encourage event-goers to let Lyft handle the driving as they make their way to and from the different events.”
For more information about the San Diego Brewers Guild or to find an event, indie beer fans may download the SD Beer App, available for Android and iOS devices. Learn more and download atsdbeer.com/app.
“Visiting America’s Finest City for San Diego Beer Week and Guild Fest is the perfect destination for craft beer lovers around the world,” said Paige. “We look forward to another year of celebrating passionate indie brewers and supporting the businesses that help our industry shine…Cheers!”
About San Diego Brewers Guild
Founded in 1997 by a group of brewers dedicated to the growth of craft beer, the San Diego Brewers Guild is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization comprised of allied brewery members, tradespeople, and various goods and services providers. Since its founding, the Guild’s mission is to promote awareness of local, independently brewed beer via education, events and community involvement. San Diego (aka The ‘Capital of Craft™’) is home to more than 130 independent craft breweries and continuously garners attention for its medal-winning beer styles and positive international reputation. For more information about the San Diego Brewers Guild and its members, visit sdbeer.com or follow @SDBrewers on Twitter,Instagram and Facebook (facebook.com/SDBrewersGuild).
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