San Diego Beer Week gears up for 11th Year

Amy Marvin and “SNOB” Ritch Marvin at San Diego Beer Week kickoff party

It’s nearly time for San Diego Beer Week, presented by the San Diego Brewers Guild with Sycuan Casino Resort, November 1st through 10th, 2019. This will be the 11th annual celebration, and fresh off of San Diego’s great performance of 17 medals at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival.

More from a press release:

The happening draws beer enthusiasts from around the United States and the world— as far as Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom. Craft beer has a longstanding and significant financial impact on the region. Last year, San Diego’s robust craft beer industry produced an impressive economic impact of approximately $1.2 billion, driving a total industry revenue of $848 million.

The 10-day event begins on Friday, November 1st and kicks off with a countywide virtual toast at 7:30 p.m. PST — fans can take part by sharing photos on social media using #SDBEER and #SDBW. The beer-centric festivities continue through Sunday, November 10th and consist of more than 500 special events held at participating breweries, tasting rooms, bars and restaurants around the county. For a complete list of SDBW events, visit or download the SD BEER App, a mobile application that gives beer enthusiasts access to events, an interactive map, brewery profile listings and more.  

SD BW’s Guild Fest that kicks off San Diego Beer Week

Key San Diego Brewers Guild-hosted events: 

  • 2019 Guild Fest – Presented by the San Diego Brewers Guild and the Port of San Diego: Saturday, November 2nd – 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year, 2019 Guild Fest, the official start to SDBW and a showcase of 60+ San Diego County independent craft breweries, takes place in San Diego’s vibrant downtown at Embarcadero Marina Park North. The high-energy event features unlimited samples of 100+ local, craft beers and food for purchase from popular local food trucks and restaurants, including URBN CateringGlobal Tacos Grill and Bread & Cheese Catering.  

VIP pass holders will first enjoy a one-hour San Diego Harbor Cruise, brought to you by Flagship Cruises & Events, (boarding at 11 a.m. and promptly departing at 11:30 a.m.) before the main event and get early festival entry at 1:30 p.m.  Guild Fest benefits the San Diego Brewers Guild and I Love A Clean San Diego.

  •  Beer Garden at the Lodge at Torrey Pines: Sunday, November 10th – 12 to 3 p.m.        

Closing out SDBW is the Beer Garden at the beautiful Arroyo Terrace of The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Guests will enjoy unlimited tasters of local craft beers from 28 breweries, creatively paired with food prepared by 14 chefs, including Jason McLeod of Consortium Holdings, Jason Knibb of Nine-Ten and Brad Wise of Trust Restaurant . The sell-out event is a can’t-miss culmination of the week’s happenings, complete with live musical entertainment and stunning panoramic ocean views.  

The Beer Garden benefits the San Diego Brewers Guild and Chef Celebration. 2019 Capital of Craft IPA

This San Diego Beer Week, the San Diego Brewers Guild will release its third-annual collaborative beer, Capital of Craft IPA, for the first time in 16 oz. can 4-packs. The 7.3% West Coast-style IPA is a special, limited-edition release and will be available exclusively in San Diego County beginning on November 1st (the first day of San Diego Beer Week). This year’s recipe was collectively developed by eight local breweries, 3 Punk Ales Brewing Co.Amplified Ale WorksBagby Beer Co.Burgeon Beer CompanyGravity HeightsNickel Beer Co. and North Park Beer Co, plus Second Chance Beer Co. who led and hosted both the brew and canning days. The Official Rideshare Partner of San Diego Beer Week, Lyft, is encouraging participants to ride smart by offering two 20% off ride discounts to and from any San Diego Beer Week event. Code: SDBW19.             

Tickets are available at sdbw.sdbeer.com2019 Guild Fest:General admission passes ($50 + tax and service fees) include:

● Unlimited samples from more than 60 local, independent breweries

● Food available to purchase from local craft beer-friendly restaurants and food trucks

● A commemorative tasting cup 

● Tasting session from 2 to 5 p.m. 

VIP passes ($105 + tax and service fees) include:

● Ticket for a 60-minute VIP Harbor Cruise, brought to you by Flagship Cruises & Events

*Boards at 11 a.m. and promptly departs at 11:30 a.m.

● One general admission pass to 2019 Guild Fest

● Pint of the 2019 Capital of Craft IPA 

● 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.The Beer Garden at the Lodge at Torrey Pines:General admission ticket ($85 + tax and services fees) includes:

● Unlimited beer samples

● Unlimited food samples 

San Diego Beer Week: Friday, November 1st – Sunday, November 10th Official kick-off event, 2019 Guild Fest: Saturday, November 2th from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Closing event, Beer Garden at The Lodge at Torrey Pines: Sunday, November 10th from 12 – 3 p.m.WHERE: 
2019 Guild Fest:

Embarcadero Marina Park North 
400 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101Beer Garden:

The Lodge at Torrey Pines
11480 N Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037

The San Diego Brewers Guild is proud to be a source for breweries, tradespeople, restaurants and craft beer aficionados. Founded in 1997, the Guild is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote San Diego breweries and create an open line of communication between brewers — connecting a strong and vibrant community. As the American craft beer movement becomes further ingrained in the mainstream marketplace, our local brewing scene will continue to play an important role in the developing conversation as well as the history of craft beer as a whole. For more information about the San Diego Brewers Guild and its members, visit or follow @SDBrewers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (

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