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Guzzle The Nation's Best Brews At San Diego Beer Week

October 20, 2009 at 1:26 PM | by | ()

When you think of the U.S.'s best beer cities, places like New York, Portland and Philly always pop into mind. But according to Men's Journal, if you want to guzzle the nation's best brew, you have to head to San Diego. There's no better time to sample some of the city's suds than San Diego Beer Week from November 6 to 15.

San Diego County boasts 33 breweries, and the first-time Beer Week will showcase the local craft beers in more than 100 events, including beer tastings, beer dinners and home-brewing demonstrations. And it isn't just bars that will take part. Restaurants want to tap into Beer Week's potential. "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,” says Colby Chandler, president of the San Diego Brewers Guild, the event's sponsor.

The options are overwhelming, but a good way kick off Beer Week is with the VIP Session of the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival on November 6 at the World Beat Center in Balboa Park. For a $35 advance-purchased ticket, you'll get to tipple 10 pours from any 23 breweries, eat small food pairings and hear live bands. If you can't snag a VIP ticket, there will be two general admission sessions on November 7 for $25 in advance.

Other highlights of the week include the Ten Year Lineup of Stone Imperial Russian Stout at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, which will feature ten black brew vintages of Stone Imperial Russian Stout; the third annual Barrel Tasting Night with Lost Abbey, where you lushes can be the first to taste craft beers aged up to two years; a five-course Belgian Beer Dinner at the Quarter Kitchen in the Ivy Hotel; and a beer-and-cheese pairing class at Great News Cooking School with beloved local brewer Karl Strauss and dairy shop Venissimo Cheese.

If you want to keep your buzz going after the Beer Week events, head to North Park—the 'hood that Men's Journal recommended for good brews—and drink up at Toronado, where locals go to get a pint of the best local stuff, find rare brews and just get drunk.

Related Stories:
· The Top Five Beer Towns in the U.S. [Men's Journal]
· Beer Travel [Jaunted]
· Beautiful, Bizarre Beer Week in Philly [Jaunted]

[Photo: Karl Strauss]

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