San Diego beer week has come and gone but fortunately for us Ryan was able to capture the highlights of this years opening San Diego Brewers Guild Festival. In the next few weeks you will also get to check out his look at the closing beer garden event as well, so stay tuned for that!
San Diego is home to more than 35 brew houses and has gained an international reputation for brewing award-winning beers. The city’s breweries recently brought home more medals at the 2010 World Beer Cup than the traditional beer countries of England, Germany, and Belgium combined and won 15 medals at the Great American Beer Festival this September. With the popularity of craft beer on the rise, San Diego is poised to be the capital of craft beer tourism in the United States.
SDBW’s inaugural year included more than 300 events spread across San Diego County with an estimated attendance of 20,000 people. Events ranged from specialty beer dinners to beer and cheese pairings to meet and greets with local brewers. For a $50 registration fee, restaurants, bars, and businesses can log on to SDBW.org to register their Beer Week event.
“Our goal is to create a variety of events to engage all levels of craft beer drinkers,” says Adam Carbonell, president of San Diego Brewers Guild. “If you’re new to craft beer you can check out a local pint night or take a brewery tour, and if you’re more seasoned you might enjoy a sour ales night or beer and chocolate tasting.”
“San Diego Beer Week is a great opportunity for our city to position itself as the number one beer tourism destination,” says Carbonell. San Diego Beer Week has partnered with several San Diego hotels to work out special room rates and Beer Week travel packages.