Monday, 21 September 2009 09:44

San Diego Festival of Beer

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I arrived at the San Diego Festival of Beer in downtown San Diego on Friday, September 18th, on the corner of Columbia and B Street, near the W Hotel.  The two girls at the front table directed me to security around the corner, because I wasn't on the list.  After informing them that I was press, and supposed to be on the list, they directed me back to the table with the girls. 

I explained the situation in more detail (and luckily had a print out of the email from the folks who said that I could pick up my tickets at will call) to them, and luckily, the two young girls were able to think outside the box. 

They gave me three wrist bands and said, "No problem, we understand!"  Thanks Chesna and Nicole! 

There were 120 different beers from 65 breweries and profits from the ticket sales are to be used locally to find a cancer cure and for cancer patient treatment services. 

San Diego Professionals Against Cancer (SDPAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to generating monies for cancer research, patient treatment, and services through fund-raising events such as this festival.  To date, they have donated $336,881 to cancer research and treatment since 1998. 

Breweries such as Alaskan Brewing, Allagash Brewing, Bear Republic Brewing, Full Sail, Hoppy Brewing Co., Los Coast, Ommegang, Redhook Ale Brewery and Rogue Ales were in attendence.

This event obviously had a lot going on and possibly more people than the breweries were expecting.  Pacific Beach Alehouse had a few cute girls serving the beers until they ran out of beer at 9:30pm.Pacific Beach Alehouse girls   Pyramid Brewery ran out of beer at 10pm, as soon as we got to the front of the line. Resounding sounds of "Aaaaaaah no way!" echoed around their booth. We were all sad when Pyramid ran out of beer early

But there were still many other breweries still serving beers.  The entrance fee included a ticket, allowing for ten sample beers. 

One interesting revelation of the festival was the newly formed brewery, Inland Empire Brewing Company. They were serving a couple beers, including their Victoria beer, an Imperial Orange IPA weighing in at over 10.6% ABV.  Nice. They also ran out of this around 10pm.  But luckily, they had one more beer to continue to pour for the thirsty San Diegans.  Even though the organizers didn't put IE Brewing Company on the list, or map for anyone to find (whoops!) - they had a great turnout and was one of the longest lines in their section. This seven month old brewery were all smiles to see the reactions to their brews.  The Inland Empire guys were happy with the reaction to their beer

Bands such as Len Rainey and the Midnight Players and The Hong Kong Cavaliers were playing in a couple of different sections, on the streets.  Friends having a great time

After having tasted a couple other selections, our posse decided to leave and have some full sized beers sans lines at The Waterfront in Little Italy.  They have a nice selection of food and almost 20 beers on tap.  It was a great way to end the night.

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