With more breweries than ever calling San Diego County home -- 70-plus, with more than 30 in planning stages as of this year -- it's no surprise that San Diego Beer Week, which runs Nov. 1-10, is one of the most intense beer celebrations in the country.
|On the Broadway Pier at last year's festival|
Since 2009, for 10 days a year, the country's most notorious beer culture gets an even bigger dedicated spotlight, with every single craft beer–loving establishment in the area hosting something, from basic tap takeovers to beer-pairing dinners. This year, more than 20,000 people from across North America are expected to descend upon San Diego to experience all that the region's rich beer culture has to offer. And with Los Angeles' own beer personality still in its infancy, this week was built for a mini road trip to a land more commonly known as the Holy Grail of Beer Cities.
But where to even begin with a festival this monstrous? If you thought the Los Angeles Beer Week events this year was an overwhelming slough of opportunities to try local beer, try sifting through San Diego Beer Week's list of an estimated 600-plus craft beer events. After pouring over the massive calendar of happenings from North County to North Park, we found five special events that will make the two-hour drive worth every minute. More »