A San Diego Local’s Recommendations for CBC 2012: My Week in Beer

Found yourself in San Diego for the Craft Brewers Conference 2012?

Here are my suggestions for the evenings this week to explore San Diego and get away from Mission Valley! I’ll be updating my twitter account  (@whanrahan) when I hear about new events but so far this is what I’m planning on doing. All these places are within 10 miles of the Conference so just a short Taxi ride away. I’ll be happy to provide further details – just email me at williamdhanrahan@gmail.com – Hope this helps!

Green Flash

Monday, April 30th  5@:00 PM

30th on 30th

If you want to taste local brews and explore San Diego’s vibrant beer culture, there’s a cheaper,  more fuel-efficient & safer method than driving to all the breweries . Simply explore — by foot, car or the No. 2 bus — 30th Street, the five-plus miles between Normal Heights and South Park offers some amazing stops for craft beers and local food. Here’s the program in general: on the 30th of each month, a bunch of restaurants and bars on and near 30th Street offer specials, such as a feature appetizer for $3. This makes it easy for you to go on a restaurant crawl and check out all the amazing places on the 30th Street Corridor. Most places start their specials between 5 and 6pm.

My Top Picks on 30th Street

Toronado: local drafts for $3

URBN North Park: $5 cocktail: High Treason – Mount Gay Eclipse rum, Velvet Falernum, lime, pineapple, absinthe. $4 pints of 30th Street Pale Ale.

West Coast Tavern: award winning burnt smoked cheddar mini Mac n Cheese for $5.

The Linkery: $2 half pours of 30th Street Pale Ale from Green Flash and a veal & bacon meatball sandwich for $3 (cash only, includes tax and service).

Tuesday, May 1st @ 3:00 PM

Firestone Walker Night at Monkey Paw

805 16th Street, San Diego, CA 92101 This is my local, found in East Village (That’s an area of downtown, walking distance from the Gaslamp)

They will have beers on tap from firestone walker, including double barrel ale, double jack iipa, reserve porter velvet merkin and much more. Cask starts at 3pm, Monkey Paw has a nice happy hour from 5pm – 8pm with $1 off beers. Don’t forget to try their amazing cheese steaks!!!

Wednesday – May 02, 2012 @ 09:00PM / ends @ 12:00AM

Can Diego CBC Opening After Party

Blind Lady Ale House – 3416 Adams Avenue  San Diego, CA 92116

Come to blind lady ale house and for Can Diego, hand-picked breweries who CAN at the very first CAN DIEGO event at Blind Lady Ale House

• Golden Road Brewing Co-founder Meg Gill and Brewmaster Jon Carpenter with cans of Point the Way IPA and Golden Road Hefeweizen

• Maui Brewing Company Founder Garrett Marrero with cans of Coconut Porter and La Perouse

• Avery Brewing Co. Owner & Brewmaster Adam Avery with cans of Joe’s Pilsner and Ellie’s Brown Ale

• Oskar Blues Head Brewer Dave Chichura, Marketing Director Chad Melis, and Beer Traffic Control Freak Jeremy Rudolf with cans of G’Knight Imperial Red Ale and Chaka, their epic Belgian Pale collaboration with Sun King  http://beerstreetjournal.com/oskar … ate-chaka/

• 21st Amendment Co-founder Shaun O’Sullivan and Sales Director Dave Wilson

• Tallgrass Brewing from KANSAS!

• Ska Brewing Co. plus more to come!

Try some of the best canned brews in the nation and meet these great peeps to talk beer and cans with them from 9 – 12 at BLAH. There is no entry fee.

Thursday, May 3rd @ 5:00 PM

50/50 Night @ Hamilton’s – 1521 30th Street San Diego, CA 92102

Hamilton’s Tavern is a traditional neighborhood alehouse located in the heart of the historic South Park area of San Diego. Come try some amazing beers from Fifty Fifty Brewing! On Cask: Brown ale On Draught: RyePA IPA Red is the new black IPA Totality imperial stout Eclipse barrel aged imperial stout BART barrel aged strong ale Conundrum barley wine barrel aged.

Friday, May 4th @ 7:00 PM

Deschutes Tap Takeover @ Tipsy Crow

770 5th Ave San Diego CA 92101 (Downtown)

On Tap: Mirror Pond Ale, Chainbreaker White IPA, Love Child IPA, Abyss 2011, Stoic, and more!