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Bikes and Beers in San Diego – 17-23 August 2015

This week’s bikes and beers events include a ride over the Coronado Bay Bridge and a festival dedicated to dankness.

Bikes

Bike the Bay

Bike The Bay is a fun ride for people of all levels of riding ability, and features individuals, families, corporate teams and the serious and not so serious bike rider who experience a scenic bayside ride and also enjoy their only opportunity of the year to ride over the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge. The 25-mile route passes through the cities of San Diego, Coronado, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista and National City and finishes at Embarcadero Marina Park South with a festive celebration with food, entertainment and a New Belgium beer garden.

Starting Point: Embarcadero Marina Park South – 1 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Sunday, 23 August 2015
Cost: $60-$80
> Find out more about Bike the Bay

Regularly Scheduled Rides

There are plenty of regularly scheduled rides happening all week.

> Find a ride near you on the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition website
> Find a ride near you on the BikeSD website

Beers

DrinkAbout

An informal bus ride taken by members of the communities of Normal Heights, North Park, South Park and beyond, for the purpose of drinking without driving, sampling the wares at multiple local establishments, and being seen by the public.

When: Wednesday, 19 August 2015
Time: 7:00 to 11:30 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the DrinkAbout

Hops on the Harbor

Join Flagship every Friday evening for our new Hops on the Harbor craft beer dinner cruise. This two-and-a-half-hour cruise features multiple gourmet food stations including gourmet pastas, seafood, smoked brisket, pulled pork and a selection of delicious desserts. Our full bar features rotating local brews and craft beer flights from Pizza Port selected to pair perfectly with your meal. Then, the fun continues after dinner with live music and dancing.

> Watch and read about my Hops on the Harbor experience

Where: 990 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Friday, 21 August 2015
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $59.50
> Find out more about Hops on the Harbor

Festival of Dankness

Modern Times invites you to the first ever Festival of Dankness, a celebration of the stickiest of the icky, the dankest of the dank, the bombest of the bomb-diggity. They hunted high and low for the most face-meltingly awesome new wave hoppy beers in the world, with the goal of showcasing incredible new approaches to brewing with hops, and hot damn did they ever come up with a killer list.

Added Dankness Bonus

All profits from this insanely awesome event will benefit a highly effective, extremely worthwhile charity: BikeSD, a non-profit at the forefront of making San Diego a better, more sustainable place to live, work, and ride.

Where: San Diego County Waterfront Park – 1600 Pacific Hwy., San Diego, CA 92101
When: Saturday, 22 August 2015
Time: 3:00 to 7:00 PM
Cost: $45
> Find out more about the Festival of Dankness

4th Annual Mira Mesa Festival of Beers

More than 30 breweries featuring 65+ beers with unlimited 2 ounce samples, 2 food vendors, 2 great live bands, plus multiple vendor booths and more. All in a beautiful outdoor park in Mira Mesa!

Where: Mira Mesa Community Park – 8575 New Salem St., San Diego, CA 92126
When: Saturday, 22 August 2015
Time: 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $35-$50
> Find out more about the 4th Annual Mira Mesa Festival of Beers

UTC Uncasked: A Neighborhood Craft Beer Fest

Savor some of San Diego’s finest brews while tasting bites from Westfield UTC’s favorite restaurants while celebrating the best of San Diego’s beaches and surf spots with interactive beach games. Enjoy live acoustic performances from top local Plaza Unplugged artists.

Where: Westfield UTC – 4545 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92122
When: Saturday, 22 August 2015
Time: 4:00 to 7:00 PM
Cost: $20
> Find out more about UTC Uncasked: A Neighborhood Craft Beer Fest

> Find more great beer events at WestCoaster San Diego

San Diego Travel Blog: 5+ San Diego Beer Week Events You Don’t Want to Miss

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, I am not talking about December (though I do like that as well). I am talking about the ten amazing days that make up San Diego Beer Week (SDBW). From rare beer tap takeovers at your favorite restaurant to a massive bottle share along 30th, there is something for every beer lover during SDBW.

Here are a few picks from the long list of San Diego Beer Week events:

  1. Brewer’s Guild Festival
  2. Bikes, Brews and Brats
  3. The World’s Biggest Bottle Share on 30th Street
  4. Fishing With the Brewers
  5. Beer Garden

> Details on all of these San Diego Beer Week Events

Bikes and Beers this Week in San Diego – 14-19 October 2014

Ride along National City’s newest bike facilities and raise your glass at plenty of Oktoberfest celebrations at breweries throughout San Diego this weekend:

Bikes

National City Bicycle Facilities Celebration

Residents and guests, please join us to celebrate the completion of several bicycle corridor enhancement projects in National City with a bike rodeo, free bike tune-ups, safety tips for families, fun prizes for kids, National City bike maps, and more! For cyclists interested in experiencing the new bike facilities in National City, meet at El Toyon Park with your bike and helmet by 1:15 PM to participate in a symbolic bike ride to Kimball Park.

Where: El Toyon Park – 2005 E 4th St, National City, CA, 91950
When: Thursday, 16 October 2014
Time: 1:15 to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the National City Bicycle Facilities Celebration

Bike MS Bay to Bay Tour

Come be a part of the Bike MS Bay to Bay Tour and get ready for the ride of your life. Whether you’re new to Bike MS or ride every year, together we will raise money, have fun, and make a difference in the lives of people living with MS. There are 3 route options, each with a combination of beautiful coastal scenery, outstanding people and of course, a great cause. Whichever ride you choose, it will be the most rewarding journey you’ll ever make. Choose 25, 100 or 150 miles over 1 or 2 days.

Route: Irvine to San Diego
When: 18-19 October 2014
Cost: Registration – $60. Fundraising Minimum – $400
> Find out more about the Bike MS Bay to Bay Tour

Regularly Scheduled Rides

There are plenty of regularly scheduled rides happening all weekend.

> Find a ride near you on the San Diego Bicycle Coalition website
> Find a ride near you on the BikeSD website

Beers

Little Italy 1st Anniversary Oktoberfest Party

Join Ballast Point to celebrate 1 year in Little Italy! We’re turning the patio into a beer garden and full Oktoberfest scene! They’ll be pouring: Little Italy 1st Anniversary Festival Ale, Dead Ringer Oktoberfest Lager, Pale Ale (Kolsch), Longfin Lager (Helles), & many other German-style beers. Plus They’ll have grilled Sculpin Bratwurst available in the beer garden, and 1 Liter Ballast Point Steins and Dead Ringer T-Shirts available for purchase.

Where: 2215 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
> Find out more about Little Italy 1st Anniversary Oktoberfest Party

DrinkAbout

An informal bus ride taken by members of the communities of Normal Heights, North Park, South Park and beyond, for the purpose of drinking without driving, sampling the wares at multiple local establishments, and being seen by the public.

When: Wednesday, 15 October 2015
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the DrinkAbout

Oktoberfest Celebration at Helm’s Brewing

Helm’s Brewing Company is putting on their 2nd annual Oktoberfest Celebration Friday October 17th at the Helm’s Brewing Tasting Room. Join in on Oktoberfest costumes, music, decorations, food, and more only at Helm’s Brewing Company.

Where: 5640 Kearny Mesa Rd. STE C/N, San Diego, CA 92111
When: Friday, 17 October 2014
Time: 12:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Oktoberfest Celebration at Helm’s Brewing

Hamilton’s 8th Anniversary 3rd Saturday with Rogue Brewing

It’s been 5 long years since Hamilton’s last did a big event with Rogue and Brewmaster and brewing legend John Maier is coming down for the trip! Very honored to have him and his teams wonderful beers. This year’s beer list that will be fantastic! Food is going to be off the charts for this one.

Where: 1521 30th St., San Diego, CA 92102
When: Saturday, 18 October 2014
Time: 1:00 to 11:00 PM
> Find out more about Hamiltons 8th Anniversary 3rd Saturday with Rogue Brewing

2nd Annual Butchers Brewing Oktoberfest

Come and enjoy the 2nd Annual Oktoberfest at Butcher’s Brewing serving house made sausages and beer with the Bavarian Beergarden Band jamming from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Where: 9962 Prospect Ave, Ste E Santee, CA 92071
When: Saturday, 18 October 2014
Time: 4:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 2nd Annual Butchers Brewing Oktoberfest

Best Damn Sour Fest IV

Pucker Up Sour fans – Best Damn Sour Fest IV is here! Hosted by Best Damn Beer Shop at Downtown Johnny Brown’s, there will be more than 70+ Sours available during the event. Admission includes ten tasters of 3-4 oz of mouth puckering sours.

Where: 1220 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Saturday, 18 October 2014
Time: 5:30 to 8:30 PM
Cost: In Advance – $65. Day of – $70
> Find out more about the Best Damn Sour Fest IV

BLAHktoberfest

Still Oktoberfesting? Bland Lady is too! BLAHktoberfest with Keep A Breast, biers, steins, brats & Hosen-T’s! Prost!

Where: 3416 Adams Ave., San Diego, CA 92116
When: 18-19 October 2014
> Find out more about BLAHktoberfest

Stone Pour It Black Festival

Stone Brewing Co. has the perfect festival for celebrating the cooler weather of autumn in Southern California. Join them at their fall beer extravaganza and you’ll be able to choose from over a hundred of the deepest, darkest brews gathered from all over the planet. They’ll have a stunning array of stouts, imperial stouts, porters, black IPAs and more waiting for you! Tickets include a commemorative Pour it Black glass and fifteen 3-oz tasters. For an extra $10-$12, you can pre-order t-shirts with your ticket purchase! Check out the 100+ beer list.

Where: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – 1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondido, CA 92029
When: Sunday, 19 October 2014
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Cost: $45
> Find out more about the Stone Pour It Black Festival

> Find more great beer events at San Diego Brewers Guild

Know of any other great bikes and/or beer events going on this week? Let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Google+.

Bikes and Beers This Week in San Diego – 25-28 September 2014

Start off Fall in San Diego with an amazing century ride through Poway, a bicycle and beer themed carnival, Oktoberfests and plenty of beer tastings.

Bikes

Tour de Fat

Tour de Fat is New Belgium Brewing’s traveling celebration of all things bicycle, honoring mankind’s greatest invention. Opening each show with a costumed bike parade through the host city, Tour de Fat celebrates the power of the bike by encouraging everyone to embrace their inner-cyclist and ride the streets as a rolling carnival of creativity followed by a carnival and deliciously cold New Belgium beers.

Where: Golden Hill Park – 2590-2596 Golden Hill Dr, San Diego, CA 92102
When: Saturday, 27 September, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $5-$10 donation to the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition
> Find out more about Tour de Fat

Tour de Poway

The 29th annual Tour de Poway is a unique 18-100 mile north San Diego County bike ride that offers some of the most scenic sights in southern California. From the remote back country ranches and avocado groves to the ocean. Several well stocked aids stations along the course and a great BBQ & beer garden at the finish.

Where: Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064
When: Sunday, 28 September, 2014
Time: 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $55-$115
> Find out more about Tour de Poway

Regularly Scheduled Rides

There are plenty of regularly scheduled rides happening all weekend.

> Find a ride near you on the San Diego Bicycle Coalition website

> Find a ride near you on the BikeSD website

Beers

Meeting of the Guilds | LA+SF+SD

For the first time in LA Beer Week history, three California brewers guilds will join forces for one giant tap takeover. Join us at Mohawk Bend on September 25th for the official Meeting of the Guilds! Modeled after a similar event that took place during SF Beer Week this year, this event is designed to showcase all that these organizations have to offer (with a touch of friendly competition, of course). Taste your way through a selection of LA Brewers Guild, San Diego Brewers Guild, and SF Brewers Guild breweries (15 representatives for each) and cast your vote to see who will inherit the prized Golden Keg!

Where: Mohawk Bend – 2141 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
When: Thursday, 25 September 2014
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
> Find out more about the Meeting of the Guilds | LA+SF+SD

Lagunitas Couchtrippin to Nola @ Makers Quarter

Lagunitas Brewing Co is hittin’ the road to New Orleans with a special #CouchTrippin Fusion Ale, O+ FESTIVAL, some freaktacular entertainment from their Beer Circus, and even some couches from their Loft. Join them in #SanDiego at #SILOSD for a big freakin’ party with the the bands: Jamestown Revival and Houndmouth!

Where: Silo in Makers Quarters – 753 15th St, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Thursday, 25 September 2014
Time: 6:30 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission
> Find out more about Lagunitas Couchtrippin to Nola @ Makers Quarter

Oktoberfest on the Sun Deck

Experience a Bavarian-style beer garden on Hotel del Coronado’s Sun Deck with authentic food like bratwurst and sauerkraut, Munich-style pretzels from San Diego Pretzel, schnitzel and more, plus select specialty beers from breweries like Paulaner and Karl Strauss. Guests will also enjoy daily keg tapping and live music by German rock band The Broken Stems.

Where: Hotel del Coronado – 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
When: 26-28 September, 2014
Time: 12:00 to 7:00 PM
Cost: Admission is Free
> Find out more about Oktoberfest on the Sun Deck

Oktoberfest in El Cajon

Come and enjoy authentic German food, such as bratwurst, ox-on-the-spit, potato salad, potato pancakes, sauerkraut, red cabbage and a variety of German pastries. El Cajon’s Oktoberfest offers a great selection of German beers and liquors, and soft drinks and water, to enjoy with your friends and family!

Where: 1017 South Mollison Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
When: 26-28 September, 2014
Cost: $5
> Find out more about Oktoberfest in El Cajon

“Keep the Glass” Night with Goose Island Beer Co.

Enjoy several of Goose Island Beer Co’s amazing beers on tap and keep the glass! On tap: Urban 312 Wheat, Matilda Belgian Style Pale Ale with Brettanomyces, and Bourbon County Stout (Aged in Bourbon barrels).

Where: Plan 9 Alehouse – 155 E. Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025
When: Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Time: 5:00 to 11:00 PM
> Find out more about “Keep the Glass” Night with Goose Island Beer Co.

San Diego Cheese and Beer Festival

Pairing artisanal cheeses with craft beers is on the rise. Stone Brewing is known for producing popular, high quality beers – the perfect accompaniment for an array of hand-selected artisan cheeses. The event will feature live music, beer and cheese- themed games, and a commemorative take- home glass. Plus with beer pairings from Stone Brewing Co.’s “Dr.” Bill Sysak himself, it will be a gastronomic event you’re sure to want to attend!

Where: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens Liberty Station – 2816 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
When: Saturday, 27 September 2014
Time: 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $40-$50
> Find out more about the San Diego Cheese and Beer Festival

Adams Avenue Street Fair Craft Beer Taste

In addition to the 90+ musical acts performing on seven stages on Adams Avenue, carnival rides, food and craft vendors, the Adams Avenue Street Fair will also host a Craft Beer Taste featuring Aztec Brewing, Automatic Brewing, Ballast Point, Barrel Harbor, Benchmark, BNS, Culture Brewing, Goose Island, Green Flash, Twisted Manzanita, Mission Brewery, Ninkasi, Stone, Sierra Nevada and Stumblefoot. Admission grants you 12 4 oz tasters.

Where: Adams Avenue & Felton, San Diego, CA 92116
When: Saturday, 27 September 2014
Time: 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: $20
> Find out more about the Adams Avenue Street Fair Craft Beer Taste

BooBS & BooTS & BeeRS

A charity event at Brabant showcasing the rare brew Deliria (A version of Delirium Tremens- brewed ONLY by professional women brewers of Belgium!) and supporting the efforts of the Pink Boots Society and Beer for Boobs. 15% of all sales will be split between these two great groups! Come help smash the following specials:Deliria on Draft! Order this rare and racy elixir, take home a Delirium Tremens goblet; Roze Olifant: A beer cocktail made with Deliria; BooB FooDS; and Raffles Galore!

Where: Brabant Bar & Cafe – 2310 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
When: Saturday, 27 September 2014
Time: Starts at 2:00 PM
> Find out more about BooBS & BooTS & BeeRS

Rancho BEERnardo IPA Beerfest

The Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club has partnered with URGE Gastropub to bring a new level of professionalism to the festival including an intimate connection to the local craft beer community and a tremendous amount of experience in the food and beverage industry in general. We expect to have as many as fifty different craft beers for tasting and this year we are adding a new feature – San Diego’s only IPA Fest – with a contest to identify the most popular IPA from local entrants. Ticket includes 15 tastings.

Where: Sikes Adobe Farmstead – 12655 Sunset Drive Escondido, CA 92025
When: Saturday, 27 September 2014
Time: 3:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: $30
> Find out more about the Rancho BEERnardo IPA Beerfest

Karl Strauss Oktoberfest

Join Karl Strauss as they celebrate 25 years in business by throwing a San Diego-style Oktoberfest. They’ll have 25 beers on tap, VIP brewery tours, kick-ass hot pretzels, authentic German grub, music by The Young Wild and a bitchin’ commemorative beer stein you can rock at home for years to come. Don’t miss this unique Bavaria meets San Diego bender!

Where: Karl Strauss Tasting Room – 5985 Santa Fe St, San Diego, CA 92109
When: Saturday, 27 September 2014
Time: 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: $15
> Find out more about Karl Strauss Oktoberfest

> Find more great beer events at San Diego Brewers Guild

Know of any other great bikes and/or beer events going on this week? Let me know on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+.

Panama 66, in beautiful Balboa Park, is an amazing blend of culture, local food, cocktails a family friendly atmosphere and craft beer.

Panama 66 invites families and craft beer connoisseurs to order a tasty brew to enjoy along with a delectable meal all while browsing the art on display in the San Diego Museum of Art’s Sculpture Garden. While you can sit at the provided tables, I suggest you bring a picnic blanket and relax on the grass under the trees. Don’t worry, they will find you and bring you your order.

Also, if there is an Automatic Brewing Co (the house brewery) beer on tap, snag one of those and you won’t regret it.

In case you are interested, Panama 66 is the sister restaurant to Tiger!Tiger! and Blind Lady Ale House (my favorite craft beer spot in Normal Heights).

Panama 66

Where: 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: Check website for soft opening hours
Website: www.panama66.com
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