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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
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In addition to Balboa Park’s 15 museums, theaters, gardens, fountains and fine dining; the 1,200 acre oasis also provides locals and visitors a great place to work up a sweat and exercise. – Air Shows and Aviation Museum in San Diego

San Diego celebrates its historic connection to airplanes with spectacular air shows and world-class aviation museums.

Bikes and Beer This Week in San Diego – 2-6 April 2014

This weekend, take the bike out for a joyride, pick up some bike parts and then enjoy one of the great beer events happening throughout San Diego county:


San Diego Velodrome 2014 Spring Veloswap

San Diego Velodrome Spring Veloswap

Get the best deals at the San Diego Velodrome Spring Veloswap

According to the website, this is the biggest, baddest, bestest swap meet for new and used parts in Southern California! Expect more than 75 vendors selling parts both old and new at unbeatable deals.

Where: San Diego Velodrome – 2221 Morley Field Drive, San Diego, CA 92104
When: Sunday, 6 April 2014
Time: Gates open at 9:00 AM
Cost: $5 entry fee
> Find out more about the San Diego Velodrome 2014 Spring Veloswap

Regularly Scheduled Rides

Not much going on in terms of big bike riding events. However, there are plenty of regularly scheduled rides happening all weekend.

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


Unite Pale Releases from International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day

Pink Boots Society

Get a taste of the Unite Pale Ale by the brewsters of the Pink Boots Society before it’s all gone. Photo courtesy of Stone Brewing.

On 8 March 2014, brewsters of the Pink Boots Society from around the world gathered at local breweries to create their own version of Unite Pale Ale for #IWCB. The time has come to enjoy the fruits of their labor at special releases throughout the county. According to @deniserat, here are a few places where you can snag this amazing beer:

Intergalactic Brewing Company
 9835 Carroll Centre Rd Suite 108, San Diego, CA 92126
When: Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Ballast Point Brewing
All Three Locations
When: Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Meet the Brewsters: Laura Ulrich, Devon Randall, and Kim Lutz
Stone Brewing Bistro & Gardens Liberty Station – 2816 Historic Decatur Road,
San Diego,CA 92106
When: Thursday, 3 April 2014
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 PM
> Find out more about Meet the Brewsters

Craft Beer + Bites

Craft Beer + Bites - SILO at Markers Quarter

Enjoy craft beer from 10 local breweries paired with small bites from 10 local restaurants, including Green Flash Brewing, Lost Abbey, Societe Brewing, Urbn Street and Alchemy Cultural Fare. SILO will host a variety of interactive games including bocce ball, ping-pong, beanbag toss and life-sized Jenga. Local makers will also be on-hand displaying and talking with guests about custom menswear, murals, silk-screening and home brewing. Tickets are for all 10 pairings (4 oz. pour from each brewer and small bites from each chef).

Where: Silo in Makers Quarter – 753 15th St, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Saturday, 5 April 2014
Time: 4:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: $30-$35
> Find out more about Craft Beer + Bites

Uncasked: A Neighborhood Craft Beer Fest

Savor some of our favorite local brews and tasty bites. Plus, join us for Plaza Unplugged, showcasing top local musicians! Entrance Fee includes: a branded beer glass, Uncasked tasting guide, unlimited bites, 10 drink tickets, exclusive offers and more!

Where: Westfield UTC – 4545 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92122
When: Saturday, 5 April 2014
Time: 4:00 to 7:00 PM
Cost: $20
> Find out more about Uncasked: A Neighborhood Craft Beer Fest

Stone Oakquinox 2014

Oakquinox 2014 - Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens Escondido

When beer meets wood! Photo courtesy of Stone Brewing.

Stone’s outrageous festival of barrel-aged brews returns for a fifth glorious year! Join them for a celebration of the tasty extravagance that ensues. “Dr.” Bill Sysak has over 100 spectacular beers lined up, and of course, he’s working on even more! Tasty edibles will be available outside for you to purchase anytime you like.

An Oakquinox ticket includes:

  • A commemorative glass
  • Fifteen 3oz tasters
  • Over 100 amazing beers to choose from!

Where: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens Escondido – 1999 Citracado Parkway
Escondido, CA 92029
When: Sunday, 6 April 2014
Cost: $45
> Find out more about Stone Oakquinox 2014

Thorn St Brewery Brunch with Carnitas Snack Shack

Join Thorn St. Brewery as they host Carnitas Snack Shack and Hanis Cavin for Brunch. Ticket price includes 3 beers and a buffet style brunch. The menu is insane, come hungry:

  • Bacon-banana pancakes
  • Smokehouse Kings breakfast sausage
  • Rib eye steak Benedict with Cardamom Cafe english muffin & roasted pepper hollandaise
  • Carnitas “machaca” eggs  with pico de gallo & Chilaquiles torte with tomatillo salsa
  • Build your own BLT sandwich bar
  • Roasted “bbq” pork with coleslaw, mashed potatoes & Ivans bbq
  • Carnitas “wedge salad” with house dressing

Where: Thorn Street Brewery – 3176 Thorn Street, San Diego, CA 92104
When: Sunday, 6 April 2014
Time: 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Cost: $30
> Find out more about the Thorn St Brewery Brunch with Carnitas Snack Shack

San Diego Brew Classic

San Diego Brew Classic

Sample beers from the likes of Stone, Ballast Point and Twisted Manzanita at the San Diego Brew Classic

Enjoy the beautiful views of Mission Bay and the City skyline while sipping your favorite local brews at the beach. The event will feature 10-15 local craft breweries from San Diego, food for purchase and a great vibe. General admission includes 10 4 ounce tasters. VIP admission includes an extra hour of tastings.

Where: Crown Point Park – 1799 Moorland Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
When: Sunday, 6 April 2014
Time: 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $25-$25
> Find out more about the San Diego Brew Classic

> Find more great beer events at West Coaster SD

Know of any other upcoming San Diego events involving bikes and/or beer? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Take some time to visit these amazing exhibitions at museums throughout the county and you just might forget about the beach.


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