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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.

Sycamore Den – Serving Normal Heights Dads Since 2013

Sycamore Den

Shotguns, Cocktails, Banjos, Fiddles, Dad

In the spot of the old Lou Jones Inn in Normal Heights sits a new lounge reminiscent of the 70s dens of dads long past, minus the shag carpet. The Sycamore Den aims to be a place where men (and women) can come and relax in front of the fire with an artisanal cocktail or two.

Dad’s Den Décor

Sycamore Den Dad's Den Motif

Every Dad’s Den needs guns, wood working tools and fiddles

When I first heard about the idea of the dad’s den, I immediately thought of Calvin and Hobbes’ G.R.O.S.S. Clubhouse – a place where girls (women) are not welcome. Thankfully,  the Sycamore Den offers a friendly setting for all sexes. Instead of televisions, the walls are covered in what could be considered “manly” objects including demilled rifles, wood working tools, musical instruments and plenty of exposed wood. A sunken floor area comes complete with a fireplace. The seating, covered in 70s brown leather, is plentiful and welcomes you to sit and rest those weary feet after a hard day of manual labor. A few large tables sit in the back just waiting for a group to enjoy a few cocktails around.

Cocktails and Beer

Making Artisanal Cocktails - Sycamore Den

Artisanal Cocktails are the name of the game

Artisanal Cocktails

While I am sure the bartenders can make whatever drink you desire, it might be wise to stick with the 13 artisanal cocktails created by Eric Johnson. I personally enjoyed the Monk Improved, Fiddler’s Collins and Swiss Bank. That means there are 10 more good reasons for a return visit. Each of the 13 cocktails will run you $9 a pop.


I am a beer snob and proud to admit it, so I was a little disappointed to see Bud Light on the tap list. In my honest opinion, PBR or Milwaukee’s Best would better fit the over all theme, but hey, you are most likely coming for the cocktails, not the beer. Thankfully, a few local craft beers were on tap including Port Brewing Company and Alesmith Brewing Company.

Wine is available for those that don’t care for cocktails or beer.

Live Music

Live Music - Sycamore Den

Tucked in the front corner right past the front door sits an old player piano waiting for its ivories to be tickled. The stage the piano sits on is just big enough to hold a few musicians and their instruments (as long as they don’t have any drums). The Sycamore has yet to post any type of schedule, but I am sure there will be plenty of bluegrass played on a weekly basis.

Sycamore Den Information

Location: 3391 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116

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