The 15th Annual San Diego Beer Week, presented by the San Diego Brewers Guild, will take place November 3-12 at breweries, bars, and restaurants throughout San Diego County. The celebration of the local independent craft beer industry begins with a virtual kick-off toast at all Brewers Guild member locations on Friday, November 3 at 7:30PM. Executive Director Erik Fowler made the announcement.
This year’s Beer Week will not feature Guild Fest. Instead, Guild Fest will be pushed back to Sunday, February 4. The event at Crafted Culture in Sabre Springs will include more than 30 breweries and curated food pairings. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.
The Beer Garden at The Lodge at Torrey Pines, typically the closing event on the final day of Beer Week, will also not be held this year.
Individual breweries will host events and have beer specials throughout Beer Week, all of which are posted on the Brewers Guild’s calendar.
“To be transparent, this has been a transition year for the San Diego Brewers Guild and the planning of Beer Week,” Fowler said. “With Paige McWey Acers’s departure in April after five-plus years as Executive Director, and my arrival in the role in August, our resources were spread thin and we just couldn’t put together our beloved principal events in time. But make no mistake, Beer Week will still be great, and Guild Fest in February will be a party for the ages.”
For the seventh time a Capital of Craft IPA collaboration beer will be released for Beer Week. This year’s edition brought together the following breweries:
- Modern Times Beer (Host)
- 3 Punk Ales Brewing Co.
- Dog Leg Brewing Co.
- GOAL. Brewing
- Kilowatt Brewing
- Northern Pine Brewing
- Seek Beer Co.
New for Beer Week in 2023 is “The Guild on the Street” happy hour series, featuring Fowler and Brewers Guild board members who will visit breweries to mix and mingle with patrons. Beer industry insights – local, national, and international – will be shared, along with prizes being given out, at the following locations:
- Friday, November 3 | Eppig Brewing (Vista) | 3:30PM – 7:30PM
- Saturday, November 4 | Pure Project (North Park) | 12PM – 4PM
- Monday, November 6 | AleTales Taproom (East Village) | 5PM – 8PM
- Tuesday, November 7 | 3 Punk Ales (Chula Vista) | 6PM – 9PM
- Wednesday, November 8 | Deft Brewing (Bay Park) | 5PM – 8PM
- Thursday, November 9 | O’Brien’s Pub (Kearny Mesa) | 6PM – 9PM
- Friday, November 11 | Embolden Beer Co. (Miramar) | 1PM – 4PM
“Beer Week at its core is about quality craft beer and the great community of brewers and beer geeks in San Diego. That will never change,” Fowler said. “We hope San Diegans and visitors alike will still go out and support their favorite breweries and beer bars, as well as ones they haven’t yet visited. That said, we look forward to returning to a more grandiose Beer Week in the fall of 2024.”