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Annual San Diego Beer Week Goes Online

COVID-19 isn’t stopping the San Diego Brewers Guild from bringing “hoppiness” to San Diegans.

Launched in 2009, the organization’s annual “San Diego Beer Week” usually invites people to drink local beer and explore San Diego’s craft brewery scene with 10-days-worth of over 500 events happening throughout the county.

This year, because of the pandemic, San Diego Brewers Guild, its co-producing partner Sycuan Casino Resort and its 130-plus local brewery members, will take the celebration virtual.

Shindigs

To be held from Nov. 6 through Nov. 15, San Diego Beer Week 2020 will include a live stream concert from downtown’s The Casbah music venue and a virtual beer-pairing dinner, among other independent shindigs around town. A number of safely curated, in-person events will also take place, according to the organization, including one hosted by Sycuan on Nov. 8.

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Despite the presentation, the goal of the event remains the same, said Kris Anacleto, president of the San Diego Brewers Guild. That is to create fun, craft-beer-focused “social” events and heavily market those held by its members as well as to celebrate San Diego’s robust craft beer industry, which produced an economic impact of approximately $1.2 billion in 2018.

Beer Garden

“Typically, the event starts with a kick-off toast at a local tasting room, followed by the San Diego Brewers Guild Fest downtown, which is usually the biggest festival in San Diego every year,” said Anacleto, also manager and co-owner of Booze Brothers Brewing Co. in Vista. “Every brewery usually does between three and 10 events through the week and it ends with the Beer Garden at Torrey Pines event. But, unfortunately, both main events will not be happening this year.”

Replacing the usual San Diego Beer Week schedule is a virtual toast held on the San Diego Brewers Guild’s Instagram Live on Nov. 6. On Nov. 7, the Hops + Harvest beer-pairing dinner, a collaboration with Burgeon Beer Co. in Carlsbad and MIHO Catering Co., based in Kearny Mesa, will take place via a Zoom call.

Low Volts

On the same night, San Diego Beer Week will host the live concert, featuring Low Volts and Jonny Wagon & The Tennessee Sons. Tickets for Hops + Harvest cost between $65 and $105 for a four or five course dinner with four or five beers and include free access to the virtual concert.

The event is expected to completely sell out, said Anacleto.

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