After a week of soaring temperatures, southern California beer enthusiasts were able to enjoy a cool night out on San Diego’s Broadway Pier for a culmination of craft beer, local eats and live music.
On Friday, September 19, San Diego Professionals Against Cancer hosted the 20th annual San Diego Festival of Beer. Three hundred volunteers set up and ran the festival, which raises funds for charities like Rady Children’s Hospital and Cancer Angels of San Diego.
Breweries as close as San Diego’s Mission Brewery were joined by breweries as far as Big Sky Brewery from Missoula, Montana to help raise funds.
Despite the three game series at local Petco Park between the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres, both fan bases swarmed the pier harmoniously to sample beer from over sixty breweries. With the San Diego skyline behind them and nearby United States Navy battleships in the Port of San Diego, participating breweries each showcased two beers at their respective tents.
While many breweries supplied beer enthusiasts with some of their more flagship brews, much like Left Coast Brewery did with their hop-bomb Super Juice Triple IPA, others took advantage by sampling their more creative and seasonal craft beers on eager patrons.
“[This is a] wonderful event, with a great location and is a great place to try out new beer recipes,” said Ed Parker of Brew Rebellion, whose chocolate peanut butter stout impressed just about every visitor who stopped by their tent.
Twisted Manzanita and Bootlegger’s Brewery tapped their new pumpkin ales, while Epic Brewery featured their pumpkin porter and raspberry ale. Beer lovers received commemorative taster cups to unlimitedly try the seasonal, flagship, and rarely released brews offered to festival goers.