Good Times at the Karl Strauss' 8th Annual Beach to Brewery Fest

May 16, 2011

A Glimpse of Last Year's Sold Out Event
This past Saturday, May 14th, from 2pm to 7pm, Karl Strauss Brewing Company and the Surfrider Foundation, San Diego Chapter, hosted the 8th Annual Beach to Brewery Beer and Music Fest. The benefit took place at the Karl Strauss Main Brewery in Pacific Beach and included 22 beers on tap, live local music, and a non-competitive bike ride from the beach to the brewery.  Each admission came with 5 hefty free beer tasters, live concert with 4 local bands, brewery tours, and more.

Read MoreTo celebrate Karl Strauss' 22nd Anniversary, the event featured 22 unique beers on tap, including the new Blackball Belgian IPA, 22nd Anniversary Barrel-Aged Vanilla Imperial Stout, seasonal favorite Pintail Pale Ale, and World Beer Cup/Great American Beer Festival gold-medal winning Red Trolley Ale. In addition to the diverse assortment of beers on tap, there was 5 special casks created just for the event, including a Scotch on Scotch brew and a Lavender Hefeweizen (Beers were $5/beer or $10/five tasters). Tours of the expanded brewery and bottling line were available throughout the event, as well as fish tacos and burritos by Wahoos ($5 for 2 fish tacos or 1 chicken burrito) and pizza from Mountain Mikes Pizza ($5 for 2 slices of cheese or pepperoni).

Beach to Brewery is known for showcasing local talent, and this year was no exception. Little Deadman kicked things off, a band that recently recorded a new album and this is their first show in months—followed by indie rockers Cuckoo Chaos and Blackout Party. Stranger closed the night with their world beat rock. Local non-profit, Sezio, was on-site screen printing made-to-order band t's and a limited edition event shirt.  You could even take the shirt off your own back to get logo'd.

To date, Karl Strauss Brewing Company has raised over $80,000 for the local San Diego Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation through Beach to Brewery. This year, in an effort to support Surfrider's "Rise Above Plastics" campaign, guests were given a reusable souvenir cup that will replace more than 10,000 disposable plastic cups at the event. Karl Strauss hired Hands-On Recycling to individually sort the remaining recyclables from trash to divert unnecessary waste from landfills. Leading up to the main event, the company supported Surfrider's cause in a hands-on way by hosting an employee beach clean up to keep its local Pacific Beach neighborhood clean.

Tickets for Beach to Brewery were $25 pre-sale and $30 at the door. Attendees had the option to add a 1-year Surfrider membership for the discounted price of $15 when purchasing their event ticket online. The event has sold out the past four years, and based upon the crown, this year was no exception. Free shuttles to and from the event departed from Dusty Rhodes Park in Ocean Beach as well as the Library in Pacific Beach and run throughout the event.

Beach to Brewery was a really fun time with great music, quality craft beer, and best of all, it was for a good cause.  If you did not make it this year, keep it in mind next year around this time and don't miss out.

Karl Strauss 8th Annual Beach to Brewery Beer + Music Fest
Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m (rain or shine)
5985 Sante Fe Street, San Diego