San Diego Beer Week began its 3rd incarnation with an unprecedented Brewers Guild Festival, featuring rocking live music, food offerings from many local businesses and food trucks, and of course, samplings of all the beer you can swallow from almost every brewery in the area. Did I mention it was like 80 degrees and beautiful? Gotta love San Diego!
Super Q and Groggy’s Fat Sandwiches, as well as food offerings from local eateries including Gaglione Bros’ Cheesesteaks and Pubcakes. There were two separate stages and great music throughout the day, including a stand out set by San Francisco’s Stone Foxes.
Slater’s 50/50 Restaurant – named because some of their patties are formed with 50% ground beef, and 50% ground bacon – OH YEA!!! Slater’s offered VIP members (and all other while supplies lasted) a chance to sample their Peanut Butter & Jealousy burger – a ground beef patty, topped with a thick cut of bacon, and surrounded by peanut butter and jelly, and served on a honey wheat bun. While many less adventurous attendees scoffed at the “unorthodox” combination, I welcomed it and found it to be glorious. Slater’s – I’ll be in touch.
Now for a critique, next year, organizers should consider different options for serving food samples, as the waste cans filled up fast. In this day and age, event planners for food tasting outings should contemplate both the environment and the impact that such trash output has on our ecosystem. In addition, spittoon-type pour pots for samples that people did not prefer would be a welcomed convenience, as by the end of the event, people were just dumping their unfinished beers right on the grass or directly in the trash.
In total, the San Diego Brewers’ Guild Festival was a most entertaining event that took place on a beautiful, sunny, San Diego day. I will be sure to mark my calendar for next year, as I can only imagine that this event will continue to improve year after year. You should do the same :)