San Diego’s 2nd Annual Beer-Con to Host National Beer Experts, Tap Haven & Celebrity Panelists August 24-25th

August 18, 2012

Beer-Con, San Diego’s only craft beer conference, is set to take place on August 24th & 25th, promising exclusive access to the top names in the industry.  With expert presentations and panel discussions on all things relevant to the American craft beer movement, participants are likely to learn something from the best in the business of beer.  Between informative discussions, giveaways, and an extensive beer garden officially dubbed “Tap Haven,” you’re likely to have an experience unlike any other.

Beer-Con has been expanded to 2 days this year. Friday August 24th will be dedicated to brewery tours, and Saturday August 25th will be the day of the Beer-Con conference and Tap Haven.  Breweries taking part in the Brewery Tours include Iron Fist Brewing Co, Coronado Brewing Co, Lightning Brewery, Ballast Point Brewing, White Labs, Societe Brewing and El Cajon Brewing Co. With the exception of brewery tours, Beer-Con will take place at 57 Degrees, located at 1735 Hancock St., San Diego, CA 92101.  There is plenty of free parking at the location.

Beer-Con was born out of the pure love for craft beer. This is a conference by and for beer lovers.  For the first time ever, the greatest minds and palates in craft beer have a platform to come together and share their passion. Beer-Con 2012 is a two-day conference held in beautiful San Diego that will feature some of the top names in the industry speaking on a variety of topics. Friday will feature brewery tours while Saturday will have multiple speaking tracks which will run simultaneously throughout the day so that you can choose the experience that is right for you. In addition, the Tap Haven will feature deliciously crafted brews from some of San Diego’s top brewers and beyond. This event is open to the public, no professional association or credentials required, must be 21+ to attend.

Beer-Con is slated to sell out quickly, so be sure to reserve your space today!  The 2-day pass to the event, including brewery tours and the conference cost $149, while the 1-day pass to the conference is $119.  For a limited time, is offering reduced price tickets - $69 for the single day and $99 for the 2 day.  The one day pass includes: entry to Beer-Con On Saturday August 25th from 9am-8pm; Access to Key note presented by Julia Herz from the Brewers Association; Breakfast Snacks & Lunch on Saturday (Lunch will be paired with beer tasters chosen by "Dr" Bill Sysak of Stone Brewing Co.); your choice of 4 conference sessions with today’s top thinkers in beer, along with QA session; a one year subscription to Draft Magazine;  Tap Haven access that includes unlimited 4oz taster pours ('til they run out of beer, or 8 o'clock hits); and a goodie bag that includes official Beer-Con t-shirt, commemorative taster glass, and more.   The 2-day pass includes everything in the 1 day pass plus access to the Friday Night Kick Off Party (Hosted at a local brewery) and brewery tour of 3-4 breweries with 12 tasters.

"Dr." Bill Sysak of Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
Beer-Con’s impressive line-up of participants includes industry experts including:
  • Julia Herz, Craft Beer Program Director at the Brewers Association and Publisher of
  • Bill Sysak, Beverage Coordinator at Stone Brewing World Bistro
  • Megan Flynn, Publisher of Beer West Magazine
  • Kevin Wright, Head Brewer for Hangar 24 Craft Brewery
  • Brandon Sieminski, Brewmaster & Owner of Iron Fist Brewing Co.
  • Laurie Delk, Blogger 100 Beers 30 Days & Contributor to Happy Hour Magazine
  • Dennis Keller, Sales Manager of North Coast Brewing Co, Judge for Beer Judge Certification
  • Speaker TBA, The Lost Abbey / Port Brewing
  • Speaker TBA, White Labs