The Neighborhood Celebrates Five Year Anniversary with Beer Garden Event for Charity | October 20th

October 2, 2012

As a respected cornerstone of San Diego’s now nationally recognized beer movement, East Village’s Neighborhood eatery and beer bar is taking it to the streets to host one of the most highly curated beer gardens the city has ever seen while raising funds for a local creative nonprofit. The party will serve as a thank you to the people who have supported them throughout the years, but most importantly, to acknowledge the progress our local beer, social, and culinary culture has made over half-decade since opening.

On October 20th, Neighborhood eatery ( will throw a huge charity-driven street fest to commemorate their five year anniversary and to acknowledge the progress of our culinary and craft beer communities.  The event will feature a beer garden with custom anniversary blends from the “five godfathers” of SD brewing: Stone Brewing Co., Ballast Point, Port/Lost Abbey, Green Flash and AleSmith. If that isn't enough, a handful of the nation’s brewing pioneers including Allagash, Russian River, Dogfish Head and Avery will also be in town to pour a few of their rare specialty batches.

A portion of the proceeds raised will benefit Sezio, a local non-profit that provides resources, exposure and community support to emerging artists and musicians. Other highlights of the anniversary party include music provided by 5&A Dime, screen printing by Sezio, live art from the folks at Product Etc., and tasty grub from MiHo Gastrotruck. The San Diego Bike Coalition will also be graciously providing a complimentary bike valet for your transportation ease!

Neighborhood arrived in San Diego’s East Village in 2006 with influential entrepreneur Arsalun Tafazoli of Consortium Holdings ( El DoradoNoble Experiment, Craft & Commerce, Underbelly, and their newest project, Polite Provisions and sister restaurant, Soda & Swine) who was looking to shine a light on local beer. The realization that something unique was taking place within San Diego’s brewing industry inspired him to open his modernist shrine to craft beer and comfort food, despite that during that time there was little to no market for such a concept.  Today, Neighborhood is one of the most popular beer bars in Southern California, and Tafazoli’s pioneering spirit and ambitious nature has led him to open many of the city’s most progressive dining and cocktail establishments.

"It's been incredible to see the progress our culture has made throughout the past five years," says owner, Arsalun Tafazoli. “When we opened shop in 2006, hardly anyone was interested in local craft beer – we nearly went out of business due to the lack of patronage. I never dreamed that we’d get this far, and it’s remarkable to see San Diego now leading the way in the national beer movement.”

This exciting event will he held on Saturday, October 20th, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.  A $10 entrance fee buys you 4 half-pint tastings (that’s a monster of a pour!), and includes a commemorative five-year anniversary stein.  Tickets are currently available for pre-order online at

Neighborhood is located at 777 G Street in East Village San Diego (on 8th Ave. between Market & G St.).  For more information, please visit
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