Malts, Hops and Curds, Oh My! Andaz to Showcase Craft Beer and Artisanal Cheese Pairings at December 13th Andaz Salon Event

December 6, 2012

On December 13th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Andaz San Diego will host its final Andaz Salon event of 2012: Malts, Hops and Curds, a craft beer and artisanal cheese pairing event to be held in the Ivy Wine Bar. This event will offer guests an up close and personal look at two much-loved local companies: Green Flash Brewing Co. and Venissimo Cheese.
Guests will have the opportunity to sample at least six different beer and cheese pairings throughout the course of the evening. Representatives from both Green Flash Brewing Co. and Venissimo Cheese will share insights about the pairings and explore the growth of one of San Diego’s most popular local craft beers and growing local demand for artisanal cheeses.

Green Flash Brewing Co., founded in San Diego in 2002 by former pub owners Mike and Lisa Hinkley, has made a name for itself by developing award-winning beers that share modern twists on traditional styles. Specializing in brewing assertive and distinctive “hybrid” beers, Green Flash’s most popular beer to date is its West Coast I.P.A. - one of SanDiegoVille's definitive favorites! The brewery also partakes in creating seasonal, collaborative and barrel-aged beers.

Venissimo Cheese, founded by Gina and Roger Freize in San Diego in 2003, carved its way into the San Diego scene with a wide assortment of artisan cheeses for sale. Today, the company has expanded to four locations in and around San Diego, and has had nearly 2,000 cheeses pass through its stores, making it a favorite for fromage-minded locals.

Andaz Salon is a series of dedicated events held at esteemed Andaz hotels across the nation, including Andaz San Diego. These occasions, sought after by each city’s most influential residents, offer opportunities for locals and visitors to engage in unique social experiences under the guidance of knowledgeable event hosts. From fine art exhibits to sushi and sake immersions, and local musical acts to informative culinary demonstrations, guests of Andaz Salon events experience the local scene through the eyes of leading cultural arbiters.

Tickets to this Andaz Salon event are $25 and are available for purchase at At the close of the event, guests are invited to stay for a complimentary experience at Ivy Nightclub, opening at 9 p.m.  For more information about Andaz San Diego, visit or call 619-849-1234.