On Saturday, April 25, from 12-4pm the San Diego Brewers Guild will bring together for the fourth consecutive year many of the nation’s most celebrated craft beers and local bands for the annual Rhythm & Brews music and craft beer festival. Craft beer aficionados will gather along ‘Hop Highway’ in Historic Downtown Vista Village in Vista to sample barrel aged brews, saisons, sour ales and more from top breweries from around the country while enjoying musical performances from seven popular acts, spanning from blues to folk to funk. Aspiring brewers will also have the opportunity to compete for ‘Best of Show’ in the popular homebrew contest, sponsored by Mother Earth Brewing Co. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit local non-profit Fight ALD, as well as the San Diego Brewers Guild. SanDiegoVille is raffling off 2 GA passes to this fun and festive event, so read on and be sure to enter!
To complement the wide selection of brews from San Diego and beyond, the festival will feature continuous live performances on two stages by seven popular local bands, including the Bill Magee Blues Band, voted the “Best Blues Band in San Diego” by the San Diego Music Association; Ben Powell, who’s most recent album was nominated by the San Diego Music Association for 'Best Blues Album' in 2014; and renowned band leader Bubba McCoy. Outstanding local fare will be available for purchase from Brothers Provisions, Criscito Pizza, Currywurst Food Truck, GrillFellas Food Truck, Hana Hou To Go Food Truck and more.
San Diego’s community of at-home brewers is invited to participate in the festival’s popular annual Homebrew Contest, sponsored by Mother Earth Brew Co. The ‘Best of Show’ will have the opportunity to brew his or her winning recipe at Mother Earth Brew Co. to be released at next year’s Rhythm & Brews event. Entry is open until April 19 and interested participants can register online. Last year’s ‘Best of Show’ winner, Patrick Shulz, will serve his Contemplation Porter at this year’s festival.
General admission tickets to Rhythm & Brews are $45 and $55 on the day of the event. Entry includes unlimited craft beer tastings and a branded pilsner cup. VIP tickets are $60 in advance and offer holders early entry at 11am and include access to the event’s exclusive ‘beer college’ sessions, including a special hands-on tacos and beer pairing demonstration with URBN Restaurant Group partner and executive chef Alex Carballo hosted by the San Diego State University College of Extended Studies Professional Certificate in the Business of Craft Beer program, as well as a course led by White Labs covering biochemistry relating to yeast from University of California, San Diego Extension’s Professional Certificate in Brewing program. A limited number of designated driver passes will be offered for $20.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit sdrhythmandbrews.com.