American Craft Beer Week in San Diego | Where to Celebrate and Why

May 11, 2012

Next week San Diego celebrates American Craft Beer Week (this is different than Beer Week, which is later in the year). Below is some info on the jubilation and a round-up of several local establishments dedicated to offering the proper way to celebrate the flourishing local craft beer scene.
American Craft Beer Week

The practice of beer making goes back over 10,000 years. Through its fermented history, the recipes have evolved into the vast array of flavors and types we enjoy today. Travel the world and you’ll discover some sort of indigenous brew wherever you find yourself.  America is no different, and the time has come to raise a glass and salute those who craft beer here in the US.  From May 14th through the 20th, American Craft Beer Week taps into San Diego.  Micro- and nano-breweries alike are being celebrated for their accomplishments through various local restaurants and bars.  With San Diego recently pinned by many as the best beer city in the country, local beer lovers can continue to support their favorite craft brewers by enjoying a variety of beers, specialty food dishes containing beer and other limited time specials offered at the following venues.

JFAT's Craft Beer Battered Fish and Chips
Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern
4990 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 62106

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern has craft beer to both drink and eat.  On tap to drink, Jimmy’s has numerous craft beers including Karl Strauss Woodie Gold, Lagunitas IPA, and North Coast Pranqster.  To eat they’re making their onion rings and fish and chips with house-made beer batter which uses Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale.  Surround yourself with some crafty goodness!

600 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

The Duck Puppies!
The name says it all, for a thorough craft beer experience look no further than barleymash.  They have 30 beers on tap featuring some of the area’s best micro- and nano-breweries.  Thankfully, these tasty beverages are not merely reserved for the bar.  In the kitchen,
 Executive Chef Kevin Templeton masterfully incorporates them into many of his delicious recipes that make up barleymash’s creative menu of progressive bar fare. A tasty example are the Duck Puppies, which consist of shredded duck confit, toasted hazelnuts, Red Trolley-cornmeal batter, arugula, shaved parmesan, “ale-oli”, and a balsamic-Jager drizzle.  The possibilities seem to be endless.

Union Kitchen & Tap
1108 South Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA

Union Kitchen & Tap is devoted to the craft.  With around 20 craft beers rotating on tap, most of which are local and limited-releases, visitors taste some of the latest and greatest beers of the San Diego area.  When strolling through Encinitas, it’s in one’s best beer interest to stop into Union Kitchen & Tap and taste a bit of brewed delight.

Pacific Beach Ale House
721 Grand Ave.
San Diego, CA 92109
858.581.BEER (2337)

Enjoy a flight at PB Ale House
What better way to celebrate American Craft Beer Week than to go straight to the source?  Pacific Beach Ale House is a micro-brewery and restaurant that brews eight signature beers onsite.  Many of the menu items include the brews—dressings, sauces, batters, and yes, desserts.  Support one of San Diego’s finest micro-breweries by visiting during its special week.

Prospect Bar & Grill
1025 Prospect Street Suite 210
La Jolla, CA

Prospect's Gouda Mac!
La Jolla’s Prospect Bar & Grill is offering American Craft Beer Week’s version of the adult happy meal.  You pay $18; you receive their delicious Smoked Gouda Mac equipped with cheese, bacon, and sautéed onions plus a flight of 4 beers: 3 locals and 1 other microbrew.   It doesn’t get much better than some Gouda and fine craft beers.     

So grab your designated driver, and head around our beautiful beer town next week for what is sure to be a wonderful celebration of our thriving craft beer community.  If you have any other suggestions on where to go for Craft Week Beer, let us know by emailing SanDiegoVille at [email protected].