Well now, the San Diego Brewers Guild raises a few pints to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a new event: SD Beer Weekend. It’s June 10-12 and the details are below.
SD Beer Weekend complements the Guild’s San Diego Beer Week, which will take place Nov. 4-13 with its 14th event. San Diego County, known as ‘The Capital of Craft,” has more breweries than just about any other county in the United States.
“We simply couldn’t wait for Beer Week to celebrate such an important milestone for the Guild, its more than 150 members, and, frankly, all of San Diego,” said Executive Director Paige McWey Acers. “We are named ‘The Capital of Craft’ for a reason and singling out this commemoration is yet another way to promote so many wonderful breweries and help get beer lovers back through their doors as we re-emerge from the pandemic.”
Participating breweries of SD Beer Weekend will sell limited-edition commemorative pint glasses with 25th anniversary artwork. Boelter, the maker of the glassware, is donating $1 of each unit sold back to the Guild.
This beer lovers weekend for the craft beer community will also feature a proprietary, exclusive hop blend named Zamba that is available to commercial brewers to make a beer of their choice for serving during SD Beer Weekend and beyond. Zamba was offered to breweries through the “SD Beer Hop Blend” program, a partnership between the Guild and BSG Craft Brewing. BSG Craft Brewing is donating 20% of each order back to the Guild.
The list of participating breweries can be found at www.sdbeer.com/sdbeerweekend.
This May, 13 San Diego craft breweries won medals at the 2022 World Beer Cup, the largest international commercial beer competition hosted by the Brewers Association. The event took place in Minneapolis and featured more than 10,000 beers from nearly 2,500 breweries spanning 57 countries. Pizza Port Brewing Company garnered the most medals overall with five, including two gold. This was the first World Beer Cup since 2018 due to alternating years and the pandemic.
The Guild in 2021 assisted with the re-openings of its member breweries coming out of the pandemic, recommending and monitoring health and safety guidelines. The Guild’s community had nearly 500 events throughout 2021. Upcoming Guild events this year include San Diego Craft Beer Con, Aug. 2 at San Diego State University and the 8th Annual Golf Tournament Sept. 22 at Rancho Bernardo Inn.
Since the creation of the San Diego Brewers guild, the number of independent craft brewery locations in the county has grown from just 15 in 1997 to more than 150 today.
San Diego Brewers Guild is a non-profit organization promoting local small businesses and entrepreneurs of craft beer.
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