The event involves a hockey game with San Diego craft brewers followed by a beer festival and concludes with the San Diego Gulls taking on the Calgary Wranglers. It starts at 1 with the amateur’s hockey game, continues with the beer festival from 3-6 and concludes with the pro hockey game at 7 p.m.
Tickets, which include entry to all three events, are $60 and can be purchased here. All proceeds benefit four local non-profit organizations: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego, Emilio Nares Foundation, Resque Ranch, and the San Diego Brewers Guild.
The festival at The Lomaland Fermentorium, which is located across the street from the north parking lot of Pechanga Arena, includes catering from the renown Phil’s BBQ and unlimited samples from 15 local craft breweries. (Due to permitting regulations, the festival is 21+ only; children are still welcome to attend both the brewers and Gulls hockey games, but they will not be admitted to the festival.)
Rosters are being finalized for the brewers game, but confirmed players include representatives from Ballast Point, Burgeon Beer Company, Harland Brewing,Kings & Convicts, Modern Times, Rouleur Brewing, Societe Brewing, Stone Brewing, and Thorn Brewing. Teams will be announced on March 25, when jerseys will be revealed as well.
A limited-release collaboration beer is being created for the event: Pucks & Pints Session Cold IPA, which will have a 4.5-4.7% alcohol by volume (ABV) and tasting notes of pineapple, orange, citrus peel, grapefruit, and stone fruit. Stone Brewing is serving as the host, and the other breweries involved are Ballast Point, Harland, Kings & Convicts, Modern Times, Plan 9 Alehouse, Societe, and Thorn.
“Pucks & Pints originated with colleagues from Societe, Stone, and Thorn – all long-time hockey players who wanted to combine their passion for craft brewing and hockey to provide charitable good,” said event co-founder Todd Webster, who serves on Thorn Brewing’s Board of Directors. “What has transpired with the event’s growth in a short time is amazing. The excitement and energy have grown to an entirely new level. The brewing community and our sponsors continue to rally to support our worthy charities that are so critical to the communities of San Diego.”
Last year’s Pucks & Pints event raised more than $20,000.
“As a local hockey player and long-time craft beer professional and enthusiast, I couldn’t be more excited about our involvement in this event,” said Modern Times Vice President of Supply Chain and Logistics Justin Brunda. “With our Lomaland taproom being across the street from Pechanga Arena, we thought it was a great opportunity to share some of our resources and space, support our local community, and share in this effort with our San Diego beer brothers and sisters.”