The San Diego Winter Brew Fest happened on Friday, February 8th at the Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier. The weather was rainy and cold but this festival celebrated craft beer, featured live music and had food trucks on hand to cultivate the good times.
On entry I was happy to receive an actual glass for the festival, an upgrade to the standard issue acrylic cup. Looking down the length of the venue, breweries, mixed with a few specialty booths, flanked the hall for you to visit at your own pace.
The pavilion seems to be made for festivals like this and was the site of the Brewer’s Guild Festival during San Diego Beer Week. There’s plenty of room for the crowd to mingle around without clogging up too bad and preventing you from actually getting beer to drink.
Some of the standout new beers for me included Old Chub, a scotch ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brewery in Colorado, Delicate Genius from Wet N’ Reckless and my favorite of the night, the Agave Amber Ale from Thorn St. Brewery.
I have to say, in general, our in town breweries blew the out of town breweries away. I expect nothing less of our now legendary beer city. Beer Diego has taken off on a flight that cannot be stopped. We are extremely lucky to have a deep selection of world class beers being made in our town.
Festivals of this type are perfect for you to get introduced to different beers and breweries. Although I find it hard to truly assess a beer with a 2oz taster; I do find events like this get me interested in a beer or a brewery for further “research”.
The event went very well as far as I could tell. I did not hear any complaints of shortages on beer, the crowd was happy and friendly and most importantly everyone seemed to be having fun.
Thank you to the San Diego Winter Brew Fest for inviting me to cover the event and a bigger thank you to my followers for maxing out the discount code I offered off festival tickets!