Bikes, Boards and Brews

Bikes, Boards and Brews, held at the Catamaran Resort, was a great event.  The flyer promised local craft beer, local cuisine, beach inspired art, live music and original bikes and boards.

The location and size of the festival were perfect.  The medium sized event was well suited for the beautiful location right on Mission Bay; the area was busy but not over crowded.  I was really happy with the overall variety of beer and food.  This festival delivered an amazing value for the $30 entry fee.

On entry you were given 10 drink tickets and your taster cup.  The booths were set up in a fenced in grass area that made walking around very comfortable.  There were not any lines longer than a few people and no shortage of beer or food.

Some of my favorite dishes were the poke from Duck Dive, the fish taco from Sand Bar Sports Grill and the chicken kabob from Amplified Ale Works.  It’s very difficult to choose an overall favorite dish, each of the three above were excellent, but I’m calling the fish taco my favorite.  Grilled fish balanced with a great assortment of fresh ingredients, I had to have a second to make sure the first one wasn’t a fluke. Continue reading “Bikes, Boards and Brews”

Sore Eye Sportsmas! – 12 Days of Giveaways!

Flyer for Sore eye Sportsmas, 12 days of giveaways starting 12/10/12Sore Eye Sportsmas is here and I’m completely stoked to be able to bring you 12 days of giveaways!  To say thank you to my followers, with help from generous sponsors, I have put together gifts to share every day until the grand prize is awarded on Friday, Decmeber 21rst. Today is the Grand Prize!  The winner will be chosen at 6pm Pacific. Good luck to everyone, thank you for your support and Happy Holidays!



The Grand Prize of Sore Eye Sportsmas is two V.I.P. tickets to the Mission Valley Craft Beer and Food Festival with one night hotel stay at the Handlery Hotel (site of the festival)!  To enter today’s drawing either tweet the bold phrase below or share this post to Facebook and tag Sore Eye Sports.

MVBFFLogo (2)Want to win 2 VIP tickets w/hotel stay for @MVBeerfestival from @mkbain today? Get your chance here:

If you don’t use Twitter or Facebook simply sign in and comment below that you want a chance to win!  Anyone living in the continental U.S.A. and 21 years old or over is eligible.

This giveaway is really only useful to San Diego and Southern California residents but if you’re willing to travel to the festival, feel free to enter!

Thank you to Mission Valley Craft Beer and Food Festival!  Without generous people like them Sore Eye Sportsmas would not be possible!  Get entered and Happy Sportsmas to all!

Coming Soon! Bikes, Boards and Brews

I’m getting excited for Bikes, Boards and Brews! Less than a week away, next Saturday, the Catamaran Hotel will be the place to be for what promises to be a great beer event. I will definitely be there and I suggest you get your tickets, an incredible value at $25, by Friday and beat the price increase. Great breweries, great food, live music, art and one of a kind bikes and boards promise to deliver a great afternoon you do not want to miss! Check out the official write up and flyer below! Continue reading “Coming Soon! Bikes, Boards and Brews”

Helm’s Brewing Co. Through Sore Eyes

Helms Brewing Co LogoWhen I received an invitation to visit Helm’s Brewing Co. before their grand opening I was instantly excited.  The location, 5640 Kearny Mesa Road, Suite C/N , is easily accessible from the 163 freeways.  Near Societe Brewing, these two may be the start of a new micro brewery hot bed in San Diego.  After tasting one of their beers at The San Diego Brewers Guild Fest I was primed and ready to visit this new brewery.

Helm’s Brewery/Tasting room is a nice medium sized warehouse with an open seven barrel brewing setup.  As a beer guy I always enjoy seeing each brewery’s equipment setup and flow.  The flow is straight ahead here, clean and simple progression through the tanks and directly into the cold room.  With 3 barrel tanks in the cold room they are kegging more than half of what they brew. Continue reading “Helm’s Brewing Co. Through Sore Eyes”

The Five Chef Societe

_MG_9892When they announced The Five Chef Societe dinner and I was invited to cover the event, I was excited for what was sure to be a great night of food and beer. Little did I know at the time that my enthusiasm was actually an understatement of what an excellent event would unfold on Monday, November 5th.

I arrived early and was initially impressed with the way the Handlery Hotel decorated their restaurant for the event. The entire area had the feel of the Societe tasting room – growlers, kegs and barley used in a tasteful way to emphasize this was a San Diego Beer Week happening.

The night started with a nice reception as David Maldonado played flamenco guitar and everyone got a chance to sample some of Societe’s fine craft beers. On a side note, if you haven’t heard of or visited Societe Brewing, you’re missing one of the best newcomers to the amazing San Diego beer scene. Open just 6 months they are already very entrenched into the scene and I personally can’t wait until we get to sample the first of the barrel aged sour beers they are making. Continue reading “The Five Chef Societe”