The New Kids on the Block – a Beer Event at the Handlery

NKOTB21It should be no surprise that I am a big beer fan. Lately I have been invited to cover some beer events and could not be happier. This event was held on Thursday, July 19th and featured more than 12 new San Diego breweries and several great food selections from local chefs, all to benefit a great local charity, Wounded Warrior Homes. Some of the highlight breweries for me were Societe, Hess, Manzanita and Roughdraft. On the food side of the festival the Handlery’s chef and organizer of the event, Karl Prohaska, had the winning dish with Toronado and Slater’s 50/50 right there. This event was a smaller, more accessible event than the main festival held annually. Tickets were limited, the event was held within the hotel grounds, not in the parking lot, breweries and chefs were intermingled with plenty of room to walk around and socialize. I enjoyed the size of this event, I was able to talk to the breweries and chefs more that at the larger event. I had a great time and look forward to the next event put on by the excellent staff at the Handlery Hotel. Make sure to join the Mission Valley Craft Beer and Food Festival Facebook group to keep up to date with upcoming events!

The Third Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer and Food Festival

MVCBF20124The Mission Valley Craft Beer and Food Festival happened last Sunday and I am thrilled I had the chance to cover this event. A great day full of amazing craft beer and local chefs sharing their best with us all to help out an awesome charity, Wounded Warrior Homes. They provide long term housing and assistance for our wounded and traumatized soldiers, contact and support them if you are able.

The festival itself was laid out very well with ample room to move about, socialize and have fun. The bands played happy rocking music with Geezer’s performance topping the day for me. There were tons of great breweries, some of my favorites included San Diego Beer Co’s fresh hop filter, Hangar 24’s Columbus IPA, 1/2 Arrogant Bastard 1/2 Ruination from Stone and the Big Black Stout from Pariaha. The big winners on the food side for me were Slater 50/50’s burger with egg, the beer snowcone from Gaijin, tri tip from Baker’s Shakers and Pubcakes. The event was a great success judging from the reaction of my friends, the staff and the crowd in general. I will update the article when all the numbers are in and I will be at every beer/food event Karl, Matt and the staff of the Handlery Hotel host from now on.