With the popularity of craft beer on the rise, San Diego is poised to be the capital of craft beer tourism in the United States. In honor of this growing notoriety, we would like to mention one of the city’s most anticipated events, which is San Diego Beer Week (November 7 – 16th). San Diego Beer Week is a nine-day celebration inspiring people to drink local, craft beer and promote San Diego’s thriving brewing culture with multiple events happening across the county.
Aside from this week of light hearted indulgence, it is worth noting that Men’s Journal deemed San Diego the best beer city in the United States and said that “30th Street in North and South Parks is easily the nation’s best beer boulevard.”The magazine pointed out that San Diego now has more microbreweries than Portland, Oregon, and went on to say that “the variety of beers across the city is the most eclectic in the country.”
San Diego County’s larger breweries like AleSmith Brewing Company and Stone Brewing Co. are consistently rated among the top breweries in the world. Prior to their birth, it was in 1989 that Karl Strauss Brewing Company opened its doors in downtown San Diego and kicked off the city’s craft beer industry. Naturally, as Karl Strauss Brewing Company grew, so did the industry as a whole.
Speaking of this new birth of noted beverage companies, a micro-brewery worth mentioning is North Park’s own Hess Brewing Company, which has a production facility and tasting room in what used to be an Evangelical Bible store.
To further drive home the fact that San Diego is seriously becoming the Mecca for beer consumption, we have to mention that one of our largest universities in the city, San Diego State University (SDSU) actually offers a Business of Craft Beer Certificate. This certificate is designed to foster an overall appreciation of craft beer through interactive, hands-on learning. The program provides an overall experience of craft beer by exploring its past and current trends, in addition to what the future holds for this booming industry. Perhaps this does mean that our beach town is becoming less about sand and more about the drink of choice amongst its land.