Then those who like to further indulge their palates will find even more suds to sample at the Del Mar International Beer Festival, (both beer festival dates are TBD, visit for the latest information). Other dates to mark on the calendar include the family-friendly “Donuts at Del Mar” Saturday mornings on July 18 and the Wiener Dog Nationals races on Sunday, September 6. And boasts unlimited beer samples from dozens of local craft breweries. According to the tasting menu, Green Flash Brewing Co., Alpine Beer Company, Mother Earth Brew Co. and The Lost Abbey are just a few of the popular breweries partaking in the fest. The event also includes food truck vendors and live music. General admission tickets can be purchased in advance here for $40 per person.

There are also demos on beer and donut pairings, beer and pretzel pairings and beer and tapas pairings. Essentially, beer goes with just about anything. I’d say that the event was one of the better ones I’ve been to.

The codes are one-time use, so once someone uses the QR code assigned to your ticket, it becomes invalid. After the festival concludes, Sublime with Rome will be taking the stage at 6 p.m. For the cherry on top of a brew-filled afternoon. Additional tacos and beers are available for purchase.

San Diego’s AleSmith was the Brewery of the Year, winning four gold medals, yet most awards went to out-of-town beers from across the U.S., Canada, Germany, Iceland and South Africa. There’s a great video for the festival, but that’s not the best way to describe it. The festival is a massive, exciting, and fun event. It’s an old-school event with a lot of food but the food is really fresh and tasty. I think it’s probably a better way to organize the festival than the other festivals, but I’m not sure.

Both events will have a hometown feel with more than 40 San Diego specials offered. Breweries confirmed for the sessions include AleSmith, Ballast Point, Coronado, Duck Foot Brewing, Green Flash, Mike Hess Brewing, Pizza Port and Stone. Several of those breweries were awarded medals for their craft during the San Diego International Beer Competition held in June.

Matt was there for the event and also had booked the evening at Abbott’s, which was having a Dogfish Head Tap Takeover that evening. So while he was stuck in the coolest restaurant in town, talking craft beer with people, handing out cool gear and enjoying Indian Brown Ale responsibly, I got to do not that. The mastermind, or one of them, is Ryan Cunningham, a chef who isn’t afraid norfolk beer fest 2016 to take chances. Abbott’s has the best selection of craft beers in town, superior even to the liquor stores. They have an exclusive IPA from Mispillion River Brewing Company and rotating taps highlighting all the best beers in the region. The hundreds of beers on tap at the fest are from all over the world and include varieties of ale, cider, porter, stout, mead and more.