August 30 | Support the Troops Fundraiser: Kick off the long weekend with feel-good beer and the good feeling that comes from contributing to a worthy cause. From 6 to 9 p.m., a portion of sales from every pint sold at this North County brewery will benefit Home for the Holidays, a non-profit assisting deployed military personnel traveling home to be with their families. | Offbeat Brewing Company, 1223 Pacific Oaks Place, Escondido, 6 p.m.
August 31 | San Diego Bacon Fest: They say there’s a beer festival in San Diego every weekend. Amazingly, this is darn near true. However, there’s only one that puts the quality beer brewed throughout the county in second place behind smoked, salted pork belly. Diets and willpower be damned. It’s time for a weekend blow out, beer and bacon style! | NTC Promenade Preble Field, Liberty Station, Point Loma, 1 p.m.
August 31 | Del Mar Beer Fest: Longtime San Diego beer festival organizers (and nationally acclaimed brewers) Jeff Bagby and Tom Nickel are getting the band back together, conspiring to put on a free-for-all featuring 100 different brews, including 40 of some of the hoppiest beers they could get their resin-sticky fingers on where the surf meets the turf. | Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar,1 p.m.
Other Notable Happenings
- August 27, 3 p.m.: Green Bullet IIIPA Release, Green Flash Brewing Company, Mira Mesa
- August 29, 6 p.m.: Exploring Craft Beer, San Diego State University, College Area
- August 29, 6 p.m.: Summer Pairings in the Field, Stone Farms, Escondido
- August 30, 5:30 p.m.: History Happy Hour with QUAFF, San Diego History Center, Balboa Park