September 11 | Book Signing and Beer Release: A prolific writer whose work I very much enjoy, Joshua Bernstein, is stopping by Green Flash’s tasting room to sign copies of his book, The Complete Beer Course, and take in the second beer in the brewery’s Genius Lab series, a single hop ale made using a New Zealand hop called Nelson Sauvin. | Green Flash Brewing Company, 6550 Mira Mesa Boulevard, Mira Mesa, 5 p.m.
September 14 | Second Saturday: Pack in with other craft beer fanatics for specialties from Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits including barrel-aged versions of Indra Kunindra Curry Export Stout and Barmy apricot strong ale, plus casks of Mango-Cayenne Sculpin IPA and Piper Down Scottish Ale with maple, coconut and lavender served with steak frites and crème brûlée. | Hamilton’s Tavern, 1521 30th Street, South Park, 5 p.m.
September 14 | Sourfest: Prime the ol’ gut with some antacids, then spend a day sampling fine lambics, gueuzes and otherwise acidified beers from the likes of Cantillon, Almanac, Cascade, Crooked Stave, The Bruery, Bear Republic, Russian River and more, including this year’s edition of Churchill’s Finest Sour, made for the pub by San Marcos neighbors at The Lost Abbey. | Churchill’s Pub & Grille, 887 West San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, 11 a.m.
Other Notable Happenings
- September 11, 7 p.m.: Drink the Point, Various Locations, Point Loma and Ocean Beach
- September 12, 5 p.m.: AleSmith Cheese School, Ritual Tavern, North Park
- September 15, 12 p.m.: Barrel-Aged Mini Fest, Tiger! Tiger! Tavern, North Park