16761 Bernardo Center Drive, Rancho Bernardo
January 11 | Total Tap Takeover: Tap takeovers happen all over the country and exhibit varying degrees of totalitarianism. Make no mistake — this one, an invasion staged by Stone Brewing Co. at Urge Gastropub — is as big as they come…51 different Stone beers pouring from 51 handles including some seriously rare and archived brews. | Urge Gastropub, 16761 Bernardo Center Drive, Rancho Bernardo, 11:30 a.m.
1521 30th Street, South Park
January 11 | Second Saturday: It takes a lot for Southern Californians, especially those in suds savvy San Diego, to embrace, in any way, no matter how minor, anything from NorCal. But local hopheads have a soft spot for Petaluma’s Lagunitas Brewing Company, including the craft beer lovers behind Hamilton’s Tavern. Find out why with plenty of Lagunitas specialties. | Hamilton’s Tavern, 1521 30th Street, South Park, 1 p.m.
January 12 | Beginner Homebrew Class: So, you’ve developed a love for drinking craft beer. Enough so, that you want to cross over the artisanal line in the sand and make your own. Only problem is you don’t know where to start. Consider beginning your fermentation quest under the watchful gaze of the patient, helpful brewers at Mother Earth Brew Co. | Mother Earth Brew Co., 206 Main Street, Vista, 9 a.m.
Other Notable Happenings
- Jan. 8, 5 p.m. | New Belgium Keep the Glass Night, Plan 9 Alehouse, Escondido
- Jan. 8, 6 p.m. | Meet the Brewer, Press Box Sports Lounge, El Cajon
- Jan. 9, (times vary) | Cask Beer Night, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Various Locations
- Jan. 13, 11 a.m. | Hoppy Monday, SD TapRoom, Pacific Beach
Disclosure: In addition to his work as a staff writer for the Reader, Brandon Hernández is also a communications specialist for Stone Brewing Co. However, his recommendation of the aforementioned event organized by the company is provided independent of that employment relationship.