4646 Convoy Street, Kearny Mesa
January 29 | Nickel Beer Night: Julian’s newly established Nickel Beer Co. is making great beer out of the gate. There’s just one problem…it’s in Julian! Owner and brewmaster Tom Nickel is saving fans some auto mileage by bringing his full array of beers, including a collaboration brew with yours truly — Bitter Beer Writer ESB — at his San Diego beer bar, O’Brien’s Pub. | O’Brien’s Pub, 4646 Convoy Street, Kearny Mesa, 5 p.m.
7536 Fay Avenue, La Jolla
January 30 | Grand Opening: Last week, I gave you the low-down on La Jolla Brewing Company, the new brewpub concept installed in the former La Jolla Brew House space. Those looking to go beyond my prose and get a first-hand view would do well to join in official grand opening festivities, which will include pours of the business’ brand-new house beers. | La Jolla Brewing Company, 7536 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, 5 p.m.
1776 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island
February 1 | First Anniversary Celebration: A craft beer bar beckoning suds aficionados to take a walk down a short pier, Fathom Bistro is a unique spot to be sure. Also one-of-a-kind, locally at least, is owner Dennis Borlek’s manner of celebrating its first year in business — a mini-sour beer festival that, in addition to tart temptations, will also include a tasty brunch component. | Fathom Bistro, 1776 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 10 a.m.
Other Notable Happenings
- Jan. 29, 6:30 p.m. | San Diego Chile Beer Dinner, The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla
- Jan. 30, 5 p.m. | Fifth Anniversary, Blind Lady Ale House, Normal Heights
- Feb. 2, 1:30 p.m. | Corgi Day Humane Society Benefit, Arcana Brewing Company, Carlsbad
- Feb. 2-9 | Stone Winter Storm, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Garden Locations, Escondido & Point Loma
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.