2215 30th Street, South Park
June 23 | Beer U: Sensory Evaluation: There’s more to beer analysis than sipping and swirling. Join Stone Brewing Co. research manager Steve Gonzalez as he teaches students to differentiate between styles and detect defects in a variety of brews, while walking them through a tasting of Stone’s first sour beer, Arrogant Bastard Ale aged in bourbon barrels, and more. | Stone Company Store, 2215 30th Street, South Park, 7 p.m.
3827 Fifth Avenue, Hillcrest
June 23 & 28 | Anniversary Events: It’s been three years of zesty Cali-Creole cuisine and SoCal craft beer devotion for Local Habit, and the Hillcrest hot spot is ready to celebrate with a release party for an anniversary Belgian dubbel called Secundus from Mike Hess Brewing Company on June 23 and a big ol’ crawfish boil with live music — and more beer — on June 28. | Local Habit, 3827 Fifth Avenue, Hillcrest, 11 a.m.
10151 Prospect Avenue, Santee
June 28 | Anniversary Party: For much of its four years in existence, Twisted Manzanita Ales & Spirits went by the handle of Manzanita Brewing Company. Installation of a distillery and added flair led to a name change, but it’s business as usual for Santee’s first brewery, which will celebrate with a one-day-only release of its anniversary beer and food from local eateries. | Twisted Manzanita Ales & Spirits, 550 Park Center Drive, Santee, 4 p.m.
Other Notable Happenings
- June 25, 4 p.m. | Taste of Vista on Main Street, Various Locations, Vista
- June 27, 3 p.m. | Ska Brewing Launch, Hamilton’s Tavern, South Park
- June 28, 12 p.m. | Sour Saturday, Plan 9 Alehouse, Escondido
- June 30, 6:30 p.m. | Coronado Brewing Dinner & Tap Takeover, Barleymash, Downtown
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.