1735 Hancock Street, Mission Hills
May 9 | Beer Tasting Challenge: Cicerones and self-proclaimed “beer experts” can talk a lot of smack, but going through a blind tasting put on by BeerNerdz, where attendees compete for prizes while matching up beers based on their taste profiles, will show what they’re really made of. This edition will feature the broad array of beers from Green Flash Brewing Company. | *The Brew Project, 1735 Hancock Street, Five Points, 6 p.m.*
1521 30th Street, South Park
May 10 | Second Saturday: Most people are familiar with the classic beers from Stone Brewing Co. — Stone IPA, Stone Smoked Porter, Arrogant Bastard Ale, and the like. Hamilton’s Tavern will offer plenty of those standards along with rarities like Stone “The Tiger Cub” Saison aged in White Wine Barrels w/Sour Cherries as well as vintage beers dating back as far as 2004. | Hamilton’s Tavern, 4095 30th Street, South Park, 1 p.m.
Olive Street at Sycamore Drive, San Marcos
May 10 | Highway 78 Craftbrew & Foodtruck Festiv(ale): What do you get when you draw together the mighty forces of North County’s prestigious craft brewing scene and an army of San Diego’s mobile gastronomists — this unique festival, now in its second year, celebrating two industries that enjoy a tremendously successful relationship all throughout the year. | Walnut Grove Park, 1952 Sycamore Drive, San Marcos, 4 p.m.
Other Notable Happenings
- May 6, 5 p.m. | Bell’s Brewery Launch, O’Brien’s Pub, Kearny Mesa
- May 7, 5 p.m. | Avery Brewing Night, Raglan Public House, Ocean Beach
- May 8, 12 p.m. | New Belgium Day, Monkey Paw Pub & Brewing, East Village
- May 10, 11 a.m. | Barrel-Aged Beer Release Party, AleSmith Brewing Company, Miramar
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.