9962 Prospect Avenue, Suite E, Santee
May 17 | One-Year Anniversary: Technically, Butcher’s Brewing has been in business far longer than 365 days, but this party, featuring a quartet of bands, food trucks and a commemorative IPA, is built to celebrate a year since former meat man Rey Knight moved his brewing operation from Irvine to the brewery and tasting room formerly occupied by Twisted Manzanita Ales. | Butcher’s Brewery, 9962 Prospect Avenue, Suite E, Santee, 12 p.m.
2330 La Mirada Drive #300, Vista
May 17 | Bacon & Brewfest: The folks at Aztec Brewing Company agree with the mentality that a healthy helping of bacon makes everything better. Julian-based Cook Pigs Ranch is donating an entire pig (raised on Aztec’s spent grain) so culinary teams can vie for pork fat supremacy while spectators chow down on their entries in tandem with Mexican-inspired craft beer. | Aztec Brewing Company, 2330 La Mirada Drive, Suite 300, Vista, 1 p.m.
May 17 | Walker’s Wild Ride: Firestone Walker Brewing Company founder David Walker is coming down from his acclaimed Paso Robles brewery to embark on a tour de force that will see him rubbing elbows and sharing specialty beers with fans at four standout San Diego craft beer venues — Blind Lady Ale House, Live Wire, Toronado San Diego, and Hamilton’s Tavern. | Various Locations; Normal Heights, North Park, South Park; 3 p.m.
Other Notable Happenings
- May 14, 5:30 p.m. | Eat.Drink.Read, NTC Promenade, Liberty Station
- May 15, 7 p.m. | Drake’s Beer Dinner, Sessions Public, Ocean Beach
- May 17, 11 a.m. | Ron Pattinson Q&A and Book-Signing, ChuckAlek Independent Brewers, Ramona
- May 18, 1 p.m. | CHIP Brew Rendezvous Fundraiser, SILO in Makers Quarter, East Village