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Last year, I offered my opinions on some of the most interesting and exciting events taking place each day of San Diego Beer Week. The info came out a couple of days ahead of those events, but with so much going on, planning is essential. So, I figured it would be best for me to give even more advance notice for SDBW 2012, which takes place from November 2 to 11.

The best of day one is outlined below. Check back on Feast! each day for the goods on the remaining nine days. Happy San Diego Beer Week!

Friday, November 2

9 a.m. – Stone Rare Beer Breakfast Get in Beer Week mode early with a breakfast spread at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondido), but trade in a steaming cup of Joe for ideally chilled specialty and one-off beers from around the world. Over the past few years, this has proven an event worth getting up and at ‘em early for.

9 a.m. – Brew Your Own Beer Brunch What? Not one, but two opportunities to drink before noon? It’s true. And at this one, held at Karl Strauss Brewing Company’s original brewpub (1157 Columbia Street, Little Italy), guests will get a tour, a rare beer-paired brunch, and the chance to vote on a special style of beer to have brewed. The winning vote-getter will be announced on-site.

4 p.m. – Mother Earth Night & Churchill’s IPA Release Brewers from one of North County’s fastest growing breweries, Mother Earth Brew Co., will descend on Churchill’s Pub & Grille (887 West San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos) to share some pints with customers and debut a New Zealand hop-fortified West Coast IPA they brewed specifically for this venue, which is considered by many to be North County’s best beer bar.

6 p.m. – Brew Food Book Signing & Food Expo Last year, Chefs Press held a signing for its historical book about San Diego’s brewing industry and nearly every brewer in town showed up. This year, they’re returning to Mission Brewery (1441 L Street, Downtown) to debut a new cookbook, Brew Food. Many brewers will be back along with local chefs both signing the book and preparing dishes from its pages.

Note: Brandon Hernández is professionally affiliated with Stone Brewing Co., however, the opinion above reflects his personal opinion on the quality of the event the company is holding.

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