9990 Alesmith Court, San Diego
Three-Day Speedway Grand Prix: From Wednesday through Friday, AleSmith will offer flights of their stunning Speedway Stout augmented by flavors including bacon, coconut, and vanilla. Bring a muffin tin (seriously) and taste to your heart’s content. | AleSmith, 9368 Cabot Drive, Miramar, 12 p.m.
8980 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego
Rock Bottom Chef & Brewer’s Dinner: Often overlooked, Rock Bottom's La Jolla brewpub has been cranking out solid beer for some time, as evidenced by steady medaling from the Great American Beer Festival. Taste what they’re brewing with dishes including duck ravioli and pumpkin bread pudding. | Rock Bottom, 8980 Villa La Jolla Drive, La Jolla, 6:30 p.m.
1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondido
Lost Abbey Master Pairings Dinner: Indulge in five tracks from The Lost Abbey’s Ultimate Box Set plus other offerings from San Marcos’ most acclaimed brewery, paired against five courses and hors d’oeuvres including olive oil-poached quail and bison Wellington. | Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, 1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondido, 6:30 p.m.
887 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project Dinner: Deafening buzz surrounds Colorado’s Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, but the beers are extremely hard to come by. Get a bunch paired with specialty dishes to be enjoyed along with chats with the Staves’ brewer. | Churchill’s Pub & Grille, 887 West San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, 7 p.m.
Note: All of the events above can be found on the official San Diego Beer Week site.
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.