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Beer champion Nate Soroko, gone too soon

Raise a glass to San Diego’s patron saint of beer

Nate Soroko, appearing in the new documentary, Beer City San Diego.
Nate Soroko, appearing in the new documentary, Beer City San Diego.

San Diego city council closed its June 22 session with an adjournment in memory in honor of bartender Nate Soroko, who passed away unexpectedly last week at 39. The memoriam, read by council president pro tem Stephen Whitburn, concluded, “Nate Soroko, thank you for all you have done for the San Diego region. Your memory will not fade.”

Nate Soroko was beloved as a bartender. Dating back to 2004, he poured beers for several of the city’s best breweries and pubs. Modern Times Beer gave him the title Beer Ambassador. As a chef and bartender for Toronado, he was instrumental in establishing beer and food pairings.

A number of industry professionals are expressing gratitude with a less formal tribute, by making July “Nate Soroko Month.” Friend, and Eating & Drinking in San Diego founder, Edwin Real is spearheading the effort. Some businesses are donating cash to a funeral fund for the Soroko family, while others are pledging a portion of a specific day’s proceeds. Participating businesses include Pop Pie Co., Setting Sun Sake, The Balboa Bar & Grill, O’Brien’s Pub, Mostra Coffee, Azucar Bakery. Directing a portion of ticket sales to the fund will be the August 5 premiere of the new documentary, Beer City, screening at the Casbah. The film covers the rise of San Diego beer.

In the hours after his death was announced on social media, many of his friends posted tributes to his Facebook page.

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Nate Soroko, appearing in the new documentary, Beer City San Diego.
Nate Soroko, appearing in the new documentary, Beer City San Diego.

San Diego city council closed its June 22 session with an adjournment in memory in honor of bartender Nate Soroko, who passed away unexpectedly last week at 39. The memoriam, read by council president pro tem Stephen Whitburn, concluded, “Nate Soroko, thank you for all you have done for the San Diego region. Your memory will not fade.”

Nate Soroko was beloved as a bartender. Dating back to 2004, he poured beers for several of the city’s best breweries and pubs. Modern Times Beer gave him the title Beer Ambassador. As a chef and bartender for Toronado, he was instrumental in establishing beer and food pairings.

A number of industry professionals are expressing gratitude with a less formal tribute, by making July “Nate Soroko Month.” Friend, and Eating & Drinking in San Diego founder, Edwin Real is spearheading the effort. Some businesses are donating cash to a funeral fund for the Soroko family, while others are pledging a portion of a specific day’s proceeds. Participating businesses include Pop Pie Co., Setting Sun Sake, The Balboa Bar & Grill, O’Brien’s Pub, Mostra Coffee, Azucar Bakery. Directing a portion of ticket sales to the fund will be the August 5 premiere of the new documentary, Beer City, screening at the Casbah. The film covers the rise of San Diego beer.

In the hours after his death was announced on social media, many of his friends posted tributes to his Facebook page.

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