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With nearly 500 events -- ranging from pint nights to festivals and all-out, multi-venue fermentable free-for-alls -- San Diego Beer Week can be confusing…and that’s before you start drinking.

Fortunately, I know a thing or two about craft beer and the local scene, and I’m doling out daily info on some of the most special and significant goings-on during this ten-day span. Feel something incredible is missing? Comment and help get the word out there. Get your drink on (responsibly, of course), San Diego!

DAY FIVE | Tuesday, November 8

3 p.m. – Behind the Brewery The MIHO Gastrotruck will park behind the brewhouse in the back of Linda Vista’s Home Brew Mart and serve apple-salsa-dressed duck tacos made with Victory at Sea Coffee-Vanilla Imperial Porter. Enjoy that beer and a slew of others along with beer-infused yogurt from Fiji Yogurt next door. Details

3 p.m. – Silva Stout Release Party & Rare Beer Tasting Green Flash brewmaster Chuck Silva liked his robust barrel-aged stout so much he put his name on it. That special seasonal is being released at GF’s Mira Mesa brewery along with tastes of some of their rarest beers and a special dish from his friend, Terra executive chef Jeff Rossman. Details

5 p.m. – Sierra Nevada Ultra Rare & Beer Camp Tasting Sierra Nevada Pale Ale was the beer that inspired many of SD’s brewers to start crafting their own suds. Enjoy this opportunity to sample some of their most obscure beers such as Pitch a Tent, Yippie Rye, and the Citra, Chinook, and Cascade varieties of 20th Street at North Park’s new Tiger! Tiger! Tavern. Details

6 p.m. – Master Pairings Dinner Relax at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens while their Bill Sysak takes on fellow food and beverage pairing expert Steve Beaumont to see who can find the perfect matches for five dishes ranging from seared scallops to turducken. It's a battle for supremacy where dinner attendees decide who wins beery bragging rights. Details

6 p.m. – Hess Brewmaster’s Dinner Pairing Hillcrest newcomer (and former Pizza Fusion) Local Habit is pairing a quintet of beers from Mira Mesa nanobrewery Hess Brewing. Enjoy hard-to-get offerings such as Deceptio Cascadian Dark Ale and Pumpkin Stout on cask with Creole barbecue shrimp and vanilla bean panna cotta. Details

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