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With roughly 500 events 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 our local scene and have been doling out daily info on some of the most special and significant goings-on during this 10-day span. The beeriest time of the year is almost over, so if you feel something incredible is missing, comment and help get the word out there.

DAY NINE | Saturday, November 12

10 a.m. – Cooperage d’etat Do you like Ballast Point beers? Do you like barrel-aged beers? Do you like paying a buck to enjoy such rich brews? Today’s your day. Hit up Home Brew Mart for $1 four-ounce tasters of 15 specialty numbers including Syrah barrel-aged Three Sheets Barleywine Blend and Bourbon barrel-aged Sextant Oatmeal Stout. Details

12 p.m. – Green Flash 9th Anniversary Celebration Having moved to a huge new facility in Mira Mesa, it’s been a big year for Green Flash Brewing Company. They’re celebrating the coming of their ninth year in business with a blowout extravaganza complete with tons of beer, food trucks and a great cause—the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Details

5 p.m. – 2nd Saturday with Marin Brewing Show up early to Hamilton’s Tavern, wedge yourself in and enjoy a happily ruckus crowd fueled by Italian hop sausage and peppers plus cask and draught beers from NoCal’s Marin Brewing Company (plus guest beers from Moylan’s, Drakes, Moonlight, Triple Rock and Magnolia). Details

6 p.m. – Mission Brewery Beer Maker Dinner One of the best things about Beer Week is the chance to enjoy great local beers while supping at top tier eateries like Loews Coronado’s standout, Mistral. Chef Patrick Ponsaty (pictured above) is serving up pork cheeks and carrot mousseline with Mission Shipwreck Double IPA. Trés gourmet! Details

6:30 p.m. – Beer & Bacon Dinner Many think Rock Bottom brewpubs are soulless links in a corporate chain, but each has its own unique brews and identity. Savor beers from Rock Bottom La Jolla’s award-winning brewer (and SD Brewers Guild prez) Marty Mendiola with the protein of the moment—swine. Bacon-wrapped scallops with jalapeño-IPA cream sauce. Oinkers away! Details

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