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Sunday, November 4

10 a.m. – Ballast Point Beer Brunch Even without a menu available, there are some things you just know are going to be good. Several courses developed by Trencherman food fratster and Toronado (4026 30th Street, North Park) chef Nate Soroko to pair perfectly with special beers from renowned operation Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits falls under that category.

2 p.m. – Ultimate Beer & Chocolate When the word “ultimate” is used to describe an event, it better be good. With 10 high quality chocolate truffles and deeply flavorful beers like FiftyFifty Totality Imperial Stout and Dieu du Ciel Route des Epices, this ode to decadence at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (1999 Citricado Parkway) seems “worthy” of that adjective.

1 p.m. – Man the Victory at Sea Fleet You can never have too much of a good thing. Hamilton’s Tavern (1521 30th Street, South Park) will pour versions of Ballast Point’s wildly popular Victory at Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter. In the past, they’ve topped it with hazelnut cream and used it in ice cream floats. There’s no telling what’ll happen this year, but it’ll happen fast. Show up early!

5 p.m. – AleSmith / CheeseSmith Night 2.0 Last year was an experiment, one where cheeses produced by AleSmith owner and brewmaster Peter Zien sold out quickly. This year, armed with hindsight and a lot more fromage, Zien’s back at Urge Gastropub (16761 Bernardo Center Drive, Rancho Bernardo) with previews of products he’ll someday sell via WIP business, CheeseSmith.

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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