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Sip-Worthy Event: Rhythm and Brews returns May 6th

Celebrate what sets the San Diego beer scene apart from the rest at Rhythm and Brews, The San Diego Brewers Guild’s annual spring festival in the heart of historic Vista Village. Attendees can mingle with fellow craft beer fans and sample over 100 beers from more than 50 of our county’s award-winning breweries. The festival also features a soundtrack of live music performances and local food trucks will be onsite to supply delicious eats. Whether you prefer a creamy stout or a hoppy IPA (or anything and everything in between), this festival has you covered. Visit sdrhythmandbrews.com for tickets and more information and follow along on Instagram and Twitter at @SDRhythmBrews.

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Restaurant Picks for Beer Lovers

Quality pints and plates under one roof

The Cork & Craft

{16990 Via Tazon, Rancho Bernardo; thecorkandcraft.com}
This chef-driven restaurant tucked away inside Abnormal Wine and Beer Co. is the city’s only restaurant, brewery, and winery in one. Guests can pair Chef Scott Cannon’s menu of refined comfort fare with craft beer by Head Brewer Derek Gallanosa—or choose from a thoughtfully curated list of local and rare brews from 41 taps. Don’t miss their Jolly Good Mac, made with orecchiette pasta, Abnormal Beer cheese sauce, bacon, and green onions.

Panama 66

{1450 El Prado, Balboa Park; panama66.blogspot.com}
Tucked away in the sculpture garden of the San Diego Museum of Art, this primarily outdoor hangout is the brainchild of the folks behind Blind Lady Ale House and Tiger!Tiger! Alongside a menu of salads and sandwiches made with local ingredients, you’ll find a selection of San Diego-made craft beer from Pizza Port, Lost Abbey, Modern Times, and others. When in doubt, a crisp and hoppy IPA and a Niman Ranch Ham sandwich is a solid choice.

Bier Garden Encinitas

{641 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas; biergardenencinitas.com}
A North County favorite, Bier Garden Encinitas is a modern brew house with a menu of California coastal fare that’s anything but ordinary. Some options to try include Kung Pao Calamari and the pistachio-crusted honey-glazed Salmon Burger topped with arugula, tomato, fennel, lime-ginger vinaigrette, and garlic aïoli. There are also 25 taps predominantly pouring local brews. If you’re looking to expand your horizons, try the South of the Border, an IPA cocktail with cachaça, agave nectar, fresh mint, and citrus juices.

Q&A with Jill Davidson

jill-davidson-san-diego-brewers-guildThe San Diego Brewers Guild President (and sales manager at Pizza Port Brewing Company) shares her thoughts on the San Diego craft beer community and the best neighborhoods for beer lovers to explore.

DiningOut: First things first: We know it’s hard to narrow it down, but what’s one of your favorite things about being part of San Diego’s craft beer community?
Davidson: Great que­stion and you’re right—it’s so hard to narrow it down! I would say the cam­ara­der­ie. Every day you see brewers from throughout San Diego County saddled up in bar stools talking about their days or planning collaborations. It’s a fairly normal and beautiful thing for an entire brewery staff to spend the day visiting other breweries.

San Diego County is home to several neighborhoods with a high concentration of craft breweries. What are some of the best locations to explore?
The Hops Highway is a great place to start. Check out Stone Brewing in Escondido, then head over to Lost Abbey and Rip Current in San Marcos. Finish your day visiting breweries in Vista like Mother Earth, Bear Roots, Booze Brothers, Aztec, and Belching Beaver. Seasoned fans should head into Miramar. Hit White Labs for a little behind-the-scenes yeast education before heading over to AleSmith, Pure Project, Amplified Ale Works, and Duck Foot. Truthfully, there are no bad choices; every neighborhood has developed its own identity with plenty of amazing breweries to choose from!

Which breweries do you tend to visit most often?
I live in Oceanside, so you’ll find me at Bagby Beer, Mason Ale Works, or Breakwater, but I try to sneak out to other neighborhoods as often as possible.

Content provided by the San Diego Brewers Guild. To learn more about local breweries and upcoming events, visit SDBeer.com