Last Saturday, I went to the Best Coast Beer Fest in downtown San Diego (the Embarcadero Park South to be exact). It was the first year having the festival here, and even though I was getting over a pretty nasty cold, I had a lot of fun. It was a pretty unique beer festival.
Without further ado, here are my top three favorite things about the event:
1. It was Anchorman-themed.
I can’t say I’ve ever been to a beer festival with a pop-up big screen, but they showed Anchorman and Anchorman 2 during the evening session. Drinking beer with Brick in the background? Yes. Please.
2. The location was unreal.
Holy cow, y’all. The setting was so spectacular that it just made my Texas twang come out. The Embarcadero Park South sits right behind the San Diego Convention Center near the bay, so we had great views of the water as well as downtown San Diego. I attended the 5-9 p.m. session and got there just around sunset, so the sky looked amazing. I’d definitely attend another festival there in the future.
3. I tried some new breweries and new beers!
Yes, this is the point of a beer festival, I know, but Best Coast had more than 70 breweries in attendance–and not just ones from San Diego. There were breweries from all over the West Coast, including Drake’s, Deschutes, and Alaskan Brewing Co. I love my San Diego craft beer, but it was great to get to branch out.
In fact, my favorite beer of the night was Alaskan’s Hopothermia. It’s surprising for me to say that considering double IPAs aren’t usually my go-to choice, but I really enjoyed it. Culture Brewing Co. had a sour cherry beer that was also divine.
As you can tell, beer festival season is well underway here in San Diego, but keep a lookout in the coming days for some more posts about what I’m drinking during the day-to-day work grind and where I’m going on my days off!