This weekend, head to Stone Brewing Company’s 14th Anniversary Celebration and Invitational Beer Festival. Held at California State University San Marcos, this is sure to be one anniversary you won’t forget.
Over 40 craft breweries will be serving up brews; more than 120 craft beers will be available for the tasting. Stone Brewing Company alone plans to serve 25 beers–a thrilling collection of the usuals, a number of collaboration brews and some real rarities. Other local San Diego County brewery favorites scheduled to offer their ales are AleSmith, Back Street, Ballast Point, Black Market, Coronado, Green Flash, Lightning, Lost Abbey, Pizza Port, and San Diego brewing companies.
Many breweries from other parts of California, elsewhere in the U.S., and from around the world–including Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway and Scotland–will also take part in the festival.
A number of the beers recently listed in Beer Advocate’s latest “Best Beers on Planet Earth” list will be available to taste, including AleSmith’s Speedway Stout (#14) and IPA (#32); Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA (#18); North Coast’s Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout (#34); Bear Republic’s Hop Red Rye (#37) and Racer 5 IPA (#91); Great Divide’s Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout (#44); Brasserie d’Achouffe’s Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel (#79); Brewery Ommegang’s Hennepin Saison (#82); and Avery’s Maharaja Imperial IPA (#94). Four other breweries with beers in the top 100–Duvel, Lost Abbey, Oskar Blues, and Russian River–will also be pouring brews at the festival but have not yet announced their selections. The host of the event will serve up many of its ranked beers as well—two of them with an extra twist. In addition to their Ruination IPA (#38), Arrogant Bastard Ale (#63), Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale (#76) and Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale (#81), Stone will serve the 10th anniversary special blend of their Imperial Russian Stout (#10), and a double dry hopped version of their Stone IPA (#56).
If all this sounds enticing, get your tickets now before they’re gone. There are two sessions on Saturday–Session A goes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Session B goes from 3 to 6 p.m. If for some reason you need more convincing, proceeds of the festival benefit the Boys and Girls Club of San Marcos, Fight ALD, the Palomar Family YMCA of Escondido and the Surfrider Foundation. So be selfless for once, do the right thing and drink some brew this weekend.