The Craft Beer Capital of America

In this month’s newsletter, we explore why San Diego County is known as "the Craft Beer Capital of America." San Diego is home to more than 100 breweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs.

Since 2009, San Diego has promoted a ten-day county-wide festival, held in early November aimed at both local residents and tourists. It showcases the local beer scene and fosters knowledge about the area's brewing heritage. The festival kicks off with the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival and continues with hundreds of large and small events hosted by breweries, nano-breweries, pubs, and alehouses. In 2012 there were more than 500 events scheduled during Beer Week.

Some Calbiotech staff favorite local beers are featured below:

David Barka, Vice President: Sculpin IPA, Ballast Point

Ninos Sipo, Quality Assurance Manager: Day Time, Lagunitas Brewing Company

Amar Dawood, Warehouse Manager: Stone IPA, from Escondido

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Below is a listing of San Diego's various Oktoberfest Celebrations

Date: Second to last Sunday in September
Six blocks of music, crafts from over 200 vendors, authentic German food, beer, a parade and a family fun zone.

Oktoberfest in El Cajon
Dates: Friday-Sunday, first and second weekends of October
Traditionally held on the first two weekends in October, dance to the sounds of an honest-to-goodness Bavarian band at the two-weekend Oktoberfest in El Cajon.

Oktoberfest in La Mesa
Dates: Friday-Sunday, first weekend of October
The granddaddy of San Diego Oktoberfests, La Mesa's two-day version is essentially a giant block party in the town "village" area.

Oktoberfest in Carlsbad
 First Saturday of October
Carlsbad's annual Oktoberfest celebration features live music, traditional German food and games.

Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
 Friday-Saturday, second weekend of October
San Diego's annual Oktoberfest takes to the streets of Ocean Beach once again in this uniquely Southern California salute to the celebration of German culture and fun.

Oktoberfest on Coronado
Dates: Late September through Early October
Experience a Bavarian-style beer garden on the Hotel del Coronado's Sun Deck with bratwurst and sauerkraut, Munich-style pretzels, schnitzel and more, plus select specialty beers from breweries like Paulaner and Karl Strauss.