This weekend three of San Diego’s downtown breweries unite to show solidarity and resistance to the encroachment of Big Beer right in the middle of their own neighborhood. Monkey Paw Brewing, Resident Brewing and Half-Door Brewing have collaborated on a new beer to show that united spirit. This has also lead to an exciting way for the entire San Diego Beer community of brewers and beer lovers alike to show our support for the belief that the best beer is the beer brewed by our friends and neighbors, by breweries that are intrinsic to the fabric of their respective neighborhoods, and that being an independently owned brewery is not only something to support, but something to be proud of.
The faceless mega beer bar of lies and deceit, (they are happy to pass their product off as local San Diego beer and I’m not going to name them) will be opening their doors on Saturday. To counter this event, designed to lure in the uninformed or the oblivious, Monkey Paw will be previewing the collaboration beer with two special casks of the beer known as “11 Barrel IPA”. Both casks will be triple dry-hopped and special t-shirts will be available for purchase.
The real event kicks off in full force on Sunday, May 28th at 2pm. All the breweries, Monkey Paw, Resident and Half-Door are sponsoring an organized pub crawl across downtown, providing a free shuttle between all the locations between 2pm and 6pm. Each brewery will feature the 11 Barrel IPA and all sorts of other tasty beers made by true members of the community. It should also be noted that portions of the proceeds of each pint sold at the three brewpubs will go to Downtown San Diego Homeless and Hunger causes.
This is the weekend that we, the beer loving community of San Diego need to come together and show our support for local, independent breweries. We will not be sheep who are lied to and manipulated. We see the strings, we know your tricks. We are smart, educated consumers who know that every time we open our wallets, we are voting with our hard earned money. This weekend we are going to send one simple, yet overwhelmingly loud message; We want out beer to be independent.
Long live indie beer!
Visit the pub crawl at:
1065 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Monkey Paw Brewing
807 16th St, San Diego, CA 92104
Half Door Brewing
903 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
I’ll see everyone on Sunday!