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San Diego International Beer Festival

Raise a cold one to the world’s hottest brewers at this craft-brew bonanza, the largest event of its kind on the West Coast. Sample your way through more than 400 varieties of beers, meads, and ciders from nearly 200 breweries. While local brews are well represented, there are more than a dozen countries represented here.

The thriving San Diego County craft-brewing scene certainly holds its own against the world’s best. Local winners have included Pizza Port Carlsbad, a previous winner of the festival’s prestigious top pick for breweries. There are five tasting sessions, while stage presentations look at all things beer: home brewing, how to judge beers, and even pairings with chocolate. Browse for beer-making gadgetry and ingredients, talk to brewers, and dine on great food.