San Diego International Beer Festival

June 14-16, 2019

Five Sessions. Hundreds of Beers. One Glass.

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Session General Admission VIP Lounge
Friday, June 15, 2018: 12noon-4pm
General Admission: $60 VIP: $110
Friday, June 15, 2018: 5pm-9pm
General Admission: $60 VIP: $110
Saturday, June 16, 2018: 11am-3pm
General Admission: $60 VIP: $110
Saturday, June 16, 2018: 4pm-8pm
General Admission: $60 VIP: $110
Sunday, June 17, 2018: 12noon-4pm
General Admission: $60 VIP: $110
Special Event!
Thursday, June 14, 2018: 6pm-8:30pm

All Ticket sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges.

San Diego International Beer Festival

General Admission

Includes San Diego International Beer Festival session admission, souvenir tasting glass with unlimited 1-ounce samplings of hundreds of beers, and admission to the San Diego County Fair presented by Albertsons | Vons.
Ticket Price: $60

VIP: San Diego International Beer Festival

VIP Lounge

Includes half-hour early session admission to the San Diego International Beer Festival, souvenir glass with unlimited 6-ounce beer samplings, access to a special lounge area overlooking the beer festival, several VIP food stations (with craft beers selected to complement the menu), and unlimited grazing for the first two hours of each session, and admission to the San Diego County Fair presented by Albertsons | Vons.
Ticket Price: $110

VIP Lounge Menu

Menu: Tapas from Sevilla & A Taste of Spain

Spanish Charcuterie & Cheeses
  • Jamon Serrano | Chorizo Iberico | Salchichon
  • Manchego | Cabrales | Miti Cana de Cabra
  • Roasted Sweet Peppers in Olive Oil
  • Fig Jam | Quince Paste, Green Garlic Aioli | Arbiquena Olives
  • Crusty Bread Display | Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oil | Jerez Sherry Vinegar
Paella, Champignones & Patatas Bravas
  • Seafood Paella “Valenciana” | Shrimp | Mussels | Chorizo | Pimientos | Saffron Rice
  • “Champignones al Jerez” Garlic Sautéed Mushrooms | Jerez Sherry | Spanish Olive Oil
  • “Patatas Bravas” Crisp Fried Potatoes | Aioli Verde | Romescu Sauce
Churros con Chocolate
  • Freshly Made Spanish Style Churros with your Choice of Toppings
  • Chocolate Sauce | Dulce de Leche Caramel | Raspberry Coulis | Cinnamon Sugar | Whipped Cream

Menu: Ballast Point Station

Presented by Chef Colin MacLaggan

Duck Confit “Tostada”
  • Blue Cheese Foam | Crispy Duck Leg | Pickled Red Onion | Arugula Port Wine Reduction
“BLT” Gougeres
  • Baked Savory Pastry Puff | Applewood smoked Bacon | Arugula | Cherry Tomatoes | Bloody Mary Aioli
Chocolate & Cherries
  • Beet Ganache | Chocolate Decadence Cake | Dehydrated White Chocolate Meringue | Brandy Cherries

Menu: Bivouac Ciderworks Station

Presented by Chef DJ Tangalin

Local White Seabass “Kilawin” Tostadita”
  • Grapes | Cucumbers | Strawberry | Mint | Chive Oil
Longanisa Ragu
  • Creamy Polenta | Mushroom | Aleppo Pepper | Italian Parsley
“Bibingka” Sweet Rice Cake
  • Fresh Fruit Jam

Unicorn Crafts & Drafts

Partnering with Charity Wings Art Center we bring you a hands-on, beer-centric crafting experience like no other! Welcome to the wonderful world where Beer meets Sweets & Unicorns.

Create sparkling Beer Cap “French Macaron” Ornaments or Earrings, get your “Unicorn On” at the Unicorn Your Hair (& Beard!) Transformation Station, think outside the “Beer Box” and craft an upcycled Beer Box Sun Visor from 6 pack carriers. Then visit the Unicorn Wings Photo Op and take a picture with your friends…& your creations! Life is Sweet in VIP.

Game On!

Challenge your pals to a friendly game of Cornhole, Giant Jenga, Foosball or Shuffleboard.

Father’s Day

On Father’s Day, share a VIP experience with the whole family at the San Diego International Beer Festival! Kids 12 and younger eat free, ages 13+ have special pricing and everyone’s invited to enjoy the Craft Soda Bar! Be sure to visit the Unicorn Crafts & Drafts Station in VIP to make something special for Dad (or turn him into a Unicorn!) and challenge dad to a Game of Cornhole, Giant Jenga, Foosball or Shuffleboard! There’ll be “Good n’ Plenty” of fun for the whole family!

Beer Pairing Dinner

Gold Medal Beer Pairing Dinner

Thursday, June 14, 2018
Be the first to taste Gold Medal Award Winning Beers at this exclusive beer dinner experience! Enjoy a one-hour reception and a four course plated dinner. Each course paired with a Gold Medal Award Winning Beer from the San Diego International Beer Competition. Includes Fair Admission, dinner, preferred parking and a swag bag. (does not include entry into the Beer Festival)
Ticket Price: $75

MENU: Gold Medal Beer Pairing Dinner

Welcome Station

Gold Medal Beer Pairing:
Ballast Point Aloha Sculpin (IPA)
Gold Medal – International Style Pale Ale

  • Tray Passed American Style IPA
  • Local Charcuterie from Pete Balistreri:
  • Rosemary Garlic & Chili Fennel Salumi | Dry Aged Berkshire Prosciutto | Truffle Ham
  • Cornichons | Temecula Olives | Whole Grain Pale Ale Mustard
  • Red Dragon Cheese with Ale & Mustard Seeds
  • Bread & Cie Baguettes | Rustic Bakery Flatbreads
First Course Paired with American Fruit Wheat Beer

Gold Medal Beer Pairing:
Eagle Rock Manifesto
Gold Medal – Belgian Style Wit

Seared Local Albacore | Cherry Heirloom Tomatoes | Temecula Olive Oil Tapenade | Aged Balsamic | Micro Basil

Second Course Paired with Golden or Blonde Beer

Gold Medal Beer Pairing:
MacLeod Van Ice
Gold Medal – American Style Lager

Bagby Sweet Ride
Gold Medal – European Lager

Rip Current Delaminator (Dopplebock)
Gold Medal – German Style Bock

Twice Cooked Kung Pao Pork Belly | Baby Bok Choy Salad |
Szechuan Peppered Cashews | Shiso Leaf

Third Course Paired with a Smoked Porter

Gold Medal Beer Pairing:
Beachwood Mocha Machine (American Porter)
Gold Medal – Coffee Porter and Stout

All Natural Smoked Porter Braised Brandt Beef Cheeks “Paprikash” | Creamy Manchego Polenta | Chorizo Bilbao | Rapini

Dessert Paired with Mead or Cider

Gold Medal Beer Pairing:
Golden Coast Spiced Sour Mead
Gold Medal – Spiced and Specialty Mead

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler | Vanilla Haagen-Dazs | Mead Caramel Sauce

Not Drinking? Come anyway!

Non-drinking Admission

Designated drivers, family members and friends can all visit the San Diego International Beer Festival for free with admission to the San Diego County Fair! A non-drinking VIP experience is also available for purchase onsite at the Fairgrounds Box Office or by calling the Box Office directly at (858) 792-4252.
Ticket Price: $19 for Fair Admission or $65 for the non-drinking VIP Lounge

Public Transportation

Fair Tripper

Let us be your designated driver! Adding a Fair Tripper ticket includes round-trip transportation using the COASTER, SPRINTER, or BREEZE.
Ticket Price: $70 for General Admission or $120 for the VIP Lounge