San Diego International Beer Festival

June 15-17, 2018

Five Sessions. Hundreds of Beers. One Glass.

Rare and Unique Beers at the Festival

This year our Brew Crew had to beg, borrow and steal to bring you the world’s most impossible-to-get beers. These rare gems are tapping at specific times in our new Pavilion, and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Set an alarm on your phone so you won’t miss out!

All Sessions:

Into the Sunset
Mike Hess Brewing Company

Blood Orange IPA
ABV: 7.5%

We’ve teamed up with Mike Hess Brewing to create this year’s fair-themed beer! Join us as we introduce Into the Sunset Blood Orange IPA, a FAIR-ly Hoppy beer featuring 2-Row, Vienna and Wheat malts combined with Centennial, Cita, Nugget and Simcoe hops. Into the Sunset is named specially for the 2017 San Diego International Beer Festival and San Diego County Fair.

Available at all five sessions of the SDIBF in the Pavilion.

Session 1:

Parabola
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Russian Imperial Stout
ABV: 14.5% RateBeer: 100

Parabola is a barrel-aged beast that is routinely ranked as one of the top beers in the world.  This Russian imperial oatmeal stout is aged for a full year in Heaven Hill barrels, developing flavors of rich, chewy roasted malts, charred oak and bourbony vanilla. Parabola bares its teeth with its impenetrable black hue, yet its bite remains refined with a silky, balanced finish.

This beer taps at 1:00pm on Friday June 16 in the Pavilion.

Session 2:

Krieky Bones
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

American Wild Ale
ABV: 5.7% RateBeer: 99

What began as a birthday gift, took on a life of its own.  Proprietor David Walker requested a sour cherry fermented beer for his 50th birthday.  Done. This beer begins its life as a Flanders Red style beer aged 24 months in a 2200 gallon French oak foeder.  Sour cherries are added, and the aroma is of cherry pie complete with flavors of pie crust and spicy notes.

This beer taps at 6:00pm on Friday June 16 in the Pavilion.


Session 3:

Noble Empire
AleSmith Brewing Company

Imperial Porter
ABV: 11.0% RateBeer: 99

We created Noble Empire, a brawny, complex, imperial version of a traditional English-style porter as a tribute to craftsmanship of the highest quality. Rich with chocolaty flavors derived from a variety of specialty malts, this beer has patiently found the delicate balance between sweet notes of vanilla and toast from the bourbon barrels. Enjoy this tribute to the former Empire Street and its noble evolution for the sake of craft beer. Cheers!

This beer taps at noon on Sat June 17 in the Pavilion.

Session 5:

Tweak
Avery Brewing Co.

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Stout
ABV: 16.0% RateBeer: 100

Our very own Parker, of the cartoon and cat loving variety, created this cult classic character back in our 17th season. Appearing in several episodes under another stage name that was deemed inappropriate, our executive producers and editors decided that a name change and further character development – a 4-month hiatus in Bourbon barrels—were necessary to satisfy our most ardent and demanding viewers.

This beer taps at 1:00pm on Sunday June 18 in the Pavilion.