Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – April 2-7, 2013

La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

Spend the first weekend of April in San Diego basking in the beautiful weather and enjoying these top things to do:

Annual San Diego Crew Classic


Set along the beautiful and calm waters of Mission Bay, the San Diego Crew Classic brings together thousands of athletes from more than 100 universities, clubs and high school programs from across the U.S. to participate in this premier rowing event in San Diego. Over the course of two days, rowers ranging in age from 14 to 84 will compete in over 100 exciting races in various divisions. In addition to the racing, the San Diego Crew Classic will also have a craft beer tasting event, a family festival, music, a jumbo tron for the best views of the races and more.

Where: Crown Point Shores on Mission Bay
When: April 6-7, 2013
Times: Gates open at 6:00 AM. Races start at 7:30 AM.
Cost: $15. Children 12 and under and Active Military – Free
> Get your tickets to the San Diego Crew Classic

Bug Week at theNAT

Jerusalem Cricket - San Diego Natural History Museum

“But be forewarned! The stars of this exhibition are sure to delight the young, inquisitive minds in your family and some grownups might find the little creatures quite outrageous.” Dr. Michael W. Hager

Bring the kids to the San Diego Natural History Museum for a week-long celebration of creepy crawlers in addition to the bizarre, bewildering marvels of the insect world on display in Dr. Entomo’s Palace of Exotic Wonders. There will be screenings of Bugs 3D, insect trading cards, art activities, tours of the Entomology Department,
“beetle-juice” and more.

Where: 1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 1-7, 2013
Cost: Free with admission. (Dress like a bug and receive $5 off!)
> Find out more about Bug Week at theNAT

9th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

Right in front of the amazing view of La Jolla Cove will be over 150 beautifully restored classics from Italian marques to woodies to American sports cars. There will also be a book signing, a motor tour, concourse and motor car classic, and for VIP ticket holders, an evening reception with food and beverages.

Where: Scripps Memorial Park – 1180 Coast Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92037
When: April 5-7, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $35-$100. Children 14 and under – Free
> Find out more about the 9th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

Peg Leg Smith Liar’s Contest

Peg Leg Smith Plaque - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Can you tell a tale as tall as Peg Leg Smith?

Think you have the best tall tale about gold or the legendary Peg Leg Smith? Well then tell it at the annual Peg Leg Smith Liar’s Contest at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park! Just bring the family, sign up at the Peg Leg Smith Memorial and enjoy an evening around the fire and under the stars with plenty of interesting and hilarious stories. Who knows, you might actually find out where Peg Leg’s gold is actually buried.

Where: 200 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
When: April 6, 2013
Time: Starts at Dusk
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Peg Leg Smith Liar’s Contest

Bottled & Kegged: San Diego’s Craft Brew Culture

San Diego's Brewing History

Discover San Diego’s brewing history at the San Diego History Center.

San Diego History Center’s Bottled & Kegged: San Diego’s Craft Brew Culture exhibition will showcase the local craft brew industry demonstrating how and why San Diego County has become a national leader in craft brewing. The exhibition will feature many hands-on and interactive elements, as well as displays, demonstrations, replicas of iconic locales, and interpretive stations ranging from brewing science and process, food pairings, and historic imagery.

Where: 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 5, 2013 – January 20, 2014
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Bottled & Kegged: San Diego’s Craft Brew Culture

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5 to Try: Be a Beer Tourist (but drink like a local)

With a casual, relaxed atmosphere and locals who take good beer seriously (but without taking themselves too seriously), San Diego is the perfect place to escape for a libation vacation. Craft beer is so much a part of San Diego, that Mayor Jerry Sanders officially declared June “Craft Beer Month.”

San Diego boasts an enviable 38 breweries (many of them award-winning) and a wide variety of pubs and restaurants catering to those who enjoy unique, locally crafted beers. Whether you’re visiting San Diego during Craft Beer Month or any other month of the year, head to one of these places to sample a local brew and feel like a local while taking in the sites and attractions of San Diego at the same time.

Stone Brewing Co. photographed by Studio Schulz

  1. Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido is recognized as one of the best breweries in the United States by the two largest beer enthusiast websites, and Brewing more than 50,000 barrels of beer annually, it is also one of the fastest growing breweries in the nation.  Guests can enjoy big character beers like Arrogant Bastard Ale with its high quality ingredients and high alcohol contents. The Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, a restaurant with a large outdoor patio and one-acre garden, serves a rotating organic menu. Keep an eye out for a Stone Brewing Hotel located directly across the street from their Escondido facility to open in 2013.
  2. The North Park neighborhood is bisected by 30th Street which locals like to call “the best street in the world for craft beer.”  More than a dozen restaurants and bars located along 30th Street proudly serve local craft brews including beer-havens like Hamilton’s Tavern, Toronado San Diego, The Linkery and Ritual Tavern. 30th Street is also a great place to find up-and-coming restaurants and hip boutiques.
  3. Pizza Port, a favorite San Diego North County restaurant with locations in Solana Beach, Carlsbad, and Ocean Beach, is a brewpub featuring hoppy Pizza Port beers and over 15 different pizzas served on the Port’s signature wholegrain beer crust. From their Solana Beach location, you can stroll the Cedros Design District’s funky shops and galleries or hop on the Historic Highway 101 for a coastal cruise through vintage surf culture.
  4. Head over to scenic Coronado to try family-owned Coronado Brewing Company. The brewpub features quality handcrafted beers and delicious food like woodfired pizzas and fresh seafood. Eight signature beers are brewed on-site including the popular Coronado Golden, the unfiltered Idiot IPA and the full-bodied Outlet Stout, Afterwards, take a stroll on the beach, try your hand at surfing or tour the historic Hotel del Coronado, famous for its appearance in the movie “Some Like It Hot” and possible ghostly resident.
  5. Enjoy a beer downtown. Karl Strauss Brewing Company is one of the largest craft breweries in San Diego, offering a core lineup of seven delicious beers, plus a variety of specialty seasonal beers, each perfectly paired with the restaurant’s menu of Southern inspired cuisine.  Karl Strauss also hosts monthly “firkin” parties in which kegs are tapped in the traditional way, by driving a spigot through the front of the keg with a wooden mallet. At their downtown brewpub, you’re just steps away from San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the San Diego Symphony and Balboa Park – with 15 different museums – is just a short jaunt up the road.
Brent Bernasconi

Stone makes San Diego an Even Better Beercation Destination

Yesterday Stone Brewing Co. made some awesome announcements.

Plans for Liberty Station

If you’re not already familiar with Stone, the San Diego-based brewer is mostly known for its “arrogant” beers. Regionally, it is the largest craft brew distributor in Southern California. It also operates Stone World Bistro & Gardens in Escondido. According to Stone, the bistro is the third most attend tourist destination in North County. I can say from first-hand experience that the food is amazing, topped only by the beer selection.

Luckily for me, Stone is opening a tasting room in South Park (I can now ride my bike for a growler fill!). Even better, they are opening up a second Stone World Bistro & Gardens  in Liberty Station, just a short drive from downtown in Point Loma. It will incorporate all the best parts of the north county location including a great selection of beer, good food, a relaxing garden area, and an outdoor movie section, plus the addition of a Bocce ball court. Continue reading