BAJA BEER CRAFT 2016 HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO SPRING 2017 - STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS...
Due to logistical concerns out of our control, we have had to postpone this year's event indefinitely. We are currently evaluating dates in early to mid Spring 2017.
Building on the huge success of our 2015 event, our 2nd annual BAJA BEER CRAFT event will be held at Liberty Station in San Diego, California. At last year’s sold-out party, we hosted 11 Baja California craft breweries, serving tastings of 40+ varieties of Mexican craft brew, to over 300 attendees—we were one of the biggest and most popular events of San Diego Beer Week… This year’s event promises to be even bigger and better, with plans for 500-600 attendees, more craft breweries, Baja California cuisines, and live entertainment!
The theme for the event is “Cross Border Collaboration” – we’ll be featuring collaboration brews co-created by Baja and San Diego breweries. To get the kettles warmed up, there will be a USD $1,000 cash prize for the best cross-border collaboration brew, as voted on by the event’s attendees. Sign-up to be the first to know when tickets go on sale, which breweries are participating, who's entertaining, and what's for dinner!
When: POSTPONED TO SPRING 2017 - EXACT DATE TBD
WHERE: Liberty Station, San Diego
ENTRY COST: TBD
YOU must be at least 21 years old to attend THIS EVENT
CLICK: FOR A LIST OF 2015 PARTICIPATING CRAFT BREWERIES, RESTAURANTS, ARTISTS, ENTERTAINERS & MEDIA PARTNERS
contact: BEERCRAFT@BAJATESTKITCHEN.com for more information
BREWERY/FOOD VENDORS: PARTICIPATION INFORMATION
REMINDER: PLEASE drink RESPONSIBLY - DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE
BAJA CALIFORNIA's BEER MOVEMENT: 9,000 years in the making
México's tradition of brewing beer may date back as early as 7000 BC, when Mesoamerican cultures indigenous to the land that is modern-day México made several fermented beverages including a corn beer, long before the arrival of Spanish Conquistadors. In the early 1500s, the Spanish introduced European-style beer brewed with barley. Yet it wasn't until the end of the Mexican War of Independence (1810-1821), that German immigrants arrived in México, bringing with them deep traditions of Bavarian-style beer making. Bavarian-style brewing caught on commercially in México, as is evidenced by the variety of pilsners, lagers, ambers, and bocks available under Mexican labels today.
The 1990s rushed in an era of prolific independent craft beer making in the United States, while neighboring México has remained dominated by a few big corporate breweries. In the late 90s, San Diego's home-brew revolution took off, sparking the launch of over 100 independent craft breweries. That success must have splashed over the border into the Baja California cities of Tijuana, Tecate, Mexicali, and Ensenada. Inspired by the craft beer movement north of the border, and a burgeoning farm-to-table foodie movement at home, a small contingent of fiercely independent, entrepreneurial, and passionate Mexican beer makers from these border towns have started brewing beer that many connoisseurs consider on par with the best craft beers produced in San Diego and beyond. These innovative, playful and unique craft beers are landing on the menus of Baja California's most celebrated chefs, including Javier Plascencia, Miguel Angel Guerrero, Diego Hernández, Drew Deckman, and Chad White. While Mexican craft beer only represents one percent of all beer sold in México, this grass-roots movement shows no sign of retreating.