April 6th is ‘New Beers Eve’ and beer enthusiasts, as well as those who enjoy a cold one here or there, have much to celebrate! For 13 years, the U.S. did not allow the sale of alcohol and although the repeal of prohibition was not put into effect until December 5th of 1933, President Roosevelt signed an amendment allowing the manufacturing and sale of beer on April 7th of that same year. The alcohol content had to be 3.2 percent or less, but people did not care as they gathered in the streets to celebrate the day before, which is how the ‘New Beers Eve’ holiday originated. Here are some great San Diego spots to raise a glass and toast to the holiday!
Known throughout the city for its award-winning brewer, PB AleHouse offers seasonal variations of numerous craft beers that pair perfectly with their fresh dishes. Grab a table on the second-story patio and sip the PB Ale House Sunsetter Rasberry Berliner Weisse, which is classified under sour/fruit beers on the beverage menu. Tart and dry, with fresh raspberry flavor and aroma backed by the German pilsner malt, this beer is a great choice for a warm spring day!
barleymash is a fun, high-energy downtown restaurant that celebrates the richness of American culture through appetizing and progressive bar fare – which draws from two barroom staples, beer and bourbon. Barley is used in many of the dishes here, which goes well with the large selection of beer available on draft. Try a local brew, like Modern Time’s City of the Sun, a delicious IPA loaded with melon, lime and citrus notes.
It doesn’t get much better than beer and tacos, and City Tacos’ newest location, in Imperial Beach, is a perfect example. City Tacos has partnered with Mike Hess Brewing to open a dual eating and drinking spot, just steps from the sand, where you can sip beers such as the Into the Sunset Blood Orange IPA while noshing on tasty tacos. The refreshing combination of malt, hops and real blood oranges compliments any taco on the menu, including the slow-cooked pork Carnitas topped with cilantro, onion, guac and crunchy pork rind.
With locations in PB, Point Loma, Encinitas and even Hermosa Beach, Fish Shop has built a reputation for providing locals and visitors with the freshest seafood in the neighborhood. Between the fish options, seasonings, styles and sides, Fish Shop offers over 2,000 different combinations of delicious dishes, any of which would be best washed down with a chilled beer. All four spots invite guests to enjoy any of the local and California microbrews, including the popular Ballast Point California Kolsch.
East Village’s WhipHand aims to let customers take the experience into their own hands, mainly through the usage of the bar’s self-serve beer bank! Celebrate ‘New Beers Eve’ by sipping and savoring your choice of 24 different taps – all you need to do is notify your server and they will provide you a card to pour and taste to your heart’s content. WhipHand even offers a variety of beer glasses, from pints to snifters, so you can sip in style at this trendy downtown spot.
Barrel Republic, a proud supporter of the local beer community, is the mecca for craft beer lovers in San Diego, with three locations in Pacific Beach, Carlsbad and Oceanside. Here you can taste a variety of different flavor profiles ranging fromBelching Beaver Brewery’s Soul Skater Kettle Sour ale, to Pure Project Brewing’s Romeo and Julius Cream Ale, which evokes notes of orange cream. At Barrel Republic, you can skip the lines and bartenders with the innovative self-pour system, where you simply swipe your personalized wristband over the beer of your choice and fill your glass as much as you’d like.