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photos by David Mulvihill

Fat Mike’s Punk In Drublic Stone Brewing Collab

The touring Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival begins in mid-September with stops in Tacoma, Washington (9/16) and Boise, Idaho (9/17), followed by Concord (10/14), Sacramento (10/15) and Huntington Beach (10/28), California.

As a fitting kickoff to the tour, festival producers Brew Ha Ha Productions and Synergy Global Entertainment teamed up with Fat Mike from NOFX and Stone Brewing Co for a collaboration brew, “Stone & NOFX Punk in Drublic Hoppy Lager.”

Brew day kicked off with a media gathering at Stone’s brewery in Escondido. A brief press conference included Stone’s CEO Dominic Engels, Fat Mike and some the Stone brew crew. After the Q&A, Fat Mike donned the pink boots provided him by the Stone crew. With beer in hand, FM led the procession into Stone’s massive brewery. A ceremonial adding of pre-wort hops to one of the mash tuns was followed by a quick tour of the brewery.

Stone’s Escondido location now possesses two beautiful multiple-vessel 120-barrel brewing systems from Rolec (Bavaria, Germany). Stone also employs a much smaller 5-barrel pilot system it is utilizing for experimental and one-off beers that can be purchased at the brewery and in growlers to go.

Punk in Drublic Hoppy Lager will debut shortly before the tour begins and will be featured and available during each festival. The beer will also be available in cans in festival market areas. NOFX will co-headline each date of the Punk In Drublic tour. Flogging Molly will also be headlining in some markets, as will Bad Religion. Each date will feature four additional bands. Four hours of craft beer tasting is also included with the many admission choices. Beer will also be available for purchase during and after the included tasting.

This connubial joining of Punk Rock with Craft Beer may result in elevating the independence both strive for. PunkInDrublicFest.com.

Brew Ha Ha Productions and SGE will also be powering the comeback of Ye Scallywag, presented by 91X. It returns to San Diego’s Waterfront Park for another day of punk rock and craft beer on Saturday, October 21. Over 100 craft beers with punk rock music from Pennywise, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, The Vandals, Lagwagon, Strung Out, The Adolescents and Western Settings.

San Diego Beer Week

San Diego’s annual San Diego Beer Week starts November 12. The Capitol of Beer has historically attracted over 20,000 craft beer fans to a week of events that opens with the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival. Although SDBW has only been celebrated for nine years, this year marks the 16th year for the Guild Fest. In addition to the best of San Diego craft breweries represented at this year’s two-day festival, this year’s fest will also showcase beer from the many south-of-the-border (Baja, California) craft breweries.

During the10-day SDBW run, expect more than 500 brewery-hosted happenings throughout the county. These will include brewer dinners, food pairing events, special beer releases, collaborative brews, tap takeovers and more. Check the SDBW website often to stay up-to-date with all of the happenings as they get posted.

SDBG closes the week every year with The Beer Garden, an intimate celebration of fine food and beer at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Last year it joined 28 San Diego Brewers Guild member-brewers with 14 of San Diego’s Chef Celebration Foundation’s chefs. Chefs work with each brewer to create a dish or dishes to pair with at least one of the brewery’s beers. Participating brewers typically bring two beers. The Beer Garden takes place outside the striking Craftsman-style structures on the Arroyo Terrace, overlooking golf course and ocean beyond. It benefits the San Diego Brewers Guild and the Chef Celebration Foundation.

The Guild hosted a SDBW media preview at Karl Strauss Brewing Company’s Tasting Room and Beer Garden. In addition to Karl’s full line of brews, many of the other Guild member breweries were set up in the garden (Coronado, Bagby, Benchmark, Rip Current, Mason Ale Works, Pizza Port). The schedule included meet-and-greets with a number of brewers and owners: Carli Smith, from Rock Bottom La Jolla, San Diego Brewing Company’s Lee Doxtader, Rip Current’s Paul Sangster, TK Kreamer (the other Tommy from The Lost Abbey), Erik Jensen, from Green Flash, and Derek Gallanosa, from Abnormal Beer Company. The highlighted breweries also brought growlers and bottles of some of their select brews to share.

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