Wednesday, July 31, 2013

San Diego History Center

Have you ever been to the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park?  I hadn't either until I heard of a very interesting temporary (April 6, 2013 to January 20, 2014) exhibit, Bottled and Kegged: San Diego's Craft Beer Culture.  I felt it was my duty to attend their first happy hour featuring Karl Strauss Brewing Company.  You're welcome.

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the SDHC overall. I loved looking at all of the pictures of San Diego County over the years.  Regular admission price is $8 for an adult or free to San Diego City and County residents on the second Tuesday of each month.  If you choose to go on a free Tuesday, be warned that the beer exhibit is not included on the free admission.  Even without my favorite exhibit, locals and visitors alike should consider a visit to the SDHC.

Now, on to the good!  The Bottled and Kegged exhibit is awesome.  San Diego County is one of the best beer regions in America (some might say the best).  I learned SO MUCH about San Diego's craft beer at this exhibit.  As you wander through the displays you will find out who were the founders of the craft beer explosion and how they helped influence the current batch of newcomers.

While the beer exhibit is open every day of the week, the History Happy Hours are only once a month.  The first happy hour featured Karl Strauss' Cicerone (think Sommelier for beer), Melody Daversa pairing beer with cheese from Venissimo Cheese.  Come on, beer and cheese?  I don't think I need to tell you how delicious the evening was but, it was also very informative.  Here is a list of upcoming happy hours that you NEED to attend:

August 30, 5:30-7:30 QUAFF Home Brewer Happy Hour $10 suggested donations

September 7, 5:30-7:30 White Labs Happy Hour $25/non-members

November 1, 5:30-7:30 Stone Brewing Co. Happy Hour $25/non-members

Here are a few other resources to turn to after you go to this great exhibit.

Pubquest is a beer mapping website/app that was started in San Diego and has EVERY brewery/brew pub/brew house in the US and Canada.  Pubquest maps are also prominently displayed at the Bottled and Kegged exhibit and are available for purchase at the gift shop.

Suds County, USA is a documentary that shows the history of craft beer in San Diego.  So, there are the resources...go out and do some "research."

All of this beer talk is making me thirsty. Cheers!


  1. QUAFF is NOT the only home brewing club participating in the August History Happy Hour. Calling it the QUAFF History Happy Hour may just run off the rest of the home brewers.

    1. So true John, I was just using the wording from the History Center

      The emphasis needs to be on the homebrewer, not one organization. Thanks for catching that. Maybe they are sponsors and that's why the center used their name in the title.

      I wish I was going to be in town for this should be fantastic!