SLO Beer Week attracts brew masters, Cicerones, beer enthusiasts, media, trade, foodies and tastemakers from across the globe to enjoy and study the world of hops through inspired panels and beer geek encounters and discoveries. Meet and hang with the innovative brewers of the Central Coast, throw back the best beer being made today—all the while indulging in SLO’s culinary wonders and soaking in its coastal sea air and warm sunshine. When the discussion and tastings end, there’s plenty of time for exploring the beauty of the region, farm-to-table cuisine, music and art scene, the coast line and more.
Throughout the week, dozens of breweries, from San Luis Obispo and beyond, will be on hand throughout SLO, participating in a series of parties, dinners and events. The events include:
+ CollaBEERation (Sunday, Oct. 16) SLO Beer Week kicks off with a blowout party highlighting one of the coolest things about the beer industry: Brewer collaborations. We're taking over the tank room at the brand new SLO Brew Rock for a tasting event like no other! Sample specially created beers from the top breweries in the country as well as SLOcal breweries, including a collaboration brew from the award winning minds at Tap It (2012 GABF Gold Winning IPA) and Central Coast Brewing (2015 GABF Gold Pale Ale, 2016 World Beer Cup Gold Pale Ale). Toss in food and great music, and a proper Sunday Funday commences. Limited Tickets Available
+ Beer Week Movie Night, Craft: A California Beer Documentary (Monday, Oct. 17)
It's Movie Night at the historic Fremont Theater in Downtown SLO, and we have an amazing evening on tap! Director Jeff Smith will take us on the most epic of road trips, as we learn about California's amazing beer culture, history and influence from industry leaders and tastemakers. After, we'll delve deeper into the documentary with a facilitated panel of featured brewers including Jamil Zainasheff of Heretic Brewing, and Ryan Aikens of Tap It Brewing. And yes, you’ll be able wash down your popcorn with pints of craft beer.
+ Beer Geek (Wednesday, Oct. 19) Raise your glass—and your brew IQ—with fun, interactive, and educational seminars about all things beer, from the styles and methods, to the latest trends. After this sudsy immersion day, you’ll officially be a true Beer Geek. Guest may even register to take the Certified Cicerone Exam. Seating is limited and early registration is recommended.
+ Spiegelau Beer Glass Class & Tasting (Wednesday, Oct. 19) Choose your Class Time: 1:30 PM, 4:30 PM, or 6:30 PM Join Spiegelau for an educational and entertaining seminar that will change your beer drinking forever! In a unique and fascinating beer glass tasting, Matt Rutkowski, VP of Spiegelau, will demonstrate firsthand how a beer’s color, clarity, aroma, temperature and effervescence are all dramatically enhanced with a Spiegelau glass. Attendees will take home a set of 3 glasses. Featured Beers for this class include:
*Wheat Beer - St Archer White Ale
*IPA - Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter
*Nitro Stout - Sam Adams Coffee Nitro
Tickets include a 3 piece Beer Connoisseur Tasting set by Spiegelau.
+ SOMM vs. Cicerone Dinner (Friday, Oct. 21)
1 Sommelier, 1 Cicerone, 1 epic 4-course dinner inside the historic Mission San Luis Obispo. Beer and Wine go head to head with each course, with a mission to determine who paired it best! The ultimate winner? You.
Sidecar of San Luis Obispo has created a menu that features innovative gastro-fare, and flavors that beg to be paired with craft beers and wine. This very special evening features famed Cicerone "Dr. Bill Sysak of Stone Brewing Company, and Sommerlier Mark Stern, who have expertly paired each course. Top the experience off with a extremely rare opportunity to dine inside Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa's Parrish Dining Room, this is an evening not to miss.
+ The Best Of The Fest (Saturday, Oct. 22) This is not your Dad's Beer Fest: We're taking over the Madonna Meadows and filling it with SLOcal, Central Coast, and the hottest breweries in craft beer- all displaying their vintage and rare beers! Sample rare beers among the brewers themselves, and tastemakers; get your Beer Geek on in the Seminar Tent with Meet the Cicerone, brewer education; grab your lawn chair and chill in the fall sun with the bands; and play some Oktoberfest inspired games- 'tis the season, afterall! Best day ever. Tickets limited.
The first annual event will be held throughout the bucolic town of San Luis Obispo, CA, October 16-22, 2016. For more information, please visit: www.slobeerweek.com.