4th of July Brewery Discounts & Deals!

Barrel Harbor Brewing Co. is located in the heart of the brewery mecca known as Vista, CA (with more breweries per capita than any other US city).  Over the years Barrel Harbor brewers have refined their craft to produce the great beers on tap at the tasting room daily.  If you are in North County you already know and if you live anywhere else a brewery trip to Vista is well worth the drive.  Especially over the 4th of July weekend for $1 first beers and 10% off growler fills!  

Starting today and running through the 4th visit Barrel Harbor and receive $1 off your first beer or flight just by mentioning Heroes Brew Fest.  Also ask your beertender for a special Heroes Brew Fest ticket discount code.  Use the code for discounted tickets and buy before the ticket price increase next week for additional savings!  To top it all off Barrel Harbor is also offering 10% off growler fills just in time for those 4th of July weekend BBQs! 

Heroes Brew Fest is proud to have such a great operation like Barrel Harbor back at the festival for the third consecutive year.  Don’t forget to check out the other 10 Heroes Brew Fest breweries located in Vista, CA after your stop at Barrel Harbor.  Cheers!

Posted on July 1, 2016 .

Even More Breweries! AleSmith and Boochcraft just released!

Have No FEAR! Beer is Here!  With 37 breweries released to date and more on the way it's time to get excited!  To give you the most up to day info and NEWs on San Diego breweries Heroes Brew Fest releases new brewery participants each week leading up to Heroes Brew Fest on July 23rd.  Just like last year the event day brewery total will surpass 40.  As always stay tuned for more brewery announcements coming soon and read on to learn more about this week’s featured Heroes Brew Fest breweries!



San Diego brew just got an infusion of fermented tea finished with Champagne yeast deliver to your pallet by Boochcraft.  Adding Champagne yeast at second fermentation takes this kombucha to an IPA level 7% APV, but is lite on the stomach or heals the stomach i think... at any rate kombucha is good for you and considered a great beverage for the active lifestyle. Boochcraft offers a number of adventurous flavors my favorite being the Ginger, Lime and Rosehips, which just happens to be one of the Boochcraft selections for Heroes Brew Fest.  


AleSmith Brewery & Tasting Room

AleSmith Brewery & Tasting Room

Moving on from innovator directly to the originator of San Diego craft beer AleSmith (Heroes Brew Fest Brewery #37)!  All about San Diego and most definitely all about the craft AleSmith started in 1995 AleSmith and is now considered one of San Diego’s brewing elite.  AleSmith brewmaster Peter Zien is the only BJCP "Grand Master level 1" beer judge in San Diego County, which means you can benefit from the top beer knowledge anytime just by sipping a pint of one of AleSmith’s many award winning beers.  

AleSmith was named the #1 Brewer in the World  for the second time in 2013 by RateBeer.com adding to it’s array of accolades including 5 Gold Medals from the American Beer Fest. Currently you can appreciate Alesmith’s .394 brewed in collaboration and in celebration of San Diego legend Tony Gwynn.  .394 is on tap along with perhaps the best brown ale in town at the largest tasting room in SD locate in the heart of the Miramar brewing community.  Visit AleSmith at Heroes Brew Fest on July 23rd and if you are like me and cannot wait visit Alesmith any day of the week in Miramar at 9990 AleSmith Court!  


Posted on June 17, 2016 .

New Brewery Announcement! Who's NEW (Bay City) and What's NEWs (Helm's)

The San Diego indi beer industry has grown like yeast stains over the past number of years and we lucky San Diegans get to live it everyday!  From new breweries openings like Bay City Brewing Co. representing new life in a local industry that has always been about community to well established breweries like Helm’s Brewing Co. branching out into new San Diego communities we have much to look forward to.

Bay City Brewing Co.

Located smack dab in between San Diego and Mission Bay Bay City is aptly named after the city we call home.  The freedom to brew a wide array of diverse beer styles attracted ex Monkey Paw brewer Chris West to the Bay City head brewer position and the rest is history.  Young history as it were with Bay City only having months under it’s belt it seems the best it yet to come.  Taste Bay City brews at Heroes Brew Fest on July 23rd or stop by Bay City to enjoy malty, hoppy and sour brews on tap daily.  No matter your taste preference Bay City’s got something for everyone!

Helm’s Brewing Co.

Multiple award winning and well established Helm’s Brewing company is expanding with a new tasting room project slated to open any day now.  Newport Ave. Ocean Beach will soon be home to Helms second tasting room and if this location is anything like the mother ship you can expect some seriously fun themed events and brews!  For example today Helms is celebrating National Doughnut Day by tapping into a special Beeruccino Maple Bar Cask and serving up complimentary donuts.  And that’s just for National Doughnut Day!  To stay up to date on Helm’s events visit Helm’s on Facebook and LIKE away.   

Posted on June 3, 2016 .

Mission Brewery "NEWs" & Memorial Day Weekend Discount!

Annual Heroes Brew Fest participant Mission Brewery has exciting “NEWs” starting with Mission’s first beer launch event ever celebrating the release of Plunder IPA.  This launch event is a surprising first after many years in San Diego brewing countless beers… which also says a great deal about this highly anticipated IPA!  Plunder IPA and Grapefruit Plunder IPA (while this small batch lasts) are currently on tap along with a number of refreshing summer seasonal beers tapped just in time for the holiday weekend.  Enjoy a beer at Mission’s newly remodeled and expanded tasting room this weekend and receive a special Memorial Day discount.  Read on to learn more!

Mission Brewery, located in the East Village at the historic WonderBread building, is a mammoth 25,000sq feet production facility.  After recent renovations the Mission tasting room is now equally as impressive in size and awe inspiring design.  The loft space spans two floors and has a dramatic garage-style floor to ceiling windows opening upstairs overlooks Petco Park and featuring an 1,800 sq ft wood wall designed and constructed by local craftsman Brandon Hubbard.  Known as the Loft and Cellar by Mission Brewery this event space is available to reserve for your next event by contacting events@missionbrewery.com.   

Visit Mission now through Memorial Day and relax in the new space while enjoying $1 off your first beer or flight just by mentioning Heroes Brew Fest.  Also ask your bartender for a special Heroes Brew Fest ticket discount code good at HeroesBrewFestTickets.com through Memorial Day!  


Posted on May 25, 2016 .

North Coast Hwy 101 Pizza and Brews

Find the best views, pizza and brews on North Pacific Coast Hwy 101 at our newest breweries to be announced! Start in Oceanside and cruise south for some of the best coastal views in Southern California. For the best craft beer and pizza in SoCal stop by Pizza Port Brewing Co. and Breakwater Brewing along the very same route. There you go... weekend plans are set!

PIZZA PORT - With five brewery/restaurant locations Pizza Port is constantly brewing up new award winnings beers. Join in the fun, craft beer and pizza as Pizza Port Ocean Beach celebrates six years this Saturday! Visit Pizza Port anytime to find numerous house brewed craft beers and guest beers on tap, video games and the best pizza in SD! "Tasty Grub and Grog" anyone? Find out more » 

BREAKWATER BREWING - Currently on tap at Breakwater you will find their World Beer Cup Gold 2016 winning rye IPA Rye Dawn! If Rye Dawn isn't enough reason to start your coastal cruise at Breakwater perhaps 16 house beers and 10 guest beers on tap might be convincing. Don't forget about the pizza! Breakwater invites you to "Come on in, the beer is cold and the food is hot!" Find out more » 

Posted on May 18, 2016 .


May 4, 2016 is "Star Wars Day"... unofficially of course. The Star Wars catch phrase "May the Force be with you" turned fandom pun "May the 4th be with you" makes it's annually appearance to much avail each and every year!  "May the 4th be with you," first acknowledged on May 4, 1979 by the London Evening News, writing the headline "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie" in congratulations to former United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on her inauguration day.  

Official celebrations at Disney Parks started in 2013 after Disney Parks bought the Star Wars franchise rights from George Lucas. Continue the celebration of through the week with 15% off the best San Diego beer fest by using code "MAYTHEFOUTH" at HeroesBrewFestTickets.com! 

Posted on May 4, 2016 .

San Diego Craft Beer job fair today!

San Diego's Silo at the Makers Quarter (downtown event venue on 16th) plays host to the first San Diego Craft Beer Job Fair today from 4pm-7pm. Bring stacks of resumes and meet employers currently hiring full-time, part-time and internship positions in the craft beer industry. If you have always wanted to work in craft beer this job fair is for you!  

Don't worry if you miss the first because the second San Diego Craft Beer Job Fair takes place on August 25th.  The San Diego Craft Beer Fair is produced and supported by the San Diego Craft Brewers Guild and San Diego State University. 

Posted on April 18, 2016 .

#HBFCosContest winners BluntMan & Chronic!

Jenna S. with her Bluntman and Chronic costume take the gold!  Well it was actually a random drawing, but I think we all struck gold with this costumed due.  Representing the Jersey Chronicles and giving a great impersonation of Jay & Silent Bob Jenna rocked it and completely deserve to win beer fest tickets as this year's first #HBFCosContest winner! 

Posted on April 4, 2016 .