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Weekend Preview: Bottled & Kegged, CityBeat Festival of Beers And The Revival Tour

San Diego Brewing Company distribution, 1901. The brewery made deliveries thr...

Credit: San Diego History Center Photo Collection

Above: San Diego Brewing Company distribution, 1901. The brewery made deliveries throughout San Diego. This photo will be on display as part of the San Diego History Center's "Bottled & Kegged: San Diego's Craft Brew Culture" exhibit.


Seth Combs, freelance arts writer & nightlife editor, Zagat

Gillian Flynn, editor-in-chief, Riviera Magazine


San Diego is no stranger to craft beer and this weekend brings us two events with local beer as the highlight. Just in case you're not a beer fan, there are plenty of other things to do, including two gallery openings in La Jolla, a stripped-down set by indie musicians at the Belly Up and Record Store Day, a national celebration of vinyl.

The San Diego History Center is celebrating the rich history of craft beer in San Diego with its latest exhibit: Bottled & Kegged: San Diego's Craft Brew Culture. The exhibit tells the full story of San Diego's history with beer, from its nonexistent origins to its struggle during Prohibition to its major present day comeback. Even if you're not a big beer drinker, the history of our local beer industry is sure to intrigue. The exhibit's interactive elements take you inside the brewing process, how San Diego County brewers achieve such expansive flavor profiles and the science behind matching beers with food. The exhibit runs through January 20 and there are plenty of events planned to go along with it, so make sure to check the website.

Once you've learned all about San Diego's beer history, you can head to the CityBeat Festival of Beers on Saturday. While you won't learn too much about history, you'll definitely have the chance to drink lots and lots of beer. The list of participating breweries is a who's who in the industry, and many of them will have exclusive pours just for this occasion. Everyone from the big guys (Karl Strauss, Sam Adams) to the little guys (Societe Brewing Company, Thorn Street Brewery) will be there. To round out all that beer, there will also be live music from local acts Family Wagon and The Palace Ballroom, as well as street food.

Two galleries will open three new art shows Saturday evening, making La Jolla the place to be for art enthusiasts. At Quint Contemporary Art, check out "Perception of Desire" featuring new works by Peter Alexander. See resin sculptures and drawings by the Los Angeles-based artist that focus on his fascination with light moving through the atmosphere. Over at Scott White Contemporary Art two concurrent exhibitions are opening. "Lamp Black, Titanium White" features monochromatic landscape, portrait and paper paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Roni White whereas "String Theory" is an all-female exhibit featuring fiber works by Devorah Sperber, Kumi Yamashita and Cayce Zavaglia. Head to the recently-opened Amaya La Jolla for dinner or drinks to finish off the evening.

On Sunday evening, Solana Beach's Belly Up Tavern hosts The Revival Tour, an acoustic, collaborative showcase. Featuring sets by Dave Hause of The Loved Ones, Tim Mcilrath of Rise Against, Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music and newcomer Jenny O, The Revival Tour celebrates music of the stripped down sort. Before you head out to that show, head to your favorite local record store on Saturday in celebration of Record Store Day. The music industry has changed so much since its early days, but Record Store Day aims to get people excited about how music began: on vinyl. Record stores across the county will have events throughout the day, including live in-store performances, exclusive releases and special guests.

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