Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival 2016
When: Saturday March 26, 2016
Where: Qualcomm Stadium @ Chargers Practice Field
Going on its 6th year, the Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival was an all-inclusive celebration of local craft beer, delicious food, and artisanal spirits. The event was organized by PushPins Media, with proceeds going to benefit It’s All About the Kids Foundation:
It’s All About the Kids Foundation is a non-profit organization that creates new and innovative programs to benefit children’s charities and enhance the lives of less fortunate children and their families. Partying for a Purpose produces special events and fundraisers for the It’s All About the Kids Foundation. It’s All About the Kids Foundation and Partying for a Purpose are committed to the advancement of children through the joining of music, the arts and the generosity of corporations and individuals.
You can learn more about MVCBF at the official event website: http://www.mvcbf.com
More Pictures from MVCBF
Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival Recap
San Diego Beertalk Radio has mentioned the Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival several times on their show. As they have touched upon, and what we agree with 100% after attending, was that MVCBF offered clear-cut advantages not found at any other craft beer event. How many other festivals offer free all you can eat food inside, along with the ability to taste artisanal spirits? That’s right, the answer is none.
We have had no complaints from food trucks at beer festivals in the past, but choices can be limiting with mile long lines. We quickly found ourselves treating the food service at this event just like the craft breweries, in the sense there were flavorful bites to sample every 2-3 tents as well.
Unfortunately we missed out on a few food items, and wished we had jumped on tasty offerings like Slater’s 50/50, DoggosGus, and Korean tacos from Tempo Urban Kitchen right at the beginning of the day. Our loss for not grabbing them sooner, but Waypoint Public’s IPA Cheddar brats, Crazee Burger, and Cork and Craft’s PB & J Pork Belly easily fixed that mistake.
Liberty Call must distill some fantastic whiskey, because they were out of bottles before we could even complete one lap. Mike was looking forward to trying it, but Kill Devil and Henebery Rye were both solid in its absence. In the handcrafted spirits department, our best discovery of the day was Malahat Spirits Co. Their Ginger Rum quickly became Sara’s new favorite hard liquor in one taster.
With the inclusion of food, obviously the ticket comes with a great value. But what else made this event such a success was not being oversold. There was plenty of room, and if the multitude of picnic tables provided were all taken up, you could easily sit on the grass. Other convenient features were free parking, along with a complimentary water station, and plenty of bathrooms.
Having finally experienced the Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival, it will be a no-brainer to add to our craft beer event calendar going forward.
Our Favorite Beers of MVCBF
Our goal for the day was simple. We were looking to sample as many new craft beers from smaller-scale or “young” local San Diego breweries as possible. These were our favorite beers at the event:
- Mo Dorado: 4/5
A West Coast Style IPA from Abnormal Beer Co that was so good it demanded several refills over the course of the day. Nice and dry, with a quick hit of malt sweetness, and of course plenty of citrus, melon, and tropical fruits to go around. Six hops were used to brew this beer (see gallery for list).
- Golden Child: 4/5
Bitter Brothers Brewing Co opened in January to rave reviews, and after trying this beer, we can easily see why. Golden Child was probably the best Hefeweizen either of us have ever drank. Not overly wheaty, and it tasted like a perfectly ripe banana seasoned with freshly ground cloves.
- Bay Bridge Horchata: 4/5
We are not usually big fans of real life food and/or drinks re-created as beer, but Bay Bridge Brewing nailed this one. Cinnamon on the nose to start, with more spice on the palate, along with the creaminess of horchata. There was just enough wheat in finish to let you know it was still a beer.
- San Diego Pale Ale: 4/5
Nowadays there are classic (mellow) pale ales, and the new school hopped up iterations that might as well be an IPA. Bay City Brewing Co’s APA clearly fell into the latter category, with juicy hops delivered through a light body, with a crisp and clean finish.
- Ingsoc Stout: 4/5
Burning Beard Brewing Company is one of the newest breweries on the scene out of El Cajon. Their Hopmata IPA was good, but this imperial stout was something else. It was lighter consistency, but still delivered bold flavors of chocolate and dark roast coffee, with smokey undertones.