America’s Finest Beer Festival has been cancelled!
This just in! After months of advertising and promotion, America’s Finest Beer Festival that was scheduled for this Friday, Saturday, & Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium has been cancelled, and tickets are refundable. Apparently the organization that was putting everything together just didn’t have the funds to make it happen.
I was hoping to hook up with some of you at this event, but I can’t blame anyone for not fronting a fairly steep ticket price of $50 general admission ($175 “VIP” ticket, what’s up with that???!!)…..this was supposed to be more of a “Street Scene” of beer fests, with multiple stages hosting several of San Diego’s top music acts, including Pinback, the Greyboy All-Stars, Sprung Monkey, Buck-O-Nine, and several more. Ever since the long-running San Diego Street Scene went under, there’s been a real vacuum in our fair city for a big outdoor music festival. Of course, back in the day before Street Scene went all-ages, it was par for the course to saunter from stage to stage with a beer in hand. America’s Finest Beer Festival was going to be an opportunity to enjoy live music and good beer in proximity with each other (i.e., not having to be corralled in a beer garden 50 yards away from the stage….Adams Ave. Street Fair, I’m looking at you!)
So anyway, there’s at least one other beer event going on this Saturday, and that’s the “Pints For Pups” event happening at 4 PM at Mission Brewery’s new digs downtown (the old Wonder Bread building at 1441 L Street). Dog-lovers can head over there with companions on leash and grab some of the most exciting beers happening right now in San Diego (can you say Shipwrecked?!), and proceeds go to benefit the Coastal German Shepherd Rescue.