What do you get when you pair the best brewers in San Diego with delicious eats and a fun photo booth? These are the ingredients that made up the Uncasked Brew Fest that I attended yesterday at Westfield UTC.
I have been to “Brew Fests” before, but I must say this was easily my favorite – largely due to the event setting. There were 4 different beer gardens (all named after neighborhoods in San Diego: Encinitas, Little Italy, Gaslamp and North Park – I just loved that) found throughout the plaza of the Westfield UTC mall. Each beer garden featured two breweries paired with a restaurant – quenching your thirst and satisfying your appetite all in one setting.
8 local breweries provided tastings at the event, including: Stone Brewing Co., Mother Earth Brew Co., Rock Bottom Brewery, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Helm’s Brewing Company, Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment, Rough Draft Brewing Co., and Mike Hess Brewing.
My good friend (also a new mom) is one of the owners of Mother Earth Brew Co. so I invited her to join me on a Mom’s Night Out. We supported Mother Earth Brew Co. with some awesome t-shirts that were also quite appropriate for two new moms! #LoveYourMother
Season’s 52, PIRCH, Tender Greens and Eureka! Gourmet Burgers & Craft Beer provided samples of some of their delicious dishes and snacks. Some of my favorites included the Truffle Fries from Eureka! Gourmet Burgers & Craft Beer, the Red Mole Braised Tacos from Season’s 52 and Beef Medallions from PIRCH. And although Season’s 52 wasn’t offering samples of their desserts, they showcased a dessert display on their table and it looked incredible (I’m always easily distracted by pretty desserts.)
The Social Cycle was also on display. I’ve seen this fun “party on wheels” cruising around Downtown San Diego and always wondered what it was all about. Essentially it’s a 16-passenger, Dutch-style bicycle that is pedal-powered by its riders. Apparently you can rent this out for bar crawls, birthday parties or sightseeing around San Diego and they service Downtown San Diego, North/South Park, Bankers Hill, Hillcrest and Pacific Beach.
If there’s ever any sort of photo booth at an event, you’ll find me waiting in line to take photos. I LOVE photo booths. But the SD Photo Bus took my love to a whole new level. The booth is actually a mobile VW Bus with fun props inside, different filters to choose from and you can even text message or email yourself with the final photo strip. You seriously NEED THIS for your next event or wedding, people! I’m obsessed!
Overall, great event at the Westfield UTC mall!