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2016 SDBeerFest logo_flagcolors_w_stars-01 copySan Diego Festival of Beer Returns to the Broadway Pier September 23: San Diego’s Biggest Beer Event for a Cause Features Election Theme for 2016

60 Breweries and 120 Brews on Tap at this Year’s Fest: All Proceeds Benefit Local Cancer Charities

(SAN DIEGO, Calif. – August 19, 2016)San Diego Professionals Against Cancer, the nonprofit group that hosts the annual San Diego Festival of Beer are proud to announce its return to Broadway Pier on Friday, September 23 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Guests attending the festival will sample 120 varieties of beer, cider and mead from 60 craft breweries, purchase food from local food trucks and restaurants and enjoy live music all for a great cause. All of the proceeds from the festival go to local cancer related charities. To date, the festival has raised nearly $700,000.

This year’s festival will have a political theme. Attendees are encouraged to where red, white and blue and come join the bipartisan festivities. Around 2,000 participants are expected at this year’s festival. Sponsors include the Port of San Diego, Rock 105.3 and 101 KGB, Marriott SpringHill Suites, Greater Good Realty and C2 Imaging.

Tickets are $50 online and at the door and can be purchased online, here.

Visitors who pre-purchase tickets will be able to bypass the ticket line with a separate entrance. Each ticket includes admission into the event, unlimited (2 oz) beer tastes and a special souvenir tasting mug for the first 1,500 attendees.  Wine and merchandise are also available for purchase, as well as food from dozens of local vendors and food trucks. Credit cards will be accepted at the gate and an ATM will be available on site.

The San Diego Festival of Beer is the largest fundraising event for the San Diego Professionals Against Cancer (SDPAC). To date the festival has raised over $665,000, benefitting local cancer-fighting organizations. This year, the SDPAC awarded $30,000 to Rady Children’s Hospital that was matched by the Rady Children’s Auxiliary Challenge Match for Neuroscience, making the donation a total of $60,000.

In addition, SDPAC awarded $5,000 to the Emilio Narez Foundation and the Jewish Family Services of San Diego, organizations that provide transportation to cancer patients and their families. SDPAC also awarded $15,000 to the Seany Foundation, a nonprofit that provides support for children and teens fighting cancer.

“Each year we donate money to local nonprofits based on festival ticket sales from our previous year,” said San Diego Professionals Against Cancer Board President Carri Chandler.  “Our event is completely run by a team of more than 300 volunteers, which allows us to contribute all of the money we generate from the festival to local charities. Those who attended our 2015 festival actively contributed to this year’s donations to Rady Children’s Hospital, the Emilio Nares Foundation and the Jewish Family Services of San Diego. The San Diego Festival of Beer is not just the original beer fest but it’s also the largest beer fundraising event in San Diego, with around 2,000 attendees each year.”

2016 Participating Breweries

32 North Brewing Co.

Coronado Brewing Co.

Acoustic Ales

Karl Strauss Brewing Co.

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

Helm’s Brewing Co.

Bagby Beer Co.

Saint Archer Brewing Co.

Wiens Brewing

Latitude 33 Brewing Co.

Maui Brewing Co.

Fall Brewing Co.

Culture Brewing Co.

Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits

Black Market Brewing Co.

Goose Island

Elysian Brewing Co.

10 Barrel

Golden Road Brewery

Quantum Brewing

Thorn Street Brewery


Burning Beard Brewing Co.

Pure Project, LLC

Amplified Ale Works

BNS Brewing and Distilling Co.

Monkey Paw Brewing Co.

Deschutes Brewery

Aftershock Brewing Co.

Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Co.

Hillcrest Brewing Co.

Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Bay City Brewing Co.

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Mike Hess Brewing

Bolt Brewery

Garage Brewing Co.

Knotty Brewing Co.

Wavelength Brewing Co.

Absolution Brewing Co.

Indian Joe Brewing


Longship Brewery

101 Cider House

Novo Brazil Brewing

Refuge Brewery

Groundswell Brewing Co.

Julian Hard Cider


Green Flash Brewing Co. / Alpine Beer Co.

Breakwater Brewing Co.

Angel City Brewery


About the San Diego Festival of Beer

The San Diego Festival of Beer is a 100 percent volunteer-driven fundraiser, benefiting local cancer charities. Founded in 1993, The San Diego Festival of Beer is the largest fundraiser of the San Diego Professionals Against Cancer. To date, the festival has raised nearly $700,000. For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.sdbeerfest.org. Join our social networks to be the first to know about exciting upcoming Festival news and exclusive contests: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

 About San Diego Professionals Against Cancer

San Diego Professionals Against Cancer (SDPAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to generating monies for cancer research, patient treatment, and services through fund-raising events such as our flagship San Diego Festival of Beer. The organization is comprised of local area professionals who volunteer their time, energy, and resources to organize local social events with the mutual goals of raising money for charity, benefiting corporate sponsors, vendors and donors, and creating a source of entertainment for the local community.