San Diego Beer Week, in the fall, is just one of the beer- related events organized by the San Diego Brewers Guild, featuring local brands like Karl Strauss visited a brewpub that inspired the business, which the duo named after Cramer’s cousin, Karl Strauss, who came on board following an illustrious career with Pabst Brewing Co. Wildly successful, the Karl Strauss com- pany has garnered more than 80 medals since 2009, including 22 awards alone for the Red Trolley Ale, an Irish-style red ale. Although most of the brand’s beer is produced at a Amplified Ale Works pairs its beer with Mediterranean dishes and ocean views. 32 facility in Pacific Beach, tours are only avail- able at Karl Strauss brewpubs—including downtown—that boast on-site, small-batch breweries; cask nights are also offered every Thursday at 5 p.m. at all Karl Strauss loca- tions. Casks are utilized for a secondary fermentation process, providing a more developed flavor profile than typical draft beer, and a smoother finish because a siphon pump is used to draw out the ale as opposed to carbon dioxide employed when dispensing beer from kegs. Another well-established local brand, Stone Brewing Co.—which celebrated its 20-year anniversary in 2016—offers tours and guided tastings at its brewery in Escondido. That location is also home to a 1-acre beer garden and a restaurant serving dishes made from local, organic produce, as well as 36 craft and specialty brews on tap. Started by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, Stone has grown to become one of the biggest craft brewers in the country, based on beer sales volume. Newer to the local artisanal beer scene, Bay City Brewing Co. celebrated its one-year anniversary in 2016. Found on Mission Bay’s south side, its tasting room is just a short drive from downtown. Unlike a bar, Friedli says the experience is a “friendly, relaxing one” in which customers’ opinions play a large role in what is served on the menu. Friedli says he wants customer feedback on which beers they like or dislike and why. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a beer aficionado or if you’ve never had a beer in your life,” he says. “We want you to feel comfortable, try some delicious beers and enjoy yourself.” Friedli also encourages patrons to try Brewing Co.