Prost #SD! Top 5 Local Breweries to Cheers Like a King this Oktoberfest!

Looking for great beer? Join us for Oktoberfest this Saturday October 8 at Float Rooftop Lounge! Enjoy over 10 local breweries! Drink out of authentic steins and mack on authentic Bavarian cuisine while listening to The German Zeitgeist Band!

Review by Reggie Garcia, Rock Royalty Agent to the Stars at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @Reggie_Garcia.

Beer. The final frontier. Since its conception around 3000 B.C., humans everywhere have hoped for one dream: to drink better beer. From Ales to Wheats, there is something for everyone’s palate when it comes to imbibing this mighty and delicious beverage. Here in San Diego, we’re blessed to live in beer lovers’ paradise, with a bounty of bad ass breweries serving uniquely bodacious beers, many so rare they deserve to be served in a holy grail.

As a Rock Royalty Agent at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, it is my job and joy to refer my guests to some of the best places in San Diego. As a beer enthusiast, October is my favorite month because Oktoberfest falls on our fine town, offering us some delightfully original brews to be thankful for. This October, it’s my wish that you don’t spend a second thirsty. So I present to you my master list of the top five local breweries to celebrate craft beer this October.

1. Fall Brewing Company: From the moment you step into the tasting room at Fall Brewing, you feel like you stepped into a rock museum that just so happens to serve beer. The rock art vibe paired with some of the best craft beers around offers an unmatched San Diego experience. From unique beer names like “Jazz Hands”, “Spirit of 77” and “A Beer Named Sue” to the “Plush Rock Art Show” this brewery is one of a kind. Located in North Park, this open air brewery not only boasts excellent beer choices, they also have local food trucks come and serve food daily. The food trucks offer delicious choices like Sushi Uno, Local Kebab, and Tacos La Mezcla. Fall Brew’s liquid lineup includes IPA’s, Stout, Pilsner and Nitro Beers. Rest assured, with their beer, your taste buds are sure to Fall head over heels. #PunFun

Fall Brewery
Fall Brewery Boasts Beautiful Brews

2. Bolt Brewery: San Diego loves its Chargers. San Diego loves its craft brew. Combine the two and you get Bolt Brewery, dually located in La Mesa and Little Italy. The Little Italy location is my favorite. They are dog friendly so you don’t have to leave your pup at home while enjoying one of their rotating 16 beer varietals. Personally, I go for the Citra Pale Ale. Its crisp, boasts a floral aroma and maintains a strong hoppy kick.

The food is phenomenal. It’s my belief that at a good brewery, the bar food should be refined but not pretentious. Keep your quinoa coated salmon, I will stick to Bolt’s Barbecue Chicken Pizza. White chicken meat, tangy BBQ sauce and an onion crunch that will sneak up on you. The only problem you’ll have is not ordering more than one. If you find yourself in Little Italy, Bolt over to this brewery!

Bolt-up San Diego!
Bolt-up San Diego!

3. Modern Times Brewery: Here’s a rock n’ roll reference: this brewery is like if the Keith Richards of brewmasters one day met up with the Jimi Hendrix of hopmakers and they made a greatest hits collection. With two convenient locations in Point Loma and North Park, these are legitimately some of the best beers that have ever rocked my taste buds.

The seasonal beers are worth the wait, and the constants like Blazing Worlds: A delicious and light amber beer and Lomaland: a smooth and bright Saison that will make you question what you have drank in the past, are all winners at Modern Times. And if beer just isn’t your cup of tea, they brew and package their own signature line of coffee! Now you have something to drink in the morning and at night. Their Autumn blend, Cloud Ripper, is quite the cup of Joe. Named after the Inconsolable Range of California’s Sierra Nevada, this coffee delivers. So whether you need a pick-me-up coffee or a settle-me-down beer, tell your taste buds to get with the modern times.

Get with the Modern Times!
Get with the Modern Times!

4. Ballast Point Brewery: Their slogan is “Dedicated to the craft” and they really and truly mean it. Ballast Point is one of the pioneering breweries in San Diego with an ever-evolving cast of different beers that are sure to pique your interest. One of my personal favorites is the award-winning Grapefruit Sculpin. My mother always had trouble getting me to eat my grapefruits as a kid. Well look now Ma! It features the tartness of grapefruit and the crispness of hops. Now I know why it won Gold at the U.S. Beer Open!

But it does not end there; with beers like Habanero Sculpin, Even Keel, The Commodore, Ballast boasts quite the lineup. All the beers feature a different fish on the label, an ode to San Diego’s long standing fishing community. Even its name is borrowed from Ballast Point Light, a lighthouse situated in Point Loma in the San Diego bay. This brewery is uniquely San Diego. If there is one place to visit, shine your light over to Ballast Point.

Ballast Point Blows Minds!
Ballast Point Blows Minds!

5. Saint Archer Brewing Company: On my first visit to San Diego, the first beer I had was a Saint Archer Blonde Ale, and I was hooked. This locally based brewery has been producing award winning beers since 2013, and although new to the scene, Saint Archer has distinguished itself as a beer mecca. The heavier Double IPA, the smooth White Ale and fruity Blonde Ale are some of the headliners. Words do no justice honestly. Their 33,000 square foot facility is a beer lover’s paradise featuring weekly food trucks like Craft Poke, Wholly Crepes and the beloved Carnita’s Snack Shack. Enjoying San Diego’s beautiful weather, drinking some of its finest beer and munching on some divine swine has never been easier. Oh, and they make Barrel-Aged Tequila and Bourbon. Just let that sink in. So this October, fire your bow and land at Saint Archer Brewing.

Mmm, so good it will make a saint out of you ;)
Mmm, so good it will make a saint out of you ;)

Follow Reggie on Instagram @Reggie_Garcia.

Looking for great beer? Join us for Oktoberfest this Saturday October 8 at Float Rooftop Lounge! Enjoy over 10 local breweries! Drink out of authentic steins and mack on authentic Bavarian cuisine while listening to The German Zeitgeist Band!

San Diego Tourism Authority + Hard Rock Hotel San Diego = A Perfect Duet!

We had a blast hosting our friends, the amazing sales team from the San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA) for lunch last week! If you haven’t discovered the incredible resource that is SanDiego.org, please do! It’s not only a tool for travelers looking to make the most out of our gorgeous, culture-rich city, it’s also a stellar way for meeting planners to get in touch with top sales people, including our own Rachel Strong who won SDTA’s San Diego Sales Person of the Year!

 

We love SDTA because they inspire us to keep creating original, exciting experiences for our meeting and catering guests. To celebrate them we made our luncheon’s theme “Duets” and let the love spread through every aspect of our time with them!

 

We even had our front desk agent Charlie who sings musical telegrams for the San Diego company, Lip Service, serenade a special guest, Margie Sitton Senior Vice President of Sales and Services for SDTA! Watch below:

Ahoy – a Punk Rock Festival in SD?! Welcome ‘Ye Scallywag’

Finally, Downtown San Diego gets a festival that actually ROCKS. Enter ‘Ye Scallywag’ a pirate themed craft beer, wine and food wreckage washing ashore at Waterfront Park, Downtown on October 22nd.

Headlining acts include:

NOFX
Bad Religion
Goldfinger
Against Me!
Reel Big Fish
Wakrat

The show is promoted by 91X. Tickets go on sale Friday September 2 at www.scallywagsd.com

Rooms and suites are available! Live large and book now.  

Spotted: Top Comic-Con Celebrity Sightings at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego!

Comic-Con is not only home to swarms of awesomely dressed up fans, it’s also where you can find all the hottest celebrities!

We spotted Justin Timberlake making his way to Nobu for lunch and even Cara Delevigne took a break from being a jet-setting supermodel to come visit us. From our favorite TV casts like Vampire Diaries and Scream Queens, to the upcoming blockbuster Suicide Squad; anyone who’s anyone was seen somewhere in our hotel during the weekend.

Take a look through the gallery to see who we spent our Comic-Con weekend with!

 

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Yasss! Our Top 5 Comic-Con Costumes!

By Heather Rushworth

For more Comic-Con coverage, including exclusive videos, follow-us on Instagram!

Without the art of dressing up and looking fly we would have no rock stars, no actors and no Comic-Con. #SDCC2016’s bevvy of boldly- fashioned boys and beauties boasted enough creativity to make Lady Gaga jealous.

Like every good human, we @HardRockSD love to judge, and we love even more to list our judgements numerically. So here you go – our Top 5 Fave Comic-Con costumes of 2016!

1. Hot Pink Chewbacca and Star Wars Pal 

Like a cotton candy dream, this gorgeous duo evoked the rock n’ roll absurdity of 1980s music videos and reminded us all to Go Pink or Go Home. 

Photo by Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Photo by Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

2. This Uncannily Accurate Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock

All we have to say is that is NOT William Shatner and that is NOT Leonard Nimoy – but you’d never know it with grills and gear like those!

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Photo by Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

3. This Life size Depiction of Zoidberg from Futurama

His character from Futurama is a brilliant scientist, and we think it takes a brilliant scientist to concoct such a detailed and hilarious cos play version of him!

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Photo by @Chris_Ryall via Instagram

4. This Dapper Gentleman as David Bowie as Jareth, the Globlin King from Labyrinth 

Because we’re the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, we had to give credit to this wholly awesome homage to our favorite stylish rocker’s most famous film role. How dope is that jacket?!

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Photo by the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

 

5. Our Lobby Walkers from AMC’s The Walking Dead

These bloody zombies were so scary they had our guests screaming with delight in our lobby!

Photo by Hew Burney
Photo by Hew Burney

For our celebrity coverage of Comic-Con go here. 

Memorial Weekend Calendar of Events – San Diego’s Best Parties Are Here!

Party starts Friday with a Bubbly Evening Swim and a Pool Party Saturday, while Sunday Brings a Beer Fest!

Via press release by Rana Kay

Thanks to its legendary pool parties and sun-soaked soirees, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego and its swanky Float pool lounge have become a famed destination for poolside partying during the summer months. Staying true to its reputation of throwing the city’s most talked-about holiday celebrations, this Memorial Day Weekend the hotel has lined-up three days of unique festivities starting Friday, May 27 and culminating on Sunday May 29 with a new TAPPED festival featuring live music, food, craft beer garden, entertainment and more. All events are open to the public and hotel guests receive free entry to all activities all weekend long.

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego’s Memorial Weekend festivities include the following:

 

Friday, May 27 – Sip, swim and socialize at an extended P.M. Poolside Veuve Cliquot Happy Hour at Float. From 5 – 7 pm at the rooftop pool lounge, the hotel will offer $50 bottles and $10 glasses of the revered Champagne, as well as complimentary small bites at the bar. As the sun sets, the pool remains open and guests have the option of suiting up or suiting down to swim under the stars in Float’s glowing pool surrounded by glittering, rotating colored lights that illuminate the space at night. An ultra-lounge vibe is heightened with DJs spinning an expert mix of deep house and new disco tunes. Entry is complimentary to both hotel guests and the public.

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Pre-Party for Memorial Day on Saturday at Sunburn!

• Saturday, May 28 – Don’t forget the sunscreen as Float presents a special Memorial Weekend version of its popular Sunburn Pool Party. Taking place at the Hard Rock Hotel’s Float rooftop pool lounge, overlooking the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, the party features a laidback pool, tasty barbecue, full bars, VIP daybeds, and cabanas with lounge seating and flat screen TVs. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased by visiting www.hardrockhotelsd.com. VIP table and cabana reservations can be made by contacting sunburn@hardrockhotelsd.com

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The rooftop beer garden will boast over 11 craft brew tents.

• Sunday, May 29 – Memorial Weekend revelers are invited to experience bands, bites and brews at the first-annual TAPPED festival taking place at Float pool lounge and the hotel’s adjacent Woodstock entertainment deck. The event promises an afternoon of adult fun with a beer garden sponsored by Stone Brewing Co. and Latitude 33, plenty of food, cocktails, a flair bartender competition hosted by Flairaholiks as well as a live performance by popular reggae-rock group Sun Dried Vibes. Doors are open from 11 am – 7 pm. Tickets to TAPPED are $40 each and are available for purchase by visiting www.hardrockhotelsd.com.

Hotel guests receive free entry to all the weekend’s events. Rooms start at $269 during Memorial Day Weekend and guests are encouraged to book early due to high-demand. To book Hard Rock Hotel San Diego rooms and room packages visit www.hardrockhotelsd.com or call 888-593-6177. Rates and ticket prices are subject to availability. All Memorial Weekend events are 21 and over.

Top 5 Instagrammable Moments @HardRockSD!

By Heather Rushworth

1. Madonna’s Dress From Her “Fever” Music Video

The Queen of Pop’s custom Jean Paul Gaultier gown greets you open-armed at the foot of our guest elevator! So go ahead, strike a pose. 

2.The Historic Gaslamp Sign
Our beloved city’s luminous marquee reigns over our 5th street entrance, and it’s also the most coveted selfie spot in downtown #SD. View more photos

We never want this to end. #sdcc #sdccrocks
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3. The View From Our Rooftop Bar

Pose pretty as you soak up the sun at Downtown San Diego’s favorite rooftop bar! Reserve Cabana

cheese (sponsored by braces and headgear)

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4.Breakfast in Bed

Let our luxurious linens tempt you into breakfast in bed, you fabulous #foodie you. Book our Toast and Jam package

Breakfast in bed. 👌#regram @mollayaa

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5. Dinner at Nobu

Nothing garners more hearts or likes than a vibrant display of world-class Japanese fare. Evoke #FoodPorn envy and book a table now.

Nobu: Foodies’ Top Pick for San Diego Restaurant Week

San Diego restaurant week has taken over our fine city and our even finer taste buds. But critics and foodies alike agree Nobu San Diego is the one menu that can’t be missed. Call (619) 814-4124 for reservations.

View the San Diego Restaurant Week tasting menu here.

For a mere $40 a dish diners can enjoy a five course family style meal curated by Nobu’s three star trained chefs which is some social media fans are calling, “The best deal of the week.” Located on our property feet away from the famous Gaslamp Quarter sign, Nobu’s affordable #SDRestaurantWeek menu while be featured every night through Sunday January 24th.

8 Stunning Photos of the Historic Gaslamp Quarter Sign

Our hotel is lucky enough to proudly stand at the foot of one of Downtown San Diego‘s most photographed landmarks – the legendary Gaslamp Quarter sign. While the historic district dates back to the waterfront industry boom of the 1870s, it wasn’t until 1986 that the Gaslamp Quarter Archway signage was conceived.

But my oh my, what a buzz it created! The luminous marquee continues to be one of the most photographed spots in downtown Diego.

Stretching over Fifth street at the corner of L, the sign is a mixed-media constellation of neon, incandescent and fluorescent light fixtures. The vibrant display greets passing trains and is only steps away from the world famous San Diego Convention Center.

The sign was designed by Harmon Nelson and David Robinson, inc and was intended to mark San Diego’s successful redevelopment as a world class city. We think Here are a few of our favorite photos of the sign that celebrate the vitality of our beloved strip of town. (Photo credit listed under image as caption.)

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Photo Credit: Justin Brown via Flickr (Instagram @JustinInSD)
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Photo Credit: Ted McGrath via Flickr
Photo Credit: Justin Brown via Flickr (Instagram @JustinInSD)
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Photo Credit: Ross Doherty via Flickr
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Photo Credit: Neil Armstrong via Flickr
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Photo Credit: Tiascapes via Flickr
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Photo Credit: Justin Brown via Flickr (Instagram @JustinInSD)
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Photo Credit: Snuffy From Flickr