From Hops to Help

San Diego is home to many breweries, turning the finest city in America into one of the best cities to taste a unique brew. A local could spend days or even weeks trying out all the different beers that are available in the county. Well, look no further than the Rancho BEERnardo Festival this Sept. 27 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead. Hosted by the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary in partnership with Urge Gastropub, the gathering will mix funds with foam in support of the many nonprofits that the Rotary sponsors. Rancho BEERnardo Co-Chair Gordy Erickson explained, “It is the only beer fest in the Rancho Bernardo area. Now in our third year, we are changing our format to emphasize IPA beers. This will be the only IPA beer fest in San Diego County.”

For their third year, the event was moved to Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, as Gordy explained it was the “original town of Bernardo. The farmstead represents the legacy of Old California out of which developed the towns of Rancho Bernardo and San Diego.” Also new this year is raising the tasting limit to fifteen tastings for $30, featuring fifty IPAs from local breweries, a complimentary tasting glass, live music, and an interactive People’s Choice Award for best IPA.

When asked what he was looking forward to most for this beer fest, Gordy shared, “A great time enjoying the some of the best beers available in a historic outdoor setting as we turn the Sikes Adobe Farmstead into the Town of BEERnardo for the day.”

Head to to learn more about the history of beer, brush up on IPA, and purchase tickets.