Delicious Craft – Beer and the BLS

By: Alexander Gershen

Something is happening in San Diego. This sleepy town of beach bums and military bases has quietly transformed into a thriving economic region centered on biotechnology and defense. But it is a completely unexpected industry that is rebranding San Diego as America’s Finest City – the craft beer industry. Men’s Journal named San Diego the “new beer capital of the U.S.” and called 30th Street in North Park and South Park “the nation’s best beer boulevard” while Food & Wine claims San Diego is the “most dynamic beer scene in America, arguably the world.” With over 40 breweries to choose from and endless beer pubs, festivals, and events, San Diego has quickly become the epicenter for craft beer.

If that doesn’t get you salivating for suds, don’t worry – it only gets better.

On October 24th, the Business Law Society hopes to answer some of these questions at the first ever Craft Beer Panel & Mixer. With panelists ranging from breweries to beer pubs, the event will focus on one thing – craft beer. Panelists will discuss the business and legal issues in the industry including increased competition, industry trends, financing, trademark, and legal and regulatory problems within manufacturing, distribution, and retail.

Expected panelists include Peter Zien, USD Law alumnus and owner of AleSmith Brewing Company; Scot Blair, owner of Hamilton’s Tavern, Small Bar, Eleven, and Monkey Paw Pub and Brewing; and other experts in the San Diego craft beer scene.

Since San Diego Historian Ron Burgundy claims San Diego was discovered by the Germans in 1904 – BLS wants to celebrate October the way the Germans would. In Germany they call it Oktoberfest, USD calls it graduate level beverages. Stick around after the panel discussion and enjoy some of the finest craft beer San Diego has with complimentary tastings and food hosted by BLS and our panelists.

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