Deschutes brings its beer camp to San Diego

Woody, the brewery’s rolling taproom, will roam through several San Diego County neighborhoods.

Woody, the brewery's rolling taproom, will roam through several San Diego County neighborhoods.

Campers, pack your bikes, forks and pint glasses.

All these items will come in handy at Deschutes’ Base Camp for Beer Fanatics, landing in San Diego on Tuesday. For five days, this camp’s schedule will be packed with food, bicycle rides, a giant beer barrel on wheels known as Woody and a night of “beer-lesque.”

“That show can be a little raunchy,” said Joey Pleich, camp director for Deschutes, a Bend, Ore., brewery. “I’d say leave the kids at home for that one.”

Now in its fourth year, Base Camp welcomes fans of Deschutes’ flagship pale ale, Mirror Pond — then opens their palates to other brews.

“Mirror Pond is the center of our universe,” Pleich said. “We get that. The concept for Base Camp is to have a bunch of interactive events where people can find their bearings with Mirror Pond, then get introduced to our other beers, including specialty beers.”

In San Diego, Camp begins with a salute to homebrewers at the Coronado Brewery Taproom (1205 Knoxville St.), on Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m. The $30 admission will cover food, beer — including a joint Coronado-Deschutes IPA — and a question-and-answer session with Deschutes brewers.

Wednesday at 4 p.m., Pleich will depart Bicycle Discovery (742 Felspar St., San Diego) on a pub pedal. For $15, bikers will receive three tokens, each redeemable for a beer and an appetizer at Ciro’s Pizzeria (967 Garnet Ave.), Bare Back Grill (4640 Mission Blvd.), and the TapRoom (1269 Garnet Ave.).

The schedule includes a beer dinner April 17 at Urge American GastroPub (16761 Bernardo Center Drive, $45 for the set menu), and beer and slices April 18 at Pizza Port Ocean Beach (1956 Bacon St.). Night life? There’s the aforementioned evening of comedy, variety acts and scantily clad dancers. “Beer-lesque: Tastings and Tassels” is set for 8 p.m. April 17, at 98 Bottles (2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite 110). The cover charge is $5.

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