San Diego’s Best Coast Beer Festival

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72 breweries come together Saturday in one big beer festival called ‘Best Coast Beer Fest” all to raise money for charity.

There isn’t any beer here now but Best Coast’s Erik Ulkutekin boasts soon “Beer as far as the eye can see.”

Erik’s wife, Amy, created ‘Best Coast Beer Fest’.

“She said lets do a beer festival and I’m like YES!” Ulkutekin said.

The festival isn’t only about drinking 70 different kinds of beer, they are raising money for the charity Cancer for College. The charity gives college scholarships to cancer survivors. Best Coast founder Amy Ulkutekin said “I knew that partnering with this specific charity and making sure that we had the right team – I have amazing designers, great connections within the brewery world it just made sense.”

Amy said while the whole event cost just over one-hundred thousand dollars to produce – they’re already in the black for the charity.

“A lot of luck and crossing fingers, hahaha,” Amy said.

The park behind the convention center turns from a field of grass into one of San Diego’s larger beer festivals. Erik said choosing all of the beers was grueling.

“The research was every single beer festival we could possibly go to. You know getting dragged into it.” Erik said sarcastically. With a smirk he tries to insinuate he’s ‘working’ and that drinking beer is almost a favor he’s doing his wife.

Best Coast Beer Fest organizers expect close to 5000 attendees.

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