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The San Diego beer scene grows yet further

People who enjoy beer and happen to live in San Diego have been getting a treat this week. It’s been “Storm Week” here – meaning the influence of Stone Brewing Co can be felt far and wide.

Churchills, an english pub in San Marcos recently opened up their new renovated bar area – which has 50 tap handles. FIFTY! They have a LOT of really good beer on tap. I’d been threatening Ivan, the owner, that I would be coming in with my camera to take a bunch of beer-porn shots of his new setup – and I finally delivered.

Follow @churchills on twitter for awesome updates, and if you’re bored – check out the rest of my pictures from churchills!

Barcamp SD 5 happening May 30-31

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Sandwich Hacking at Barcamp SD 4. Photo courtesy Kevin Baird from his barcampsd set on Flickr.

Sandwich Hacking at Barcamp SD 4. Photo courtesy Kevin Baird from his barcampsd set on Flickr.

It’s time again for Barcamp San Diego!

Barcamp is an “unconference,” where the participants are both the speakers and the audience. The format is open, the workshops can be about anything, the schedule is organized by sticky notes on a big sheet of paper, and registration is free. The “camp” part means you can bring your sleeping bag and spend the night. Or not. It’s up to you!

Sound good? Here are the details:

WHAT: Barcamp San Diego 5
WHEN: May 30-31, 2009
WHERE: Intuit’s Santa Fe campus – 7545 Torrey Santa Fe Road, San Diego, CA 92129
TO REGISTER: Visit http://barcampsd5.eventbrite.com

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What do you talk about at BarCamp?

I want this picture to reach into your brain and prod your creative side.

I’ve been invovled with BarCamp San Diego since it’s inception. I’ve seen a whole bunch of really really cool talks that inspired me to think differently and try new things – conversely I’ve seen lots of talks that boast interesting subject matter, but turn out to be a sales pitch or an excuse to get in front of everyone and try to coerce information out of the crowd.

The best speakers I’ve seen present don’t even talk about who they are, or what they do for work. They talk about stuff they do in their spare time. They make robots, they do knitting, they talk about video games, make fun of art school, make sandwiches or even create giant literary masterpieces impregnated with cryptography challenges and hidden messages (yes, I’m talking about you Bushman). The best talks I’ve ever seen have been about “other stuff”.

As tempting as it is to get in front of 300 people who are really passionate about what they do and have voices at their workplace and in the community then talk about why people should hire you – doing that makes people stop trusting the talks posted on the wall and you see this face a lot in the crowd. people don’t go to barcamp to sit through sales pitches. Their jobs send them to those and they are obligated to go because someone is footing the bill – they go to barcamp for new, cool, and interesting stuff. I learned this the hard way first-hand. Here, Let me explain –

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Sonic comes to Santee!

The rumors (I started on Twitter) are true!  Sonic is really coming to Santee. (And San Diego, for that matter.)

For those who have not driven by, here is Sonic, on the corner of Magnolia and Mission Gorge:

Sonic: Still under construction

Sonic: Still under construction

The word on the street is that the first opening event will take place this Saturday, April 4, as Santee Mayor Randy Vopel perform the traditional ribbon cutting at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The store will open to the public on Monday, April 6.

There’s already talk of a Tweetmob at Sonic shortly after opening.  Who’s in? ;)

*** Updated Tweetmob will be Tuesday at noon!  Hope to see you all there!***

The Drinkup is Tomorrow! (March 26th)

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The time again has come to gather with fellow San Diego beer snobs, patrons, geeks and twitterers.

San Diego’s 4th @drinkup is tomorrow at Rock Bottom Brewery in La Jolla at 7:30pm.

The time has come to come and enjoy a beer with friends! RSVP HERE

Tomorrow’s event will be captured by photograph and video, then shared with gusto on the internets via sites like vimeo, youtube, flickr and more.

Rock Bottom is also a full restaurant and bar – so if beer isn’t your thing there are many other options available.

Half-price admission at 3 Balboa Park museums

Museum of Man in Balboa Park

Museum of Man in Balboa Park

In a move that may encourage San Diegans to discover the cheap thrills available in hard times, 3 local museums are offering half-price admission every day before noon.

From this Sunday until May 25, admission to the Mingei International Museum (normally $7 for adults), the Museum of Man (normally $10 for adults), and the Museum of Photographic Arts (normally $6 for adults) will be half-price between 10 AM and 12 PM. All three museums are located in Balboa Park.

For more information and a list of current exhibits, please see this press release. You can also follow MOPA on Twitter at @MoPAsd.

If you’re an early bird, take this opportunity to save a few bucks and get a little culture!

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