There are a few things that have become a central part of San Diego's identity, like sunny weather, references to whale's vaginas, Comic-Con and, of course, craft beer. San Diegans love their craft beer.

One of those people is Julie Wartell, who used her mapping skills (she's a crime analyst whose work has included mapping out where sex offenders can and can't live in San Diego County) to create PubQuest, a website and app that shows the location of more than 3,300 breweries, brew houses and craft-beer-serving pubs in the U.S. and Canada. ---

Wartell says she felt Google didn't provide accurate information when it came to brewery and brewhouse locations, so it seemed natural to just do it herself.

"I travel a lot," she says. "Years ago when we first thought of it, there were only a couple websites you can search for breweries. They would just give you a list of breweries in San Diego, for instance, but you wouldn't know Escondido is right there."

As an added function of PubQuest, you can enlist Wartell and her team to map out all the breweries along your road-trip route; they created a custom map for a man who was running across the country so he could enjoy a frosty craft brewski at each of his planned stops.

"It's the combination of traveling or visiting places and not only enjoying beer but also finding local independent places," Wartell says. "A lot of people want to find a local beer brewery because they want to know where the beer is made. A number of people travel just to go visit breweries."

While the app and use of the website is free, PubQuest members get added functions and discounts at local breweries.

Calendar

  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
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