Food & Drink

The Weekend Playbook: Giant beer pong, a whiskey party, zombies, and Zydeco

Giant beer pong at Sand Diego Brew Fest at Liberty Station.

Event of the Week Well, make it event of the next week, but nail down your tix now for the third annual San Diego Brew Fest, which's going down in Liberty Station July 6th from 3-6p with more than 60 local and international breweries, SD’s best food trucks, and giant beer pong. Don't miss Black Crystal Wolf Kids performing at the festivities. Use the promo code "thrillist" to get 10% off tickets purchased before July 2nd. Watch the beer-tastic promo video and find out how to get VIP tickets…Thursday, June 27th Sake bomb! Taste local bites, beers, and sakes during Japan Society’s Beer and Sake Festival tonight at 6p in the SD Marriott Del Mar. See just how many ‘sake bombs’ is too many… New Kids on the Block II is not a revival of the '90s boy band (darn); it’s a beer tasting event with tasters from SD’s newest brewers and food from beer-savvy chef Karl Prohaska. It’s all going down at the Handlery Hotel starting at 5p. Get your tickets here... SoundDiego LIVE is having a party downtown with Coachella performers White Arrows playing at Block 16 along with local bands Cuckoo Chaos and Heavy Hawaii. RSVP to get in to the Jack Daniels VIP happy hour from 7-8p... Friday, June 28th The SD History Center is hosting History Happy Hour with Amplified Ale Works at 5:30p. Papa Luna’s is serving mini empanadas to pair with Dry School Hop Out (double IPA) and Electrocution IPA while brewmaster Cy Henley gives a talk about nanobreweries. Get a ticket for some historical drinking... The Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar is opening shop in Mission Valley today. Check out the menu…Sunday June 30th True North Tavern is kicking off Summer with a Zydeco & Cajun party starting at 2p with live music by The Swamp Critters and a crawfish boil with corn on the cob, red potatoes, onion, garlic, and peppers dumped right on newspaper-covered tables. Find out the true meaning of laissez les bon temps rouler, you terrible French student…Monday, July 1st Starting today Soda & Swine will be donating 50% of all food sales from 11:30-4p for the next five days toward building the new Copley-Price Family YMCA. Eat meatballs while supporting the hood…Wednesday, July 3rd Seven Grand is turning one-year-old, and they’re partnering with Maker's Mark to celebrate. There’ll be catered whiskey-friendly food, live music, drink specials, and they’ll be introducing their new Summer cocktail menu. See what kind of whiskey goes best with Summer...Shaun of the Dead is the Late Night Movie playing on the 12ft screen in the garden at Stone in Escondido. Bring blankets and chairs. Check out the website for event details… Join Bottlecraft, Roastcoach, Aloha Sunday, and Make Good for Miho Gastro Truck’s thirrd anniversary Big Grillebration at Bird Park from 12-4p. See what kind of deliciousness they're cooking up...Thursday, July 4th Marina Kitchen at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina is celebrating our nation’s independence with a picnic buffet from 5-10p, and afterward, you can take in the fireworks from the restaurant’s view of the bay. Book your ticket… There’s a pool party hosted by Fortune 421 happening at the Andaz from 11a-9p followed by rooftop firework-viewing, BBQ, and DJs. Get tickets… In celebration of our nation, Alchemy is roasting a whole pig and serving brisket along with lots of drink specials from 11a-6p. There will be an apple pie-eating contest, Societe Brewing will have a special release, and since Thursday is BYOV (bring your own vinyl) day, if you bring a classic American record or one with a classic American song, they'll not only play it, but they'll give you a free SD craft beer as well. 'Merica. Eat your weight in pork, apple pie, and beer...Did we miss anything? Let us know what you're up to this weekend in the comments...