7 Outstanding Beers from San Diego Beer Week 2011

The third annual San Diego Beer Week, which took place November 4 to 13, was a 10 day long endurance test for thousands of beer-lovers city wide: there were no fewer than 540 events, dozens of participating bars and restaurants, 40 local breweries and brew pubs, and thousands of eye-opening moments as beer lovers, beer makers, and beer newbies discovered ales, lagers, pubs, and pairings that would change how they experienced beer in San Diego.

For one person or even a group of friends, it was impossible to put a dent in the dozens of events going on each day, but that didn't matter. No matter whether you opted for intimate meet-the-brewer evenings, exquisite beer-pairing dinners, or casual nights at the local pub, you were greeted with great beer. Here are 7 of our favorite sips from a week full of superlative craft beer.