Celebrating the Craft Brewing Industry

Here are a few things you may not know about the San Diego Craft Brewing Industry: 

  • San Diego County is home to more than 90 craft breweries
  • The craft beer industry in San Diego has an annual economic impact of about $300 million
  • San Diego County has been ranked as "Best Beer City" by numerous sources (CNN, Men's Fitness, USA Today, New York Times) 

The San Diego Brewers Guild is preparing for its sixth annual San Diego Beer Week 2014 (SDBW), November 7-16.  San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local, craft beer and promoting San Diego’s thriving brewing culture with multiple events happening across the county. The festival attracts beer tourism, fosters knowledge of the region’s brewing heritage, and serves as a showcase for San Diego's breweries, restaurants, pubs, and other businesses with ties to the craft beer community. 

You can celebrate SDBW in Escondido by visiting the hugely popular Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens, as well as Escondido’s other two craft breweries, Offbeat Brewing Company and  Plan 9 Alehouse. 

For more information on San Diego Beer Week, visit SDBW.org. For general information about the City of Escondido, visit www.escondido.org

2014 Wedge Cheese Festival

You won’t want to miss the Downtown Business Association’s  2014 Wedge Cheese Festival on October 25, from 1 to 5:00 p.m.  Enjoy an afternoon of local wine, beer, and food while walking along beautiful Grand Avenue in historic Downtown Escondido. 

The $35 Wedge Tasting Passport ($45 after October 18) gets you access to 25+ cheese, wine, beer and restaurant tasting stops. There also is a Designated Driver Passport for $25 (food stops only). The tasting stops consist of our local downtown businesses hosting fine cheeses and a diverse selection of craft beers and boutique wines, as well as local restaurants offering samples of their delicious creations!

Your passport includes all the cheese and restaurant nibbles and your choice of 10 beer and/or wine pairings. You can check out the growing list of restaurants, cheeses, breweries and wineries as well as last year’s participants by visiting www http://wedgeescondido.com 


Monday, October 20 is the last day to register to vote in the General Election to be held November 4, 2014.


This year Escondido residents will be voting for one Mayor, at-large; one Council Member to represent District One and one Council Member to represent District Two as well as several ballot measures.


During regular business hours, you may register at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters or online at www.sdvote.org.  Registration cards are available at the City Clerk’s Office during regular business hours. If you have moved, changed your name (due to marriage or court order), or wish to change your party affiliation since the last election, you must re-register no later than midnight, Monday, October 20.


If you have any questions concerning voter registration, please contact the Registrar of Voters Office at 858-565-5800, or the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 North Broadway, Escondido, 760-839-4617.

Top 50 New Businesses

Over the past four years, hundreds of businesses have moved to Escondido.  Here are the top 50 new businesses that created  approximately 1,000 new jobs.  Those businesses are: 

1st Citizens Bank

Apple Store


Bike Bling

BK Cellars

Buster Biofuels

California Avocado Grill


Cheesecake Factory


Dick's Sporting Goods


Firehouse Subs

Five Guys Burgers


Grocery Outlet

Il Forno

In n Out


Jersey Mikes

John Paul the Great Catholic University

Lexus Escondido

Menchies Yogurt

Metro Diner

Mike's BBQ

O'Brien's Boulangerie

Offbeat Brewing

Palomar Medical Center

Plan 9 Alehouse

Rita's Italian Ice


Stone Brewing packaging hall expansion

Superheroes in Training


Swirlz Candy Emporium


The Grand Tea Room

The Rustic Sparrow

Vallarta Supermarket

Vesper Vineyards

Vintana Wine + Dine


Walmart Market 

These businesses are proof that Escondido is strong, proud and on the right track!