Aztec takes advantage of class lectures at local beer festival

San Diego State’s Bryan Coburn, a student within SDSU’s Business of Craft Beer program, took what he has learned in the classroom into the field at the 5th Annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival at The Abbey on Fifth Avenue on Friday.

Loaded with a bevy of local beers and bites, The Abbey, a 10,000 square foot venue, played host to north of 300 people in attendance to sample a diverse selection of San Diego breweries and Bankers Hill native restaurants.

The city of San Diego, known for its slew of stunning breweries and equally tantalizing restaurants, was on full display at the well-attended event, allowing Coburn to seize the moment.

“To try all of these beers and all of this food in one place is such a great experience,” Coburn said. “I hope this continues for a long time.”

Of the 15 breweries represented at the festival, Second Chance Beer Company and Karl Strauss were two of several select breweries to draw significant crowds to their tableside.

Offering three different beers, Second Chance Beer Company drew local San Diegans in with their Belgian Style Golden Ale, but they kept coming to refill their two-ounce glasses with the brewery’s Rye IPA, a darker, bitter beer with a notable bite.

Karl Strauss’ Aurora Hoppyalis IPA also made its way into a lot of glasses on Friday night, as its hoppy, smooth taste served as a positive surprise to a number of guests in attendance.

Unlike a majority of the people filling their glasses, Coburn was able to understand each select pour on a much deeper, educated level because of the work he has done at SDSU.

“I think [all of the beers] would taste the same if I didn’t know what I know about beer,” Coburn said. “I have learned so much about beer since starting the program, and I’m happy it’s helping outside the classroom.

“[The program] has found a way to make beer taste better.”

Coburn, however, didn’t limit his tongue to the range of beers present at Friday’s event, as he also took it upon himself to try a number of the samples prepared by Bankers Hill’s very own restaurants.

Cucina Urbana, located at 505 Laurel Street, offered a tasteful mascarpone polenta topped with a savory ragu, leaving those nearby no choice but to take a break from the beer to dive into its creamy decadence.

Pizzicato, a close neighbor to The Abbey on Fifth Avenue, had attendees waiting patiently for more samples of their thin-crust pepperoni pizza after they ran out of samples within the first hour of the three-hour event.

“I’m not going to lie; I had more than a couple slices of the pizza,” Coburn said.

Balancing beer with the array of awe-inspiring snacks, Coburn found it easy to enjoy himself at Friday’s event and plans to attend again next year if Bankers Hill pushes their annual total to six in 2018.


We’re all coping with different things. We’re dealing with heartbreaks, we’re dealing with exams, we’re dealing with lost friendships, we’re dealing with time wasted on watching Netflix, and lastly, some of us are dealing with the election results. The best way to get out of this funk (in my opinion) is to spend a little time with just yourself and listen to relaxing music.

I compiled a list of songs to hopefully ease some of your worried minds. Check them out:

November 9th by Willow Smith 

Willow Smith

I hope you all remember Willow Smith, right? She had that crazy song called “Whip My Hair” back in the day? Well, she has a ton of new music on her soundcloud. Not only does she sing in most of the songs, but she also produces some of them. Her newest song, November 9th, is a reflection on the election that occurred recently. That being said, this song is definitely for those who aren’t satisfied and are worried about the results. My favorite piece of lyric in this song is: “Baby girl, I know you’re tired / Don’t let the world put out your fire”.

I’ve Been Loving You Too Long by Otis Redding


I used to think for a long time that you have to listen to happy songs when you’re in a bad mood. But what does that do? I don’t think that helps with anything. If you’re dealing with heartbreak, Otis Redding is the way to go. This song, I’ve Been Loving You Too Long, is straight, raw emotion. What I’m trying to say is, you shouldn’t obscure how you’re feeling ever. Let this song be your outlet! I heard (but don’t quote me on this) that sad music has the ability to trigger positive emotions.

La Vie En Rose by Laura and Anton


Originally by Edith Piaf, this song was covered by a duo named Laura and Anton. This rendition is not only soothing to the ear, but it’s in French, so it’s even MORE soothing to the ear. This is my go-to song for whenever I’m stressed about school or whenever I’m feeling overworked. I don’t understand French at all, so that makes the song easy to tune out, be a background track to me studying, cleaning my room, or just hanging out in bed. If you’re in need of a simple, relaxing song, this is the one.


Photo Credit:

Willow Smith’s Facebook

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