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Saturday June 4th Turista Libre, which leads atypical day tours in Tijuana (in their own words: “No strolls down hooker row. No donkey shows. No gringo stereotypes.”), will be focusing on the craft beer of Tijuana. Turista Libre is run by Derrik Chinn, an American who has been living in Tijuana for the past three plus years.

Derrik is a friend of mine and was my neighbor while I briefly lived in Tijuana a couple of years ago. We’ve drank many a Tecate together (sometimes it seems as if Tecate owns the entire city), but he was just as excited as I was to find that there is a small but growing craft beer community in Tijuana.

We’ll meet just inside Mexico mere feet from the final border gate at 12pm. We’ll head over to Cerveceria Tijuana, which I believe is the oldest brewery in Tijuana and has the most presence in the US (they were at last year’s Stone Anniversary Festival). There we’ll sample six 5 ounce tasters (Morena Dark Lager, Guera Pilsner, Bronca Pilsner, Brava Dark Lager, Bufadora Bock, TJ Light Lager) as you can tell by the names, Cerveceria Tijuana focuses on lagers, but they’re quality lagers based on those found in Europe. From there we’ll head to the newer breweries of Cervecería Insurgente (3 six ounce tasters, La Lupulosa, Tiniebla, Brown), and  Cervecería Zesde (3 six ounce tasters, DasFalco IPA, Vanilla Sky Stout, Strawberry Fields Ale).

We’ll also stop by The Beer Box, a bottle shop with many Mexican, American and European craft beers so you can purchase a bottle or two to take home.

Tickets are $35 and space is limited, so make sure to prepay to reserve a spot. The tasters listed above as well as transportation from the border is included in the ticket price, but you’re on your own for bottles at The Beer Box. We’ll stop for tacos at least once because we’ll surely need them with all that beer. The day will end around 7pm in Downtown Tijuana near a few of the new beer bars if you’ll looking for more, or a short walk or cab ride back to the border.

So grab your passport and we’ll see ya June 4th!

There’s plenty of information about past tours and what to expect on Turista Libre’s website.

Questions: email me at events@sandiegobeerblog.com or Turista Libre at turistalibre @ gmail.com

Read more about Turista Libre: Urbanist, LA TimesNBC San Diego, and MSN