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Taste of Hillcrest to feature local microbreweries

SAN DIEGO -- More than 50 restaurants, breweries and retailers will be a part of a self-guided culinary adventure in Hillcrest on April 20, when the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) hosts the 13th annual Taste of Hillcrest. The four-hour event runs from noon to 4 pm and boasts cuisine from more than 40 restaurants, including Crest Cafe, Baja Betty’s, Nami Sushi and Urban Mo’s Bar & Grill.

“I think the Taste of Hillcrest is so successful year after year because of the supreme quality and magical energy of our Taste,” said Lisa Weir, HBA marketing and communications director. “It’s truly one of the best around.”

New neighborhood restaurants Sloppy’s Burritos, d Bar and Salt & Cleaver will be joining in on the festivities this year, and some of San Diego’s leading microbreweries – Aztec Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Company and Thorn Street Brewery, among others – will have samples available at retailers including Urban Outfitters and Cody’s Home + Gifts.

Weir said this was the first year the HBA partnered with the microbreweries, offering samples at businesses other than restaurants.

“Along the tasting route, you can head into one of six of our retailers and wash down all the delicious samples you’ve indulged in with cold beer tastings,” Weir said.

Cecelia Moreno of Crest Cafe said her restaurant will be participating this year, after taking several years off. Crest Cafe is celebrating their 30th year in business and was one of the founding members of the annual event.

Read the full story in San Diego Uptown News, a SDGLN media partner, HERE.