Hello Beer Fans!
Time for another great beer update from O’Brien’s.Â Tonight we are doing the first of our three Beer and Cheese pairings and there have been some last minute cancellations.Â If you are interested, the class is at 7 pm at Taste in Hillcrest – please call them at 619-683-2306 to reserve a spot.Â I’ll have more info on our other classes in a bit.
Also tonight, Wednesday the 22nd, we are featuring some of the Italian craft beers that we had on during our Pizza Night a few weeks ago.Â The del Ducato Verdi Imperial Stout with hot chilis and the Birrificio Troll Shangrila with tandori spices are both on tap right now.Â If one of them empties, I still have the two more to put on tap.Â And we have several other great new beers on tap including Coronado Idiot IPA, Alpine Duet IPA, Ballast Point Abandon Ship Smoked Lager, Dogfish Head Aprihop IPA (made with apricots), Port Brewing Old Viscosity and Lost Coast Old Ale.
Thursday the 23rd is Coral’s last night at the pub.Â The Old Viscosity is on tap for her and we have a very special cask of Reef Rye Brown from Ballast Point atÂ 5 pm.Â On the food front, we will have Mac n’ Cheese on special also per her request.Â So stop by and help us wish her well.
Friday night the 24th is Nor Cal beer night with lots of great beer on tap.Â In addition to our regular Bear Republic Racer 5, Russian River IPA, Blind PigÂ and Pliny the Elder and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and the already mentioned Lost Coast Old Ale we will have Marin IPA, Moylan’s Double Kiltlifter, Lagunitas Gnarleywine, Drake’s Denogginizer and a collaboration brew from Triple Rock and Green Flash called Red Rock Rye.Â It will be a great night of great beer from the upper half of California.
There will be plenty of new bottles to look forward to this weekend.Â We already have in Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Lindeman’s Cuvee Rene, Avery Maharaja, Stone Imperial Russian Stout and Aspall Organic English Cider.Â Look for some new Fantome and Cantillon bottles on Saturday including Fou Fonne – the apricot lambic from Cantillon.
Next week you can look forward to the birthday bash for Pat McIllhenney from Alpine Beer Company and Tyson Blake from San Diego Brewing Company.Â In their honor we are tapping casks of Exponential Hoppiness and Lagunitas Correction IPA – a new 7.2% IPA from the brewery that I have not yet even tried.Â We’ll also have the Ballast Point Victory at Sea on tap and a keg of Avery Maharaja.Â Thursday the 30th we will tap a cask of the very popular AleSmith IPA.
We have some amazing casks coming in the next few weeks.Â May 6th – Alpine Duet IPA, May 7th – Port 3rd Anniversary Double IPA and Pizza Port Carlsbad Poor Man’s IPA, May 13th – Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, May 14th – Stone Russian Imperial Stout and beyond that we will still have casks of Alpine Nelson Rye-IPA and Alpine Bad Boy coming.Â It is going to be an incredible few weeks of cask beer.
Beer and Cheese Please
As mentioned, we have a few seats open for the class at Taste, tonight – Wednesday the 22nd at 7 pm.Â We also have added a third class on Sunday, May 3rd at O’Brien’s at 6:30 pm due to popular demand.Â We have set the final pairings for the class and I am very excited about it.Â We have several firsts in this upcoming class that are very different from the pairings we have done in the past.Â Among things we are using for the first time – a double IPA, an EnglishÂ cider, Parmigianno Reggiano cheese and the Malheur Dark Brut.Â Cost for the class is $40 and will include 7 beers and 8 cheeses total.Â You can sign up at the pub (cash onlyÂ please) or contact Taste (find the link on our friends page of the website) to pay with a credit card.Â We already have more thanÂ one thirdÂ of the seatsÂ sold for the third class and like the two previous classes, we expect this one to sell out.
Bowling and Beer Camp
Team O’Brien’s – Micaela, Kat and Tiff – have done a wonderful job raising money for the Bowling for Animals charity event happening this weekend on Sunday the 26th.Â They are raising money to help fund spay and neutering clinics for SNAP, a local group that promotes zero euthanasia of pets.Â If you would like to make a donation, the girls have forms at the pub or you can go online at: www.firstgiving.com/teamobriens and make a contribution which is tax dedcutible.
In other beer news, Jeff Bagby, Tomme Arthur and myself returned safely from Sierra Nevada Beer Camp up in Chico, CA.Â We brewed the strongest beer that they have ever made on their pilot system – an 11% abv Imperial Stout.Â Expect it to be down here sometime in early June.Â The brewery was amazing – a true pilgrimage for beer fans.Â It is truly impressive.Â The restaurant is equally amazing – great food, spent-grain fed beef, classic interior and lots of Sierra Nevada specialty beer – everything you want in a great brewery restaurant.Â And Chico is an astonishingly cheap town to drink in, and everyone serves Sierra.Â If you have the chance I highly recommend visiting Sierra Nevada.
That is your good beer news for now.Â Don’t forget to load up on Forever stamps at the Post Office – stamps go to 44 cents on May 11th.Â We’ll see you soon for a great beer.Â Cheers, Tom