Hello Happy Beer Week Beer Fans!
San Diego Beer Week is in full swing!Â We have already had some great events and we have plenty more coming up.Â Tonight, Wednesday the 11th we have a Belgian Ale night and a special cask of Sierra Nevada Celebration at 5:30 pm!Â We will have Het Anker Lucifer (from the makers of Gouden Carolous) the brand new De Halve Maan Tripel, Rodenbach and Rodenbach Grand Cru and Dupont Avec les bon Voeux (one of my favorite beers) all on tap in addition to the cask.Â All of the beers will be on tap by 5:30 pm.Â We will also be offering 10% off all Belgian bottles tonight.Â For Veterans Day, we will take $1 off the first beer for any active or retired military.Â From the kitchen, Lindsey will have a Flemish Stew made with Rodenbach and Chimay Cheese burgers and specials on Chimay Cheese plates with three different Chimay cheeses.
In addition to the draft beers, I will have some new bottles out for sale: Nectar Black Xantus – a bourbon and whiskey barrel aged Imperial stout, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Affligem Noel, Sierra Nevada Estate Harvest, Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout – a special vintage release from the brewery just for us, and Lost Abbey 10 Commandments.Â Some of the great beers on tap from our Beer Week events: Green Flash Coffee Stout, AleSmith YuleSmith and Speedway Stout, and Alpine Tuatara session ale and Captain Stout.Â We have three great stouts on tap right now, so if you are a fan of dark beers, this is a good time to be enjoying these beers at the pub.
We have a limited supply of O’Brien’s Beer Week T-shirts.Â We have them in men’s and women’s sizes and they are just $10 each for either style.Â Our logo pint glasses are back in stock.Â We have three slogans from which to choose – The Hoppiest Place on Earth, I Didn’t Come Here to Save Money or Lose Weight and Fine Beer May Be Judged With a Single Sip But it is Better to be Thoroughly Sure – Czech Proverb.Â The glasses are $3 each or 4 for $10.Â We will have more merchandise in stock before Thanksgiving.
Hangover Soccer Breakfast
This Saturday, November 14th, we will be open at 7 am for the USA v. Slovakia soccer friendly.Â We will have coffee and OJ for the start of the game with breakfast from Humberto just before half time around 7:30 pm – 7:45 pm.Â Beer, Champagne and Mimosas will be served starting at 8 am.Â So come by for a little Beer Week hangover breakfast and cheer on the USA.Â The pub will be staying open for the England v. Brazil game at 9 am along with the European World Cup Play-offs.Â Check the soccer page (in the news section) for a complete listing of games.Â For those interested in our San Diego Chapter of the American Outlaws, USA soccer supporters club, we will be having an organizational meeting just after the USA v. Slovakia game around 9 am to discuss ideas for the chapter.Â
More Beer Week
Thursday the 12th is a double cask night with Alpine O’Brien’s IPA and Ballast Point Sculpin.Â It will also be Ballast Point night withÂ 7 beers on tap and Dorado Double IPA on tap.Â Â We have an amazing line up of Ballast Point beers on draft including Sculpin IPA, 2008 Victory at Sea, Schooner Wet Hop Ale, Sour Wench, ReefÂ Rye and Barrel Aged Sea Monster Stout.Â We will also have Chimay on tap and specials on Chimay cheese plates and Chimay Cheese burgers.Â Be sure to check out Lindsey’s insane Mac n’ Cheese and some tasty Sculpin IPA beer cheese – look for lots of Beer Cheese specials including appetizer plates, double 1/4 pound patty burgers and tubs available to-go.Â Listen to 91X which is doing BeerÂ for Breakfast all week long with local brewers at 8:15 am.
Friday the 13th will be a Best of Beer Week night.Â We will be tapping more good beer than we can possibly consume in the first 7 days of Beer Week, so on Friday we will be highlighting great beers from throughout the week in one gigantic night of San Diego specialty beer.Â Expect beers from Green Flash (including Grand Mantis),Â AleSmith, Pizza Port, Ballast Point, Alpine, Port Brewing, Russian River, Bear Republic and many more great breweries.Â There will be no way to be disappointed with Friday night’s beer line up.
Â Saturday the 14th will be Bear Republic night withÂ FIVE, yes five different IPAsÂ including a special O’Brien’s Blend from the brewery and the new Ken and John’s IPA.Â We will also have Nor Cal IPA, Rebellion IPA and one of the pub favorites, Racer 5 IPA.Â The O’Brien’s Blend, Racer 5 and Ken and John’s IPA will be on tap all day with the other IPAs on tap aroundÂ 5 pm.Â We’ll have brewer/owner Rich Norgrove down to share a few beers with us and tell us stories about his race cars.
Sunday the 15th is our annual Lost Abbey Rare Bottle tasting which is now sold out.Â The pub will be open normal hours Noon to 6 pm and the Chargers will host the Eagles at 1:15 pm.Â If you are looking for something Beer Week related to do, I will be at the official Beer Week closing event – Chefs Celebration of Beer,Â which will be a beer and food event at Irwin Jacobs Hall at Qualcomm in Mira Mesa from 1 to 4 pm.Â The event will feature local breweries teamed with chefs to create sublime beer and food pairings.Â The event will also feature several short educational talks, one by yours truly.Â I missed the Cooks Confab beer dinner, so I am really looking forward to this event.Â Tickets can be bought at either the Beer Week or Brewers Guild websites, www.sdbww.org or www.sandiegobrewersguild.org.
San Diego World Cup Bid
The USA is hoping to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022.Â San Diego is one of 27 cities being considered to host games.Â The USA bid committee has started electronic petitions to help garner support for each city.Â Even if you are not a soccer fan, having games here with 60,000+ fans over several weeks will be good for our city.Â Please show your support by signing the petition on our homepage at obrienspub.net.Â Â All you need to do is type in an email address and a zip code.Â If you have multiple emails, you can enter them all.Â Please get your friends and family to help support this effort to bring one of the world’s greatest sporting events to our home town.Â If you type the Get and Share button, you can paste the graphic code into yourÂ own website.
Euro Pub Crawl
And as if all of this was not enough for you, our good friend Bill Snider of Ciao! Travel has released the amazing itinerary for the 2010 Great Belgian Beer Trip.Â There are four incredible options that include Amsterdam, Ghent, Bamberg and Munich.Â This is the 6th year that we have partnered with Ciao Travel for a European Pub crawl and every year the trip has been a ton of fun.Â I am really looking forward to going in 2010.Â There are flyers at the pub with discount offers valid through November 15th, 2009.Â You can also check it out online at www.ciaotravel.com.Â And you can almost always find Bill around the pub willing to talk about trip and its many wonderful destinations.
After Beer Week we will tap a cask of Craftsman Edgar’s Ale with fresh hops on Wednesday the 18th at 6 pm.Â We also have a cask of Nectar Hemp Ale on the way for Thursday the 19th.Â Friday the 20th will be Firestone and Nectar Ales night at the pub with Nectar IPA, Firestone Union Jack and Nectar Black Xantus on tap and hopefully bottles of the new Firestone Anniversary beer.Â We will be CLOSED November 26th and 27th for Thanksgiving.Â Tickets for the San Diego Strong Ale Fest VIP session are back on sale now through the Pizza Port website – find the tickets in the merchandise section.Â The fest is December 4th and 5th and the VIP session will be from 1-4 pm on Friday the 4th.Â We will of course, host the pre-party on Thursday, December 3rd with casks of Pizza Port Carlsbad Poor Man’s IPA and AleSmith YuleSmith along with a host of great strong beers including Sierra Nevada The Empire Strikes Black.Â Avery night happens on Friday, December 11th with a very impressive draft list and Adam Avery himself.
That is your good beer week news for now.Â We’ll see you soon for a great locally brewed beer.Â Cheers, Tom