The VIP session for this weekend’s San Diego Real Ale Festival at Pizza Port Carlsbad is almost sold out.Â Just over 30 tickets remain and you only have Tuesday and Wednesday to buy them as sales will be cut off Wednesday night.Â We are expecting 51 beers for the festival from 49 different breweries and 7 cask beers for the VIP session including Port Older Viscosity, Green Flash Grand Mantis, Ballast Point Ginger Big Eye, Three Floyds RobertÂ the BruceÂ and Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest.
Tickets for the normal festival hours of 4 pm to 11 pm Friday and 11 am to 11 pm on Saturday will be on sale at the door for $25 – there are no advance ticket sales for the general festival.Â Admission includes a festival glass and 8 taster tickets each good for a four ounce pour.Â Additional tastes are just $1.
This Thursday, June 11th we will host a pre-party for the fest at the pub.Â On cask we will have AleSmith 2008 Decadence English Barleywine, Alpine Exponential Hoppiness and Port 3rd Anniversary double IPA.Â We will also have several specialty beers from Sierra Nevada including Brown Saison and the collaboration brew Empire Strikes Black Imperial Stout – brewed with myself, Tomme Arthur and Jeff Bagby among others.Â Look for specialty Sierra beers on tap all weeekend at the pub with Bigfoot coming on tap soon.Â
Wednesday the 10th will be Saison night at the pub with Ballast Point’s Brother Levonian Saison and Sierra’s Brown Saison both on tap.Â Â The Brother Levonian is a traditional saison inspired by a homebrew recipe of the late Dave Levonian.Â The Sierra Brown Saison is a light brown in color with a dry spicy finish that reminds me of some of the Fantome saisons.
Next week – Sculin on cask on Thursday the 18th with a draft keg for when the cask blows.Â Friday the 19th look for an Allagash night with some great specialty beer including Hugh Malone, Victor and Victoria.Â Thursday the 25th we will tap a cask of Stone Ruination IPA.
That is your good beer update for now.Â Cheers, Tom