Hello Strong Ale Fans!
This weekend is the San Diego Strong Ale Festival at Pizza Port Carlsbad. The fest will run Friday, December 4th from 4-11 pm and Saturday the 5th from 11 am to 11 pm. There will be more than 65 beers all over 8% on tap both days. You can buy tickets at the door for $30 which includes a festival tasting glass and 8 taster tickets. Additional tickets are just $1 each. This is one of the best festivals of the year in San Diego. I will be up there all weekend and I am sure that I will see lots of you there.
To get us in the strong ale mood, we will be hosting a special pre-party for the festival on Thursday the 3rd. I have two casks lined up – Pizza Port Carlsbad Poor Man’s IPA and AleSmith YuleSmith. There will also be some very special draft beers including: Sierra Nevada The Empire Strikes Black, Ballast Point Victory at Sea, Ballast Point Dorado double IPA and St. Bernardus Christmas. You can also look for Alpine Pure Hoppiness, O’Brien’s IPA and Nelson Rye-IPA all on tap for Thursday. And be sure to check out our new T-shirts and merchandise.
Friday the 4th we will be opening early at 9 am for the World Cup Draw to find out which group the USA will be drawn into. And if you have not yet signed the petition to support San Diego’s World Cup Bid at www.sandiego.gov – please do so. The petition drive will end on December 30th. The last Champions League games of the year will be December 8th and 9th.
We will continue the strong ale theme all weekend with special beers. Sunday the 6th the San Diego Super Chargers take on the hopefully hapless Cleveland Browns. Don’t think it is as good as a bye week. In a bye week, you don’t have to travel to Cleveland. At least we can all stay warm with our new mounted patio heaters outside. Our resident handy man, Fix It Paul installed them over Thanksgiving weekend and they are very nice. So next time you are sitting outside under the warmth of the new heaters, be sure to thank Paul.
Lots of good stuff coming up. We have our Avery night with Adam Avery on Friday the 11th. We will tap a bunch of Christmas beers on Friday the 18th including several Belgians. Old Rasputin XII is coming back in the bottle soon – and if you liked that, try the new Nectar Black Xantus from the brewers at Firestone. And Alpine Beer Company is releasing its Great Barleywine again soon and for the first time ever, you will be able to buy Exponential Hoppiness! Yes, Exponential in a bottle. See, the world is not conspiring against you all of the time.
On the down side for those addicted to Pliny the Elder, we will be closed December 24th, 25th and 26th for Christmas and December 31st and January 1st for New Year’s. We will have our annual New Year’s Eve-Eve party on December 30th.
The pub trip to Europe is about half full now. We have flyers at the pub or you can check it out at www.ciaotravel.com. Jeff Bagby and I will be on 91X’s Beer 4 Breakfast on Thursday the 3rd around 8:15 am to discuss the Strong Ale Fest. Enjoy a great strong ale this weekend wherever you are. Hopefully we’ll see many of you up at the fest.