Hello Big Beer Fans!
We have some fantastic big beers on tap and coming soon for this weekend.Â It starts tonight, Thursday the 11th, with a cask of Ballast Point Sea Monster Stout at 5 pm.Â This delicious, 10% alcohol Imperial Stout is already too easy to drink and cask conditioning can only make it better.Â It is not too often that we have really big stouts through the beer engine so this is a rare treat.Â And on tap you can find Deschutes Mirror Mirror, an 11% barrel aged barleywine, the new 2010 Sierra Nevada Bigfoot (which means we are pouring the Big P – 1/2 Pale, 1/2 Bigfoot), Avery Dugana Double IPA and Bear Republic Apex IPA, which is 7.5% abv.Â Russian River Pliny the Elder will be back on tap for Thursday night.Â And we still have some of the Russian River bottles from the World Tour including several 3 liter bottles of Temptation, Consecration and Supplication.
North Coast Night
This Friday, February 12th, we will feature a North Coast night that will include two of my favorite domestic beers. First, we will have a very limited draft supply of Old Rasputin XII, which is the barrel aged version of this incredible stout.Â We do have plenty of the bottles though.Â Second, we will have a three year draft vertical tasting of Old Stock Ale.Â I think this is one of the finest, and best aging barleywine-style beers in the world.Â We will have kegs of 2007, 2009 and 2010 all on tap for you to try side by side.Â I have already sneaked a taste of the 2009 and I can tell you that it is wonderful and it makes me very excited to taste the 2007.Â We will also have the Acme IPA, La Merle SaisonÂ and Brother Thelonius (named for Thelonius Monk) which is a strong, abbey-style ale.
We will be open normal hours over Presiden’ts day weekend – 11:30 am to Midnight on Saturday the 13th, Noon to 6 pm on Sunday the 14th and 11 am to 10:30 pm on Monday the 15th.Â In honor of the Toronado Barleywine festival in San Francisco which happens this weekend, we will have specials on all of our draft barleywines Saturday night – Bigfoot, Mirror Mirror and our 3 vintages of Old Stock Ale along with three great barleywines in the bottle – Lost Abbey Angel’s Share, Nils Oscar Barleywine from Sweden and the Alpine Great Barleywine, which is a 14.1% alcohol Bourbon barrel aged beast.Â Also on Saturday the 13th at 6:30 pm we will tap our first keg of Russian River Pliny the Younger.Â I don’t expect it to last too long, so we will have a keg of Alpine Bad Boy double IPA to tap as soon as it blows.Â We should also have the AleSmith My Bloody Valentine
Next week we have three great nights of beer in a row.Â Wednesday the 17th we have a double treat of smoked beers – Ballast Point Abandon Ship Smoked Lager and the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier made withÂ oak smoked malt instead of the normal beech wood used in this Bamberg beer.Â The oak smoked malt is supposed to give it a less intense smokey flavor than theÂ regular version.Â This special oak smoked malt is only used once a year, soÂ this is a real treat for smoked beer fans.Â And just because we can, there will be a five gallon cask of Ballast Point Victory atÂ Sea tapped at 6 pm on Wednesday night as well.
Thursday the 18th we tap our annual cask of AleSmith’s My Bloody Valentine at 5 pm.Â Â This is a dark red ale with a nice hop/malt balance.Â If you like the brewery’s Evil Dead Red, you will love this beer too.Â And as we do every Thursday, we will haveÂ all of our local beers on special.Â Also on the 18th I will be on 91X’s Beer 4 Breakfast drinking some of the Trappist beers from Konigshoeven in the Netherlands.Â Starting Friday the 19th and running all weekendÂ weÂ will have the new Ranger IPA from New Belgium Brewing along with La Folie (Flemish sour brown) and the Dark Heather Saison all on tap.
We have two USA soccer matches coming up on tv.Â The first is Wednesday, February 24th at 4 pm against El Salvador.Â This is another pre-World Cup friendly to help determine our final roster.Â We will have two different five gallon casks of Alpine’s Token Imperial Porter on tap at half time of the game – around 5 pm.Â One is conditioning with a vanilla bean, the other with Bourbon-soaked oak chips.Â Both should be delicious.Â The next USA soccer match will be Wednesday, March 3rd at 11:45 am against the Netherlands.Â I won’t be at the pub, sinceÂ I will be in Amsterdam at the game.Â We will re-show the game at 6 pm as well.Â
The UEFA Champions League resumes play on the 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th of February – all lunch time kick offs.Â And USA Women’s team will be in San Diego to play Mexico at USD Torero Stadium on Sunday, March 28th at 2 pm.Â Our local chapter of the American Outlaws will be buying a group of tickets – cost $23 each.Â Please email me and let me know if you are interested in joining us for the game.Â We will of course, have some pre-game festivities at the pub that day.Â That weekend is also the first of the MLS season and we will have the Direct Kick soccer package this year.Â If you would like to be on our soccer-specific email list, just reply to this email and tell me.
In sticking with the Alpine cask theme from the 24th, we will tap a cask of the superb Alpine Bad Boy double IPA at 5 pm on Thursday the 25th.Â I should have a keg of the Bad Boy on tap as well once the cask blows.Â Friday the 26th we will host an evening of beers from Alaskan Brewing which will include the Smoked Porter, Barleywine and IPA.Â Thursday, March 4th we will have the Alpine O’Brien’s IPA on cask.Â The draft kegs should be at the pub soon.Â A new batch of Exponential Hoppiness is also expected to hit the taps before the end of February.
Last Call for Europe!
There are just a few spaces left for our annual pub crawl to Amsterdam and Belgium through Ciao! Travel.Â However, you only have two more days to sign up!Â Grab one of our discout flyers at the pub or find the information at www.ciaotravel.com.Â Our good friend BillÂ Snider, owner of Ciao! Travel, hasÂ put together an amazing tour package that includes theÂ Zythos 24 Hour beer festival, two pre-Zythos festivals (including a lambic fest), and stops at countless breweries like La Trappe/Konigshoeven, Malheur,Â Wesvleteren and St. Bernardus.Â And the dollar is making steady gains against theÂ Euro and looks like it will continue to do so as credit worries deepen across Europe.Â Join us for this great beer adventure.
Our new merchandise is in at the pub.Â We have a few new slogans – “I’m not bitter, I just drink San Diego beer” and “Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life – GB Shaw”.Â We have restocked the popular yoga pants and we still have some of our “Don’t Tread on Me” US Soccer shirts.Â All of the new beer newspapers are in at the pub – Ale Street News, Celebrator and Brewing News.Â You can also now find the Brewing News papers online at www.brewingnews.com and find information on breweries across the country through all of the regional newspapers.
That is your good beer news for now.Â We’ll see you soon for a great strong ale!Â Cheers, Tom