Hello Beer Fans!
We have been working hard to finalize our San Diego Beer Week events for next month. The USA plays Mexico at 6:30 pm this Saturday in the Concacaf Cup. And next weekend is our 13th Wet Hop Beer Festival. We have some other great events coming up this month including a cornucopia of pumpkin beers from Elysian for an end of the month Flight on Convoy. Here are all of the details….
Around the Pub
This Friday, October 9th, we will be tapping a keg of Kern River’s Just Outstanding IPA at 5 pm. We don’t get much of this fantastic IPA so make sure to enjoy it while it is on tap (which won’t be very long). On Saturday, the USA has a massive game against Mexico at 6:30 pm for the right to go to the Confederations Cup next summer.
The Chargers play the Steelers at 5:30 pm on Monday the 12th, which happens to be Columbus Day. We will be open regular hours starting at 11 am.
Next weekend is our 13th Wet Hop Beer Festival and we are expecting a ton of beers from all over California along with a few out of state beers. I’ll have more details next week as the final beer list comes together. Look for the wet hop beers to start hitting our taps on Thursday the 15th, We’ll be rotating the line up throughout the weekend as we expect to have at least 40 beers to serve over the 3 days. For a great article on our local hop growers, check out last week’s cover story from the Reader: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2015/sep/30/cover-local-hops-local-beer/
At the end of the month we will be hosting a very special Flight on Convoy with Elysian Brewing and their multitude of pumpkin beers. About 12 total pumpkin beers will be spread around O’Brien’s, Soho, Shanghai Saloon and Common Theory. We’ll have some folks from Elysian at the pub. And we’ll be tapping some other pumpkin beers as well from Anderson Valley, Coronado and Almanac. Look for pumpkin beers to be on tap through Saturday the 31st for our Halloween Costume Party.
And at Nickel Beer I brewed our Ballast Point collaboration Saludos Saison. We first brewed this at BPBC Little Italy as part of the pub’s 20th Anniversary celebrations. The beer was inspired by Dupont’s Avec Les Bon Voeux, a 10% alcohol golden saison brewed to celebrate the new year. Our version will be 10% as well. It is sitting in the fermenter now and already tasting great. Look for it on tap at the pub during the last week of October.
Here is the complete list of San Diego Beer Week events at the pub. We’ll flush out more details towards the end of the month. Enjoy reading this.
SAN DIEGO BEER WEEK 2015 AT O’BRIEN’S PUB
ALPINE’S GREEN CELLAR
We start this 7th SDBW as we have started each and every SDBW – with our friends from Alpine Beer Co. But times have changed and so we add Green Flash and Cellar 3 specialty beers this year. Cellar 3 is Green Flash’s new facility in Poway dedicated to barrel aging and barrel fermenting. Look for specialties from Alpine Beer Co. in Alpine including Bad Boy, Hand Shake, Token and lots of great hoppy beers. From Green Flash and Cellar 3 you can look forward to tasting Coffee Silva Stout on Nitrogen, Flanders Drive and a variety of barrel aged and sour ales.
EVERYONE’S OUT TO GET YOU MUTHER PUCKER
Like last year we will load the taps and bottle list with lots of sour, mouth puckering treats from around the world and USA. Look for a trio of Russian River delights, vintage Bruery, Lost Abbey and Firestone beers as well as some great sour ales from Belgium, Almanac, New Belgium, Great Divide, Nickel and many more! We will be offering up some great beers in bottles as well including Drie Fonteinen, Cascade, Rodenbach and more!
BEAR REPUBIC BEER DINNER
Bear Republic Beer Dinner with 6 beer inspired dishes to go with 8-10 specialty beers from Bear Republic Brewing Co. Tickets will go on sale at 5 pm on Wednesday the 14th of October. Price is $75 (cash only please) and will include a bottle signed by the brewers.
TAKE DOWN THE BEARS REPUBLIC!
The Chargers take on the Bears for Monday Night Football and we get to destroy 15 beers from Bear Republic Brewing Co. Look for lots of hops, barrel aged and sour ales from these great brewers and friends of the pubs. Brandy, Bourbon and Sherry barrels make an appearance on the barrel aged side. Tartare, Bubba and Tartare Rouge add some sour flare and look for a Smoked Common Ale, Imperial Stout, Belgians, IPAs and other great styles to pair with the Chargers MNF game!
KNEE DEEP IN KERN RIVER
We bring together two of our favorite hoppy breweries with beers from Kern River and Knee Deep Brewing! Kern River will bring their incredible lineup of great hops and specialties. Knee Deep will be doing a cask and draft version of Lupulin River (a collaboration the 2 breweries did together last year), as well as Breaking Bud, Simtra and a Barrel Aged treat!
WEDNESDAY 11/11 VETERAN’S DAY
FIELDWORK VETERAN’S DAY BOTTLE SHARE FOR WOUNDED WARRIOR
We are excited to do an event with our friends from Fieldwork Brewing and to pour their many delicious and thoughtfully crafted beers. We are coupling this event with a fundraiser for Wounded Warrior. We will offer a Bottle Share where customers may bring bottles to pop at the pub for a $5 cappage fee, of which 100% of the money raised from these bottles being opened will go to Wounded Warriors. Share your bottles with your friends, drink fantastic Fieldwork beer and help raise money for Wounded Warrior – is there a better way to spend your Wednesday?
O’BRIEN’S ANNIVERSARY BEERS/RIP CURRENT BREWING/IPA DAY/REAL ALES
We will be celebrating with our friends Rip Current Brewing – the GABF Tiny Brewery of the Year award winners! Their medal winners will be on draft as well as a double version of Lupulin Lust IPA. We will also tap the last keg of the One 20th Anniversary IPA (the beer Rip Current brewed for our 20th Anniversary that clocks in at 17.3% abv.). Look for O’Brien’s Anniversary beers from Lost Abbey and Sierra Nevada to be on tap as well this night. Ballast Point Victory at Sea will be on Cask and we will pour some of the best IPAs in town all day!
TYSON’S BIG ASS BARREL AGED BEER NIGHT
A variety of beers aged in a variety of barrels including beers aged in the following barrels! Rum, Bourbon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tequila, Brandy, Rye Whiskey, Sherry and more! Styles include, Imperial Stouts and Porters, Barleywines, Belgian ales, Sour ales, and more! This is a killer night of Vintage, Barrel Aged goodness that can’t be missed!
3 AMIGOS DAY with NICKEL BEER, BAGBY BEER, and PORT BREWING/LOST ABBEY
Tom Nickel, Jeff Bagby and Tomme Arthur have been friends in the San Diego Beer Scene for over 20 years. When first traveling to beer festivals around the country together, these three San Diego brewing pioneers were known as the 3 Amigos. They have brewed countless batches of beer together and now enjoy individual success in their own brewing endeavors. We will enjoy their company and their beers this day with tons of specialty beer, barrel aged rarities and hoppy goodness!
LOST ABBEY TASTING WITH GWEN CONLEY,
Director of Production, Quality, and Bunches of Interesting Brewery Things
Our annual SDBW closing event with Lost Abbey is sure to be amazing, again. This year we get to hear about the beers from Gwen Conley, who might have the best title at Lost Abbey – Director of Production, Quality, and Bunches of Interesting Brewery Things. Stay tuned for ticket info – tickets will go on sale in mid-late October.
That is your good beer news for now. We’ll see you soon for a great beer. Cheers, Tom