Hello Russian River Fans!
For more than a decade we have celebrated our anniversary with Russian River and the annual TION Weekend. This year it feels a little extra special as the pub celebrates turning 25. We have an incredible list of RRBC pub beers including Blind Pig and Pliny the Elder paired with a great line up of Belgian-inspired beers named with -tion endings including Consecration, Temptation and Beatification. We have 20 beers to tap in all!
We have several of the beers on tap right now for when we open for lunch today at 10:30 am. The rest of the beers will tap tonight and stay on tap until they are gone this weekend (Friday the 25th thru Sunday the 27th). Look for these beers on tap today when we open:
Dead Leaf Green English Pale
Dribble Belt Session IPA
Pliny the Elder
All of the beers will be on tap by 5 pm tonight. All but 2 are in full kegs so I expect just about everything to be on tap throughout the entire weekend. We do have 2 five gallon kegs of Beatification so we will be tapping one for Friday night and then one at Noon on Saturday. Here is the rest of the list:
Row 2 Hill 56
Blind Pig IPA
Tempo Change Hazy IPA
Shadow of Doubt Imperial Porter
And as a special bonus, Tyson has pulled out a 2013 keg of Consecration that we will be tapping for Friday night. This is going to be a good weekend of amazing beer. Please join us anytime to help us toast 25 great years and many more to come!
US Soccer and Extended Hours on Sunday
We will be staying open a little later this Sunday, January 27th with the kitchen open until 6 pm and the pub open until 7:30 pm. The US Men’s Soccer team will be playing Panama at 5 pm in a friendly match. It won’t hurt that there will be tons of Russian River beer on tap either. The US will play another friendly match on Saturday, February 2nd at 12:30 pm against Costa Rica. Look for the US Women to be in action in the She Believes Cup at the end of February and in early March.
Looking Ahead and Superbowl Potluck
Next Friday, February 1st we will have Bell’s Hop Slam on tap at 5 pm. Then look for Melvin 2×4 Double IPA on tap all day on Saturday the 2nd.
We will be hosting a potluck party for the Superbowl on Sunday, February 3rd. Our kitchen will be open from 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday the 3rd. Then from 3 pm until the end of the game we will have a potluck party. Bring a dish to share with your pub friends and enjoy the game (or the ads) with fantastic beer. We will be open until just past the end of the game on the 3rd.
On Thursday the 14th we will be doing a special Valentine’s Day dinner menu featuring Seared Scallops and our Sous Vide Rib Eye Steak. Friday the 15th we welcome the return of Derek Gallanosa (ex-Abnormal) who is now the head brewer at Moksa Brewing just north of Sacramento. We will have a full line up of Moksa beers on tap and Derek will be stopping by to enjoy a few with us.
The pub will be open regular hours over the President’s Day weekend including on Monday the 18th for the holiday from 10:30 am to 11 pm.
Speaking of Anniversaries, West Coast Smoke and Tap House will be turning 7 in February. We have some special beer events planned over there and Humberto has some great new food specials. If you have not been over there in a while we have completely re-done the menu so that it is much more O’Brien’s-like, focused on sandwiches, burgers and salads. In fact, there are multiple Torta sandwaiches available every day and we serve the amazing Impossible Burger as well. Check out the new menu here: https://westcoastbbqandbrew.com/menu/.
On the beer side, we just brewed Larry’s Place IPA at Nickel Beer Company. We will be doing a Nickel Beer Weekend featuring the Larry’s Place and other Nickel brews including at least one barrel aged beer over President’s Day weekend – Friday the 15th thru Monday the 18th. You can now also find Russian River beers rotating in at West Coast. We will be tapping a few RRBC beers including Blind Pig IPA at West Coast on Saturday, February 2nd. To find out more about what is going on at West Coast sign up for the email newsletter at: https://westcoastbbqandbrew.com/ and follow along on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/WestCoastBarbecueBrew.
It just didn’t feel right without a quick update on Nickel Beer in Julian. We are planning a Wooden Nickel Weekend for February 8th, 9th and 10th featuring a number of our barrel aged beers. Look for Rum Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, Single Malt Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Porter, Blue Door Winery Red Wine Barrel Aged Belgian Tripel, Sour Apple Pie Ale and our Respect My Aciditie sour beer. We will be doing some very limited 32 oz growler sales of these beers over this weekend.
And if you would like come up and stay for our Wooden Nickel weekend there is a great new luxury get away spot perfect for anniversaries, birthdays or any kind of special celebration – The Italy Spa Suite and Champagne Room. The rental includes the use of a 1920s themed Champagne room and features the most amazing views in Julian. Check out all of the details here: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/31284697?guests=1&adults=1&s=AGFvXsQW&fbclid=IwAR0CR-NmTjZLymG9oUIEO7GfW-v5fc-z3umbQZvxwZcsI29CDKzrOCEJW7s.
Nickel Beer will be open additional hours for the President’s Day holiday on Monday the 18th from Noon until 8 pm. And the Nickel Beer crew will be hanging out at Societe Brewing Company for a Mix and Mingle event on the evening of Monday, February 25th – please stop by and say hello!
That is your good beer news for now. Look for an update in our next newsletter on the timing for Pliny the Younger next month including our charity fundraiser – this year we will be doing a special benefit for Veterans suffering from PTSD. We will see you soon for a great Russian River TION beer! Cheers, Tom