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Team Karl Cleans Up PB

Jul 25

Last weekend, Karl Strauss showed its commitment to community and environment with their fourth annual beach clean-up in partnership with the Surfrider Foundation. 144 team members—from brewers to HR to sales—arrived at Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach early in the morning to begin cleaning up the beach and surrounding inland area.

“We are a local company operating in a beach city so it’s important for us to give back and do what we can to keep our oceans clean,” says Matt Rattner, President, Karl Strauss Brewing Company. “It was incredible to see so many team members volunteering to help out in such a meaningful way.”

Team Karl in PB

Team Karl in PB

Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter Manager, Haley Jain Haggerstone, was onsite to brief staff and reiterate Surfrider’s goal to protect and preserve the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches. “I was thrilled to organize a beach cleanup for the Karl Strauss team.  Karl Strauss has been a big supporter of ours for years through the Beach to Brewery fundraiser, hosting our quarterly chapter meetings, and donating beer for our events. They collected an impressive amount of trash and helped make a big impact,” says Haggerstone.

Overall, the clean-up was a huge success with 278 pounds of trash (plus 53 pounds of recyclable materials, 3,755 cigarette butts, 1,017 miscellaneous plastics, 633 plastic food wrappers, 330 plastic bottle caps, and 281 plastic lids and straws) taken from the coast. Employees picked up more than 3,750 cigarette butts and 2,000 pieces of plastic—reiterating the importance of Surfrider’s “Hold On To Your Butt” and “Rise Above Plastics” campaigns.

Herringbone Local Ales & Acoustics Night

Jul 24

HERR_LocalAlesAcoustics_WebGraphic_0726Once a month, La Jolla’s Herringbone restaurant is partnering with local breweries and musicians.

This Saturday, North Park’s Thorn St. is the featured brewery, while musicians Andy Mauser and the Kris Bradley Duo are set to play.

Past brewery collaborators have included Modern Times Beer and Acoustic Ales (fitting, right?)

See the photo at right for more information on food specials, location, and times.

Iron Fist Planning Barrio Logan Tasting Room

Jul 23
Iron Fist's Eve & Greg Sieminski

Iron Fist’s Eve & Greg Sieminski, with info on their Shea development deal

Vista’s Iron Fist Brewing Company is planning on opening a 3,000 sq. ft. tasting room with outdoor seating in a brand new development off Cesar Chavez Parkway and National Avenue in the Barrio Logan, according to a recent post on their Facebook page.

The satellite tasting room concept has been obviously popular for San Diego breweries; Belching Beaver and Modern Times both have similar operations in North Park, and Rip Current is looking to open in the area as well.

Tom Nickel Running for Mayor of Julian

Jul 23
Tom Nickel's first batch at Nickel Beer Company

Tom Nickel’s first batch at Nickel Beer Company

Technically, Tom Nickel of O’Brien’s Pub & Nickel Brewing Company is looking to become the Honorary Mayor of Julian, but we thought we’d share anyways, as he’s campaigning for a good cause: proceeds from the race will go towards the restoration of Julian Town Hall (you can help out Nickel & Julian here.)

Whoever raises the most before July 31 — Nickel is competing against Johnny Hake (Julian Cuyamaca Community Emergency Response Team – CERT/Teen CERT), Mike Hart (Julian News Publisher), and Charles Scott (The Candied Apple Pastry Company) — receives the title for one year.

This Thursday, O’Brien’s is hosting a Nickel Beer Night/Town Hall fundraising event, complete with a cask of Volcan IPA with Centennial hops, a cask of chocolate and vanilla bean Stonewall Stout, draft kegs of Weekender Wheat (a German-style hefe), Evacuation Pale (5.5% hoppy pale with Simcoe and Mosaic brewed the day of the Banner Fire when the Nickels had to evacuate their home), and a preview keg of 11.1% ABV Kupfernickel Barleywine from the Appleton 12-year rum barrel.

Racetrack Hosts Beer Fests

Jul 22

This Saturday from 1 -6 p.m. the Del Mar Racetrack will host a locally-focused beer festival in the Seaside Concert area west of the Grandstand.

BeerFest_FinalMore than 20 breweries (including Ballast Point, Green Flash Brewing Company, Mike Hess Brewing, Breakwater Brewing Co., Rip Current Brewing, Port Brewing Company, The Lost Abbey, Culture Brewing Co, Rough Draft Brewing Company, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Golden Coast Mead, Oceanside Ale Works, Helm’s Brewing Co., Legacy Brewing Co., Aztec Brewing Company, Groundswell Brewing Company, Barrel Harbor Brewing, Monkey Paw Brewing Company, Coronado Brewing Company, Pizza Port, and Twisted Manzanita Ales) will pour.

Port Brewing will tap “Shark Attack” — the Best of Show winner (out of 951 entries) at this year’s International Beer Competition.

The $20 pre-sale package include admission to Stretch Run and 5 seven-ounce samples. DJs and food trucks will be on hand all day. The festivals are being curated by O’Brien’s Pub’s Tom Nickel, a veteran beer event organizer.

The next fest is scheduled for Sunday, August 24, and will showcase more than 40 international beers, including a variety from Belgium and Germany.