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This weekend: Ebullition’s Grand Opening, Part II

Oct 19

Ebullition Brew Works celebrated the first half of their Grand Opening last Saturday, October 14th. If you missed out, the new Vista brewery is celebrating part II of their inaugural festivities this Saturday, October 21st. Click here for more details.

Last weekend did not disappoint. On tap was an ambitious 11 beer lineup. The menu included three historical brews  such as Egyptian Hekt, ABV 6.2%. It’s their interpretation of the beer imbibed by Pharaohs, high priests, and pyramid builders.  Their research has led them to include such ingredients as spelt, an ancient wheat; dates, honey, and ginger.  It is sweet, spicy, and earthy. In addition, Pineapple Chicha, ABV 5.5%. Ebullition’s version is a corn beer, flavored with ripe crushed pineapple for a refreshing and convivial quaff. Berliner Weisse, ABV 4.5%. Popular in Berlin in the 16th and 17th centuries, this beer was dubbed the “Champagne of the North” by Napoleon.  Ebullition used a triple decoction brewing method, and slightly soured the beer with a lactobacillus culture.  They serve their Berliner Weisse in the traditional style, adding a hint of Waldmeister or Raspberry syrup on request. These special edition styles are currently offered as tasters for a limited time.

The theme fit right in with the textbook definition of its name—both the process of brewing beer and their passion for craft. The showpiece of the tasting room is one of the walls, where a 28-foot long timeline, depicting 12K years of beer innovation and history. The timeline tells stories touching on the Mayflower and Sam Adams. Then, lesser known pieces of beer lore. We didn’t know that during WWII the British RAF, using it’s spitfire bombers, delivered beer in its fuel tanks to the troops in Normandy. The timeline/museum-wall  is a permanent addition to the brewery. On a special note, the brewery has chosen to pay homage to the local breweries with a, “In their own words” section, giving you a good sense of the brewing diversity located in this regional mecca for beer.

Last weekend’s Grand Opening Part 1 included a brewery tour, provided by brewmaster Mike Reidy – who is also an engineer, former math teacher, certified beer judge, and award-winning beer and mead homebrewer. On hand was Judith Downing, of San Diego’s Brewchive (“brew-kive”), providing local artifacts and a special presentation on San Diego’s brew history. For families, there was an archeological dig where kids could dig for and hammer at, buried relics in exchange for prizes. There were 3 local musical acts all performing different stages of Americana music, including: blue grass, rockabilly, and today’s recent alternative roots revival.

Ebullition Brew Works continues their Grand Opening this Saturday October 21, by helping you usher in the holidays with a Dia de los Muertos themed event, ”Dia de Ebullition”. Top of the menu is a Mexican style Lager. This lighter-bodied Mexican beer is set ablaze with just a touch of habanero pepper.  Also—Ebullition’s gruit beer.  This seldom-sene beer-style was originally intended for the previous weekend, which is a good thing, because it probably wouldn’t have lasted long enough for you to get a taste. Before there were hops to make ale beer, there was the gruit. A gruit relies on a selection of herbs other than hops for flavoring.  Named for a Neolithic village on the isle of Orkney, this Scottish style ale features a blend of herbs found in the heaths and moors of Caledonia.

In addition to beer, there’s family entertainment. Local artists will be in attendance. Face painting for the kids, big and small, and a graffiti artist who paints murals sprayed on transparent on a canvas of plastic wrap can be expected.  See him develop his latest creation right before your very eyes. There will be food by Mexico City Cuisine and live music by National City’s The Sleepwalkers.

This post is sponsored by Ebullition Brew Works

Fxck Cancer Fundraiser at La Mesa’s Next Door

Jul 25

On Saturday, August 5th, College Area pub Next Door Craft Beer & Wine Bar will host the charity F C Cancer Foundation.

The fundraiser, which runs from 5 to 9 PM, will raise money to purchase a suite at an upcoming Padres game for a group of local cancer patients.

Specialty wines and beers will be available with 100% of the proceeds to be donated toward the cause. Flights of rare Samuel Adams Utopias and properly-aged 2004 & 2005 Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale, brewed by Escondido’s Stone Brewing, will be pouring. Drawings for bottles of wine and custom SOAS racing gear will be held throughout the night and there’s a silent art auction, too.

For more info, check out the event’s Facebook page. If you can’t make the event but still wish to donate, Next Door has also organized a fundraiser online.

This post is sponsored by Next Door Craft Beer & Wine Bar

Pink Boots Society Celebrates 10 Years on June 2nd & 3rd

May 30

Pink Boots Society celebrates 10 years of providing myriad educational opportunities that assist, inspire and encourage women in the beer industry to further their careers. To honor its milestone anniversary, this unique nonprofit organization for women beer professionals will host a conference and beer festival June 2nd and 3rd in San Diego, California.

“We felt hosting an educational conference and beer festival to celebrate ten years aligns perfectly with our core values,” said Laura Ulrich, President of Pink Boots Society, Small Batch Brewer for Stone Brewing. “We’re all thrilled to have two days to show our members and the public how much our organization has contributed to the industry’s growth and improvement through our membership, regional chapters and scholarship opportunities.”

The weekend begins on June 2nd with an all-day two track, multi-panel conference focusing on brewing and the business of beer featuring presentations by many of the most talented and influential women currently working in the beer community. Megan Parisi, Head Brewer at Samuel Adams Nanobrewery, will give the keynote address. The lineup of educational seminars covers a diverse array of topics including the Sensory Evaluation of Beer, Fermentation and Yeast; Tap Room Management, Distribution, Social Media Marketing and more.

Location: Lafayette Hotel and Swim Club, 2223 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego.

Beer Festival
At noon on June 3rdPink Boots Society Beer Festival at Ingram Plaza in Liberty Station opens to the beer loving public ready to enjoy a diverse array of beers from 35 breweries, unlimited samples, DJ, and so much more. The festival runs from 12pm- 4 p.m. Tickets are $45; $60 day of the event; $15 for designated drivers. All proceeds (100%) benefit the Pink Boots Society Scholarship Program.

Beer festival attendees can expect to enjoy:

  •        More than 30 breweries pouring a wide selection of beers
  •         Unlimited 2-ounce pours
  •         Access to delicious San Diego food trucks
  •         Specialty souvenir taster glass
  •         Four hours of mix and mingling with Pink Boots Society members and their breweries

For more information and ticket purchase, go to:

This Weekend: Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival

May 4

What do you get when you combine a rockin’ soundtrack of live music with tastes of San Diego County’s most sought after brews? The 6th annual San Diego Rhythm and Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival, the San Diego Brewers Guild’s annual must-attend event in the heart of historic Vista Village.

Presented by the San Diego Brewers Guild on Saturday, May 6th, the annual spring festival invites craft beer aficionados to experience what sets San Diego craft beer apart from the rest – its breweries and its enthusiasts. San Diego County is home to over 140 operational brew houses, with 27 more in planning. Further evidence that San Diego beer is something to take note of: last year, San Diego County breweries took home 18 medals at the renowned 2016 Great American Beer Festival – again solidifying San Diego’s reputation as the ‘Capital of Craft.’ This quantity (and quality) of local breweries provides ample opportunity for San Diego residents and visitors alike to explore a variety of craft brews to expand their palate at craft beer festivals. At North County’s most rockin’ beer festival, visitors will enjoy samples of over 100 beers from more than 50 of our county’s distinguished breweries, including taps from Karl Strauss, Bear Roots and AleSmith. Craft beer fans can also groove to live musical performances and enjoy delicious eats from local food trucks.

“The San Diego Brewers Guild strives to make craft beer accessible to the public in engaging and entertaining ways,” says Jill Davidson, San Diego Brewers Guild president. “Rhythm & Brews is always a great time for all involved and we look forward to the energy of bringing such a large number of San Diego’s amazing breweries together.”

As the San Diego Brewers Guild’s spring bookend event, Rhythm & Brews is part of its mission to promote awareness and visibility of San Diego’s growing craft beer industry and unite breweries through events. Looking ahead, make sure to mark your calendars for San Diego Beer Week 2017 happening November 3rd through 12th.

Whether you prefer stouts or IPAs (or anything and everything in between), Rhythm & Brews has a beer to please your palate. Last year, over 1,600 people joined in the festivities to celebrate the San Diego craft beer community – taking over historic downtown Vista Village for an entire afternoon.

VIP ticket holders will be admitted at 12 p.m., one hour prior to general admission at 1 p.m. Guests can enjoy their favorite craft beers, eats and tunes until 4 p.m. Visit to snag your tickets. Proceeds from the event will benefit the non-profit San Diego Brewers Guild and support its pivotal role in bolstering the craft beer community via providing opportunities for its members to engage with and educate the public.

Want free tickets to the festival? Follow West Coaster on Instagram and get your name in our raffle/giveaway!

This is a sponsored post brought to you by the San Diego Brewers Guild

Fresh Beer Delivered with Hopsy

May 3

Everybody knows that most beer is just better fresh. But sometimes, it’s hard to find fresh craft beers at your local bottle shop. Bottles can sit around for months and sometimes just aren’t properly dated – making it a guessing game. That’s where Hopsy comes in. Hopsy, the first service to deliver fresh, local growlers of craft beer directly to your home – has been running for over a year and half out of the San Francisco Bay area. Partnering with the best bay area breweries, Hopsy has made acquiring fresh craft beer something you can do from your couch.

Starting this month: Hopsy is opening a San Diego hub – partnering with a growing list of local breweries, including Coronado Brewing, Benchmark Brewing and Belching Beaver. With the ability to deliver fresh growlers of craft beer across the state of California, Hopsy is making old beer a thing of the past. In celebration of their new San Diego location, Hopsy is offering West Coaster readers 50% off all beers and free delivery, with our exclusive promotion code: WSTCSTR.

Check out their always growing selection of beers. Try Hopsy today!

This is a sponsored post brought to you by Hopsy

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