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Beer & Coffee Bash @ Ballast Point Little Italy

Sep 29

LittleItaly_CoffeeDay_Poster_11x17-01-01For a local beer fan, what better way to celebrate National Coffee Day than with a beer dinner featuring three local coffee roasters: Bird Rock, James Coffee, and Caffe Calabria.

Check out this beer dinner happening tonight at Ballast Point’s Little Italy location from 5:30 – 9 p.m.

The roasters themselves will be on hand to talk with guests.

E-mail for reservations.

Sour Taps Unveiling @ The Ugly Dog Pub

Sep 14

This Thursday at 6 p.m., College Area pub The Ugly Dog will commission their new 12-tap sour tower, dedicated to sour, Brett, funky, strong, or barrel-aged beers, as well as meads. These additional lines will bring the pub’s total tap count to 42.

Publican Larry Stein, also who serves as president of local homebrew club QUAFF, has shared the beer list (subject to change) with West Coaster: 

Council Brewing — Beautitude Mango Tart Saison
Almanac — Golden Gate Gose
Brouwerij Van Steenberge — Monk’s Cafe
Bockor Brewery — Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge
Boulevard — Saison Brett
Lost Abbey — Angel’s Share (Barrel-Aged)
Lost Abbey — Carnevale
Lost Abbey — Judgement Day
Lost Abbey — Ten Commandments
Port Brewing — Older Viscosity
Redstone Mead — Nectar of the Hops
Redstone Mead — Passion Fruit

Also available on Thursday evening:
Lost Abbey — Avant Guard
Lost Abbey — Devotion
Port Brewing — Hop 15

Edmund Piffard

New tap tower on the left, with Ninkasi, the ancient Sumerian Goddess of Brewing and Beer. Mural by Edmund Piffard

Meatless Monday w/ Modern Times @ Cueva Bar

Sep 12

Although University Heights date spot Cueva Bar is usually closed on Mondays, their kitchen will be in full swing for a Meatless Monday beer dinner with Modern Times from 5 – 10 p.m. on September 14. Chef Oz and guest chef Jenny have put together four pairings for $37.22 (Brown Paper Tickets). The dishes are available a la carte without the beers, if that’s your thing.

1st Course – Chef Oz:
Bruschetta trio
Paired with Oneida Pale Ale 

2nd Course – Chef Jenny:
Beet risotto, with Manchego cheese, pea tendril & seared mushroom “scallop”
Paired with Aurora (red rye IPA)

3rd Course – Chef Oz:
Not-so-crab cake (made with hearts of palm)
Paired with Fortunate Islands

4th Course – Chef Jenny:
Passion fruit panna cotta, with pistachio dust, vanilla foam & summer fruit coulis
Paired with Fruit Lands (sour cherry gose)


Baja Meets San Diego: Let’s Go Clandestino

Sep 11

letsgoBaja beer tour company Let’s Go Clandestino, helmed by Hamilton’s Tavern beertender Angel Miron, is hosting a “Baja Meets San Diego” event in Barrio Logan on September 20 from 2 – 5 p.m. This limited-space beer fest at Bread & Salt (1955 Julian Avenue) marks the company’s two-year anniversary.

Participating Baja breweries include Cerveceria Insurgente, Cerveceria Wendlandt, Cerveza Fauna, Cerveceria Teorema, Border Psycho Brewery, and Agua Mala. San Diego’s representatives are Fall Brewing, Monkey Paw, Thorn Street, URBN St., and ChuckAlek.

Attendees will be treated to live music, an art display and food from local caterers MIHO. A portion of proceeds benefits Via International.

Wet Hop Weekend @ O’Brien’s Pub

Sep 10
via SD Golden Hop Farm

via SD Golden Hop Farm

Starting at 5 p.m. tomorrow, 20 local beers made using fresh ‘wet’ hops will be pouring at O’Brien’s Pub.

Two of those beers are casks coming from O’Brien’s Pub owner Tom Nickel’s Julian brewery, Nickel Beer Co. The first is a Neo Mexicanus-dry hopped pale ale. The other is Green Truck IPA, featuring Zeus hops from Nopalito Farm in the base brew as well as the dry hop.

Below are the draft options. Many of them are just 5-gallon kegs, so not all will be available throughout the weekend:

2 Kids Local Harvest Pale Ale – 5.8%
Chinook from SD Golden Hop Farm
Amplified Aleworks Wet Hopped American Summer Pale – 4.2%
Cascade and Chinook from SD Golden Hop Farm and Goat House Farms
Ballast Point Little Italy Splash Zone (Strong Pale) – 6%
Crystal and Centennial from SD Golden Hop Farm
Border X Nopalitos Ale (Hoppy American Wheat) – 5.2%
Chinook and Cascade from Nopalito Farm
Chuckalek Hopatul Farms Wet Hop Rye Pale Ale – 6.5%
Cascade and Chinook from Hopatul Farms
Fallbrook Broken Arrow XPA – 6.7%
Cascade, Nugget and Chinook from SD Golden Hop Farm
Insurgente Lupulillo Rivera (Pale Ale) – 6.1%
Chinook and Cascade from Nopalito Farm
Intergalactic Andromeda IPA – 6.8%
Cascade and Chinook from Nopalito Farm
Monkey Paw Same Day XPA – 5.2%
Cascade and Chinook from Nopalito Farm
Monkey Paw Fan Belt IIPA – 8.5%
Zeus from Nopalito Farm
Monkey Paw/Twisted Manzanita Danger Chimp (American Red) – 6.2%
Chinook, Crystal & Nugget from SD Golden Hop Farm, Cascade & Chinook from Nopalito Farm to dry hop
Nickel Beer Blair’s Not Bitter (Nitrogen Tapped Best Bitter) – 4.1%
Glacier with a little Nugget for Dry Hopping from SD Golden Hop Farm
Nickel Beer Star B Fresh Hop Pale – 5.7%
Chinook, Crystal, Magnum, Nugget and Neo Mexicanus from Star B Ranch
Nugget and Julian Gold from Hopportunity Farm in Julian
Wild Town Hall Hops (thought to be Cluster from the 1880s)
Nickel Beer My Way Fresh Hop IPA – 6.3%
Chinook and Cascade from Nopalito Farm, dry hopped with Crystal from Star B Ranch
Nickel Beer Green Truck Fresh Hop Double IPA – 8.0%
Zeus from Nopalito Farm for brewing and dry hopping
Rough Draft Eraser IPA – 7.0%
Cascade from SD Golden Hop Farm
South Park Nopalito Red – 5.0%
Crystal, Nugget and Zeus from Nopalito Farm
Valley Center Quail Run Belgian-style Ale – 5.6%
Centennial and Gargoyle grown by Valley Center Brewing

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