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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.

Brewery #91: Toolbox

Jul 18
Spencer Peters, Amanda Elder & Peter Perrecone - The Toolbox Team

Spencer Peters, Amanda Elder & Peter Perrecone – The Toolbox Team

Vista is now home to eleven breweries, with Toolbox Brewing crafting their first beer today, a tart saison with Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus  harvested by local homebrewers.

Award-winning homebrewer-turned-pro Peter Perrecone is at the helm of the three-barrel brewhouse, with a love for funky and sour beers that knows no end.

For the hop heads, Perrecone will also create a few types of IPA for the tasting room’s TBD opening. Rumor has it he even makes homemade soap using hops! No word yet on whether these creations will be available at the bar.

Big Beer Weekend

Jul 17

There seems to be one weekend per month that is jam-packed full of great beer events.

unnamedThis Saturday (1) Sid and crew from Best Damn Beer Shop (located inside KRISP) are throwing their Best Damn Bourbon & Beers Night, part three, down at The Beer Company on Broadway. Tickets are currently $57 but will go up day of/at the door. Click on that link to see the list of what’s pouring; if you’re a fan of super rare beers and bourbons then this is the event for you; (2) The Lost Abbey is again hosting a Christmas in July party to benefit the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Foundation, with plenty of special beers on tap. Bring an unwrapped toy valued at $15+ for admission, and remember that you don’t necessarily have to sit on Santa’s lap for a chance to grab a bottle of this year’s bourbon barrel-aged Santa’s Little Helper Imperial Stout; (3) Mike Hess Brewing is celebrating four years in business with a Hess Fest block party that includes, by design, the breweries that helped the company get started. For the VIP portion (12-1:30) you can try 12 variations of Grazias on cask; each of the breweries — AleSmith, Coronado, Green Flash, Karl Strauss, Mission, Monkey Paw, Mother Earth, Rip Current, SanTan, Societe, Stone + homebrew club QUAFF – all contributed. Add that to great food, two bands, t-shirts made on site, keeper can glasses, and a big donation to Friends of Jefferson Elementary (PTA) and It’s All About the Kids, and you’ve got quite the party; added 7/18: (4) Brabant Bar & Cafe in South Park is observing Belgian Independence Day from noon to close with food specials (suckling pig, traditional sausages & ostend fish gratin) glassware giveaways from Delerium, Duvel, La Trappe and Ommegang, plus 20% off their bottle list.

Sierra-Nevada-Electric-Ray-960x821This Sunday Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America makes its second stop, here in San Diego at the Embarcadero Marina downtown. 94 (!) regional brewers will be pouring ($65 for unlimited pours) and proceeds benefit the San Diego Brewers Guild.

San Diego’s own Ballast Point had the opportunity to collaborate with Sierra Nevada on Electric Ray, an India Pale Lager that made it into the Beer Camp Across America mixpacks that have recently started popping up at area bottle shops, as well as on tap at various beer bars, restaurants and brewpubs. The beer’s name is a play on the fish’s scientific nomenclature — Torpedo californica — as well as Sierra Nevada’s signature Hop Torpedo through which the beer was run.

Additionally, San Diego Brewers Guild President Brian Scott sojourned to Chico in early June to help brew Guildy Pleasure IPA along with guild representatives from the other locales that Beer Camp is heading: Denver, Chicago, Portland (Maine), Philadelphia, and Mills River. That beer will be available this Sunday as well.

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