Chris Cramer of Karl Strauss was Chair of the Day at the San Diego Rotary Club yesterday.
Speaking before the 25th anniversary party on Saturday, Cramer brought guests and industry leaders Scott Stamp (from San Diego Brewing Co.), Gina Marsaglia (from Pizza Port) and Jack White (from Ballast Point), who were all part of the KARL staff the day their first brewery restaurant opened in 1989. Stamp was the first bartender, Marsaglia the first cocktail waitress, and White the first tour guide.
Although the party at Karl Strauss’ newly renovated headquarters in Pacific Beach is sold out, there’s another way to get your hands on plenty of the company’s beers on Saturday.
Hamilton’s Tavern in South Park is throwing another trademark “Second Saturday” celebration, complete with complimentary grub. The tap list is impressive: Pintail Pale, Tower 10 IPA, Barrel-Aged Wreck Alley Imperial Stout, 25th Anniversary Barrel-Aged Doppelbock, Baltic Porter, Mosaic Wheat Hoppy Ale, Tower 20 IIPA, Big Barrel IIPA, Trolley in the Rye (rye Red Trolley), Rasta Red, Dry Irish Stout, Orange Blonde Wheat Ale, Boardwalk Black Rye IPA, Blackball Belgian IPA, Dubbel, 4 Scowling Owls Tripel, 2 Tortugas Belgian Quad, Mouette a Trois Belgian Strong Dark, Barleywine, and Ladybird Lambic with raspberries.
On the menu is cajun food, including creole crawfish mac & cheese, alligator andouille sausage jambalaya with shrimp, chicken and rice, cold cajun broccoli slaw, and southern peach crumble a la mode with Karl Strauss Mouette a Trois ice cream.
Normal Height’s Blind Lady Ale House, which has made the Draft Magazine “America’s 100 Best Beer Bars” list for all fives years it’s been open, continues their anniversary celebrations today with a rare beer lunch (featuring AleSmith’s Vietnamese Speedway Stout) and a blind sour beer challenge (see right) that goes all night.
Tomorrow, BLAH taps a keg of Firestone Walker 17th Anniversary Ale at 11:30 a.m., before selling hoppy canned beers at 5 p.m.
Friday is a “progressive keg” day along with a cask of AleSmith YuleSmith.
Saturday is a sold-out beer run (although they’ve encouraged guests to tag along) plus the tapping of Hair of the Dog Adam.
Sunday is the culmination of anniversary festivities, with a special barrel-aged beer getting tapped, and a bike ride starting around noon. See the Facebook event page for more info.
Thanks to the relationships he’s fostered in the craft beer world, Fathom Bistro Bait & Tackle founder Dennis Borlek has assembled quite the tap list for his spot’s first anniversary weekend, which begins today and extends through Super Bowl Sunday (although you’ll find no football watching on the Shelter Island Pier sanctuary).
Special beers being poured include a cask of Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin, plus De Dolle Arabier, De Dolle Oerbier, Cuvée Alex Le Rouge, and Brasserie de Silly Enghien Noël. There will definitely be Pliny the Elder, as Borlek was a college roommate of Russian River’s Vinnie Cilurzo.
Saturday is “Sour Saturday” with beers like Russian River Consecration, Supplication and Temptation (2011 and 2012), The Bruery Oude Tart and Tart of Darkness, Bear Republic aged Tartare, Ballast Point Sour Wench 2012 and Green Flash Super Freak going on.
Doors open at 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. during the weekend for brunch.
More beers added for today: Societe Madam and Harlot, Anchor Our Barrel Ale, Ballast Point Gingered Big Eye IPA, Port Brewing Santa’s Swill Oatmeal Stout
The recipe was developed by Brian Bishop and Matt shortly before his death.
At this link you can read the story behind the beer, plus watch a video dedicated to Matt.
Funds earned through the sale of the beer will go to GoDesignInc.org, a charity committed to fulfilling the architectural needs of developing communities around the world; and TKF, a nonprofit working to stop youth violence by educating, mentoring and making positive impacts on high-risk communities in San Diego.
Current AHA members can attend for free, and are encouraged to RSVP at this link. AHA members get 20% off at Mission every day.
Non-members can join the AHA for a discounted rate the day of the event — $38 (instead of $43) for a membership that includes a hard copy subscription to Zymurgy magazine) or $33 (instead of $38) for a digital-only membership. The AHA website suggests filling out the membership form beforehand to save time.
Desginated drivers are free and don’t need an AHA membership to enter.
Attendees will have the chance to take a brewery tour and participate in the hopping of a “Continuously Human Hopped” triple IPA that will go on tap in February.
Event raffle prizes include items from the AHA, Craft Beerd, and The Homebrewer; the grand prize winner gets the opportunity to develop and brew a beer for the tasting room.