Scot Blair and co. have once again put together an amazing beer list for the annual Santa’s Secret Stash event on Thursday, December 19. There are close to 70 small pours to choose from, with a bus running between Hamiltons, Small Bar, and Monkey Paw.
$3.75 – 5oz:
Huvila Arctic Circle
Mahrs Xmas Bock
JW Lees Harvest 25th Anniversary
Struise St. Amatus
Hangar 24 Pugachevs Cobra 2012
Evil Twin Lil B
Russian River Supplication
Dieu Du Ciel Peche Mortel
Lagunitas Cap. Stout Rye BA
To Ol Udder Means
Stone Imperial Stout ’04
Rogue Big Ass Braggot
Avery The Beast
Bear Republic Old Baba Yaga Cognac BA
Green Flash Silva Stout
Struise “Blackberry” Black Damnation
$3.75 – 5oz
Affligem Noel 2012
Affligem Noel 2013
Petrus Winter #9
Stift Engelszell Gregorious
Midnight Sun Treat
The Bruery Sour in the Rye
Russian River Consecration
CASK: Great Divide Death By Barleywine
Port Santa’s Lil Helper Brandy BA
Beer Here Morke Pumpernickel
Firestone Walker Parabola
Deschutes XXV Porter
New Belgium La Terroir
Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Stout
Lost Abbey Deliverance
Hangar 24 5th Annie Slow Roll
Bear Republic Olde Scoutters ’08
Green Flash Candela
Mikkeller Santa’s Little Helper
$4.75 – 5oz
Struisse Tjeese reserva 2012
Dansk Mjod Vikings Blood
The Bruery Bois
$3.75 – 5oz
St. Bernardus Xmas
Geants Noel Geants
To Ol Jule Maelk Super Stout
50/50 Totality Stout
Midnight Sun BA Berserker
Firestone Walker Sucaba
Oskar Blues Ten Fidy 4 Roses BA
Avery Mephistopheles Stout
Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme
The Bruery Tart of Darkness
Port Santas Lil Helper Bourbon BA
Stone Double Bastard ’06
Green Flash Bourbon BA Barleywine
Monkey Paw Kong 2012
Monkey Paw Kong 2013
Monkey Paw Santas Pet Monkey
Monkey Paw Santas Pet Monkey 4 Roses BA
Monkey Paw Valentines Ale
$4.75 – 5oz
The Bruery Melange
Comic-Con conventioneers and San Diego craft beer enthusiasts have more than one thing in common this summer. The first annual Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival will take place July 20 at the Embarcadero Marina Park North, adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center. Local breweries will be well represented with beer pouring from Lost Abbey / Port, Karl Strauss, Coronado, Aztec, Ballast Point, Iron Fist, Stone Brewing Co., Butcher’s Brewing, Mission Brewery, Monkey Paw, Green Flash, Culture Brewing and more.
Festival goers are encouraged (but not required) to attend in costume, and there will be a “Costumed Crusader Contest” with multiple prizes. In addition, live music will be provided via a 100% solar-powered stage blasting the music of Saftey Orange, Metalhead and DJ G-Roy.
No Comic-Con badge is needed for admission. General Admission takes from 1-5PM and costs $40 for two wrist tags and a 4oz tasting mug good for 20 tasters (additional 10 tasters wrist tags may be purchased for $5). The VIP Session starts with and unlimited brewers special selection tasting from 12-1PM, but also includes the same 20 4oz tasters during the general session plus access to the VIP area with unlimited tasting of VIP brewery sponsor beer.
A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to San Diego Coast Keeper. For tickets and more information, visit heroesbrewfest.com. Use promo code “WestCoaster” at checkout for $4 off your ticket! Code expires on July 5th.
This post is sponsored by Heroes Brew Fest.
Brewers from overseas obviously enjoy San Diego beer. Just last week, Sebastian Sauer from Germany’s Freigeist Bierkultur visited Coronado’s brewpub to collaborate on a hoppy hefeweizen with brewer Ryan Brooks.
This week, Australian brewers Steve Brockman and Steph Cope will release the beer they created with Monkey Paw’s Cosimo Sorrentino and Chris West. The idea for Anzac, the “Aussie Pale Ale,” was born after the TwoBrewersAbroad.com bloggers/brewers met Monkey Paw’s owner Scot Blair at Societe Brewing Company’s tasting room.
Anzac, which debuts this Friday, has several Australian attributes: an Australian yeast strain from White Labs, Lyle’s golden syrup, hand-toasted coconut, and a malt bill with golden oats typically used in war-time staple, the Anzac biscuit (cookie) staple.
Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that is equivalent to our Memorial Day in the U.S. Anzac Day is honored on April 25, but there were no big celebrations in San Diego. “We felt that we and our fellow expatriates deserve to celebrate our own fallen soldiers,” said Cope, “and what better way than a beer.”
There are several San Diego beer events happening this Saturday. We’ve divided them by the goal you want to accomplish.
ENJOY BEERS FROM THE EAST COAST
Shipyard BeerBQ @ KnB
Monthly beer-focused barbeques have helped make KnB a must-visit spot across the freeway from SDSU. For August, Portland Maine’s Shipyard Brewing Co. have sent out 10 beers for you to try: Monkey Fist IPA, Brewers Brown, Applehead, XXXXIPA, Smashed Pumpkin, Smashed Blueberry, Double Old Thumper, 2011 Imperial Porter, 2011 Barleywine and 2011 Prelude. On the food side, Monkey Fist IPA-battered Fish ‘N’ Chips will be served. The party goes from noon until 5 p.m.
CELEBRATE A MILESTONE
Second Anniversary @ Hess Brewing
One of the first local wet hop beers to market this year, Hess Brewing Anno Duo, will be released in 750mL bottles at the brewery birthday party. Brewed with fresh Chinook and Cascade hops driven down overnight from Chico, California’s North Country Hops, this IPA will likely be snatched up quickly. (UPDATE 8/23: Hess stated in an e-mail that this beer had not met their standards for serving. So, they’ve racked it in a freshly emptied wine barrel, inocculated it with Roselare and they’ll wait about a year to see what happens). Also on tap will be a new batch of Hess Brewing’s experimental IPA, the West Coaster IPA. We love this beer each time it comes out, for obvious reasons. This go round it was brewed with locally-sourced wet hops! More event highlights include a Willi Becher-style anniversary glass, MIHO Gastrotruck and Ranchwood BBQ food trucks, plus live music from Mudgrass (12 – 2 p.m.) and The Barnacles (3 – 5 p.m.)
LEARN ABOUT BEER, DRINK THE BEER
Beer-Con @ 57 Degrees
Although 57 Degrees is a wine-focused spot, beer takes over this Saturday. After a keynote on ‘The Localization of Beer’ from Brewers Association Craft Beer Program Director Julia Herz, attendees will choose from eight mini seminars on two tracks. You can see the full agenda here, and there’s even an iPhone and Android app for the event. After your day of learning, and lunch provided by Swieners and Casanova Fish Tacos, the ‘tap haven’ opens at 5 p.m. with unlimited 3 – 4 oz tasters from 15 breweries. Some highlights include Ballast Point barrel-aged Three Sheets Barleywine, Firestone Walker Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA, Coronado Brewing Frog’s Breath IPA, Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Ovila Golden and the Russian River collaboration BRUX, Lightning Elemental Pilsner and Thunderweizen, as well as 2009 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine. Also, Stone’s “Dr.” Bill Sysak will be pairing a dark chocolate truffle with orange and sea salt with Stone 16th Anniversary IPA and a milk chocolate truffle with banana and saffron with the Dogfish Head / Victory / Stone Saison du BUFF. LOVELIKEBEER will showcase a mini version of their Sea Rocket Bistro menu pairing (spicy BBQ seitan with Green Flash Hop Head Red), and Best Damn Home Brew Shop will be putting on a live home brewing demonstration for you to enjoy. Click here for $69 conference tickets (normally $119). Jump on one of the 12-taster Friday brewery tour routes for just $30 more.
GO TO A BEER FESTIVAL
Mira Mesa Festival of Beers
The first annual Mira Mesa Festival of Beers at Walker Community Park will focus on breweries from the central San Diego neighborhood, with proceeds benefiting the Mira Mesa Chamber of Commerce. VIP tickets ($30 versus $20 General Admission) include an extra hour of beer sampling beginning at 1 p.m., two bonus taster tickets (12 in total) and in-and-out privileges. Live music on the San Diego CityBeat stage and food trucks MIHO Gastrotruck and Devilicious round out the afternoon. Local breweries include AleSmith, Ballast Point, Callahan’s, Green Flash, Hess Brewing, Karl Strauss, Lightning, Manzanita, New English, Rough Draft, Societe, Stone and Wet ‘N Reckless.
GET YOUR CULTURE ON
Artists’ Night @ Stumblefoot
A live art show and great beer will pair up in the San Marcos brewery tasting room. Local artists David Lozeau, Jay’s Gemstone and Pinstripe Chris will demonstrate their craft as you watch on. Southern style food-for-purchase will be available from Stumblefoot Brewing Company’s neighbors Daisy’s Cajun Kitchen. Further reading: Dr. Q from Craft Beer Tasters wrote up a review on Stumblefoot this morning.
DRINK CASK BEER
Collaboration Cask @ Monkey Paw
Every Saturday the East Village brewpub Monkey Paw taps a cask of some cool beer. This week they’re putting on a house-brewed collaboration with New Zealand brewery 8 Wired. “Rhymenoceros” is a rye pilsner brewed with New Zealand Riwaka hops that give off a big guava/tropical aroma. Monkey Paw higher-ups have said that “this is probably the most interesting beer we have made because it defies all concepts of the style, other than maybe the color.” And if you know MP’s beers, you know that’s a big statement.
In our paper we wrote about Aztec Brewing Company’s 1-year anniversary party, which was scheduled for August 25 as well. That celebration has been moved to September 8 – 9. Aztec is still working on a special beer for the occasion, and they’ve just partnered up with non-profit Paws’itive Teams, which provides service dogs for persons with disabilities.
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There were 1,000 people too many at last year’s Mission Valley Craft Beer Festival, which was a good thing for Fresh Start Surgical Gifts—the local non-profit that benefitted $6,500 from ticket sales—but not-so-much for cramped festival-goers whose $40 admission saw diminishing food and drink supplies less than halfway through the six hour event. The selection of outstanding dishes and beers went fast and waiting in lines seemed to take forever, but the charitable fest certainly wasn’t lacking in substance. This year, organizers at the Handlery Hotel and Resort have responded to criticisms by promising to refine the experience for everyone– guests to vendors.
A number of improvements are planned for the festival’s third installment coming up on April 1, including the addition of a VIP hour (1-2 p.m.) and a pool-side, meet-the-brewers after party (’til 8 p.m.) with live music, each $10 more on top of the $40 general admission price. This year, regular party hours have been cut in half (2-5 p.m.), there’s five to 10 more food and drink vendors than last year; picnic tables, additional seating, water stations and two areas for bathrooms have all been added so that guests can get the most out of the all-you-can-eat/drink fest, and this year’s ticket proceeds will go to another charity near and dear to San Diegan’s hearts—Wounded Warriors Homes.
Founded by Steve and Mia Roseberry in Vista, California, their mission is to provide medically discharged single men and women of the armed forces with affordable housing and additional resources to ease the transition from active duty military to living independently as veterans of war. The program is targeted specifically at those with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); affordable housing is available to eligible persons for up to two and a half years, allowing savings for cars, deposits for renting or down payments for homes. Before the Roseberrys founded Wounded Warriors Homes, every weekend they transformed theirs into a sanctuary for the very people they help now, citing the importance of calm and stability that a comforting environment provides. This cause is truly noble, and pairs perfectly with San Diego’s military and craft beer backgrounds.
The Mission Valley Craft Beer (and food) Festival is bringing together the region’s best grub and grog for the charitable celebration. Last year’s highlights included the Cajun spice and catering company Shaker Bake Foods, whose fragrant piles of peel-and-eat shrimp caused quite the feeding frenzy; they’ll be back again, and this time with a half of a cow. Other anticipated food vendors include the pork-guru behind Carnitas Snack Shack, Chef Hanis Cavin, R-Gang Eatery’s Chef Rich Sweeney, A.K.A. The Gourmet Tater Tot King, and Anthony Friscia of downtown’s first yakitori and ramenjoint, Gaijin, that opened in February. Chef Jeff Rossman, known most for La Mesa’s Terra American Bistro, will also be on hand representing his latest venture, Bunz, preparing Three Li’l Pig sliders with bacon, ham, pulled pork and beer thyme mustard. Look forward to even more good eats from Sea Rocket Bistro, Stone World Bistro and Gardens, The Bailey BBQ and of course Executive Chef Karl Prohaska from The Handlery. There will also be vegetarian and vegan options. For more on the culinary participants, check out the Facebook page (Mission Valley Craft Beer and Food Festival).
As for the beer, selections are under wraps but expect the best– especially during the VIP hour — from Ballast Point, Green Flash, Stone Brewing Co., Karl Strauss, Hangar 24 Brewery, On the Tracks, and Monkey Paw. The complete list is 24 breweries, listed below. Three bands will also perform live on the West Coaster stage.
Discounted tickets are available for designated drivers and The Handlery Hotel is offering special-event room rates. The after-party is a must, and was added to the event roster so brewers could enjoy themselves after a hard day of festival work. Tickets are on sale now through TicketDerby.com; there is a link on the Facebook page that leads to the ticketing site.
Mission Brewery, The Beer Company, Lighting Brewery, Ballast Point Brewing, Green
Flash, Oggi’s, Stone Brewing Co., On The Tracks Brewing, Hangar 24 Brewery, Monkey Paw Brewing Co., Karl Strauss Brewing Co., Coronado Brewing Co., Crispin Cider Co. Tailgate Brewing, Rough Draft Brewing Co., Butchers Brewing, Latitude 33 Brewery, El Cajon Brewing Co., La Jolla Brewhouse, Golden Coast Mead, Hess Brewing, Eel River Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing, Manzanita Brewing
Transportation Options: The festival is encouraging taking the Trolley to the festival. Parking is available approximately 0.4 miles west of the Handlery (see below)
TICKETS: General admission is $40, and VIP admission is $50.
Click here to view more info/purchase tickets.