There is much to do if you are thirsty. Here’s what we have via the West Coaster Event Calendar.
5P-Close Small Bar is doing a keep the pint night with Big Sky Brewing out of Missoula, Montana. Pints will be $5.00 and refills $3.50. On Draught: Trout slayer, Moose Drool, IPA, IIPA and Dry Stout.
6P-10P A Sierra Nevada Beer Pairing Dinner is going on at Urge Gastropub. We like Urge, not just because they advertise with us, but also because they serve burgers as big as your face for a fair price. Seriously, their food is amazing, so we have high hopes for how this pairing will turn out. We also hope that Sculpin mustard will make an appearance….More info, click here
2P-7P AleSmith has started a weekly event titled Firkin Thursday. The inagural Firkin Thursday will take place this week, and will serve a cask of Anvil ESB brewed with English Yeast for $3 per 12 oz. glass.
6P-10P La Jolla Brew House is hosting a pint night with Sam Adams’ Rustic Saison. $6 a pint w/ the glass, and $4 refills afterwards.
6P-10P Press Box Sports Lounge is holding a Beer Pairing w/ Firestone Walker. Their head chef Jesus worked for years at the La Valencia in La Jolla, and thus the fare will be exceptional. $25 for unlimited food and plentiful beer combined to live music in a classy joint translates to “best deal in town” for Thursday night.
6:30P-11P O’Brien’s is holding a Real Ale Festival Pre-Party. Full kegs of Black Ops Black IPA, Idiot IPA, Czech Pils, and Hoppy Daze Belgo-IPA from Coronado Brewing Company will be on tap all weekend long.
1130A – 2P Blind Lady Ale House is doing a W-$2 Beer special in celebration of the passing of another tax day. Straight from Lee Chase: “We’re doing Cask Stone Black IPA (SSRA) for just $2 until 2pm.” Start this weekend early.
4P-8P Friday Afternoon Club (F.A.C.) @ Hess. This is Hess’ new monthly meetup that serves up music, food and tasty beer. For a nano-brewery, these guys party big.
5P-10P Downtown Johnny Brown’s 3rd Annual Bitter & Sour Night. If you’re into sour beers or IPAs this is the event you won’t want to miss this night. For a full listing of what’s being offered, click here.
7P-8P Tune in to channel 94.9 on Friday nights for Stone’s Rock & Roll Happy Hour. Head Brewer Mitch Steele and President & Brewmaster Steve Wagner talk beer and pick out beer drinkin’ music for an hour. As a news outlet, we atWest Coaster are super impressed (slightly jealous) of the Stone media machine.
1P-11P Pizza Ports Real Ale Festival rolls into it’s 2nd day. If you’re insane you can try to attend both days.
5P-7P The Tipsy Crow has bamboozled 1/6th barrel of the formidable Oskar Blues ‘Ol Double Bagger Barleywine. The only time this beer has appeared in San Diego. Big beer fans take heed.
6P-10P CityBeat’s Beer Club is going scandalous at Buskers After Dark at Seaport Village. The email from CityBeat said that it was going to get “risqué,” with “adult content.” You can always just claim you went because of the $1 beers. As always, you must be on the list to get the sweet deal, so sign up by going here.
10A-6P Stone Brewing Co. is holding their Oakquinox event. “An outrageous celebration of barrel-aged brews” held in the gorgeous Stone World Gardens under the mild Escondido sky sounds good to us. Unfortunately, the event sold out.
11A-10P Back Street Brewery is celebrating their 7th Anniversary in Vista! There will be a special birthday brew on tap at $2 a pint, as well as Mother Earth’s Vanilla Cream Ale and Lost Abbey’s Brandy Barrel Aged Angel’s Share. Food specials will be offered via Lamppost Pizza.
Missing in March
While we included a great number of women in our most recent issue, we realize that it’s incomplete. If we left you out, it’s not a character judgement – we just ran out of space. Sorry!
DrinkAbout with Manzanita @ Sea Rocket
Four beers from 11 in ’11 member Manzanita Brewing will be featured at the ‘Rocket. Riverwalk Blonde, Rustic Horizon, Gillispie Brown Ale and a Double Dry Hopped IPA cask will be served in a $10, 6oz pour taster flight. Manzanita’s beer gets better every time I try it, and now that it’s on the swanky seafood DrinkAbout stop that is Sea Rocket Bistro, I have another excuse to experience their deliciously developing brews.
Firestone Walker’s Matt Brynildson to make rounds in SD
On the 18th, Firestone Walker’s brewmaster will be in town at Hamilton’s for Firestone’s Firkin Friday. The following day, he will play host for the Grill at Torrey Pines’ Craft Beer Pairing Dinner – where his beer will be paired with the culinary talent of the Grill’s Kyle Bergman. Grill manager Stephen Kurpinsky sent me the following: “5-course family style dinner featuring all pork dishes from 2 heirloom, Vande Rose pigs, paired with delicious beer from Firestone Walker! Union Jack IPA (ON CASK! Really excited, it will be our first firkin tapping at The Grill,) Red Nectar Ale DBA (Double Barrel Ale) and Double Jack Abacus (First time that this rare, barrel aged barley wine will be released in the San Diego market!)” $55 for the best food & beer pairing you’ll find in town. For reservations, 858-777-6645.
Upcoming Lightning Events
I’m really digging Lightning’s beers as of late (Prognosis: temporary hop overload.) My timing is excellent because they’re doing more and more events all over town. Today, they’ll be doing a pairing at Sammy’s Woodfried Pizza in Scripps Ranch, and tomorrow, they’ll be doing another pairing at Press Box Sports Lounge.
Coaster gets crafty
I sat down with Darren Renna of the Coaster Saloon on Monday. He brought me up to speed on the beachside bar/grill’s increasing craft beer program. Here’s the rundown: 32 handles, plans to rotate out 3-4 taps per month (with bi-weekly tap line cleanings, I’m told), a cask night in the works, and upcoming beer + food pairings with BBQ. We’re supportive of the Coaster’s commitment to local craft beer. Darren explained the reasoning behind his choice to embrace better beer: “Local breweries won’t try and shove beers down your throat, and they have a vested interest in their product. Also, it’s easy to switch things up if a beer isn’t working out.” He also asked me to let local breweries know that there’s interest in doing a featured brewery/keep-the-glass night, and there is plenty of room for a jockey box. On April 8th there’s a keep-the-pint w/ Ommegang. Also, I learned that the Coaster Saloon was one of the first Ballast Point accounts ever, and a ominous cult named the Theosophical society used to run Point Loma.
AleSmith Pairing @ La Gran Terraza
Located on the USD Campus, budding craft beer location La Gran Terraza will host Peter Zien for an AleSmith pairing dinner. The last pairing was with Stone and was ~$22 + tax & tip, so we’re assuming that AleSmith’s pairing will follow suit. 5 courses of gourmet food with generous pours at a great venue makes this one of the best secrets in San Diego Beer. At the gated USD entrance, make sure to let the guard know your intentions so you can get a free parking permit.