Holiday Hours, Football and Happy New Year!

Hello Nickel Beer Fans!

I hope everyone has had a good holiday season so far.  It is certainly starting to feel like winter up in Julian with sunny, but cold days and overnight lows that have inspired many a fireplace to be lit.  And while we did not have a white Christmas, we might end up with a white New Year’s with snow being forecast for next week.

The tasting room will be open regular hours this weekend and we will be opening early for the Chargers v. Chiefs game at 10 am on Sunday.  We’ll open just before 10 am on the 28th and Granny’s Kitchen will be delivering breakfast/brunch around 10:45-11 am.  We’ll put the order in after the game kicks off around 10:15 or 10:30 am.  Granny’s has great omelettes and fantastic breakfast sandwiches (I personally like the sausage, egg and cheese croissant).  This is effectively a first play off game for the Chargers who will automatically be in the playoffs with a win.

Here are our holiday hours along with what will be our new Monday hours during the non-football part of the year:

Friday, Dec. 26th – 11:30 am to 6 pm
Saturday, Dec 27th – 11:30 am to 7 pm
Sunday, Dec 28th – 10 am to 5 pm
Monday, Dec 29th – 2 pm to 6 pm
Tuesday, Dec 30th – 1 pm to 5 pm
Wednesday, Dec 31st  – CLOSED

Thursday, Jan 1st – 2 pm to 8 pm
Friday, Jan 2nd – 11:30 am to 6 pm
Saturday, Jan 3rd – 11:30 am to 7 pm
Sunday, Jan 4th – 11:30 am to 5 pm
Monday, Jan 5th – 2 pm to 6 pm

We will be opening for additional hours on Tuesday, December 30th and then closed on December 31st for New Year’s Eve.  We will be open late on Thursday the 1st, New Year’s Day, so that we can show both NCAA College Football playoff games.  At 2 pm the Rose Bowl kicks off with #2 Oregon taking on #3 Florida State.  Then at 5:30 pm the Sugar Bowl will pit #1 Alabama against #4 Ohio State.  I will be working to see if a local restaurant will be able to deliver some food during the games – when I confirm something either way, I will post it up on our Facebook page at  We will be staying open late on Monday, January 12th to show the College Football Championship game which I believe will kick off at 5:30 pm.

The Filthy Paws Porter is now on tap and tasting fantastic.  The Chinook IPA will be on tap early next week.  All 16 taps will be flowing all weekend including Habanero Volcan IPA, Jalapeno Gold (with Ballast Point Bloody Mary Mix for Sunday morning) and the non barrel aged version of the Kupfernickel barleywine which is aging perfectly.  We just got in another round of brewery merchandise so we are well stocked on all shirt sizes if you have been looking for something we did not have.  We also printed up a small run of long sleeve grey brewery shirts for the winter season.

Down the hill you will find the very tasty Tripp’s Tripel on tap today (the 26th) at West Coast Barbecue and Brew in La Mesa along with a hopped up cask of the Fix It Pale to be tapped in the afternoon.  For more info on West Coast’s 28 taps and smoked BBQ, visit:  You will also find Julian Pale Ale and Devil’s Copper on tap at Jeremy’s on the Hill in Wynola seven days a week to go with the great food there.

That is your Nickel Beer news for now.  GO CHARGERS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!  May you have a wonderful and prosperous 2015 filled with great local beer.  Cheers, Tom

Tom Nickel

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