Open for World Cup Semis and Music This Saturday!

Hello Nickel Beer Fans!

I have lots of good things to share this week – extra hours, the return of Volcan IPA, draft beer at Jeremy’s on the Hill and more live music this Saturday.  The race to be the honorary mayor of Julian is underway and we’ll have an old time debate next Saturday in town.  And this Sunday the month-long madness of the World Cup comes to a close with the final at noon on the 13th and we’ll be setting up an extra big screen TV for the game.

All is well at the brewery after the fire – we used it as an evacuation center for us, our bartender Mel and all of our collective animals.  It was definitely the first time we had any goats or chickens at the brewery.  And our poor dogs had to get thrown in jail –  Here is the view from the brewery patio around noon on July 3rd:

World Cup and New Beers

We will be open from noon to 4 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 8th and 9th, for the World Cup semi-finals.  Tuesday at 1 pm we get Brazil v. Germany and Wednesday at 1 pm its Argentina v. Netherlands.  Both games pit South America v. Europe – no European team has ever won a World Cup in South America.  We’ll be doing growler fills in addition to tasters and pints both days.

Look for our new Weekender Wheat on tap for the games.  It is a German-style Hefeweizen full of banana and clove aromas from the yeast.  It is very light and drinkable at 4.5%, a perfect summer beer.  By Thursday, Volcan IPA will be back on tap.  It has been too long since we have had it on tap and hopefully I will be able to keep it on tap from here on out.  It is tasting great and it will get even a little more hoppy as I do the final dry-hopping in the serving tank this week.

Music and the Final

This Saturday, July 12th we will have another FREE acoustic music show on the patio from 6-8 pm.  Local musicians Paul Cruz and Chris Pawlicki will be back and I hear that they are going to bring up a violin player to join them.  Expect a fun mix of classic rock songs from the 60s and 70s.  The tasting room will be open until at least 8:30 pm on Saturday.  As the sun goes down on these warm summer nights, there really is no better place to go out for a beer (especially when there is great live music).  Feel free to bring your own picnic or snack food to enjoy on the patio during the show.

For the World Cup Final next Sunday, July 13th, I will be setting up an extra big screen TV in the brewery and bringing in some benches so that we will have plenty of seating.  As with the music show, feel free to bring in your own snack food (just make sure to clean up after yourself please).  We’ll also be showing the 3rd place game on Saturday at 1 pm.  Despite being the losers game, the 3rd place game is often one of the more entertaining matches of the tournament as many young players get their first change to play in the World Cup.

Jeremy’s and the Mayor’s Race

After months of planning and talking about it, we now have 2 draft beers on tap at Jeremy’s on the Hill in Wynola.  They will carry Julian Pale Ale full time along with a second beer that will rotate monthly.  To start, Jeremy’s has Red, White and Brew IPA on tap.  The Pale Ale is a very food friendly beer that pairs well with a wide range of dishes with its slight malt sweetness.  The IPA’s hoppiness is the perfect foil for spicy food and the citrusy/smokey hop character will complement any grilled meat.

Jeremy’s is also open 7 days a week making it the only place in Julian to get draft beer every day of the week.  For directions, hours and menus, check out –  The food there is really good and in addition to our beer, the restaurant has an excellent boutique wine list and a fantastic bottled beer selection.  Lindsey believes they have the best Fish and Chips (served 11-4 pm on the lunch menu) and every Friday they pair our Pale Ale with their awesome homemade Fried Chicken special.

The unofficial honorary Mayor of Julian race is underway.  The race is a fundraiser to help renovate Julian’s town hall.  There is now a collection box at the brewery with a slot for all 4 candidates, but we all know the only one that you are going to vote for!  Every penny equals one vote and the person who raises the most money/votes will be named the honorary mayor for the year.  There will be a website up and running soon where you can make online donations to the cause.

We will have a tongue in cheek debate at the Town Hall on Saturday, July 12th at noon.  The premise is to answer questions about issues facing Julian from its gold mining heyday like the growing red light district and secret underground tunnel to the brothel.  You can find more information about the project and the debate at:

As a candidate, I can assure you that I will run an honest campaign – I fully intended to use beer to help buy your votes.  How is that for honesty?  I am hoping to do some events down in San Diego featuring our beer to help raise money, once I get those planned I will certainly post up about it.  My campaign slogan is “Law, Order and Cold Beer” after the famous Clint Eastwood mayoral slogan of “Law, Order and Ice Cream” when he ran for mayor of Carmel.

That is your Nickel Beer News for now.  We’ll see you soon for a great Julian brewed beer.  Cheers, Tom

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