Barleywine Release, Sip of Julian and Apple Pie Ale!

Hello Nickel Beer Fans,

This weekend we will be releasing the 2015 Kupfernickel Barleywine at the tasting room.  As an added bonus I will be tapping a very limited amount of the 2014 Kupfernickel alongside it.  Both beers will be on tap when we open on Friday the 31st at 11:30 am and remain on tap through the weekend.  We will only be serving the 2014 Barleywine in 5 oz glasses and we will not be offering either version of the barleywine to go right now so I expect both versions to be on tap all weekend.

You might also notice that the tasting room is cooler than usual – thanks to our new A/C unit.  We got a high efficiency ductless A/C unit which will also act as a heater for the colder months (though we will still be lighting the wood burning stove for when the temperature really dips down).  We hope enjoy the cool temperatures in the tasting room.

Right now we have Pickeled Asparagus and Spicy Green Beans in addition to our Spicy Garlic Dill Nickel Pickels.  Chipotle Pickels will be coming soon.  All of beef jerky flavors – teriyaki, smokey, spicy, black pepper and habanero have all been restocked.

Sip of Julian

Nickel Beer will be participating in the first annual Sip of Julian on Saturday, August 8th.  It is a self guided tour of Julian’s Winery, Brewery, Hard Cider and Mead tasting rooms.  Menghini Winery, Witch Creek, Blue Door, Golden Coast Mead, Orfilia, Volcan Mountain Winery, Nickel Beer Company and Julian Hard Cider are the spots participating.  Each stop will have small bites of food in addition to samples of their wares.  We are planning to have a selection of Nickel Pickel goods along with some Nickel Beer Cheese.  The event will run from 11 am to 5 pm on the 8th.  The cost is $25 and you can buy tickets here:

Ticket sales are limited and they are roughly 50% sold at time of writing.  You can pick up maps, logo glasses, and confirm age verification starting at 10 am the day of the event at Julian’s Chamber of Commerce located at Town Hall on Main Street.  For more information, please contact Julian’s Chamber of Commerce at 760-765-1857 or online at:  For the latest info on what beers we will have on tap that weekend, check out our Facebook page at:

Beer Around Town

We will have a few beers coming up at O’Brien’s Pub in Kearny Mesa.  This Saturday, August 1st look for Borrego Dark Sky Vanilla Oatmeal on tap all day starting at 11:30 am.  O’Brien’s will have a case of our Nickel Beer/Anza Borrego Foundation pint glasses for sale and there will be a pint glass and pint of beer special for just $7 all weekend.  Thursday the 6th O’Brien’s will tap the first ever cask of Tahoma IPA at 5 pm.  I plan to be there to enjoy a pint of it (or two, maybe three).

We will have our beer on tap at several upcoming events at Menghini Winery including the Grape Stomp Festa on Saturday, September 5th, Julian Music Festival on Saturday, September 19th and the annual Apple Days Festival on September 26th and 27th.  I expect to have a selection of Back Country Gold, Julian Pale Ale and Devil’s Copper on tap at the various events.  For a complete listing of events in Julian – including the Julian Lions Horseshoe Tournament on September 6th – check out:

Coming Soon

The first batch of this season’s Apple Pie Ale is in the fermenter.  It was made with 95% Transcendent Crab Apples and right now it has a very pleasant green apple-like tartness.  I am hoping to have it on tap by August 8th.  Also in the fermenter is our first fresh hop beer brewed with San Diego grown hops.  The beer used 42 pounds of Cascade and Chinook hops picked the very same day from Nopalito Farms in Valley Center.  Look for it on tap by the middle of August.  More wet hop brews are coming with hops from Star B Ranch in Santa Ysabel and San Diego Golden Hop Farm.

We will have the popular taco cart back on Saturday, September 5th over Labor Day Weekend.  We will be open expanded hours on Sunday and Monday of Labor Day weekend.  And we will be expanding our regular hours in September when the NFL season starts.  The tasting room will be open for Thursday, Sunday and Monday Night Football which means we should be open until at least 8 pm Thursday thru Monday.  We are also hoping to open up on Tuesday so you can enjoy our beers 7 days a week.

You are always welcome to bring your own food to the brewery and the Candied Apple also delivers pizzas, salads and sandwiches until 5:30 pm on the weekends.  We are looking to bring more food vendors to the brewery during the fall including a BBQ truck.

That is your beer update from Julian.  We hope to see you soon at the tasting room for a great Julian brewed beer.  Cheers, Tom

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