Hello Nickel Beer Fans!
It is hard to believe that it has been 2 years since we first brewed at Nickel Beer. We will be celebrating our 2nd Anniversary all weekend with special beer releases. And as an added bonus we will have the popular taco cart on Saturday from 12-4 pm and on Sunday we will be hosting a school fundraiser featuring Super Nachos from 12-4 pm.
The new beer releases begin today when we open with kegs of Chocolate Vanilla Stonewall Stout on nitrogen and our 2015 Barrel Aged Kupfernickel Barleywine on tap at 11:30 am. The barleywine has spent the last 6 months aging in Bourbon barrels that were blended with 36% Rye Whiskey. The flavor of the barrel blends well with the big caramel and hop notes of the barleywine with the Rye Whiskey adding some subtle pepper/spice nuances. We won’t be selling either of these beers to go so you’ll have to enjoy them in the tasting room. But don’t worry, both will be on tap all weekend long.
On Saturday the 21st we will tap the 2015 Tripp’s Tripel along with a keg of the 2014 Tripp’s Tripel. The Tripel is our annual Thanksgiving beer as I brewed it to pair well with all of the flavors of the turkey day meal. We will be selling growlers of the 2015 Tripel so that you can enjoy it with your family for the holiday. The beer is light colored and just under 9% alcohol. The flavors are filled with yeast driven spice notes with a slightly sweet finish.
On Sunday we will be showing the Chargers v. Chiefs game on both big screen TVs at 1:05 pm. The weather is supposed to be gorgeous all weekend with temperatures expected to be in the low 70s today and high 60s on Saturday and Sunday with lots of sunshine. We have also re-stocked all of our T Shirts and sweatshirts at the brewery including long sleeve shirts and our new men’s navy blue thermals.
We will be extending our daytime hours next week in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will be open at Noon on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – November 23rd, 24th and 25th. We will be showing Monday Night Football on the 23rd (Bills v. Patriots). Tuesday we will be open until at least 6 pm and Wednesday the 25th we will be open until at least 8 pm so you can make sure to fill those last minute growlers before the holiday. We will be CLOSED for Thanksgiving.
After Thanksgiving we will be open regular hours Friday and Saturday, the 27th and the 28th, 11:30 am to 8 pm. The annual Tree Lighting will be at dusk on the 28th and it is always a festive time. On Sunday the 29th we will be opening at 10 am for the Chargers v. Jacksonville game – check the Facebook page for updates on breakfast food, https://www.facebook.com/NickelBeerCompany.
I have several seasonal beers in the tank right now including Chinook IPA and Hopster Douchebag Double IPA. We’ll also have a new batch of the Apple Pie Ale on tap in December. I am planning to have a weekend where all 3 batches of the beer are on tap – Wholly Crab! Apple Pie, Pearfect Apple Pie and regular Apple Pie Ale. In the coming weeks we’ll have nitrogen tapped kegs of Irish Red, Stonewall Stout and Blair’s Not Bitter Fresh Hop Ale. Look for an Imperial Stout early next year.
And for those clamoring for more beer to come down to San Diego, I do have a new, larger kettle and additional fermenters coming soon to help expand production.
Lindsey and I would like to say thank you to everyone who has supported the brewery during its first two years. It has been a wonderful experience becoming a part of Julian and seeing folks enjoy stopping by for a beer. Whether you came up for the day, stayed for the weekend or live here in town, all of you have helped make the brewery a special and welcoming place that we are proud to be a part of. Also, a special thank you to our staff who always keep the beer flowing. We look forward to many more great years for Nickel Beer.
That is your 2nd Anniversary news. We’ll see you soon for a great Julian brewed beer. Cheers, Tom