Saison Saludos, BBQ Saturday and Wet Hop Beers!

Hello Nickel Beer Fans!

Just a quick update for this weekend.  Today we release Saison Saludos (desde Julian).  This 9.7% golden hued saison was brewed as a collaboration between myself and my good friend Colby Chandler, head specialty brewer for Ballast Point.  We brewed the beer together last year at the Ballast Point in Little Italy to help celebrate the 20th Anniversary of O’Brien’s Pub.

The beer was so good that we decided to brew it again but this time up in Julian.  The beer was made with local honey and it is lightly spiced with Nutmeg, Thyme and Lemon Peel Powder.  It evokes flavors of white wine and farmhouse ales.  It will be available when we open at 11:30 am on Friday and we will be selling it to-go in addition to tasting in house.  A new batch of Devil’s Copper is also on tap and the C.C. O’Neill’s Irish Red is now on our nitrogen tap.

This Saturday the 17th our neighbors at the Julian CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) are hosting an open house.  They will have a BBQ kitchen set up all day starting at Noon so that tasty food will be just across the street.  The Candied Apple will be delivering food from 12-6 pm Friday thru Sunday and from 4-6 pm on Monday for Monday Night Football (which will be Giants v. Eagles on the 19th).  You are also welcome to bring your own food to enjoy on the patio.

On Sunday we’ll have the Chargers v. Packers game on at 1:25.  Next week the Chargers host the Raiders at 1:05 pm.  And speaking of next week, we’ll be releasing a new IPA called Or The Highway IPA.  It is 6.3% and full of grapefruit and floral hop notes.  I plan to tap our last 5 gallons of the My Way Fresh Hop IPA (which inspired the new IPA) with Or The Highway IPA on Friday the 23rd.

Down the hill you will find all 4 of our popular fresh hop brews at the Wet Hop Festival this weekend at O’Brien’s Pub in Kearny Mesa.  Starting Friday night at 5 pm the fest will have Blair’s Not Bitter, Star B Pale, My Way IPA and Green Truck Double IPA on tap.  Also tonight, 10/16, Hamilton’s Tavern will be tapping a cask of Blair’s Not Bitter as part of the pub’s anniversary celebrations.

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

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