Hello Nickel Beer Fans!
We won two medals at the San Diego International Beer Competition last month. The Constantine’s Russian Imperial Stout took a gold medal in the Imperial Stout category and our latest blending project with Redstone Meadery (Boulder, CO) – a blend of our Leap Day IPA with Redstone Passion Fruit Mead – took bronze in the Specialty Mead category. Mead is a honey wine, so the beer has melon and citrus IPA notes along with honey and passion fruit. It is a very unique beverage. Both of these award winning beers will be on tap this weekend starting when we open on Friday at 11;30 am.
Quantities of both beers are limited so there will be no to go sales. However, I am brewing a new batch of Constantine’s Imperial Stout this month and we will be offering growlers to go when that batch is ready in June. And I have both a Rye Whiskey and a Bourbon barrel aging with the Imperial Stout to release later this year.
If you can’t make it in this weekend, both beers will be on tap at O’Brien’s next weekend along with other medal winners from the San Diego International Beer Competition. There were 1356 entries in the competition from 28 states and 15 countries. There will be a festival featuring beers from the competition during the San Diego County Fair on June 17, 18 and 19. We will be pouring our beer at the fest as well. For more information on the festival and the competition winners, check out: http://sandiegobeerfestival.com/. All of the winners should be posted by Friday the 6th.
Cinco de Mayo
To help celebrate Cinco de Mayo you can enjoy our Jalapeno Back Country Gold tonight at O’Brien’s in Kearny Mesa, West Coast Barbecue and Brew in La Mesa and in our tasting room in Julian. Both O’Brien’s and West Coast will have Mexican food specials to pair with the Jalapeno Gold. And if you love our Nickel Pickels, they are served with every burger at O’Brien’s and both places run food specials with the pickels.
And speaking of Mexican food, the popular Taco Cart will be back over Memorial Day weekend cooking up tasty street tacos on Saturday and Sunday, May 28th and 29th.
We will also be serving up the Jalapeno Back Country Gold at the re-scheduled Rhythm and Brews Festival in Vista on Saturday, May 14th and at the San Diego International Beer Festival on June 17th-19th.
This weekend we will be open normal hours on Mother’s Day. And if you bring mom up, there is a wildflower show at the Julian Town Hall – it is in the downstairs area accessed on the side or the back of the building.
In June, there will be two big music events held at Menghini Winery just 3 miles west of the brewery. The Julian Dance will be Saturday, June 11th from 2-10 pm with The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash headlining the all day music fest. It is put on by the Sons of the American Legion and all the money raised goes to charitable causes around Julian. The following weekend will be the annual Julian Blues Bash on the 18th. For more information on events around town, visit the Julian Chamber of Commerce website at: http://visitjulian.com/.
We will be pouring beers at both events. You can count on the Devil’s Copper to be on tap both weekends. The Blues Bash should also feature the Back Country Gold and Julian Pale Ale.
That is your Nickel Beer News for now. We’ll see you soon for a great award winning Julian brewed beer. Cheers, Tom