Hello Nickel Beer Fans,
Happy almost 4th of July. We have a few special treats for you on this most patriotic of holiday weekends. On tap you can enjoy 3 different versions of our Stonewall Stout – regular draft, nitrogen and Chocolate Vanilla Bean. Jeremy’s on the Hill will be setting up shop and selling Fried Chicken plates on Friday the 1st from 4-7 pm and Saturday the 2nd from 1-5 pm at the brewery. And we will be open from 11:30 am until 6 pm on Monday the 4th for tasters, pints and growler fills.
The annual 4th of July Parade will start at noon down main street. It includes fly overs by WWII vintage fighter planes. After the parade the American Legion will be hosting its 75th 4th of July deep pit BBQ complete with live music. We will also have Nickel Beer on tap at the Legion BBQ.
Our gold medal winning Constantine’s Imperial Stout is on tap and we are filling 32 oz growlers of it to-go. I currently have two barrels of this beer aging – one Bourbon and one Rye Whiskey. The Rye Whiskey barrel is just about ready to keg up so keep an eye out for it in July. The San Diego hop harvest is coming up soon so look for Fresh Hop beers to be on tap in August along with our first ever Triple IPA that will be over 10% alcohol and loaded with hops.
In addition to all of that goodness, we will be open a little later now on the weekends. We will be staying open until 8:30 pm every Friday and Saturday night starting this weekend. We will also be open until 7:30 pm every weeknight. Summer evenings on the patio are a perfect way to enjoy Julian with a tasty beer. So our hours will look like this:
Mon-Thurs 2 pm to 7:30 pm
Fri-Sat 11:30 am to 8:30 pm
Sun 11:30 am to 7:30 pm
When the NFL season starts we will stay open to show the Monday, Thursday and Sunday night football games. We will also open at 10 am for all early morning Chargers games.
Take A Hike
Take a Hike is the name of our collaboration brew with the Volcan Mountain Foundation. We hosted 8 folks in the brewery to help with the brew day and the result is a hoppy Extra Pale Ale brewed with Cascade, Citra and Mosaic. It is a perfect summer hoppy beer – lots of flavor, light colored, dry without being bitter and 100% refreshing. We are hosting a special fundraising release party to benefit the Volcan Mountain Foundation on Saturday, July 9th at 5 pm that includes beer and light snacks. There is even an optional pre-party hike led by VMF board member Eric Jones to the Banner Canyon Overlook. You can find all of the details and sign up through the VMF website at: http://www.volcanmt.org/events/fundraiser/vmf-nickel-beer-company-vip-release-party-optional-pre-hike. Help us support the Volcan Mountain Foundation while enjoying a fantastic beer in beautiful Julian.
We have a few other events planned for July. On Thursday the 21st we will be doing our first beer dinner at West Coast Barbecue and Brew in La Mesa. The dinner will be four courses and include 6 beers for just $40. The dinner will start at 6 pm and I will be there to talk about the beers and the food pairings. You can sign up for the dinner by contacting West Coast BBQ at 619-462-3660.
At the end of the month we will be participating in the annual Sip of Julian. It is a self guided tour of Julian’s diverse tasting rooms including locally made cider, wine, beer and mead. Each stop will have light snacks in addition to offering samples of their wares. The event will run from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday the 30th. Tickets will be available online soon through the Julian Chamber of Commerce. In the meantime, you can see the complete list of participating tasting rooms here: http://visitjulian.com/to-see-do/special-events/sip-of-julian/.
Finally, I am also working on an Apple Pie Ale tasting event for both the tasting room and at O’Brien’s Pub in Kearny Mesa. It will feature multiple versions of the Apple Pie Ale – Wholly Crab!, Pearfect and regular Apple Pie Ale along with Sour Apple Pie and a collaboration Pear Mead made at Julian Ciderworks with pears from the brewery property. When we settle on dates and times, I will let you know.
That is your Nickel Beer news for now. We’ll see you soon for a great Julian brewed beer. Cheers, Tom