Holiday Hours and New Beers!

Hello Nickel Beer Fans!

It is finally starting to feel like Winter up here at night though we are still getting plenty of sunshine during the day.  The tasting room will be open every day except Monday the 25th for Christmas.  We will be open on Sunday the 24th, Christmas Eve, but closing early.  Between the 26th and 28th we will be open early at noon.  Here are the upcoming holiday hours:

Saturday the 23rd – 11 am to 9 pm
Sunday the 24th – 11 am to 3:30 pm – be sure to get there early enough to fill your growlers!
Monday the 25th – CLOSED
Tuesday the 26th – Noon to 7:30 pm
Wednesday the 27th – Noon to 7:30 pm
Thursday the 28th – Noon to 7:30 pm
Friday the 29th – 11:30 am to 8:30 pm
Saturday the 30th – 11 am to 8:30 pm
Sunday the 31st – 11 am to 9:30 pm
Monday, January 1st, 2018 – Noon to 7:30 pm
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 – Noon to 7:30 pm
Wednesday, January 3rd – we resume normal business hours, which on Wednesday would be 2 pm to 7:30 pm

New Beers

We have a couple of new beers on tap along with some old favorites that have returned.  Our newest IPA is the Fix It IPA – a 6% alcohol beer made with Simcoe, Amarillo and Crystal hops.  It has great citrus notes with good bitterness.  And Volcan IPA is back on tap after a few week’s absence.  Also on the hoppy beer front we have Ninja Tune Wet Hop IPA, Banner Grade IPA and Hessian Session Wet Hop IPA.

On the more balanced side of things we have Bloody Sot ESB – which stands for Extra Special Bitter.  It is an English inspired beer that is really not all that bitter as a style ironically.  Our version is 6% alcohol and made with only ingredients available to brewers prior to 1996.  The beer was a collaboration with several friends in the industry – Jeff Bagby (Bagby Beer), Joanne Carilli (White Labs) and Brit Antrim (formerly Anderson Valley and Kona).  The beer is crazy drinkable with near perfect balance between malt and hops and a great beer finish.

The Tripp’s Tripel – our 8.3% alcohol Belgian-style Tripel is on tap and tasting great.  We saved some of this beer to age in Red Wine barrels from Blue Door Winery which has a tasting room in Julian (and they make excellent red wines).  For you pepper fans we have the Deathtongue IPA made with Scorpion Peppers on right now.  And yes, it is spicy but not over the top spicy so far.  Look for the Jalapeno Gold to be back on tap for Friday the 29th.

Christmas Carols and NYE

We are doing an Ugly Sweater Christmas Potluck Party on Saturday the 23rd from 4 to 9 pm.  Around 7:30 pm we will be singing a few Christmas Carols in the brewery.  We have some song sheets so no need to know the words – you just need a little Christmas spirit and some enthusiasm.  The potluck will run from 4-7 pm and you can just bring a dish to share.  You can visit our event page here:

On December 31st we will be staying open just past 9 pm so that we can watch the ball drop live in New York City.  That will mean it is 2018 in America.  We’ll do last call right before 9 so we can ring in the new year with a great beer.  We will then open at Noon on Monday the 1st, 2018.

That is your Nickel Beer News for now.  Thank you for supporting us for 4 years of great beer.  With Best Wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2018 – Tom Nickel and the entire Nickel Beer crew.

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