Hello Nickel Beer Fans!
Our hard brewing work in August is paying off as we now have 10 wet hop beers on tap in the tasting room all made with San Diego grown hops. And the good news for you is that you don’t have to be in Julian this weekend to enjoy them. New this week in the tasting room is the Devil’s Kashmir, a wet hop version of our Devil’s Copper ale with Star B grown Cashmere hops. The wet hops add a fruity complexity to this red rye ale.
Back by popular demand, our local Cajun C.C. will be cooking up Shrimp Boil and Jambalaya on Saturday from 1-5 pm at the brewery. And in non-wet hop beer news, we have a keg of our Stonewall Stout aged for 3 months in a Bourbon Barrel on tap which is tasting delicious.
Down the Hill
Tonight at 5 pm we will be tapping 9 wet hop beers plus a cask of Green Truck Wet Hop Double IPA at Hamilton’s Tavern in South Park. There will even be a keg of our Room 101 collaboration beer with Burning Beard and Star B. This beer was just released and I have not even tried it yet so I am very excited to taste it tonight at the event. It is based on a Kolsch-style recipe and brewed with wet Neo Mexicanus hops from Star B. Burning Beard owner/brewer Jeff Wiederkehr wrote a really funny blog about how the collab came together – you can read it here: http://burningbeardbrewing.com/index.php/2017/09/05/room-101-wet-hops-and-role-playing/. The name is a reference to the original Matrix movie since we used Neo Mexicanus hops in the brew.
Here is the tap line up for the event at Hamilton’s:
Standing Eagle Wet Hop IPA – 6% abv – with Star B Cascade
Hook in Mouth Chinook Wet Hop IPA – 6% abv – with Star B Chinook
My Way Wet Hop IPA – 6% abv – with Nopalito and Star B Cascade and Chinook
Wet Hop Table Beer – 3.6% abv – collab with Benchmark and South Park made with Star B Glacier, Mt Hood, Nugget, Magnum and Sterling
Green Truck Wet Hop Double IPA – 8% abv – Nopalito and Star B Columbus
Buffalo Paw Wet Hop Brown – 3.7% abv – collab with Monkey Paw/South Park made with Star B Glacier, Nugget and Neo Mexicanus
Star B Wet Hop Pale – 5.1% abv – with Star B Crystal, Cascade, Chinook and Southern Brewer
Fresh Mountain Crystal – 6% abv – with Star B Crsytal
Golden Nugget Wet Hop IPA – 6.2% abv – with Star B Nugget
CASK – Green Truck Wet Hop Double IPA with Star B Columbus in the Cask
Burning Beard/Nickel Room 101 with Star B Neo Mexicanus
This will be the largest gathering of our wet hop beers outside of the tasting room.
Over at West Coast Barbecue and Brew in La Mesa we will have My Way Wet Hop IPA, Green Truck Wet Hop Double IPA and Buffalo Paw Wet Hop Brown Ale on tap tonight. The My Way and Green Truck are already flowing and the Buffalo Paw Brown will be tapped tonight to pair up with their Smoked Prime Rib dinner special. Tomorrow night West Coast will be adding Golden Nugget Wet Hop IPA to the taps.
And if that was not enough happening this weekend, we will be pouring 3 beers plus our collaboration with Burning Beard at a beer dinner at O’Brien’s Pub in Kearny Mesa. There were still a few tickets left as of yesterday for the dinner. You can call the pub at 858-715-1745 to check on availability.
We still have 2 more wet hop beers in the fermenters – Ninja Tune Wet Hop IPA (based on our Ninja Boy IPA recipe) and The Last Star B Fighter Wet Hop IPA which is a mix from the last day of the hop harvest at Star B Ranch.
We will have more collaboration beers coming out in the next few weeks. We just brewed Triple Mosaic IPA at Karl Strauss yesterday. Our Ironfire collaboration that was brewed last year and barrel aged will be released in October under the name All. Oak. Everything. It was barrel fermented, barrel aged and even the brewing water we used was soaked in barrels. And for San Diego Beer Week we will have a Barrel Aged Blend with Brettanomyces and Star B Wet Hops coming out called WETtonmomyces. Finally, December will see the release of our Belgian Barleywine brewed earlier this month at Fieldwork in Berkeley. If that seems like I have been busy doing collaborations it is because I have been.
If you do come to Julian this weekend we will have beers on tap at the Apple Days Festival happening Saturday and Sunday at Menghini Winery.
That is your Nickel Beer news for now. We’ll see you soon for a great San Diego hopped beer. Cheers, Tom