San Diego Beer Week with Nickel Beer!

Hello Nickel Beer Fans!

The biggest beer celebration of the year starts today – San Diego Beer Week.  We will have beer around town over the 10 days with several new releases and collaborations coming out.  And right after Beer Week we celebrate 5 years of making great beer in Julian!  It is hard to believe that it has already been five years – thank you so much for all of the support since 2013!

Beer Week Events

We have our first Beer Week event tonight – Friday the 2nd – at O’Brien’s Pub in Kearny Mesa.  Nickel Beer will be part of Back Country Beer Night along with Alpine and Burning Beard.  We will be pouring 5 beers including the new batch of Hopster Douchebag Double IPA, All About the Soft Side Winter IPA (collaboration with Pat Korn of the soon to be opened My Yard Life brewpub in San Marcos), Thunderkick IPA (pine needle IPA collab with Thunderhawk Alements), Das Brut Belgian-style Golden Brut (collab with Fall Brewing Co.) and Wettanomyces (wet hopped Brett ale with Cellar 3).  Lots of new beers to try – some that are not even on tap in the tasting room yet!On Saturday the 3rd we will again have beer on tap at O’Brien’s for the pub’s Muther Pucker Sour Weekend.  We will be pouring Respect My Aciditie, a 6% amber sour that is the base sour beer that we use to blend the Sour Apple Pie Ale.  We don’t often release just the sour beer so enjoy this one while you can.  I expect it to be on tap Saturday and Sunday at O’Brien’s.

Friday the 9th we will have beer on tap at both O’Brien’s and West Coast Smoke and Tap House (FKA West Coast BBQ and Brew).  At O’Brien’s we will have Cutwater Rum Barrel Aged Constantine’s Russian Imperial Stout – say that even 2 times fast!  Our award winning Imperial Stout has been again all year in a Cutwater Rum barrel and it has developed some amazing flavors.

Over at West Coast we will be part of a Thunderhawk Alements night featuring the Thunderkick IPA collab and Pine and Bine, a wet hop beer that also was made with pine needles.

Beer Week Fests

Our brewer Brian will be pouring the Hopster Douchebag DIPA and Thunderkick IPA at the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival at the Guild Booth on Saturday the 3rd.  Next weekend we will be pouring at Collabopalooza in North Park.  Look for the new Commonwealth IPA – A British inspired IPA brewed with Karl Strauss and South Park using British and New Zealand hops, All About the Soft Side Winter IPA, Das Brut and Thunderkick.  There should also be a keg of our Burning Beard collab Room 101 on tap at the Beard booth.

And then to close out Beer Week we will be pouring at the Brewers Guild Beer Garden at the Torrey Pines Lodge.  We will be pairing the Stay Inland Brown with food from Stone Liberty Station.  For more details on this incredible event, check out:

And since the last day of Beer Week is Veteran’s Day we will be offering $1 off any pint to all current and former military as our way to say THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!  There is even a pamphlet at the Julian Town Hall that lists all of the businesses in town that offer a military discount.  You can also find the information at the Visit Julian website at:

Turning 5!

As if that is not excitement for the month, we will be celebrating our 5th Anniversary the weekend of November 16th, 17th and 18th.  We will have an insane line up of beer on tap for the weekend including the tasting room release of the Rum Barrel Constantines, our annual Belgian-style Tripel release and of course the Hopster Douchebag.  Make plans to stop by anytime over the weekend and toast to five great years and many more to come!  Thank you again for all of the support.

As we look ahead, the tasting room will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving day but we will be open regular hours every other day this month.

In addition to the Thunderkick IPA, we have the new Pride of Chops IPA on tap.  This is a recipe from our friends at Beachwood Brewing that was created for O’Brien’s 20th Anniversary.  It is brewed with Nelson, Mosaic and Amarillo hops.  It has massive citrus notes with hints of pineapple.  We still have a number of wet hop beers on tap as well including the delicious Hook in Mouth Chinook IPA.  Look for a new batch of Apple Pie Ale to be on tap by the middle of the month.

I look forward to seeing you during San Diego Beer Week for a great Julian brewed beer!  Cheers, Tom

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