St. Patrick’s Day Weekend and Charity Open Brew Day!

Hello Nickel Beer Fans!

We have lots of great brews to tell you including an opportunity to help a Veteran come brew a batch of beer at Nickel Beer.  We just tapped a new batch of our award winning Bruce Banner Grade Double IPA.  This beer is a hulked up version of our popular Banner Grade IPA brewed with Simcoe and Mosaic hops.  The DIPA version is 8% and packs a full hop punch.

Also new on tap right now is a keg of Habanero Grapefruit Volcan IPA.  This is a creation of our brewer Brian Scanlon and it is super tasty.  The grapefruit citrus flavors and aromas dominate the beer while the habaneros provide some nice background heat and flavor without overwhelming.  This is a must for all spicy beer fans.

St. Patrick’s Day

We will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a Potluck Party on Saturday, March 16th from 3-6 pm.  We will have our Stonewall Stout and C.C. O’Neill’s Irish Red on tap along with a special Whiskey Soaked Oak Chip version of the Irish Red.  Look for the Filthy Paws Porter and Darkside of the Moonlight on tap for additional dark beers. over the weekend.

Down the hill we will have the C.C. O’Neill’s Irish Red and Filthy Paws Porter on tap at O’Brien’s in Kearny Mesa.  You can also find our beers on tap at West Coast Smoke and Tap House in La Mesa.

Open Brew Day for Veterans

We are hosting a very special Open Brew Day at Nickel Beer on Saturday, April 27th for Veterans and Active Duty Military.

So how can you help?

We are asking people to “Sponsor a Vet” for the brew day.  This will give a Veteran or Active Duty Service Member the chance to come into the brewhouse for the day and help brew a batch of beer.  Nickel Beer will provide lunch and beer for the day along with the full brew day experience and each participant will get a growler of the finished beer to take home when it is ready.

All of the money raised from this Open Brew Day will be donated to the Inner North Star PTSD Retreat Center in Julian.  It provides no cost retreats to Veterans and First Responders suffering from PTSD.

So how do you sponsor a Vet?  For a $150 donation to the Inner North Star PTSD Retreat Center you can sponsor a Vet or Service Member that you know or the donation will be used to provide the opportunity to a Veteran in your honor.  For your donation you will receive 2 tickets to an exclusive Release Party to be held on Saturday, May 18th at the Inner North Star Retreat Center in Julian.  It will include light appetizers, a personal tour of the Retreat Center with a chance to learn about its programs for those with PTSD, a commemorative Warrior Contribution Beer T Shirt and of course the beer from our Open Brew Day.  You will also get a growler of the beer to take home!

If you would like to Sponsor a Vet, please go to: to donate.  You will be contacted via email to find out who you will be sponsoring by your donation or if you would like us to choose someone in your honor.

If you are a Veteran or an Active Duty Service Member, you can sign up for the Open Brew Day for $100 which will include a ticket to the public Release Party at Nickel Beer on Saturday, May 18th from 1 to 3 pm, a commemorative Warrior Contribution T Shirt and a growler of the finished beer to take home.  You can use the same link above to make the $100 donation.

Spaces are limited so please help us raise money for those who need and deserve our support. Donations of any amount are welcome and are fully tax-deductible.  You can donate and find out more about the PTSD Retreat Center at:  Thank you for your generosity!

On Tap Soon

We have some great brews in the fermenters right now.  A new batch of our Tahoma IPA was just transferred and it will be on tap early next week.  This beer is made with Tahoma hops that have a unique melon flavor and aroma.

We brewed another batch of our collaboration with Alpine Beer Co – 79 to Alpine.  This strong IPA was brewed with the new Strata hops – similar to Mosaic – for the pub’s 25th Anniversary and released from Alpine back in January.  We liked it so much that just had to brew more of it.  Look for it on tap in 2 weeks.

And we have a batch of Pale Ale brewed with our friend Eric March that used 100% Southern Hemisphere hops including Southern Cross, African Queen and Southern Passion.  This beer just went into the fermenter and I am really excited to see how it comes out.

That is your Nickel Beer News for now.  Thank you for your support of our Military Service Members!  We’ll see you soon for a great Julian – and Veteran – brewed beer.  Cheers, Tom

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