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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

Wooden Nickel Weekend with Barrel Aged Beers!

Hello Nickel Beer Fans!

It is going to be a fun weekend at the brewery.  We are hosting our first Wooden Nickel Weekend featuring 4 barrel aged beers going on tap today!  We will have our Cutwater Rum Barrel Aged Constantine’s Russian Imperial Stout, Blue Door Winery Red Wine Barrel Aged North Star Tripel, Sour Apple Pie Ale and for the first time ever at the tasting room, Respect My Aciditie (which is the base barrel aged sour beer we use to make the Sour Apple Pie Ale).

And as a special bonus, we will tapping a keg of Cutwater Single Malt Whiskey Barrel Aged Darkside of the Moonlight Avocado Honey Imperial Porter on Saturday.  These beers will be on tap all weekend and due to limited quantities we will not be selling any of these to-go.

Beer Down the Hill

We will be bringing some of these beers down the hill to tap at O’Brien’s Pub in San Diego.  On Saturday the 23rd we will be tapping the Rum Barrel Imperial Stout, Sour Apple Pie, Red Wine Barrel Tripel and Single Malt Imperial Porter along with Resilience IPA – part of the Sierra Nevada Brewing fundraising campaign for victims of the Camp Fire.  All of these beers will be on tap when the pub opens at 11 am and be on tap throughout the weekend.

A little closer to Julian we will be doing an event at Reds, Whites and Brews in Ramona on Saturday the 23rd as well.  We will have 4 beers on tap including our Apple Pie Ale and one of our IPAs.  After this we should regularly have a beer on tap there.

We brewed the West Coast Smoke and Tap House 7th Anniversary beer – Larry’s Place IPA.  We will be tapping that along with Resilience IPA and one of our barrel aged beers over President’s Day weekend starting on Friday the 15th at the pub in La Mesa.  Check out our Facebook page for the final beer list next week.

Helping Those Who Deserve It

I have had the honor to become involved with a charity up here in Julian, the Inner North Star PTSD Retreat Center.  It helps Veterans and First Responders with PTSD and also trains these people to be able to go out and help others who are suffering.  There are nearly 2 dozen Veteran suicides every day.  We all have an obligation to help take care of those who have answered the call to help protect us.

The Retreat Center has partnered up with Amazon as a registered charity for the program (the retreat center is a 501c3).  If you would like to help support the efforts to help those with PTSD with no cost to you, please consider making the Inner North Star PTSD Retreat Center your chosen charity on  It changes nothing about your Amazon account, just the web address you shop at.  And then Amazon automatically donates .5% of every purchase you make – they have donated over $105,000,000 to charities across the county.

If you would like to find out more about the Inner North Star PTSD Retreat Center and its mission or to make a donation please visit the website at: and please like and follow the Facebook page at: Thank you for your consideration and support.

Other News

The brewery will be open regular hours over the President’s Day weekend and we will be opening early on Monday the 18th at Noon for the holiday.

We have been busy brewing collaboration beers this year.  You can find our Dubbel on the Rocks collab with Lost Abbey, Rouleur and Gravity Heights on tap at Gravity Heights.  Next month Bitter Brothers will be releasing the 2019 O Brother Where Tart Thou.  And we just brewed a German Lager with our friends at Viewpoint Brewing in Del Mar.  We have collabs with Kern River, Second Chance, Iron Fire and Rip Current coming up in the next few weeks.

Nickel Beer will again be participating in the Taste of Julian on Saturday, May 18th from 1-5 pm.  This is a self guided tour of Julian’s eating and drinking establishments that is a true taste of the back country.  Get all of the details and ticket info at:

That is your Nickel Beer news for now.  If you are coming up this weekend, be careful –  they are forecasting snow for the Mt. Laguna area.  We’ll see you soon for a great Julian brewed beer.  Cheers, Tom

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

Wet Hop Beers, Labor Day and Grape Stomp Fest!

Hello Nickel Beer Fans!

It is my favorite time of year in the brewing calendar – hop harvest.  We have been busy brewing with locally grown hops all picked the same day we make beer with them.  These fresh, or wet hops, create a unique flavor in the beer and certainly hops grown here in San Diego county are going to be different than those grown in the Pacific Northwest where most commercial hops are grown.  Hops are only harvested once a year so be sure to enjoy these beers while you can.  In addition I have news on other new beers, the annual Grape Stomp Festival and a series of blind Beer and Wine tasting events happening in Julian.  Read on for all of the frothy details….

Wet Hop Beers

As of today we have two wet hop beers on tap – Ted Nugget wet hop Kolsch and Golden Nugget wet hop IPA.  Both were brewed with Nugget hops from the Star B Hop and Bison Ranch in Santa Ysabel.  The Ted Nugget Kolsch is a light colored 4.6% alcohol beer that is a perfect warm weather thirst quencher.  It was brewed with only fresh picked Nugget hops used just after the boil for flavor, aroma and bitterness.  The beer has a clean finish with a light malt sweetness.

The Golden Nugget IPA is full of earthy and lightly spicy hop flavors.  It is 6% alcohol with medium bitterness from the use of Nugget pellet hops added at the beginning of the boil.  Though both of these beers use the same local Nugget hops the flavors could not be more night and day different.

We have 3 more wet hop beers in the fermenters right now with two more being brewed in the next few days.  Look for our next wet hop beer – My Way Wet Hop IPA – to be on tap by Monday, August 27th.  Coming soon we will have Green Truck Wet Hop Double IPA, Star B Wet Hop Pale, a wet hop brown ale collaboration with South Park Brewing and Nebula Red Wet Hop Red IPA brewed in collaboration with local band Nebula Drag (check them out at:

In addition to lots of wet hop beers happening in Julian, we have been busy doing collaborations around town as well.  We have made a Wet Hop Session IPA with Viewpoint Brewing (on tap now), an IPA with fresh picked hops grown in Mexico with Agua Mala in Ensenada, a Wet Hop IPA collaboration with Newtopia Cyder, a Brut Style Wet Hop IPA with Bitter Brothers and a Wet Hop IPA with fresh pine needles made at Thunderhawk Alements.

We will have new Wet Hop beers coming on tap through the end of September and I expect to have at least a few wet hop beers to be on tap through the end of the year.  In all, we should make 17 different wet hop beers during the local hop harvest.

Other New Beers

In addition to great wet hop beers we have some fantastic beers on tap.  Our collaboration with Moonlight Meadery, Darkside of the Moonlight Imperial Honey Porter, is pouring on nitrogen right now.  This 10.3% alcohol pitch black beer used more than 100 pounds of local Avocado honey and drinks way too smooth for a beer this strong.

These other fine beers are also pouring in our Julian tasting room.  We just tapped the new batch of Dime Piece, our cider/beer hybrid collaboration with Newtopia Cyder.  We have the last keg of Childhood’s End Double IPA pouring right now, our collaboration made at Stereo Brewing.  Continuing with the collaborative theme we brewed Das Brut Belgian-style Golden Ale with our friends at Fall Brewing.  This beer is bone dry and well hopped with Hull Melon and Mosaic hops.  And finally we have Lion’s Blood Triple IPA made for the Beer to the Rescue campaign to benefit the Southern California Lupus Foundation with my friend and local beer writer Brandon Hernandez.  To find out more about this great campaign or to donate, please visit:

Grape Stomp Fest and Labor Day Weekend

We will be pouring 3 of our beers at the annual Grape Stomp Wine Festival at Menghini Winery on Saturday, September 1st.  The event will take place from 11 am to 6 pm and you can find ticket info and more information at:

The tasting room will be open additional hours on Monday, September 3rd for the Labor Day holiday.  The tasting room will be open from Noon to 8 pm on the 3rd.  And expect us to stay open later on Sunday the 2nd as well.

I am working on a potential food vendor for the holiday weekend.  Please check our Facebook page for updates on possible food options on Saturday and Sunday next weekend.  You can find that here:

Beer and Wine Tasting Events

Nickel Beer is participating in a series of blind Beer and Wine Tasting Competitions at the Inner North Star Retreat Center in Julian.  On Saturday, September 8th there will be a blind tasting of 4 Nickel beers anytime from 2-5 pm at the Retreat Center.  During that time I will be giving short talks on how to taste and judge beers.  There will be two additional weekends of blind tasting competition, one for white and one for red wines from Volcan Mountain Winery and Menghini Winery in October and November.  Grab your friends and enjoy a fun afternoon in a beautiful mountain top setting testing your tasting skills.

The cost for the tasting competition is $25 per event and there are lots of great prizes including a hosted party at Inner North Star’s one of a kind 1920’s themed Champagne Room, growlers and bottles of wine and gift certificates for the participating wineries and Nickel Beer.  The goal is to correctly guess the style or varietal of each beer/wine, write 3 flavor descriptors and correctly guess what beer/wine you are drinking from each location.  There will be light snacks to go along with the blind tasting.

For tickets and more information on the tastings, please visit Inner North Star’s website at:

That is your Nickel Beer news for now.  You will be able to taste a number of our wet hop beers in San Diego at the San Diego Wet Hop Beer Festival at O’Brien’s Pub from September 13th-16th.  I will have more information on that in the next email.  In the meantime, we’ll see you soon for a great Julian brewed beer.  Cheers, Tom

Volcan Mountain Release Party and Sip of Julian!

Hello Nickel Beer Fans!

Greetings from Julian.  We have some new beers on tap and a new draft account here in town.  Saturday the 30th we host a charity release party to benefit the Volcan Mountain Foundation.  And we will be participating in the annual Sip of Julian at the end of July.  Read on for all o fhte tasty details.
Headwaters Blonde Release Party
This Saturday we will be hosting a special release party for our new beer Headwaters Blonde.  This Kolsch-style beer is made with 100% German Pilsner malt and German hops.  It is light colored, easy to drink and clocks in at 4.5% alcohol – a perfect summer beer.  The name pays homage to the fact that Volcan Mountain serves as a major watershed for San Diego county and the headwaters of several local rivers and creeks are located there.
The release party will be from 5-7 pm at the brewery and there will be snacks served and everyone will get two beers with the paid ticket – there will even be some door prizes given away.  The Foundation is hosting an optional hike before the release party if you want to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of the Volcan Mountain range.  The cost is $30 and 100% of the money goes to the Volcan Mountain Foundation
In the Tasting Room
We have our World Cup beer on tap right now – Viking Clap.  It was inspired by the clapping celebration of the Icelandic fans.  It is a light red color with a very smooth finish.  It has a light fruity hop character with a hint of strawberries.  You can also find this beer on tap throughout the World Cup at O’Brien’s Pub in San Diego.
If you come up for the 4th of July we will have Devil’s Copper on tap at the American Legion Deep Pit BBQ after the 4th of July Parade.  The parade usually goes from Noon to 1 pm and the Legion will be open to the public with food, beer and live music afterwards.  And Nickel Beer is now on tap full time at the American Legion.
We now have beer on tap at Hero’s restaurant in Julian.  They are starting out with our Devil’s Copper for the first keg but plan to rotate through different selections.  You can also find our beer on tap around Julian at Wynola Pizza and Jeremy’s on the Hill.
Next weekend on July 8th we will be releasing our Blue Door Red Wine Barrel Aged Tripp’s Tripel.  We took our Tripp;s Belgian-Style Tripel and aged in a Petite Sirah Red Wine barrel from our friends at Blue Door Winery who have a tasting room in Downtown Julian.  The winery only makes red wines and the flavor from the barrel aging adds a nice grape and tannic flavor and aroma to this beer.  I can tell you that for anyone who already likes the Tripp’s Tripel, you are going to love this barrel aged version.
Sip of Julian
We will be participating in the annual Sip of Julian on Saturday, July 28th.  This event is a self guided tour through the tasting rooms of Julian.  Julian has incredibly diverse tasting rooms that include beer, mead, cider and grape wine.  There are 9 tasting rooms along the Sip trail including Volcan Mountain Winery, Julian Ciderworks, Gold Coast Mead, Menghini Winery, Blue Door Winery and of course Nickel Beer.  Tickets are $25 the proceeds benefit the Julian Country Christmas and Tree Lighting.
You can get ticket info here:

There is an option to get on the shuttle service that will be running during the event. The event will run from 11 to 5 pm with check in at Town Hall starting at 10 am on July 28th.  Make a complete weekend of it and stay up in Julian!
That is your good beer news from Julian.  We’ll see you soon for a tasty Nickel Beer.  Cheers, Tom

Be The Brewer For A Day At Nickel Beer Company!

Hello Nickel Beer Fans!

We are gearing up for another beautiful weekend in the mountains.  And the long range forecast has nothing but sunshine for Memorial Day weekend.  There will be some food options at the brewery over the Memorial Day weekend as well.  There are some great new beers on tap to tell you about and a very special charity event where you can come help brew a batch of beer.  Here are all the details….
Brew a Beer at Nickel

Nickel Beer will be hosting a charity open brew day on Saturday, June 2nd from 9 am to 2 pm.  You can be in the brew house and help make the beer from beginning to end.  The brewery is partnering up with the Volcan Mountain Foundation for this event.  The cost will be $75 which includes lunch and beer during the brew day and a 64 oz growler of the beer when it is finished (you can also do $60 for just the brew day with no growler).  100% of that money will be donated to the Volcan Mountain Foundation.  If you are interested in spending the day in a professional brewery to learn about the process to make great beer then please join us!  This opportunity is limited to 8 people (and we already have 2 people signed up).  To sign up or for more information please contact Tom at or call the brewery at 760-765-2337.

New on Tap
We just released two new beers this week – Chinook IPA and Weekender Wheat.  The Chinook IPA is 6.7% IPA brewed 100% with Chinook hops.  It is full of juicy, fruity hop flavors and aromas.  The Weekender Wheat is our classic German-style Hefeweizen.  The unique hefeweizen yeast produces fruity esters of banana and clove during fermentation.  This 5.4% brew is a perfect warm weather thirst quencher.
And if you have not been by in a little while we have another new IPA – Beam Me Up Luke.  It was released on May the Fourth which is Star Wars Day.  This beer was brewed with Amarillo and Ekuanot hops and packs a massive, dank hop punch.  We also have our Blood Orange Hessian Session IPA on tap this weekend.
All of the regular favorites are there as well – Volcan IPA, Take A Hike, C.C. O’Neill’s Irish Red, Stonewall Stout and the Jalapeno Gold.  We are out of our Apple Pie Ale until the apple harvest starts this summer.  But we will have kegs of our Dime Piece cider collaboration with Newtopia Cyder on tap soon.
Our Bruce Banner Grade Double IPA took a bronze medal at the San Diego International Beer Competition last month.  This beer is on tap now and we have a fresh batch sitting in the fermenter.
Memorial Day Weekend
The brewery will be open at Noon on Monday the 28th for Memorial Day.  We will be open regular hours on Friday (11:30 am to 8:30 pm) and Saturday (11:30 am to 8:30 pm).  We will likely stay open a little later than 7:30 pm on Sunday the 27th.
We will have food trucks at the brewery on both Sunday and Monday.  Sunday the 27th we will have C.C.’s Cajun Food during the day.  And on Monday the 28th look for food from the Candied Apple starting when we open at noon.
Beer Fests
We will be pouring be at two upcoming beer festivals.  This weekend we will be at the Crown Craft Beer Invitational at the Imperial Valley Expo in Imperial from 5-10 pm.  We’ll be pouring Back Country Gold, Blood Orange Hessian Session IPA and Chinook IPA.
Then in June we will be at the San Diego International Beer Festival on June 15th to 17th at the San Diego County Fair.  The festival has 5 sessions each featuring hundreds of beers with unlimited sampling.  Special VIP tickets that include beer paired food and larger pour sizes are also available.  Not sure what we will be pouring yet, but I will update you as we get closer to the fest.  Get all of the details here:

That is your Nickel Beer News for now.  We’ll see you soon for a great Julian brewed beer.  Cheers, Tom

Jeremy’s Beer Dinner, St. Paddy’s Day Beers and Newtopia Cyder Collaboration!

Hello Nickel Beer Fans!

We have some great beers for you to enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day weekend both in Julian and down the hill including our new collaboration with Newtopia Cyder.  We have several new beers in the tasting room and next weekend we will tap a very special keg that we blended with Redstone Meadery.

Coming up first we have an amazing Beer Dinner planned with Jeremy’s on the Hill on Friday the 16th at 6:30 pm.  Here is the compete menu for the event:

First Course
Lamb Stew with Irish Soda Bread
Nickel Take a Hike Pale Ale

Second Course
Smoke Salmon Cake with Horseradish Cream Sauce and Fresh Dill
Nickel Devil’s Copper

Third Course
Sausage Banger in Puff Pastry with Spicy Mustard Sauce
Nickel Tahoma IPA

Fourth Course
Corned Beef Brisket and Cabbage with Potato Hash
Nickel C.C. O’Neill’s Irish Red

Fifth Course
Chocolate Bread Pudding
Nickel Stonewall Stout Ice Cream Float

The dinner is $50 plus tax and you can make reservations by calling the restaurant at 760-765-1587.  I will be attending the dinner and talking about each beer.  The food will undoubtedly be amazing so please join us for a great evening in Julian.

St. Paddy’s Beers Around Town

We will have our C.C. O’Neill’s Irish Red on tap at both O’Brien’s in Kearny Mesa and West Coast Barbecue and Brew in La Mesa.  O’Brien’s will also have a cask of the Irish Red with whiskey soaked oak chips on tap Friday the 16th at 5 pm.

In the tasting room we will have the Irish Red and a draft keg of the Irish Red with whiskey soaked oak chips along with our Stonewall Stout.

New Brews

This weekend we will be tapping our collaboration with Newtopia Cyder in the tasting room – Dime Piece.  It is a twist on our Apple Pie Ale.  The cider is made with the same base beer as our Apple Pie Ale and it is then blended with a Saison yeast fermented apple cider at Newtopia.  The final touch to this fantastic beverage is the addition of Rum Soaked Turkish Raisins and Vietnamese Cinnamon.  It is thoroughly delicious and any fan of our Apple Pie Ale will love it.  Look for it on tap this Friday the 16th in the afternoon.

In addition to the tasting room, you can find Dime Piece around San Diego and even in select Los Angeles accounts.  Both O’Brien’s and West Coast BBQ have it on tap right now and I know Small Bar and Fathom also got kegs.

We have some other new treats in the tasting room as well.  The Tahoma IPA is back.  This 6.5% alcohol IPA is full of melon and light tropical citrus flavors.  We have a brand new beer – Get to the Hopper.  It is a 4.5% alcohol beer that uses 100% German hops.  It is bittered with Polaris and uses Hallertau Blanc for both favor and finish.  The beer is insanely drinkable and as soon as we get any summer-like weather it will be the perfect beer for it.

We have another new IPA that should be out early next week – Boomstick IPA.  This is a twist on our popular Banner Grade IPA which is made with a 50/50 blend of Simcoe and Mosaic hops.  The Boomstick uses the same base recipe and is hopped with a 50/50 blend of Citra and Mosaic.  The name is an homage to Bruce Campbell’s character Ash in the Evil Dead movies.  It came up because the beer was brewed on Ash Wednesday.  If you are not familiar with the movie Army of Darkness, it might be worth searching out the Boomstick scene on Youtube.

And speaking of next week, we have a very special keg to tap on Friday, March 23rd – Redstonewall Stout.  This is a blend we do with Redstone Meadery out of Boulder, CO.  We take the meadery’s Vanilla Cinnamon Mead (honey wine) and blend it with our Stonewall Stout.  The result is an amazing synergy of flavors that reminds me of Horchata.  We won’t be selling this to go so I am hoping that the keg lasts through the weekend.

That is your Nickel Beer news for now.  We’ll see you soon for a great Julian brewed beer.  Cheers, Tom

Superbowl Potluck Party and New IPAs on Tap!

Hello Nickel Beer Fans!

It does not feel like winter up here with temperatures in the mid to high 60s expected for the next week.  At least our nights cool off a little bit.  But no matter what it makes for great beer drinking weather (though I am not sure what kind of weather is bad beer drinking weather come to think of it).

We have several new beers on tap in the tasting room.  First is a beer designed and brewed by our brewer Brian Scanlon who has never met a beer pun he didn’t like.  The beer is named Charles Nelson Ryely IPA after the legendary B Movie actor, later of game show fame.  It is appropriately enough a rye IPA with Nelson hops.  The beer is super drinkable with a firm hop bitterness and plenty of tropical fruit and citrus notes in the flavor and aroma.

Also new on tap is the 6.4% abv Larry’s Place IPA.  We brew this once a year for the anniversary of West Coast Barbecue and Brew in La Mesa. It is named for the pub’s founder, Larry Koger who passed in 2016.  I have delivered kegs of this to West Coast and I expect it to be on tap in La Mesa for the entire month of February.  It was brewed with a hop blend called Zythos along with some Columbus hops and just a touch of Mosaic hops in the conditioning tank.

Superbowl Potluck Party

For the big game on Sunday we will be hosting a potluck party from 3-8 pm.  We’ll clear out the brewery and set up tables for food.  The game will be on both big screen TVs.  It looks like the weather will be near perfect so I expect we will end up with just as many people enjoying the sun and playing washers as we will have watching game.  Personally I am rooting for good commercials.  It will be a fun day to be at the brewery whether or not you are there for football game.  The tasting room will stay open for at least 30 minutes after the game which I figure means about 8 pm.

And yes, the Jalapeno Gold will be on tap for the game (and all weekend for that matter).

Looking Ahead and Around Town

In addition to the Larry’s Place IPA at West Coast in La Mesa, we will have some beers on tap around town this month.  On Tuesday the 6th, we will be serving the Jalapeno Gold at Galaxy Taco in La Jolla to pair up with tacos from Tyson Blake of O’Brien’s.  You can find the details here:  Speaking of O’Brien’s, the pub has a keg of Fix It IPA right now.  And our friends at Viewpoint in Del Mar just picked up a keg of the Bloody Sot ESB to tap this weekend.

I am heading on the radio tonight at 7 pm.  I will be on FM94.9’s Rock n’ Roll Happy Hour from 7-8 pm drinking 5 different Nickel Beers while listening to some great music in between sips.

We will be doing our employee party on Sunday, February 11th.  The tasting room is going to be open, but with slightly limited hours.  We will be open from Noon to 5 pm on the 11th.  All other hours will remain normal next weekend.  We will be open early at Noon on Monday the 19th for President’s Day.

We have a few goodies that you can look forward to at the brewery.  Next week we will be tapping a new batch of Constantine’s Russian Imperial Stout.  We’ll also be filling up a Cutwater Spirits Rum Barrel with this beer.  And we are currently aging our Tripp’s Tripel in a red wine barrel from our friends and neighbors at Blue Door Winery.  The winery only makes red wines and they have tasting room right in downtown Julian across the street from Buffalo Bill’s.  If you have not been by it is worth checking out – they also make excellent Sangria.  And it doesn’t hurt that they are next to the new Chocolatier in Julian which is making great stuff.  Right next door to them is Crow and Lilac which carries hand made soaps made using Nickel Beer.  See, now you have to go.

That is your Nickel Beer News for now.  We’ll see you soon for a great Julian brewed beer.  Cheers, Tom

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.

Hopster DIPA is Back and SD Beer Week Events!

Hello Nickel Beer Fans,

It finally seems to have turned to fall in the mountains.  The leaves have turned color and the weather has cooled off.  The drives along Sunrise Highway and on the 79 by Lake Cuyamaca are both beautiful right now.

And of course cooler fall weather is perfect beer drinking weather.  We have our Hopster Douchebag Double IPA back on tap after a long absence.  This 8.2% alcohol hop monster is brewed with Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo hops and then dry hopped with Cascade and Mosaic.  The result is a punch in the face with hops, firm bitterness and plenty of citrus and fruit hop flavors and aromas.

We still have a great selection of wet hop beers all made with San Diego grown hops including our Wet Hop Table Beer, Buffalo Paw Brown, Star B Pale, Hook in Mouth Chinook IPA, Ninja Tune IPA, Deathtongue IPA (with Scorpion Peppers) and the Last Star B Fighter IPA.  And we have a keg of our Room 101 collaboration with Burning Beard on tap.  This beer was made with Neo Mexicanus hops and it is as delicious as it is unique.

Believe or not we actually have one last wet hop beer in the fermenter right now. It is a hoppy session beer with Cascade and Nugget from Star B with a smattering of Southern Brewer and Crystal.  The hops were vacuum sealed at harvest and they smelled amazing during the brew day.  Look for Hessian Session to be on tap by the end of the month.

Our monthly potluck will be this Saturday starting around 4 pm.  Bring a dish to share and enjoy food, friends and good beer.

SD Beer Week

Tonight, Friday the 3rd, we will be pouring 3 Nickel beers and our new Cellar 3 collaboration at O’Brien’s Pub for the Back Country Beer Night with Alpine, Cellar 3 and Nickel.  Look for Hopster Douchebag DIPA, Devil’s Kashmir Wet Hop Rye Red and Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Constantine’s Russian Imperial Stout.  Our collab with Cellar 3 is called WETtanomyces and it is a wet hopped barrel blend beer that appropriately enough has brettanomyces in it.  I think the fruitness of the brett and the wet hops really married together well.  The beer has barrel aged triple, white IPA and Rayon Vert blended in it.  I think Green Flash put out the best beer description post I have ever read and I have to share it with you:

Wettanomyces ~ 9.2% Wet Hop Barrel-Aged Wild Ale | We tossed a dank and fruity melane of Star B Buffalo Ranch & Hop Farm wet hops into a blend of 3 different Barrel-Aged Beers. What emerged was an earthy and fruity funk factory of complexity. Picture a dripping wet Old English Sheepdog emerging from a cold blue lake and diving head first into a massive pile of fresh hops as if they were wet leaves. Then you lick that dog and continue eating fresh apricots. Voila! Come try it tomorrow.

Pretty vivid imagery, right?

On Saturday we will be pouring beer at the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival.  We’ll have Hopster Douchebag DIPA, Devil’s Kashmir and Ninja Tune Wet Hop IPA.  Our brewer Brian will be manning the booth – stop by and say hi if you head to the fest.

Also on Saturday we will have a keg of Respect My Aciditie at the O’Brien’s Sour Beer Weekend.  This is the base barrel aged sour that we use to blend up our Sour Apple Pie Ale.  Without the balance of the Apple Pie beer it definitely comes across with an acidic bite and just a hint of oak tannin.

We will be pouring the Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Constantine’s Russian Imperial Stout again at O’Brien’s for Tyson’s Big Ass Barrel Aged Beer Night on Friday the 10th.

Finally, you can find our beer at the Karl Strauss Collabapalooza Festival on Saturday the 11th.  Our new Karl Strauss collaboration, Triple Mosaic, will be poured at the fest.  It is a 9% alcohol version of the brewery’s awesome Mosaic Session Ale.  It is 100% hopped with Mosaic and I can’t wait to try it.  We are planning to bring Hopster Douchebag DIPA for sure and we’ll be right next to Burning Beard who will be pouring our Room 101 wet hop collab.

For more information on Beer Week or any of the above events, check out the official website at:

Looking Ahead

The brewery will be celebrating its 4th Anniversary later this month over the weekend of November 17th, 18th and 19th.  Our Tripp’s Tripel will be released that weekend and I will be tapping some barrel aged beers including the Rye Whiskey Constantine’s.  It is hard to believe that I have been brewing again for 4 years up here.  Thank you to all who have supported the brewery these past 4 years.  You really have helped make a dream come true.

We will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23rd.  We will be open regular hours the remainder of the weekend – Friday the 24th 11:30 am to 8:30 pm, Saturday the 25th 11 am to 8:30 pm and Sunday the 26th 11 am to 7:30 pm.  We will likely be open a little later than usual on Wednesday the 22nd as well.

That is your Nickel Beer News for now.  We’ll see you around San Diego or in the tasting room for a great Julian brewed beer.  Cheers, Tom