It is Friday, and that means we can get excited about our weekend plans and recap some of the best news from this past sunny week. With great San Diego weather comes tons of awesome news stories and local events to check out. Seriously there are SO many beer events next week you may just have to take some vacation days to enjoy them all.
National Beer News:
Congrats to Lagunitas, Stone, Abita, Brooklyn and Dogfish Head for their stellar success in 2010. This article mentions all of these breweries but specifically focused on Lagunitas Brewing which was up 38% in 2010. The people (or their taste-buds) have spoken. I look forward to seeing the continued growth and success of of all great craft-breweries in 2011. (www.beernews.org)
On the tails of that last article, the definition of “craft brewery” has changed this week. Small craft breweries can now produce 6 million barrels of beer a year. Read this article about the changes and why it is a good thing for beer lovers. (www.mysanantonio.com)
There is a new documentary in the works about Colorado’s craft beer scene titled “Beer Culture”. Check out this trailer and get excited for the summer release.
After reading the headline: “Bottoms Up Draft Beer Dispensing System”, I was greatly intrigued about a new dispensing system that fills cups from the bottom up. Pretty cool…now how can I get this installed in my kitchen? Check out the video for proof. (www.blogaboutbeer.com)
San Diego Beer News:
Tailgate brewery,a brewery that began with local roots, made some big changes this week. Tailgate (started by Wesley Keegan, SDSU graduate), started canning it’s Blacktop Blonde Ale. (www.signonsandiego.com)
Ballast Point had a beer dinner at The Grill at Torrey Pines. Westcoaster has posted a great recap, complete with photos. Check it out. (www.westcoastersd.com)
Make fabulous weekend brunch with some new recipes from the Karl Blog. Enjoy some Windansea Wheat French Toast or Red Trolley Sausage Gravy. I’d pair it with a beer-mosa and call it a fabulous day!
What: O’Briens Pub 17th Anniversary Party
Where: O’Brien’s Pub
When: Friday, January 21st. 5pm.
About: Friday night O’Brien’s Pub will be celebrating their 17th Anniversary with Pizza Port & Lost Abbey. Check out their blog for all sorts of awesome beer specials that they will be having all week:
What: West Coaster Launch Party
Where: South Park Abbey
When: Friday, January 21st. 6pm
About: Hess Brewing has brewed up a special “West Coaster IPA” just for this event. Rumor is that it is big, hoppy, and perfect for San Diego beer lovers. They even made custom glasses just for that night. Coronado Brewing will also be releasing a few new beers at the party. Don’t miss this one!
What: Lost Abbey Open House
Where: Lost Abbey tasting room
When: Saturday, Jan 22nd. 12pm – 6pm
About: Check out Lost Abbey’s new digs. They’re showing off their new place with an open house.
What: Awesome Beer Tasting
Where: San Diego Beer Company
When: Saturday, January 22. 4:00pm – 9:00pm
About: Spend your Saturday night tasting delicious beer at the Awesome Beer Tasting (hosted by the Best Damn Beer Shop & Awesome Beer Drinkers)
What: Home Brewing Classes
Where: Home Brew Mart
When: Tuesday & Wednesday. January 25th & 26th. 6:00pm – 8:00pm
About: Continue your education this week over at Home Brew Mart with home brewing classes. The class cost $10 to learn about brewing 5-gallon batches of beer. However, spots are limited so call to reserve your place 619.295.2337
Reward yourself for making it to Hump-day with some sweet Wednesday events:
What: Barrel Aged Wee Heavy release
Where: AleSmith’s tasting room
When: Wednesday, January 26th. 1:30pm
About: Take a lunch break and enjoy AleSmith’s new bottle release of their Barrel Aged Wee Heavy on Wednesday @ 1:30pm with food from MIHO Gastrotruck. Seriously if you haven’t had MIHO’s grass-feed burger you’re missing out!
Also, Rob Todd from Allagash Brewery will be stopping by some local San Diego bars on Wednesday, January 26th:
Good news: Stone is hosting their Beer U: Strong Ales. Bad news: it is sold out. Hope you already have your tickets!
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