Rip Current Brewing 1st Anniversary Recap

Congrats to the crew at Rip Current Brewing on their 1st Anniversary. There were 20 beers available on their taps and 2 available via cask. The IPAs were the ones that stood out the most. By far, my personal favorite was the Caught In a Rip IIIPA. As we posted before, we fully believe that Caught In a Rip can compete with Pliny the Younger. See our Pliny the Younger Alternatives post here. Beer Advocate rates Caught In a Rip as Outstanding, and we are in complete agreement. See the tower of our scrumptious tasters.

Caught In a Rip

Caught In a Rip IIIPA by Rip Current Brewing

While Caught In a Rip was the highlight of the event, the most eye-opening beer was the Lupulin Lust IPA. The Rip Current chalkboard captioned the beer with “Big Citrus + Pine / F*CK YEAH.” I nodded my head in approval after the first taste.

Lupulin Lust IPA by Rip Current Brewing

Lupulin Lust by Rip Current Brewing

Mid way through our tasting, we were graciously greeted by Co-Owner Guy Shobe. As a group, we thanked Guy and the staff for brewing quality product, and contributing to the amazing Craft Beer community in San Diego. Guy also intimated that Rip Current should have some big news to announce very soon. We were told that a plan for a North Park tasting room is close to fruition. What exciting news for us craft beer lovers living south of Interstate 8.

While the Rip Current IPAs were quite impressive, their collection of Porters, and Stouts were also very delicious. As seen below, the Vanilla Rescue Buoy, their Vanilla Russian Imperial Stout, was the stand out of the Stout selection. It was a treat to taste the beer side-by-side along the regular Rescue Buoy to see just how the vanilla had imparted a nice sweetness to complement the beers roasty coffee and dark chocolate notes.

Vanilla Rescue Buoy by Rip Current Brewing

Rip Current Vanilla Rescue Buoy Impenetrable by light

Lastly, we’d like to thank Rip Current Brewing for hosting everyone and producing such amazing beers. As a parting gift, each attendee was gifted a bottle of Bourbon Wood Aged Old Man Ale. They hand bottled 332 of the 1st Anniversary brews. Cheers to Rip Current and their continued prosperity.

Cheers to Rip Current's 1st Anniversary

Cheers to Rip Current’s 1st Anniversary

 

-David E. and Manny O.

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Barrel Aged Stoopid Stout Release

Barrel Aged Stupid Stout

Coronado Brewing is getting into the barrel aged game with their first Coronado Collection release of 2014, their Barrel Aged Stoopid Stout. The release is set for January 23rd at their tasting room located on Knoxville St. Bottles will be 2 per person, $14.99 a piece, and with only 240 bottles being released, I expect an early line. Along with the bottles being released, you will also be able to sample it in both taster and half pint sized portions. No growler fills will be available with a beer so limited as this. Tasting room opens at 11am. More info could be found on their Facebook page.

Coronado Brewing Tasting Room

1205 Knoxville St

San Diego, CA 92110

11a-9p (on 1/23/14)

-Manny

Alpine Beer Co Newsletter: To Bodly Brew Where No Brew Has Gone Before

Just a copy/paste of Alpine’s recent newsletter. News that Expo will no longer be released in growlers, possibly bottles as well. Chex Moneiux also set for a release… ready for it? tomorrow.

“Since it has been too long since I’ve disrupted your life and “made” you buy good beer, it’s now time to turn up the heat and really get you all shook up. We have four beers to tell you about and some changes on how we announce our releases.

On tap, right now, at the pub and brewery for pints, pitchers, and growler fills, are “Bad Boy,” “Odin’s Raven” and “O’Brien’s IPA.” All are fresh and really good, since we brewed them for the upcoming “World Beer Cup.” If you are new to our lineup, here are just the facts, ma’am. “Bad Boy” is our other double IPA weighing in at 9.25% abv and it uses hops that weren’t around when our original double IPA, “Pure Hoppiness,” came out. “Odin’s Raven” is an Imperial Chocolate Stout that’s 10% abv and chalked full of roasty, chocolatey goodness as we use real Hershey’s Chocolate in abundance in this fine brew. “O’Brien’s IPA” is our Gold Medal winning Strong Pale Ale in the World Beer Cup beer that’s sure to put a smile on the face of any hophead. “O’Brien’s IPA” is 6.2% abv dryhopped-like-an-IPA pale ale that’s balanced with a sweet malt backbone.

On Wednesday, February 29th, bottles of “Chez Monieux” will go on sale. Limits on bottles will be enforced to a maximum of 4 bottles per person per day. If we suspect you are a retailer buying for resale, you will be denied sale, period. Since I don’t get out much, going to Belgium and concentrating of “Belgian Kreik” as a style to perfect was a big deal. I put my entire brewing prowess to work on making this edition one for the ages. We used very tart Balaton Cherries to infuse this sour, tart elixir into a beer we’re very proud of. Chez Monieux” is 7% abv and comes in a 750 ml Belgian style bottle for $23.95 plus tax and crv.

You have seen your very last growler of “Exponential Hoppiness” ever to be dispensed. http://www.ebay.com/csc/i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=exponential+hoppiness&LH_Complete=1&rt=nc

Since I previously stated if I ever saw a growler of “Exponential Hoppiness” for sale on ebay there would never be another growler sold again. Don’t blame me, but you can see who to blame on the above link. As for bottles of “Expo” on ebay, I’m seriously considering never bottling it again. This is not just a personal issue, it’s illegal. The fact that people drove down from LA to make a quick buck and denying the locals the chance to buy some is also just plain wrong.

So, you can see the timing of the releases listed above. The first two beers were released last week, the next comes out today and the last one comes out tomorrow. That is the most advanced notice you ever receive. Our little operation is focused on supplying the local market with fine beer. If you live in the area you can now get first crack at our releases before they can drive in from points unknown. That’s the best I can do for you, my loyal locals.

Pub Specials every Friday and Saturday night, after 5 pm. Guest beers include “Le Freak” from Green Flash Brewing and “The Pope” from Hollister Brewing in Goleta. Pub hours 11am –10pm weekdays and 11 am – 12 pm weekends, 12am – 9 pm Sunday, closed Mondays, all of them. Brewery hours Tuesday – Saturday 12 am – 6 pm. 619-445-2337 (BEER). Closed Sunday and Monday.”

Airdales’ Closing and San Diego Craft Beer Market Saturation

The news this morning that Airdale Brewing Company has gone belly up and closing its’ doors has some people talking about the San Diego craft beer market and if we have hit a saturation point and if we are to see more breweries close shop.

Airdale Brewing, founded in 2008, ran its production up to an estimated 1,200 barrels in 2011 according to Peter Rowe of the Union Tribune. With a portfolio of seven different beers and being a mostly draught only company, “The Angry Panda” was its’ only bottled beer. Production levels for Airdale puts it about equal to Alpine, Lightning, and Manzanita Brewing. While these breweries are looking to expand and Lightning just having secured distribution through Stone, things looking to be going well for these three.

I do not know the story behind Airdales’ closing and can only speculate. According to Taphunter, an already 14 breweries are in planning or have opened up this year. What it means to the new comers to the market? I do not know, but to survive, it will have to be backed up by quality. San Diego is full of award winning breweries and it is a tough market to enter, but I do not think we have hit a saturation point. A bubble may be in the future, but as long as San Diego keeps being the leader in awesome beer, there will be room to grow.

More to come.

Cheers!

Manny O. (the younger)