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.

Pliny The Younger San Diego Alternatives

Well, we all know it’s coming. Pliny The Younger season is upon us and we are all salivating in wait. While we still do not know when or where the kegs of PTY will be blowing at record pace, we do, however, know the best 5 alternatives in San Diego.

Pliny The Younger San Diego Alternative Exponential Hoppiness

Exponential Hoppiness Double IPA by Alpine Beer Company

Exponential Hoppiness – Alpine Beer Company

If there is one IPA in San Diego that is more sought after than Pliny the Younger, it’s Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Co. As a biannual release, Exponential Hoppiness garners huge lines outside its brewery for people seeking to snag a few bottles and/or enjoy it on tap at its neighboring pub. What sets “Expo” apart is its massive dry hopping and conditioning on oak chips that adds both an additional dryness to the beer followed by vanilla notes. Get it while you can. I encourage you to take the hike out to Alpine, and hope you’re lucky enough to try this beer since it is usually released without prior notice. It is only available in very limited quantities: 22 oz bottles and draft. On occasions, Alpine Beer allows just a few kegs to sneak out to local bars for special events.

Pliny The Younger San Diego Alternative Roustabout Double IPA

Roustabout Double IPA by Societe Brewing Company
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Roustabout – Societe Brewing Company

The Roustabout is the lowest ABV beer on this list clocking in at 9.2%, but it packs a hop punch that few beers can rival. The Roustabout took gold medal at last years San Francisco Beer Week IIPA festival where it beat out the likes of Double Jack and Pliny the Elder. Societe recently brewed another batch to send up to San Francisco to defend its gold medal so drink it while you can. Very limited draft offering.

Pliny The Younger San Diego Alternative Caught in a Rip Double IPA

Caught in a Rip Double IPA by Rip Current Brewery
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Caught in a Rip – Rip Current Brewery

Newcomer, Rip Current Brewing, has hit the ground running and they have brewed a winner with their Caught in a Rip IIPA. Founded by National Homebrewer of the year, Paul Sangster, the San Marcos brewery has produced an exquisite beer that typifies an IPA. Caught in a Rip IIPA has huge hop presence, and is high in alcohol content without having to sweeten up the beer with a larger malt bill. Available occasionally, draft only.

Pliny The Younger San Diego Alternative Green Bullet Double IPA

Green Bullet Double IPA by Green Flash Brewing Company
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Green Bullet IPA – Green Flash Brewing Company

The Green Bullet by Green Flash Brewing Company is the only IPA on the list using New Zealand hops. These hops from down under provide unique nuances of honey-dew and melon. Green Bullet was first introduced as Green Flash’s 9th Anniversary ale, and they decided to keep this beer around and for good reason. The fresh citrusy hop flavors mask the bitterness otherwise an attribute to most massive IPAs. Green Bullet is available on a rotating basis in both 22oz bottle and draft forms.

Pliny The Younger San Diego Alternative Dorado Double IPA

Dorado Double IPA by Ballast Point Brewing Company

Dorado Double IPA – Ballast Point Brewing Company

After a few years on hiatus, Dorado Double IPA is back. This gem by Ballast Point is easily found around the year as opposed to the past. Dorado utilizes hops in just about every stage of the brewing process: Mash Hopping, First Wort Hopping, Kettle Hopping, and Dry Hopping to produce a beer bursting in hop flavors and aroma. The beer does well to hide its 10% ABV. Dorado is available both on draft and 22oz bottles.

There you have it. If you want to escape the madness of Pliny the Younger this year or if the keg blows as its your turn to order, we leave you with some great San Diego alternatives.

-David E. , Manny O.