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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Hope everyone had a nice Turkey Day. Since its a little nasty out, this is a perfect weekend to try some Christmas beers and winter warmers. Here's whats new on the shelf:

Lost Abbey - Gift of The Magi - 750
Goose Island - Christmas Ale - 22oz
Stone/Nogne-O/Jolly Pumpkin - Special Holiday Ale 2008 - 12oz (limited)
Russian River - Pliny The Elder - 330ml

There is also one lone bottle of Russian River Temptation sitting on the Special Release Rack.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Christmas Came Early!

Firestone Walker - 13th Anniversary - 22oz - (sold out)
Deschutes - Abyss - 22oz (sold out)
Widmer Brothers - Cherry Oak Dopplebock - 22oz
Full Sail - Old Boardhead - 22oz
Stone - Sublimely Self Righteous - 22oz
Marin - I.P.A - 22oz
Victory - Yakima Twilight - 12oz single
Cantillon - Lou Pepe 2007 - 750ml - (very low inventory)
Samuel Adams - Utopias 2009- 24oz - (might do a tasting with this)

The majority of the Firestone 13th Anniversary went to OTM Beer Club Members. In regards to limited special releases, it pays to be in the beer club. Membership fee costs are $25.00 for the year. Not only do you get first dibs on special releases, but you also receive 5% off on any beer, anytime. To become a member, you must sign up in the store.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The never ending Beer Week!

I thought I'd get a little break from beer events this week, but when you get an exclusive invitation to try the world's strongest beer, you jump at the chance. Samuel Adams is releasing Utopias this month and are holding private dinners pairing some of their great beers with specific dishes. Last night the event I attended was held at Urban Solace on 30th St in North Park. I was treated to an amazing four course meal prepared by Chef Matt Gordon. Highlight of the evening was the after dinner tasting, which included a 1994 Samuel Adams Triple Bock and the 2009 Utopias. Utopias shattered the world record for highest alcohol content with a 27% abv. Is it sherry, is it port, is it cognac, or is it beer? My palate could have been easily fooled. A great experience and a big thanks to the Samuel Adams crew and everyone at Urban Solace.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Firestone Walker XIII

My last event for Beer Week was the Firestone Walker 13th Anniversary release party at Stone Brewery. Thanks to Shane, I was lucky enough to taste a nice vertical of the 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th. Amazing beers. Look for the 13th Anniversary sometime this week.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Lots of fun stuff hitting the shelves. The season is upon us.

Ballast Point - Victory at Sea - 22oz
Port Brewing - Santas Little Helper 2008 - 22oz
Nectar Ales - Black Xantus - 22oz
Jolly Pumpkin - Noel De Calabaza - 750ml
Sierra Nevada - Celebration Ale - 12oz 6 pk
Deschutes - Jubelale - 12oz 6 pk
Russian River - Pliny The Elder
Affligem - Noel 2008 - 750ml
Fantome - Noel 2008 - 750ml
Brasserie Dubuisson - Scaldis Noel - 12oz single

Monday, November 9, 2009

S.D Beer Week

Scene from the World Beat Center in Balboa Park. A great way to kick off Beer Week. Highlights for me were, Lost Abbey Sinners Blend 2009 and AleSmith Speedway Stout 2003. More amazing events throughout the week.
Digging in the beer vault for some aged Christmas Beers. Will post my list in the next couple of days.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

S.D Beer Week

Here are our new arrivals:

Alpine Beer Company - Duet - 22oz
Alpine Beer Company - Pure Hoppiness - 22oz
Anchor Steam - Christmas Ale - Magnum
Goose Island - Bourbon County Stout - 650ml
Brasserie Dupont - Avec Les Bons Voeux - 750ml
Port Brewing - Santa's Little Helper - 22oz
St. Bernardus - Christmas Ale - 750ml
Stone Brewery - Double Bastard - 22oz

San Diego Beer Week starts tomorrow. I'm going to see how many events I can attend. I should've taken the week off. Hope to see you out there.

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