Last week was Beer Week, and boy, was it an epic one! We had a lot of fun events and made a lot of new friends. Here is a little recap of some of our highlights from Beer Week 2014:
We had our very first bottle release on the first Saturday of beer week. We’ve spent almost 2 years working full time to get to this point, so needless to say, we’re ecstatic that we we’re finally able to get our bottles in your hands! If you didn't happen to snag a bottle before we sold out on Saturday... we have quite a few more bottle releases lined up on the near horizon. (What's up with the recliner below? The first fans showed up around 9:30AM for the 2PM bottle release, so we thought they needed a comfortable place to wait. We'll be keeping the recilner reserved for the first person in line for future releases.)
On Thursday night of Beer Week, we partnered with New Belgium Brewing to serve 6 sour beers and discuss blending in the basement of La Trappe. This event was particularly fun because everyone got to chat sours with Lauren Salazar (she manages the wood program at NBB, is a sour beer rock star, and an all-around great person). We hope everyone who came learned a little bit about sour beer and blending, while enjoying some sours from NBB and TRB!
What do you get when you have six sour beers and an remarkable chef? You get a delectable beer dinner. We worked with Chef Mike O’Brien from Mikkeller Bar to pair 5 of our sour beers with 5 food courses. If you are interested in getting adventurous in your own kitchen, you can eat with your eyes below. Warning: you will be hungry in 2 minutes....
Course 1 of 5 - SKUs Me (golden sour) paired w/Kumato oysters on the half shell w/Asian pear mignonette
Course 2 of 5 - (red sour w/raspberry) paired w/roasted baby beats, fennel, bulls blood
Course 3 of 5 - Egregious (dry-hopped golden sour) paired w/poached rock cod, celery root purée, endive
Course 4 of 5 - Shadows of Their Eyes (dark sour) paired w/honey glazed duck n barley risotto
Course 4.5 of 5 - Gose Without Saying (pale sour) granite, pineapple compote, chantilly
Course 5 of 5 - Ensorcelled (dark sour w/raspberry) paired w/salted caramel & dark chocolate tart
For those who haven’t been to Jupiter’s Sour Sunday, it is definitely worth penciling in the schedule for next year. Over 100 sour, wild, and barrel aged beers to choose from... yes please. While the weather was a little wet this year, we don’t think it stopped anyone from having a sour time. We were also very excited to be included at the featured pour table w/The Bruery, Russian River, Crooked Stave, and Almanac. Big shout out to Kelsey and the Drake’s/Jupiter/Triple Rock crew for throwing a great event!
We hope you had as much fun during beer week as we did.
Beer Week (Feb 7-16) is right around the corner, and we have some awesome events in the tasting room and around the Bay! Here is a snapshot of the good times ahead:
TASTING ROOM (Tasting Room is open Fridays 4-10PM and Saturdays 2-10PM)
All Sour, All The Time - We will dedicate all 10 of our beer taps to our sours, and we'll be rotating through every beer we've put on draft so far. Over the course of the two weekends, we'll bring back Map of the Sun, Fields Forever, Tremendous Slouch, Egregious, and Hope in the Darkness (all of which are no longer on tap, and will probably only last though Beer Week). We only have 1-2 kegs of each beer, so we'll pour them while supplies last! Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to see when these beers are tapped.
EVENTS AROUND THE BAY
Friday, February 7th, 6-10PM
SF Beer Week Opening Gala - Come say "hi" to Jay and Brad as they pour you a sour or two at the gala!
Saturday, February 8th, ~6PM - ??
Barrel Aged Beer Fest @ The Trappist - Come enjoy some barrel aged beers from The Rare Barrel, Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, 50/50 Brewing Co., and more. Jay will be there, and we hear Chad from Crooked Stave will too. If you haven't met Chad, he's pretty rad.
Sunday, February 9th, 11:30AM-??
Sour Sunday @ Jupiter - Jupiter will be pouring an egregious amount of sour and barrel aged beers on the back patio. Our crew will most definitely be there pouring sours and trying to catch 'em all.
Wednesday, February 12th, 5:30PM and 8PM
Beer Dinner @ Mikkeller Bar - We've worked with Chef Mike O'Brien at Mikkeller Bar to create a ridiculous 5 course meal... each course paired with one of our sours. This is arguably going to be one of the highlights of our week. Seatings are at 5:30PM and 8PM, and Jay and Alex will be at both seatings. Yes, this event is a little pricy, but hey, have you ever had an all-sour-5-course-beer-dinner-extravaganza? Treat yourself... feed the hedonist inside you.... a few tickets are still available here.
Thursday, February 13th, 6-10PM
Wood Is Good @ La Trappe - We're pairing up with Lauren Salazar from New Belgium Brewing to pour three of each other's favorite wood aged sour beers. The Rare Barrel crew and Lauren will be there hanging out from 6-10PM. If you haven't met Lauren, she is a sour beer rockstar and someone for whom we have the utmost respect and admiration. This event will be $25 for a flight of six 4oz pours (flight of all 6 sours being served). Tickets will also include light snacks. 2 kegs will be tapped at 6PM, 7PM, and 8PM!
Friday, February 14th, 7-11PM
Ales for Autism Black and White Beer Ball - 27 craft breweries, live music, local food, and all the proceeds from the event support educating children with autism, providing care for people with autism, and furthering autism research. As a new craft brewery without much beer, we don't have enough beer to send everywhere we'd like, but we're particularly excited to donate beer to this event and support the cause!
Saturday, February 15th
Meet The Brewers Beer Fest @ Hermitage Brewing Company - 12-5PM - 20 breweries, 5 food trucks, and unlimited beer. Jay will be pouring at our booth, and we believe that brewers from all the other breweries will be in attendance too.
Funktastic Four @ Livermore Saloon, 1PM - ?? - Logsdon Farmhouse Ales + Prairie Artisanal Ales + 10 Barrel + The Rare Barrel = Funktastic Four. Word has it that David Logsdon will also be there.
Sunday, February 16th
Sleep in. Rehydrate.
Hope you have a stellar Beer Week!