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SD BREWS IN THE NEWS westcoastersd.com’s Month in Review


SDBG Convenes @ AleSmith AleSmith Brewing Company held the most recent meeting of the San Diego


carboy and get the creative juices flowing. The contest is open to any beer style and is free to enter. Read the details below and good luck! Cheers.” For more information, visit karlstrauss. com/PAGES/Community/ProAm/Start. html


ABD/BDBS Tasting @ The Beer Co. 11 in ’11 members AwesomeBeerDrink- ers.com hosted their first beer tasting event of 2011 on January 22nd in coordi- nation with downtown’s Best Damn Beer Shop @ The Beer Co. on 6th and Broad- way. Close to sixty highly-coveted and


Jan. 20th SDBG meeting @ AleSmith


Brewers Guild in their newly-expanded tasting room on January 20th. On the agenda: the new Board of Directors that will streamline operations with the assistance of various committees. The financial outlook of the year was discussed, as the planning stages of San Diego Beer Week begin again. – For photos, click over to our Facebook @ facebook.com/westcoastersd, album: Week in Review, January 18-22


Attention: Homebrewers (1/2) Jacob McKean of Stone Brewing Co. fired over this email via the homebrew- ers email list. This year’s competition is extra special because the National Homebrew Competition is coming to San Diego June 16th-18th (ahaconfer- ence.org). Here’s part of that email reproduced:


“Jacob McKean here again, letting you know that Stone’s annual March Madness Homebrew Competition and AHA Rally has been scheduled for Saturday, March 12th at 1:00pm in the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. For those of you who remember last year’s competition, you know that Kelsey McNair’s West Coast Bitter was the big winner and went on to big-time brewing fame. So if you want to follow in Kelsey’s illustrious footsteps you will need to do two things right away, if you haven’t already: 1) read the guidelines to make sure you’re eligible for the competition, and 2) START BREW- ING!” For more information, check out stoneworldbistro.com/marchmadness


Attention: Homebrewers (2/2) Karl Strauss also just announced their Pro-Am competition. Entries are due late March, and the winners will be judged at the NHC, so get brewing! Excerpt below. “Are you a Homebrewer? Do you want to spend a day brewing with the Karl Strauss Brewing Team and have your beer tasted by thousands of fans? Well, here’s your shot. […] One of the conference highlights is the Pro-Am competition where a local brewery partners with a homebrewer to recreate a homebrew recipe on a professional scale. This is where you come in. We know you’ve got great ideas and some tasty brews just waiting to be brewed on a large-scale system. So, dust off that


Ladies enjoy a night with Coronado Sid from BDBS doing what he does best


rare beers were available to try for $35, a bargain considering the quality available for your ten 4oz tasters. We look forward to future tastings and collaborating with ABD & BDBS soon.


– For photos, click over to our Facebook @ facebook.com/westcoastersd, album: Week in Review, January 18-22


Automatic’s Coffee Imperial Brown Ale 11 in ’11 member Lee Chase is no stranger to using non-traditional ingredi- ents in beer, and the beers that he has brewed at Automatic Brewing Co. so far have all been very interesting. Before they were open on Sunday morning, Lee invited us to Blind Lady Ale House for a sample of the new beer he’s been working on for the winter season. This one is a Coffee Imperial Brown Ale with some American oak added—possibly the perfect beer to perk up our spirits after a long weekend. The coffee that Lee ended up going with is from Bird Rock Roasters: an Ethiopian variety called Jimma-Nigu- sie Lemma. In order to get the character that he wanted from the beans, Lee tried out a method of racking the finished beer into whole beans and letting them infuse for 50 hours.


As a finished beer, I was impressed by how vivid yet refined the coffee character was. The fruitiness and complexity of the coffee variety were apparent, but absent was the astringency and sharp roasty character that other varietals and infusion methods often lend to a beer. The Ameri- can oak blended a nice woodiness into the flavor, but was much lighter than is my experience with most other oaked beers. Under all of that, this is a rich and malty, yet not overly sweet beer that I can see a lot of people loving. Automatic’s Coffee Imperial Brown Ale is going to be released at Blind Lady Ale House on January 30th during their anniversary celebrations.


- By Sam Tierney


for women. Five of the peninsular brewpub’s finest were on tap, paired with plates from brie cheese & fruit to Red Devil-infused pulled pork sliders. As The High Dive’s owners have looked to turn the group into a nonprofit organization benefitting breast cancer research, three members


Coronado Graces Chicks for Beer Bay Park’s The High Dive hosted Coronado Brewing Co. for January’s installment of Chicks for Beer, the popular beer-centric social meet-up


of the Susan G. Komen Foundation were on hand to enjoy a relaxing Tuesday night by the bay. Coronado also fed the flame of the chili-beer trend by bringing their roasted New Mexico hatch chili-boasting Idiot IPA on cask.


– For photos, click over to our Facebook @ facebook.com/westcoast- ersd, album: Week in Review, January 18-22


San Diego Beer Club Meets @ Rock Bottom


The San Diego Beer Club met up in La Jolla on January 19th to try some of Rock Bottom’s award-winning beers. Senior brewer Marty Mendiola mingled with the crowd, fielding questions. San Diego Beer Club is a group of more than 1,000 craft beer fans who regularly convene at bars and breweries for behind-the-scenes tastes of this city’s finest. SDBC Founding Father Travis Fawcett made a quick observation as the room began to fill: “It looks like we have about


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