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Beer News: Support Wildfire Relief While Drinking A Brewski

Plus, B-52 has some big beers coming your way.

By Timothy Malcolm December 20, 2018

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Resilience Night

After the Camp wildfire of November, which killed 86 and injured 17, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, which is headquartered in that area, created Resilience Butte County Proud IPA. It donated all proceeds of the beer's sale to its Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund, then asked breweries across the country to make their own Resilience using the Sierra Nevada recipe. And like with the original, all proceeds of Resilience IPAs across the country are going toward the Sierra Nevada fund.

Locally, a few breweries stepped up and devoted tank space to the beer. Those spots will tap the beer Thursday night. And they are: 8th Wonder Brewing Co., Karbach Brewing Co., Saint Arnold Brewing Co., and Southern Star Brewing Co.

Head out and support.

New Beers

Release alert at B-52 Brewing: Pastry Oat Wine (or POW), which is a collaboration with Sigma and is conditioned on marshmallows, ceylon cinnamon, vanilla beans, and milk sugar (it's inspired by snickerdoodles and comes in at 11.1 percent ABV), will be available in 16-ounce cans at 3 p.m. Friday at the brewery. Also, get 16-ounce cans of Oak Lagered Doppelbock (you can call it OLD, I suppose), which scores at 11.7 percent ABV and was lagered in pinot noir barrels. 

And in case you missed it, its previous collaboration with Sigma—Before the Internet—is out as well. Get a 16-ounce can of it at the brewery.

A bunch of stuff is happening at Saint Arnold. We told you about Das Brut IPA last week, and it's now on tap at the Saint Arnold Beer Garden and Restaurant. Coming in at 6.6 percent ABV and 28 IBUs, it has a fruity aroma and light, carbonated taste with low bitterness. Also on cask, and on New Year's Eve, Saint Arnold will be selling magnum bottles of it for $89 (bottles not for keeping).

Also, get ready for more Citrodos IPA. The limited-release beer is coming back in cans and at bars and restaurants in 2019. The sessionable American IPA (6.1 percent ABV) with citrus and moderate hop notes (Citra, Centennial in the wort) should be around in January. Look for it.

Speaking of collaborations, Holler and City Acre ganged up for Bagpipe Dream, a strong Scotch ale. This one at 7.9 percent ABV uses English malts and Scottish ale yeast, and was made with Greenway La Esperanza cold brew. It's available in bars this week and at the brewery right now. 

Spindletap just announced a new beer: Hirsch Road Hop Heads IPA. Of what we know, it's dry-hopped, has lupulin powder (which is a way to bring big hop flavor and aroma into the wort without getting the vegetal characteristics of the hop flower) and comes in at 9 percent ABV. Spindletap knows its way around hops, so bet on this being another winner.

Karbach's chocolate stout (with what I believe is a little Willy Wonka art twist) is available at the brewery. And soon enough, you can get your hands on its Brut Rosé IPA Daymaker. 

This week, Eureka Heights tapped a pilot batch of Purse Candy, a double-dry-hopped IPA fermented with strawberries and pineapple. The brewery thinks of it as a nod to grandma's hard candy. It clocks in at 6.2 percent ABV.

Back Pew collaborated with Nobi Public House for a beer called N.O.B.I.: Not Ordinary Beer Inside. It's a German pilsner that includes Rakau, Waiti, and Motueka hops. Wacky and fruity, it's available at Back Pew and Nobi, but rations are getting low.

And remember, Sigma's Nude Tayne, a hazy double IPA, is coming out Saturday. Look for the 8.9 percent ABV beer at the Second Ward brewery.


Friday is St. Arnold's Naughty List 32 Tap Takeover, hosted by Conservatory. Basically, you'll get a whole lot of St. Arnold's beer, from staples to specialties, along with a few French Press mugs and specialty glassware available. The takeover starts at 11 a.m. Friday and runs through the day and night.

Got plans for Festivus? Go to Holler, which is hosting a holiday party with a pole, an airing of grievances, feats of strength, and a beer called Festivus MiracAle on tap. Hopefully it was made with steam from H&H Bagels.

I've had some awesome karaoke experiences in my day (my go-to songs are "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys and "You May Be Right" by Billy Joel), but I've been meaning to add more to the pile. Maybe I'll head to City Acre, which is hosting karaoke from 8 p.m. to midnight on January 18 at the steps of its castle. Warm up those vocal chords, then destroy them by drinking a lot of beer and trying to belt out Journey. (Pro tip: Never sing Journey; Steve Perry is just too good to imitate.)

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