Friday, January 6, 2012

Lompoc Goings-On

Welcome to 2012! Celebrate with Lompoc at Sidebar, where we'll be serving Cherry Christmas, Hop Secret Imperial IPA #1, Sounder Slayer, Condor Pale Ale, Port Barrel Aged Brewdolph and Brewdolph, today through Sunday the 8th.

Timbers Army Crest
Today, Friday the 6th, we're releasing Sounder Slayer Lager, a scaled up version of Eric Ganter's winning entry in the Timbers Army homebrew competition last August. Brewer Zach brewed Eric's recipe at the New Old Lompoc brewery. Over two months of lagering time has resulted in a bright golden, highly drinkable crisp lager that abounds with spicy hop bitterness and smooth Pilsner malt flavor (5.25% ABV). This will be at New Old Lompoc, Sidebar & 5Q (it will go on at Oaks Bottom & Hedge House next Monday the 9th).
Black Dawn IIIJoin us starting at 4 pm next Friday, Jan. 13, at New Old Lompoc for the release of Black Dawn III Coffee Stout, the third installment of our annual coffee stout. Black Dawn III is a rich, full-bodied stout featuring strong roast and dark chocolate notes that play nicely with the dominating coffee presence, courtesy of more than three lbs of coffee per barrel. Once again this year, our friends at Ristretto Roasters provided the coffee, cold pressing 20 lbs of their Beaumont Blend, El Salvadoran and Peruvian beans.

There will actually be three different versions of
Black Dawn III: one with all three coffees above, one with only the El Salvadoran beans, and one with only the Peruvian beans. We will also be pouring Black Dawn II, which featured Ristretto Roasters Beaumont Blend, and 2009 Pre-Dawn Imperial Stout (the base beer for Black Dawn I). We'll have a taster tray available so you can taste all the different incarnations and compare flavors between the different coffee varietals.

This party will also celebrate the release of
Illegally Blonde, a full-bodied Imperial vanilla cream ale that features flaked oats and flaked barley. Illegally Blonde will also be on the taster tray mentioned above. Rounding out the lineup on tap will be Arctic Blast Winter Warmer (cask conditioned and CO2), Hop Secret Imperial IPA #1, Sounder Slayer Lager and Old Tavern Rat Barleywine. This should be quite an event!

Pub Tales WallCongrats to the December Pub Tales winner, Jim Mooney, who won with this tale: I remember Groucho Marx saying: "I once shot an elephant in my pajamas.  How he got into my pajamas, I'll never know."  It was like that with the wild dog that Sara killed in the garden last spring. Come to Hedge House to view this month's photo, then write your own tale and submit it by Monday, January 23 to 

Have a great weekend.
Drink Local. Drink Lompoc!

*thanks to Chris Crabb for this info!