Rip Current Events
Welcome to the first edition of the Rip Current Events newsletter, where you can get information about what’s going on at our tasting rooms and inside the brewery itself. As a subscriber, you will also see special discounts plus early news about upcoming beers and events.
We are very excited to have rolled out so many new beers over the last couple months. If you haven’t stopped by for a visit, you might want to check out some of our recent favorites and some special limited release beers! Some of our recent additions to the line-up include:
- Break Line Bock - a traditional Munich-style bock. And yes, it’s a true lager (we make those too!).
- Black Lagoon Scottish Strong - a robust, dark caramel-flavored style from Scotland.
- Orange Honey Cream Ale- a sessionable ale aged on sweet orange peels.
- White Caps Summer IPA - a lower-alcohol, wheat-based IPA that uses “summer” hops from Australia.
- Cutback Kolsch - our lightest tasting beer that is very refreshing with hints of fruit flavors.
- Short Board Apricot Saison - a dry, refreshing Belgian-style saison aged on apricots.
This week, we are stoked to be releasing our seasonal hop monster, Caught in a Rip Triple IPA. In past years, we made this beast for San Diego Beer Week, but this year we made a batch for the Alpha King Challenge competition (click here for details) in Denver and we’ll be pouring it at the Great American Beer Festival. By the time your reading this, Caught in a Rip should be pouring our tasting room and some lucky accounts around town. FYI, you can look forward to a new big hoppy beer coming in November for San Diego Beer Week this year (details to come in the next newsletter!)
Caught in a Rip Triple IPA is a San Diego-style IIIPA featuring crazy amounts of U.S., Australian and New Zealand hops that provide a complex hop aroma and flavor, with both citrus and passion fruits along with significant dankness. We dry hop this beer four times over the span of three weeks to maximize the fresh hoppy aroma and flavor. While our triple IPA does have a substantial amount of bitterness, it’s balanced by the sweetness of alcohol and hints of malt character. We hope you hop heads will love this one as much as we do, but please drink it responsibly. At over 11% ABV its one that will creep up on you very quickly! We will be making this available in tasters and for a limited time for pint sized pours at both tasting rooms, but don’t expect this beer to last too long as it was a smaller batch. Sorry, but we won’t be able to fill growlers or it will be gone before you know it!
If you’re looking for something hoppy to sample before stepping up to Caught in a Rip, we will be releasing a new American pale ale called Pearling Pale Ale next week. This beer showcases Mosaic, a super new hop that provide a complex fruity and pine-like character, along with Amarillo, which delivers more orange and citrus character that blends nicely. This ale as amazing aroma and flavor but is quaffable by the pint at only 5.5% ABV and yes we will fill growlers of it.
We’re excited to announce a new e-coupon system called the Rip Current VIP Club. It’s free to join and you’ll receive weekly coupons on your phone for great deals at our tasting rooms. No paper is required as you’ll just use your phone to show the bartender your deal and redeem it.
At your next visit to either of our tasting rooms, you will see posters showing how you can easily sign up using QR code, text messages or a web browser.
If you would like to sign up right away – and why wouldn’t you? – you can:
We hope you’ll sign up and enjoy using this fun and free program!
San Marcos Tasting Room Highlights
Fall is here and the food trucks are back in action! Oscar’s Meat Pies are making a limited-time return. Oscar was one of our 1st food trucks when we opened just over 2.5 years ago and is always a very popular food option. They’ll be here every Friday in September, so grab them while you can.
We have also partnered with California Tap Room hand-rolled soft pretzels to offer a large pretzel with beer cheese paired with a taster from us – your choice of course – for only $4. California Tap Room made their debut with us Sept. 5 and will return on Saturdays Oct. 10, Oct. 24 and Oct. 31. You will also see Filipino Hawaiian Fusion here for the first time on Saturday Sept. 12 and again Sept. 26. Come in to grab a pint or flight and welcome our new vendors!
Don’t forget to check out our new sour and experimental pouring from the brewery’s pilot system. These are very small batches, so they don’t leave our San Marcos location! With Halloween coming up, keep an eye out for a special Halloween trick or treat being made available. Watch our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram accounts or our Newsletter for more details.
– Brianna Benson
North Park Spotlight
We are thrilled to be entering our ninth month at our tasting room in North Park. It’s great being part of the 30th Street beer corridor. With about 10 breweries and beer bars located within walking distance, it’s easy to understand why the beer community is so strong here.
We will be adding more taps in the upcoming months, and this will allow us to put more of our house beers on tap without reducing the number of guest taps from other breweries we love. One tap will be dedicated to sour offerings for those of you who love the face-puckering beers. Look for beers from Almanac, Council, and Karl Strauss soon!
Join us in the tasting room on Tuesday nights for trivia AND tacos! Our restaurant partner, Sublime, will be serving up a variety of delicious tacos to pair with our beers. Think of the endless pairing possibilities! Trivia starts at 7 p.m. and is free to play, with prizes for first, second, and third place. Come test your knowledge!
Also, we will have the NFL Ticket so will be showing lots of out of market football games this season. We’ll give preference to the Chargers – at least for this year – but will show other games during other times if there is a group request.
– Lindsay Buckner
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