Here is our San Diego Beer Week 21′ Barrel Kick Out tap list for both locations!
For the kick out (closing) weekend of San Diego Beer Week (Nov 12-14), it is time to share some old favorites from our barrel-aged beer cellar plus introduce a couple new ones! Both locations will be pouring 6 barrel-aged creations based on a variety of beer styles from imperial porters to double imperial stouts. These beers have spent extended time maturing in the barrel. When was the last time you had a beer that was aged in fresh bourbon barrels for over 30 months? How about seeing 4 of them available to choose from at the same event? We don’t believe in rushing the process and hope you will enjoy these amazing elixirs.
Click here for the barrel-aged beers we will have on tap!
We hope you will try a flight and enjoy a delicious meal with our food partners.
In North Park, we will have our Craft House kitchen team creating some incredible food to pair with your dark beer samplings all weekend.
In San Marcos, we are stoked to have a different food vendor and musical performance each night, so see the schedule below. Please watch social media for exact times for each partners arrival.
On Wed, Nov 10th we are celebrating San Diego Beer Week with the release of Wakeboarding Wheatwine and its cousin Bourbon Barrel-aged Wakeboarding Wheatwine!
Wheatwines are a less common style that are an American offshoot of the traditional British Barleywine. The largest difference is the heavy use of wheat instead of malted barley.
Our 10% ABV Wakeboarding Wheatwine uses massive amounts of wheat malt to give it a full body and a smooth flavor profile. We complemented this wheat base with several specialty malts to impart notes of caramel, toffee and honey. The final beer was mostly barrel-aged in Heaven Hill distillery barrels and the limited remaining amount was stored away in kegs for this release event.
Now, after nearly 4 1/2 years from its brew date in 2017 both variations are ready for your enjoyment. The barrel-aged version introduces notes of bourbon and barrel-character (oak, vanillin, coconut) from the extensive aging process. Despite the huge 12% ABV, barrel-aged Wakeboarding has matured over the years leaving it with a smooth complex character, more restrained alcohol bite and warming at the finish. We hope you will join us and sample both variations of the wheatwine. This will allow you to compare and taste the flavor impact of the barrel-aging process.
In San Marcos, while you are enjoying the wheatwines, this is a great opportunity to pair it with the amazing BBQ from Carolina Mike’s! The bourbon barrel flavors are a masterful pairing with their savory BBQ sauces. Our North Park location will have our amazing food line-up for your culinary pleasures.
Since it is a Wednesday, we will also be holding in San Marcos our weekly Prize Trivia. This will be a true testing of your trivia skills, so be sure to enjoy a plate of BBQ to help absorb the high ABV beers on tap.
On Nov 5th, we kick off San Diego Beer Week 80s style (bad mullets aren’t encouraged!). We are releasing one of our most popular hazy brews … Totally Stratacal! As the name hints, we load it up with radical amounts of the popular Strata hop resulting in a beer with juicy tropical (passionfruit, mango) and citrus (apricot, grapefruit) aromas and flavors. You might also see something special on our barrel-aged beer tap, so be sure to ask the bartender what is pouring.
While you are in San Marcos we hope you will enjoy a bodacious pie from our friends at Dropouts Pizza while rockin’ to the tubular tunes from James Isaac. At the end of the night after a few gnarly brews, we hope you will take home a 16oz 4-pack of Totally Stratacal and forgive us for all the 80s slang.
We are stoked to announce Barrel Blast 21′ that is happening this weekend (9/18-19). We will have a special curated list of vintage spirit-barrel aged beers pouring at both of our tasting rooms plus a new twist on a recent favorite! Over the weekend, San Marcos and North Park will offer differing barrel-aged lists, so we encourage you to visit both locations (on different days :)). Check out what will be on tap at each location:
On Saturday, we will be offering a discounted drink package including 5 BA taster tickets and 3 raffle tickets. We will be raffling off a number of items including branded merchandise and several rare vintage bottles, so be sure to stick around and win some swag! Ask your bartender for time of the raffle. Extra raffle tickets will be available for $1 each. We expect to have most of the beers still pouring on Sunday, but we hope you won’t wait if you have one beer you have been anxious to try!
If you are joining us in North Park, of course we will have our amazing Craft House cooking up some special dishes to go with all the barrel-aged beverages all weekend.
In San Marcos, we have several different food vendors coming over the weekend who will be offering some amazing cuisine for your dining pleasure. We hope you will enjoy a nice meal and desert as a pairing to your barrel-aged gems. This could help absorb some of the high alcohol, but we recommend you come with a designated driver or a way to get you home safely without driving. See below for the day and time window for each food provider:
If that wasn’t enough, we also are thrilled to have live music all weekend. We hope you will enjoy the rock’in tunes of:
As an added bonus, we will be filling 20 (total per location) 12oz mini-crowlers designed specially for our micro barrel-aged releases. These will be filled with the new Coconut Rye Barrel-aged Rescue Buoy Imperial Stout (only). This is your only chance to take this amazing beer home to share with friends! Get them while you can as they won’t last long (per person limits apply).
Each year we like to help celebrate San Diego Beer Week with a huge barrel-aged beer night featuring our best cellared barrel-aged beers. This year the event will last an entire weekend! That’s right we will be pouring EIGHT spirit barrel-aged beers plus a wine barrel-aged sour for the entire weekend at both of our locations (while supplies last). This year’s line-up will include two beers that we have never released before plus our new beer/wine hybrid Wine Grape Sour. We also have a 2-day old batch of Off the Lip IPA plus a couple hazy brews for you hop heads.
Both locations will be offering food as we are thrilled to have the Pizza Trolley food truck serving up brick oven pizza and salads in San Marcos. Thanks to COVID we will be outside, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the amazing tunes. On Saturday in San Marcos, we are stoked to have the return of the Gin Pistons band. They rocked the house at our anniversary party, so can’t image a better group to have at our barrel event.
After multiple years of maturation, we are thrilled to welcome the newest addition to our mixed-culture Sour Series … Barrel-Aged Grape Sour! On Thurs, Nov 12th you are cordially invited to join us for tasting this amazing new sour on tap at both locations.
The creation of a barrel-aged sour can take years to allow the various fermenting organisms to convert the sugars and other compounds into a bouquet of funky and sour aromas and flavors plus alcohol. Our Grape Sour started its journey as a blonde ale that was placed in a red wine barrel with a collection of multiple strains of brewers yeast, brettanomyces, pediococcus, and lactobacillus. Over the following years, the beer had matured to the right balance of sourness and barnyard-like character. The next step to make this a beer/wine hybrid we added 100 pounds of Cabernet Franc grapes to each barrel to round out the final flavor. A re-fermentation ensues resulting in the final beer that presents a pleasant melding of flavors from the barrel, grapes and the underlying sour beer.
We made this complex sour in collaboration with our friends and neighbors at La Fleur’s Winery. They are making fantastic wines and have a tasting room just down Grand Ave from us in San Marcos, so were a natural partner for this beer/wine hybrid beer.
2020 has been a challenging year for all of us, but does that mean this is the end for humanity? We don’t think so, however their is no point in leaving anything left to chance.
Back in 2016, we brewed up an insanely huge stout with roasted malts, oats, molasses and honey that we planned to long term age. Most of the batch went into bourbon barrels for nearly 3 years and was released last year to rave reviews. But what happened to the remainder?
Please join us on Friday, Nov 6th for the release of (non-barrel aged) End of the World Double Imperial Oatmeal Stout. This 4 1/2 year-old, 13.5% monster stout is smooth, complex and delicious yet very dangerous. It features complex aromas and flavors reminiscent of molasses, toffee, coffee, dark chocolate, figs, dates, raisons and plums.
If you still have a bottle of the Barrel-aged End of the World Stout and want to do a proper side-by-side you are welcome to bring in a bottle, no corkage fee! For those arriving when we first open in San Marcos you might find a small number of barrel-aged bottles available to purchase!
It is hard for us to believe that just over 7 years ago the dream of two avid home brewers became true with the opening of Rip Current Brewing Company. Since 2012, we have explored beer styles from around the world while never loosing our focus on creating the most flavorful hoppy, malty, sour and barrel-aged beers we can produce.
On Saturday February 15th, we wish to thank all of our loyal patrons with our Anniversary Celebration event at both locations. This celebration recognizes both our 7th anniversary of producing and sharing beer in San Marcos and our 5th year serving those brews in North Park! We will have an amazing line-up of barrel-aged gems from our cellar complemented with several fresh limited release hoppy beers for you hopheads.
We will be releasing three new packaged beers at the event:
- 500ml bottles of Barrel-aged Vanilla Storm (Kona Coffee, Madagascar Vanilla Bean Imperial Porter aged 33 months in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels)
- 375ml bottles of Wine Barrel-aged Blonde Sour (multi-culture lacto, pedio, brett golden sour)
- 6x12oz cans of Lupulin Hazed Hazy Double IPA
Each of the new beers will be available on tap along with a slightly different vintage barrel-aged line-ups and many of your favorites at each location. As a sneak peak for what you can expect to enjoy, we will have the following beers on tap (while supplies last):
- 2020 Bourbon Barrel-aged Vanilla Storm (Coffee, Vanilla Imperial Porter)
- 2020 Wine barrel-aged Blonde Sour (very limited, single barrel, non-fruited sour)
- 2019 Bourbon Barrel-aged Black Lagoon Scottish Strong
- 2018 Bourbon Barrel-aged Down the Line Barleywine
- 2018 Bourbon Barrel-aged No Hope for Rescue Double Imperial Stout
- 2018 Wine barrel-aged Apricot Sour
- Plus several other barrel-aged goodies we will announce via social media
We also have some amazing hoppy beers to share for you. We will be pouring a new batch of Caught in a Rip Triple IPA and Lupulin Hazed Hazy Double IPA. Both of these beers will be available in 12oz cans while supplies last. Note that Caught in a Rip will release the day before the party giving you a good excuse to visit us twice!
We also will have recent batches of a number of seasonal or year round beers including the return of Riding Giants Coffee Imperial Porter.
No advanced ticket purchases are necessary. We will be open during regular business hours at both locations for the event. Be sure to ask about the special event discount package that consists of multiple drink tickets and the limited release 7th Anniversary glass!
It is difficult to believe that more than 6 years ago the dream of two avid home brewers became true with the opening of Rip Current Brewing Company. Since 2012, we have explored beer styles from around the world while never loosing our focus on rad hoppy beers rooted in San Diego traditions. On Saturday February 2nd, we wish to thank all of our loyal patrons with our Anniversary Celebration event at both locations. This celebration recognizes both our 6th anniversary of brewing beer in San Marcos and our 4th year serving those brews in North Park!
This year we are opening the barrel-aged beer archive to bring back many of your favorites from the past while also welcoming several new additions to the family. When our doors open on Feb 3rd, we will be releasing a limited number of 3 new beers in bottle or cans plus pouring them on tap.
First, Barrel-Aged Down the Line Barleywine will be available in 500ml bottles. We aged this beer for 28 months to extract the amazing oak character from our first use Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels. The resulting 14.2% ABV English-style Barleywine offers a silky smooth balance of the complex oak flavors, residual bourbon and the underlying base beer.
Second, we are releasing 375ml bottles of our second barrel fermented and aged sour called Mango Blonde Sour. This blonde beer matured in barrels for over a year allowing the mix of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillis and Pediococcus that impart a somewhat funky and complex sour aromas and flavors. We finished the sour elixir by adding fresh Mango puree to round out your drinking experience.
Finally for you hop heads, we are releasing Lupulin Hazed Hazy Double IPA in 12oz 6-packs. Lupulin Hazed is the delicious result of our following the New England approach to brewing hazy IPAs using the hop profile of our flagship beer Lupulin Lust. At 9% ABV, this beer packs a punch but with very little noticeable alcohol and bitterness that might take away from the juicy citrus fruity aromas and flavors.
Each of the new beers will be available on tap plus a slightly different line-up of vintage barrel-aged gems. In order to help you decide which location to visit see the following partial lists:
- 2016 Barrel-aged Vanilla Storm (Coffee, Vanilla Imperial Porter)
- 2016 Barrel-aged Coffee Vanilla Rescue Buoy Imperial Stout
- 2017 Barrel-aged Coffee Rescue Buoy Imperial Stout
- 2017 Barrel-aged Mocha Mayday (Coffee, Chocolate Imperial Porter)
- 2018 Barrel-aged Black Lagoon Scottish Strong
- 2015 Barrel-aged Black Lagoon Scottish Strong
- 2016 Barrel-aged Coffee Vanilla Rescue Buoy Imperial Stout
- 2017 Barrel-aged Rescue Buoy Imperial Stout
- 2017 Barrel-aged Fruit Party No Hope for Rescue (Coffee Double Imperial Stout)
- 2018 Barrel-aged Reserve Cuvee Blend #1
No advanced ticket purchases are necessary. We will be open for regular business, but event goers will also be offered the option to purchase a special discounted package which includes 4 8oz barrel-aged tasters (or standard pints), raffle tickets and discounts on other brewery items (growlers, beer, glassware).
As you likely know, Friday November 2nd starts our yearly celebration of Small & Independent craft beer here in San Diego county. While some might say every week in San Diego is beer week, those of us in the brewers guild strive to make beer week extra special. With that in mind, here are our tasting room events. Unless noted otherwise, all events will be held at both locations.
Due to the size and number of events, a more detail version of each event will be added as a separate post to the web site. Here is our SDBW schedule:
Friday, 11/2 – Triple IPA Can and Tap Release Night
Can release for Caught in a Rip and Caught in a Haze 12oz can six-packs and on tap!
Saturday, 11/3 – Night of the Rescue Buoy
Barrel-aged plus four special version of Coffee Rescue Buoy Imperial Stout will be on tap.
Saturday, 11/3 – Guild Fest at Embarcadero Marina Park South
We will be pouring Caught in a Haze Triple IPA and Raspberry Tart at Guild Fest downtown.
Monday, 11/5 – Rip Current North Park Sour Night
First chance to try our new Peach Blonde Sour on tap! We also will have 3 special tart version and guest sours pouring.
Tuesday, 11/6 – Sublime (San Marcos) Beer and Taco Pairing
Beer and food pairing of 8 Rip Current limited release beers with Sublime tacos selected by Chef James
Wednesday, 11/7 – Murky Malarkey Hazy IPA Release
On tap release for our latest Hazy IPA using a new hybrid yeast plus Idaho 7, Mosaic, Citra hops!
Wednesday, 11/7 – Rip Current & Craft Kitchen North Park Beer and Food Pairing Dinner
Very limited 4-course dinner pairing with Chef Caesar and our brewmaster Paul Sangster. Tickets available here on eventbrite.
Thursday, 11/8 – Hamiltons (South Park) Double Flight
Choose the hoppy or non-hoppy flight and your sure to try some new release surprise beers.
Thursday, 11/8 – Rip Current San Marcos Sour Night
We will be releasing our new wine barrel-aged Peach Blonde Sour on tap along with several special variations of our Raspberry Tart.
Friday, 11/9 – Night of the Barrels Featuring Barrel-aged Reserve Cuvee and Peach Sour Release
Prepare for a massive barrel-aged beer tap takeover coupled with a double special bottled beer release! The bottles won’t last, so plan to come early!
Friday, 11/9 – Urge Extravaganza
This will be a huge tap takeover with our friends from Urge including many rare gems.
Saturday, 11/10 – Brut IPA Collaboration w/Burgeon Beer Release
We are releasing on tap our recent collaboration with Burgeon Beer Company, a Hopped on the Brutwagon Brut IPA!
Saturday, 11/10 – Tap Takeover at Obriens (Kearny Mesa)
Another massive tap takeover with our friends from Obriens. Look for barrel-aged beers, hop monsters and something for you malty types.
Saturday, 11/10 – Collabapaloosa Indie Beer Event
We will have a booth at Collabapaloosa and will be pouring our new Hopped on the Brutwagon Brut IPA collaboration with our buddies from Burgeon Beer Company!
Sunday, 11/12 – Beer Garden at Torrey Pines (La Jolla)
Beer and food pairing festival with top chefs from around San Diego. Look for something very hoppy from us!
After 2 years maturing in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels, we are thrilled to announce the release of our latest batch of Bourbon Barrel-aged Black Lagoon Scottish Strong on Saturday, June 30th! It will also be available on draft until the keg kicks.
Black Lagoon is our popular Scottish-style Strong Ale (AKA Wee Heavy) that has won many awards in international competitions including a Silver medal at the prestigious 2015 Great American Beer Festival and the 2018 California State Fair.
Black Lagoon has a silky smooth dark malt character with rich caramel, toffee and hints of chocolate and dark fruits. This beer is ideal for extensive barrel aging to round out the spectrum of flavors with bourbon and oak-derived goodness. We don’t rush the barrel-aging process, allowing our beer to blend in the bourbon flavors preserved in the barrel while extracting notes of coconut and vanillin deeper in the oak.
Come try it on tap and buy a bottle to go! This is a limited bottle release, so please don’t wait as they will go fast!
Born from a dream of two homebrewing craft beer lovers, Rip Current Brewing opened its doors in December of 2012. Back in those days, we only had a few beers on tap and grand plans to offer favorful examples of beer styles from around the world, barrel-aged beers and of course celebrate hops as much as possible. We could have never guessed how well our beers would be received, and the awards that would come to us in competitions culminating with the 2015 Very Small Brewing Company of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival. We are continuing on this mission, and are so thrilled to have had your support along the way.
For our anniversary, we are excited to showcase our best barrel-aged creations from over the last few years plus a line-up not to be forgotten. We will have fresh hoppy beers, creative twists on old favorites and even some previews of our sour program that is coming later in 2018. We will be celebrating anniversaries of both our locations on January 27th during normal tasting room hours. North Park will have just turned three and the mothership brewery in San Marcos will be five!
DISCOUNT EVENT PACKAGES
We will be offering a limited number of discounted 5th Anniversary Event packages for pre-sale on eventbrite. This package includes:
- 5th Anniversary Celebration logo limited release wine-style glass (with 8oz sampling line)
- Four drink tickets, each good for an 8oz barrel-aged or sour beer pour or a pint of a standard brew
- Additional special beer 8oz pours during the event for the 5.5oz price
- One raffle ticket with a chance to win cool prizes including some cellared bottles and merch.
SPECIAL BEERS ON TAP
Stay tuned to our social media feeds (@ripcurrentbrewing) for updates on the tap list, but the Special Anniversary Beers will include:
- 2017 Woodford Reserved Barrel-aged Black Lagoon Scottish Strong
- 2017 Coconut Bourbon barrel-aged Rescue Buoy Imperial Stout
- 2017 Bourbon barrel-aged Dangerous Undertow Belgian Strong
- 2016 Bourbon barrel-aged Rescue Buoy Imperial Stout with Guatemalan coffee and vanilla beans
- 2016 Bourbon barrel-aged Vanilla Storm Coffee Imperial Porter (last kegs!)
- 2016 Bourbon barrel-aged Rescue Buoy Imperial Stout
- 2016 Single Barrel Storm Imperial Porter
- 2015 Bourbon barrel-aged Black Lagoon Scottish Strong
- 1-day old In the Curl Imperial IPA
- Mocha Storm Chocolate Coffee Imperial Porter
- Special blends from our sour program!
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
All attendees MUST be at least 21 years of age
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Send questions to email@example.com
On Sunday, November 5th from 2-8PM, we are thrilled to welcome our friends from FiftyFifty Brewing Company of Truckee, CA to our North Park location. They are bringing an amazing line-up of their core and specialty program creations, including two rare variations of the world famous Eclipse Barrel-aged Imperial Stout! Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to try so many of their beers on tap and to speak with FiftyFifty’s owner Alicia Barr.
We will have the following beers on tap (while the kegs last):
Eclipse Imperial Stout aged in Apple Brandy Barrels
Eclipse Imperial Stout aged in Maple Barrels
Spring Fever Blonde Ale (2015 and 2016 GABF medal winner)
Donner Party Porter (2012 World Beer Cup medal winner)
Session 267 Session IPA with Azacca Hops
Brewer’s Intent Series: Ferme de Montagne Barrel-aged Saison
Each year our bourbon barrel-aging cellar produces some amazing beers that we gradually release when they are ready. Our philosophy is to allow the beer to stay in contact with the barrels for at least a year, so it extracts some of the complex, yet subtle flavors from the barrel. This requires patience and a generally slower release cycle, but we believe you can taste the difference. This year we produced the most barrel-aged beers in our history, and we hope that will continue into the future.
After the barrel-aged bottle and tap release, we save a small amount for us to enjoy 🙂 and a few kegs to bring each one back for a curtain call during our San Diego Beer Week barrel event! We think this year’s list might be the finest we have ever assembled and challenge you to taste them and let us know what you think!
This year’s barrel-aged beer blast will occur on two different dates, so you can hit both!
North Park – Friday, November 10th
San Marcos – Saturday, November 11th
We are stoked to offer the following tap list:
2017 Woodford Reserve Barrel-aged Black Lagoon Scottish Strong
2017 Coconut Barrel-aged Rescue Buoy Imperial Stout
2017 Barrel-aged Dangerous Undertow Belgian Dark Strong
2016 Coffee Vanilla Barrel-aged Rescue Buoy Imperial Stout
2016 Barrel-aged Vanilla Storm Coffee, Vanilla Imperial Porter
2016 Single Barrel-aged Storm Imperial Porter
2015 Barrel-aged Black Lagoon Scottish Strong
All of these amazing gems from the past will be pouring until the keg kicks. We expect several to go pretty fast so plan accordingly.