2016 Holiday Hours

 

Happy holidays to everyone! As you know, 2016 is a year where Christmas and New Years (and their eves) are on the weekend, so we’re shortening our hours to let our staff enjoy the holidays too.  Unless noted below, we will be on our standard hours.

San Marcos Tasting Room

12/24:  11-5PM
12/25: Closed for Christmas
12/31: 11-8PM (closing early for NYE)
1/1: 12-7PM

North Park Tasting Room:

12/24: 12-5PM
12/25: Closed for Christmas
12/31: 12-8PM (closing early for NYE)
1/1: 12-10PM (not opening early for NFL games)

Rip Current Fourth Anniversary Celebration!

 

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It’s hard to believe that we have been open for four years! In December of 2012, we opened our doors in San Marcos for the first time offering you three different styles of beer. Four years later we routinely pour 20+ different beers, we opened our North Park tasting room, won 2015 Small Brewing Company of the Year, and won Gold Medals for our Breakline Bock two years in a row!
 
We appreciate your loyalty and eagerness to try the wide variety of styles that we have made over the years. With our fourth anniversary coming up, we are excited to showcase a number of rare gems to share with you to celebrate this occasion!  
 
Stay tuned to our social media feeds for updates on the tap list, but the Special Anniversary Beers will include:
  • Bourbon barrel-aged Rescue Buoy Imperial Stout with Guatemalan coffee and vanilla 
  • Our best barrel of bourbon barrel-aged Black Lagoon Scottish Strong
  • Bourbon barrel-aged Vanilla Storm Imperial Porter
  • Bourbon barrel-aged Java Storm Coffee Imperial Porter *
  • Bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Porter *
  • Fourth Anniversary Coffee, Chocolate Double Imperial Stout *
  • 2 special sours *
  * – beers that have never been released before!
 
We hope you will join us at one of our two four-hour sessions on Saturday, December 17th celebrating our four years of Going Against the Flow! For more information and to purchase tickets to this event, please visit:  http://ripcurrentanniv.bpt.me

 

New Logo

 

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It is hard to believe we launched Rip Current Brewing Company nearly 4 years ago! We have a number of exciting new things coming, so decided it was time to revisit our logo in preparation for our largest one … canning! Over the next several months you can expect to see a gradual transition of our branding to our new logo and our “can” variation of it. We are excited to introduce the new logo featured on our latest t-shirts and stickers, so we hope you’ll stop by and purchase a new look shirt before they are all gone.

Bourbon Barrel-aged Vanilla Storm Bottles for Sale!

 

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On Sunday, November 6th we will be selling a limited number of Barrel-aged Vanilla Storm bottles for off premises consumption. 150 bottles will go on sale at the opening of each location, so don’t miss your chance to grab some bottles for your cellar and taste it on tap!

San Diego Beer Week

 

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As we hope you are aware, each year San Diego celebrates our amazing craft beer culture during San Diego Beer Week (SDBW). This year, SDBW runs from Nov 4th thru the 13th. With so many fun events occurring, we wanted to let you know what will be happening at our tasting rooms and our premier events!

As we hope you are aware, each year San Diego celebrates our amazing craft beer culture during San Diego Beer Week (SDBW).  This year, SDBW runs from Nov 4th thru the 13th.   With so many fun events occurring, we wanted to let you know what will be happening at our tasting rooms and our premier events!
 
We have a number of amazing beers in our archive making their return plus some brand new ones to help with your celebration.  Here is a quick summary of what we will be doing:
 
Nov 4th (Fri)
Rip Current North Park and San Marcos
Initial release of Caught in a Rip Triple IPA and our crazy huge No Hope for Rescue Double Imperial Stout on tap.  This is a classic battle of hop monster vs malt monster with the battle ground being on your palate.  Let us know which monster prevails!
  • CIAR Triple IPA (11.2%)
  • No Hope for Rescue Double Imperial Stout (18.2%)
  • New logo Merchandise …. t-shirts, hats and stickers!
 
Nov 4th and 5th (Fri, Sat)
SD Brewers Guild Festival at Broadway Pier
Come see us pouring at the Brewers VIP session (Fri) and all day at the Guild Festival (Sat).  We will have special beers pouring!
 
Nov 6th (Sun)
Rip Current North Park and San Marcos
After selling out of our initial release of Barrel-aged Vanilla Storm Coffee/Vanilla Imperial Porter in 7 minutes on-line, we are releasing our remaining bottles at both locations (and having the beer on tap).
  • Barrel-aged Vanilla Storm 22oz Bottle On Sale!
  • Barrel-aged Vanilla Storm on Tap
 
Nov 7th (Mon)
Rip Current North Park (San Marcos is closed)
Stop by our North Park location’s Barrel-aged Tap Takeover as we will be bringing back all three of our celebrated barrel-aged beers from the last 12 months plus many other amazing guest barrel-aged beers.
  • Barrel-aged Black Lagoon Scottish Strong
  • Barrel-aged Rescue Buoy Russian Imperial Stout 
  • Barrel-aged Vanilla Storm Kona-Coffee, Vanilla Imperial Porter
  • plus many other great barrel-aged beers from other breweries
 
Nov 8th (Tues)
Rip Current North Park (San Marcos is closed)
After you cast your votes, we hope you will stop by for a celebratory (or mourning) beer.  We would love your vote for Lupulin Lust for President or at least for you to have a Lupulin after you vote.
  • Discounts on Lupulin Lust for President shirts
  • Beer discounts for voters (so go vote!)
 
Nov 9th (Wed)
Rip Current San Marcos
Now its time for our San Marcos location to break out all three of our first bottled barrel-aged beer releases ever.  This will be the first time they have all been on tap at the same time at our brewery location! 
  • Barrel-aged Black Lagoon Scottish Strong
  • Barrel-aged Rescue Buoy Russian Imperial Stout 
  • Barrel-aged Vanilla Storm Kona-Coffee, Vanilla Imperial Porter
 
Nov 9th (Wed)
Rip Current North Park
Our North Park location is excited to release several of our small batch Experimental Sour Series beers plus a bunch of great sours we’ve been archiving for other amazing breweries.  We have been working hard to get just the right balance of sour/funk character in our sour series and are very pleased to launch three of our favorites concoctions!
  • Raspberry Sour
  • Dry Hopped Sour Farmhouse
  • Brett Take Off Tripel
  • plus many other great sours from other breweries!
 
Nov 10th (Thurs)
Rip Current North Park and San Marcos
We hope you will join us for the on-tap release of Coconut Java Storm.  We took a small amount of our Java Storm (Kona) Coffee Imperial Porter and aged it on toasted Coconut to give it a more tropical and complex flavor.  We enjoyed this very limited release beer so much we gave it top billing.   You can look for a number of other special beers being on tap as well.
 
Nov 11th (Fri)
Rip Current San Marcos
Over the last year, we have been working hard on our sour/funky beer experiments looking for just the right balance of flavors.  We are excited to release the best of what we have been making to date!  We hope you enjoy these small batch creation while they last!
  • Peach Golden Sour
  • Raspberry Sour
  • Dry Hopped Sour Farmhouse
  • Brett Take Off Tripel
Nov 12th (Sat)
Rip Current North Park and San Marcos
We had one more very limited release creation to share during San Diego Beer Week, so saved one of the best for last!  Introducing Coffee Vanilla Barrel-aged Rescue Buoy!  

12 Days of Christmas 4PM Beer Releases

 

For our 3rd Anniversary/Holiday party on Dec 12th, we will be releasing 12 special beers to commemorate the occasion. At 4PM … on the 12th day of Chrismas, Rip Current will give to you…

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Coffee Coconut Barrier Reef     Nut Brown

No Hope for Rescue Double Imperial Stout

Mint Chocolate Milkstache

Vanilla Rescue Buoy Russian Imperial Stout

We hope you’ll join us to enjoy these small batch beers. Be sure to wear your ugliest holiday sweater to enjoy special beer discounts.

First Four Beers for Party Announced!

 

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We’re turning 3!!!! Help us celebrate on Saturday, Dec 12 by enjoying our 12 Days of Christmas beers. We will be releasing them in sets: 1pm, 4pm and 7pm. Think of it as an early holiday present. So, at 1pm … on the 12th day of Christmas, Rip Current will give to you…

Scotch Oaked Black Lagoon
2014 Rescue Buoy
Holiday Spice Milkstache
End of the World Oatmeal Stout

We’re turning 3!

 

In early December, it will be 3 years since we first opened the doors to the San Marcos tasting room to the public.  We could not have been more excited to have joined the brewing scene in San Diego and sharing our beers with the craft beer community!  In order to celebrate this occasion, we are hosting a holiday attire event with $1 off pints.  This is not a ticketed event, so just stop by and enjoy a couple pints with us. During the day we will be rotating thru quite a few special beers from our cellar.  We will be releasing more details on the specific cellared beers and tapping times when we get a bit closer to the event.

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2015 Holiday Hours

 

The following list shows our modified holiday hours for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years for both the San Marcos and North Park tasting room locations:

Regular Wednesday hours on Thanksgiving eve
Closed on Thanksgiving

12-5PM on Christmas Eve (Thursday)
Closed on Christmas

Close early at 8PM on New Years Eve
Regular Friday hours on New Years day

GABF Very Small Brewing Company of the Year!

 

Last week we were fortunate enough to be able to attend the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver, CO.  We are always excited to participate in the largest commercial beer competition in the world.  This year GABF received a record 6600+ entries from over 1550 breweries! Each brewery entering GABF was allowed to enter 5 beers from each brewing location plus an optional pro/am entry.  We sent Take Off Tripel, Night Surfing Munich Dunkel, What Would Dave Drink?, Black Lagoon Scottish Strong and Break Line Traditional Bock hoping one might medal at this huge competition. We also entered Delaminator Smoked Doppelbock as a pro/am beer brewed with homebrewer Todd Barrett.

The GABF starts with two huge beer festival days and on the final day includes the competition award ceremony.  After we sampled MANY great beers from around the country for two days, we attended the award ceremony early Saturday morning. We picked seats in the middle of the huge auditorium without really thinking about how difficult it would be to get down to the stage.  Being able to see everything was our priority :) .  

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About midway thru the award ceremony they announced the Bock category winners.  We felt like this was our best chance to finally (ok, it was only our second time entering) medal at GABF. After the silver and bronze were announced we had just one shot left, and fortunately they called out Break Line Bock as the winner.  We just went nuts!  At that point we realized we had no direct way to get to the stage, so had to walk out of the auditorium and over to another entrance to get down to the stage.  It was a great, long walk full of congrats from our many friends at other breweries. It was so nice to see how all the breweries support each other particularly the local ones.

After receiving our Gold medal, we relaxed and basked in the moment while the other categories were being announced and cheering for the winners.  Of course we listened when our other categories were being announced and was thrilled to see another of our beers on the big screen.  Black Lagoon Scottish Strong took second place in the Scotch Ale category.  After a seemingly brief (but actually long) walk out of the auditorium and then all the way back down to the stage to receive our second award. On the walk back, it started to occur to some of us that something special might have just happened.  

When we arrived back at our seats, it was just in time to hear the last beer category winners and then the award for the Very Small Brewing Company (and Brewer) of the Year.  This award recognizes a “very small” (but we don’t take it personally) brewery that produced less then 1000 barrels of beer in 2014 that has won the most/highest placing medals at the competition.  We were thrilled and shocked to see that our Gold and Silver was enough for us to win this incredible honor.

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We would like to thank all of our loyal customers and friends who have supported us over the least 2.5+ years.  You can look forward to some special customer appreciation discounts coming your way over the next month plus the ability to try both of the medal winning beers at our tasting rooms.  Please keep an eye on our facebook page and twitter for the announcements of these thank  you promotions.

For more information on this year’s GABF competion, please see https://www.brewersassociation.org/press-releases/2015-gabf-award-winners/.


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