Changing of the Barrels

February 2, 1989 marks the first day we opened our doors on Columbia St. in Downtown San Diego and introduced the city to craft beer. Each February, to honor the occasion, we invite a few friends down to the brewery for the debut of our annual Barrel-Aged Anniversary release and a chance to taste the next year’s batch before it spends a year in barrels.

Check out what you missed in 2017 and mark your calendars for next year!

General Admission

Our 2017 Changing of the Barrels 28th Anniversary Celebration is going down on January 28th, 2017. Your ticket includes:
+Unlimited pours of 25+ special release and small batch beers
+Thoughtful, comfort food with a gourmet twist from Mastiff Sausage Company
+Live music from local jazz/funk/maestros of smoothness Juicebox
+Commemorative glassware and a limited edition 22oz Bomber filled with our 28th Anniversary beer to take home. These screen-printed bombers will be exclusive to the event and won’t be made available for sale to the general public.

VIP Tickets

A limited number of VIP entry tickets are available until they sell out! Your VIP ticket will get you everything included with a standard ticket PLUS:
+Entry into the event 1 hour early (Starting at 4pm). Be the first to sample all of the rare and limited release beers on tap before the crowd arrives as well as first tastes of the incredible food pairings being provided by Mastiff!
+An intimate, behind the scenes brewery tour with one of our esteemed brew masters
+Option to purchase additional bottles of our limited release 28th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel-Aged Belgian Quad before they go on sale to the public

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Pairing Menu from Mastiff Sausage Company

Queen of Tarts Barrel-Aged Sour with
Winter Citrus Salad
escarole, endive, radicchio, frisée, candied almonds, blue cheese, toasted quinoa, Queen of Tarts vinaigrette

Follow the Sun Kolsch with
Sausage Tacos
house al pastor sausage, charred scallion crema, red cabbage, tomatillo sauce, cotija, cilantro,

Soyrizo & Cauliflower Taco
soyrizo, roasted cauliflower, charred scallion crema, red cabbage, tomatillo sauce, cotija, cilantro,

28th Anniversary BA Belgian Quad with
Mastiff Classic Bratwurst Slider
28th Anniversary braised, assortment of toppings

Smoked Apple & Sage Vegan Sausage Slider
28th Anniversary braised, assortment of toppings

Aurora Hoppyalis IPA with
Mastiff Fries
house cut potato rounds, harissa aioli, cotija cheese, cilantro

Pig Fries
mastiff fries, confit ham hock, bacon crumble, house sausage

On Tap At The Event

28th Anniversary Nitro
Nitrogen Conditioned Barrel-Aged Belgian Quad

28th Anniversary Cask
Cask Conditioned Barrel-Aged Belgian Quad

28th Anniversary
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Belgian Quadruple
Red Trolley Ale
Irish Style Red Ale
Windansea Wheat
German Style Hefeweizen
Pintail Pale Ale
San Diego Style Pale Ale
Mosaic Session IPA
Mosaic Single Hopped Session IPA
Barrel-Aged Rye Imperial Stout
Imperial Rye Stout Aged in Breckenridge Bourbon Barrels
American Black India Pale Ale
Wreck Alley Imperial Stout
Russian Imperial Stout with Ethiopian Coffee and Cocoa Nibs
27th Anniversary
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Double Chocolate Imperial Stout
Liquid AC
English-Style Summer Ale
29th Anniversary-Preview
Imperial Saison
Tower 10 IPA
American-Style India Pale Ale
Double Chocolate Stout Aged in Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrels
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout with Cocoa Nibs
Under the Stairs – Chamoy
Fruited American Sour Ale with Plum, Apricot and Chiles 
Bourbon Oaked Two Tortugas
Belgian Quad Aged on Bourbon Soaked American Oak
Two Tortugas (2011)
Aged Belgian Quadruple Ale 
Wild Ride
Barrel-Aged Sour Red Trolley with Raspberries
Big Barrel IIPA
Imperial IPA with New Zealand Hops
Barrel Full of Monkey’s (Monkey Paw Brewing Company Collaboration)
Blended Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
Red Wine Barrel-Aged Red Trolley Ale
Red Trolley Ale Aged in Longshadow Pirouette Barrels
Pappy Van Winkle Barrel-Aged Chocolate Stout
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout with Cacao Nibs
Tequila Barrel-Aged Imperial Pilsner
Imperial Pilsner Aged in Partida Tequila Barrels
Maple Whiskey Barrel-Aged Wreck Alley Imperial Stout
Woodenville Maple Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
Aurora Hoppyalis IPA
San Diego-Style India Pale Ale
Follow the Sun Kölsch
German-Style Kölsch Ale
Queen of Tarts 
Barrel-Aged Dark Sour Ale with Cherries

*Note: Last minute changes to the list will be unlikely but may occur. We will keep this list up to date and accurate as the event approaches.

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