10th Annual San Diego Real Ale Festival Round-up

Beer EngineLast weekend was the 10th Annual San Diego Real Ale Festival held at Pizza Port in Carlsbad. In all there were more 60 beers from eight (mostly western) states, and seven countries – all casked and served through a beer engine, with a handful of bottle conditioned real ales as well.

As usual, organizers Tomme Arthur, Tom Nickel and Jeff Bagby put on a great event with a tremendous variety of beers and some great food from Tomme’s Port Brewing partner (and BBQ-meister) Vince Marsaglia. And you really can’t ask for a better venue than Pizza Port in Carlsbad — San Diego, outdoors, early June, and just a couple of blocks from the beach.

Even better, the festival’s crowds were a little lighter than last year meaning that everyone was actually able to get up to the bar and try all the beers they wanted without a huge wait in line.

I’ve included a few photos of the festival for you to enjoy as well as a link to the full photo album if you’d like a slideshow of the event.

Additionally, for those of you who are curious I included a complete list of all the beers that were available at the festival. You”ll find it at the end of this post.

Setting up

41 Beer Engines in a row
Getting 40-odd beer engines mounted, working and tapping the right casks is no small feat. (You actually can’t see al of the engines in this photo as they wrap around the corner.)

The Line-up

VIPs line up for early admission and a few extra tastings
VIPs lined up early for tasting a few extra beers that weren’t available to the general public. That guy in the blue shirt pointing at himself is Ivan, owner of Churchill’s Pub and Grille in San Marcos, California.

Girls Drinking Real Ale

Girls drinking real ale
From left: Carol, Mojo, a random man in a straw hat, and me — Beer Molly — (in my new blue Dirndl), all having a taster.

Real Ale for Real Dads

Tomme Arthur (right) and his dad
Tomme Arthur (right) and his dad. Both of Tomme’s parents turned out for the festival. How cool is that?

Working the Bar

Working behind the bar at the Real Ale Festival
Once the crowds started rolling in 10 bartenders were kept busy filling glasses. By the end of the evening they were standing an inch deep in torn taster tickets.

Barbecue and Beer

A shot from behind the food area
Here’s a shot from inside the food area looking toward the bar and the 40 taps. That smoke is Vince Marsaglia’s barbecue bathing festival-goers in the aroma of bratwurst, pulled pork and bbq’d beef. (Mmmmm…..)

The Producers

Real Ale Festival organizers
Here’s a quick shot of the Real Ale Festival’s organizers. From left: Tom Nickel, Tomme Arthur, and Jeff Bagby. Interesting note: the expressions on their faces — they look that normally. 😉

Watch the whole Slideshow

And for those of you who wanted to see al the beers that were on tap, here you go:

Real Ale Festival Cask List

Tap Brewery Beer ABV Style
1 AleSmith Brewing Co. Nautical Nut Brown 5.2% Nut Brown
2 Alpine Brewing Co. Pure Hoppiness 8.0% Double IPA
3 Andersen Vallev Brewing Co. Belk’s ESB 6.7% ESB
4 Avery Brewing Co., CO Piglet Purgatory 4.3% Pale Ale
5 Backstreet Brewery—Vista Playmaker IPA 7.1% IPA
6 Backstreet Brewery—La Quinta Taz’s RyePA ‘ 7.1% Rye IPA
7 Backstreet Brewery—Ladera Ranch Percolator 5.8% Coffee Porter
8 Ballast Point Brewing Co. Sculpin IPA 7.0% IPA
9 Big Dog Brewing Co., NV Alpha Dog Double Red 7.8% Double Red
10 BJ’s Brewery-Brea Barrel Aged Jeremiah Red 8.0% Strong Red
11 BJ’s Brewery-Chandler, AZ Nit Wit 4.5% Belgian Wit
12 BJ’s Bravery-Oxnard BJ’s XPA 5.6% Extra Pale Ale
13 Coronado Brewing Co. Limelite Wit 5.8% Belgian Wit
14 Craftsman Brewing Co. Point Five 3.7% Half IPA
15 Deschutes Brewing Co., OR Quail Springs IPA 6.0% English IPA
16 Drake’s Brewing Co. 1,500 Pale Ale 5.4% Pale Ale
17 Farmhouse Brewing Co. Go Home Valley IPA 6.0% IPA
1S Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Pizza Port Carlsbad
Bravo Bourbon Barrel Brown
Good Grief Brown Ale
Imperial Brown
Brown Ale
19 Four Peaks Brewing Co., AZ Hop Knot IPA 6.0% IPA
20 Gordon Biersch Roggenbier 5.8% Rye Ale
21 Green Flash Brewing Co. Le Freak 9.0% Belgian-style IPA
22 Hollister Brewing Co. Hip Hop 8.6% Double IPA
23 Karl Strauss Brewing Co. Extra Special Bitter 5.6% ESB
24 Left Coast Brewing Co. Hop Juice 9.0% Double IPA
25 Lightning Brewery American Amber Ale 7.5% Amber
26 Marin Brewing Co. Extra Special Bitter 5.6% ESB
27 Oggi’s Pizza—Vista IPA 101 10.5% Double IPA
28 Papago Brewing Co., AZ Hop Father 8.5% Double IPA
29 Pizza Port-Carlsbad Poor Man’s IPA 9.2% Double IPA
30 Pizza Port-San Clemente Pier Rat Porter 7.5% Porter
31 Pizza Port—Solana Beach Stunna Shade Stout 6.5% Foreign-style Stout
32 Port Brewing Co.—San Marcos Hop 15) 9.0% Double IPA
33 Port Brewing Co.—San Marcos Wipeout IPA 7.0% IPA
31 Rock Bottom—Gaslamp Fire and Ice IPA 6.0% IPA
35 Rock Bottom—La Jolla Espresso Stout 4.8% Coffee Stout
36 Rogue Brewing Co., OR Brewer 7.9% American Strong
37 San Diego Brewing Co. Hopnotic IPA 7.0% IPA
38 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Brown Ale 5.6% Brown
39 Speakeasy Brewing Co. Hunts Point Porter 7.5% Porter
40 Stone Brewing Co. Smoked Porter w/Vanilla Beans 5.9% Porter
41 21st Amendment Brewing Co. IPA 7.0% IPA
Bottled Real Ales
42 AleSmith Brewing Co. X 5.0% Extra Pale Ale
43 Allagash Brewing Co., ME Allagash Dubbel 10.0% Dubbel
44 Brewery Ommegang, NY Rare Vos 6.5% Belgian Amber
45 Caledonian Brewery, Scotland Golden Promise Organic Ale 5.0% Pale Ale
46 Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Walker’s Reserve 5.9% Porter
47 Fuller, Smitth & Turner, England Fuller’s 1845 6.3% English Strong
48 Green Flash Brewing Co. Green Flash Trippel 8.5% Tripel
49 Harviestoun Brewery, Scotland Old Engine Oil Special Reserve 8.0% Old Ale
50 Kiuchi Brewery, Japan Hitachino Nest White Ale 5.0% Wit
51 Koningshoeven, Netherlands Quadrupel 10.0% Quadrupel
52 Lost Abbey Brewing Co. Avant Garde 7.0% Biere de Garde
53 Meantime Brewery, England IPA 7.5% English IPA
54 Moorshouse’s Brewery, England Black Cat 3.4% Dark Mild
55 Moortgat Brewery, Belgium Duvel 8.5% Strong Belgian Golden
56 Orkney Brewery, Scotland Skullsplitter 8.5% Strong Scotch
57 Port Brewing Co. Old Viscositv 10.0% Imperial Porter
58 Russian River Brewing Co. Damnation 7.0% Strong Belgian Golden
59 Unibroue Brewery, Canada Unibroue 16 10.0% Strong Belgian Golden
60 Victory Brewing Co., PA VI12 12.0% Quadrupel
61 Young’s Brewery, England Special London Ale 6.4% ESB

Can’t wait for next year!

Author: Terri

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