A Peek at the Beer List from the Final Real Ale Festival

Last month, I shared the bittersweet news (bitter because there was hoppy beer involved, sweet because it meant San Diego’s beer scene has come a long way) that, after 15 years of cask-conditioned memories, the organizers behind Pizza Port’s Real Ale Festival decided to pull the plug on the annual event.

With cask beer (aka—real ale) available throughout the county, festival headmen and local brewers Tom Nickel and Jeff Bagby have decided to funnel their collective energy into festivals celebrating other facets of the craft beer universe. But, not without rolling out the barrels one last time.

I recently scored an advance copy of the list of offerings for the Real Ale Festival, which will take place this weekend with sessions from 4 to 11 p.m. on Friday (with a VIP session from 1 to 4 p.m.), and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. That list is included below in the name of informed consumerism and beer voyeurism. Click here to purchase tickets.

  1. AleSmith Brewing Co. IPA 7.2% American IPA
  2. Alpine Brewing Co. Duet IPA 7.0% American IPA
  3. Avery Brewing Co., CO IPA 6.5% American IPA
  4. Ballast Point Brewing Co. Even Keel 3.8% Session Ale
  5. Ballast Point Brewing Co. Schooner 5.4% Extra Pale Ale
  6. Bear Republic Brewing Co. Big Bear Black Stout 8.1% American Stout
  7. Beachwood BBQ and Brewery Pole Position IPA 7.1% American IPA
  8. Big Dog Brewing Co., NV Wonderdog Double IPA 9.5% Double IPA
  9. Breakwater Brewing Co. Del Mar Jetty IPA 7.0% American IPA
  10. The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel 8.0% Belgian-style Tripel
  11. Cismontane Brewing Co. Oak Barrel Aged Citizen 6.0% California Common
  12. Coronado Brewing Co. Stingray Point IPA 6.9% American IPA
  13. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Velvet Merlin 5.5% Oatmeal Stout
  14. Green Flash Brewing Co. Double Stout with Serrano Chilis 8.8% Chili Pepper Stout
  15. Hollister Brewing Co. Patterson Porter 5.6% Robust Porter
  16. Iron Fist Brewing Co. Velvet Glove with Rum Soaked Oak Chips and Vanilla Bean 9.0% Imperial Stout
  17. Julian Brewing Co. 1870 IPA 6.4% American IPA
  18. Karl Strauss Brewing Co. Wreck Alley 9.5% Cocoa and Coffee Imperial Stout
  19. Left Coast Brewing Co. Hop Juice 9.4% Double IPA
  20. Lighning Brewery Amber Ale 7.5% American Amber
  21. Manzanita Brewing Co. Rustic Horizon Red 6.0% American Red
  22. Mission Brewing Co. Dark Seas Imperial Stout with American Oak Chips 9.8% Imperial Stout
  23. Monkey Paw Brewery Sweet Georgia Brown with Coffee 5.8% English Brown
  24. Mother Earth Brewing Red IPA with Habanero and Thai Chili Peppers 6.6% Chili Pepper IPA
  25. New English Brewing Co. Trooper’s Tipple IPA 5.1% English IPA
  26. Pizza Port—Carlsbad Bagby’s Last Stand Barrel Blend 11.8% Barrel Aged Beer
  27. Pizza Port—Ocean Beach OB 125th Anniversary Pale 5.0% American Pale Ale
  28. Pizza Port—San Clemente Dusk Till Dawn 10.5% Imperial Coffee Porter
  29. Pizza Port—Solana Beach Pardon You Pale 5.5% American Pale Ale
  30. Port Brewing Co.—San Marcos FNG Pale Ale 6.3% American Pale Ale
  31. Port Brewing Co.—San Marcos Hot Rocks Lager 6.5% Dark Stien Beer
  32. Rock Bottom—La Jolla Black Seal Oat Stout with Rum Soaked Oak Chips and Coconut 6.0% Oatmeal Stout
  33. San Diego Brewing Co. HopoPOTomus Imperial Red 9.0% Imperial Red
  34. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Torpedo IPA 7.2% American IPA
  35. Stone Brewing Co. 2009 Bourbon Barrel Double Bastard 11.4% American Strong
  36. Tenaya Creek Brewing, NV Hop Ride IPA 7.0% American IPA
  37. Three Floyds Brewing Co., IN Alpha King 6.66% American Pale Ale
  38. Three Floyds Brewing Co., IN Rye’d da Lightning 6.7% American Pale Ale
  39. Three Floyds Brewing Co., IN Zombie Dust 6.2% American Pale Ale
  40. Tustin Brewing Co. 2011 Highway 22 Collaborative Evil 10.5% Imperial Stout

VIP Session List

  1. AleSmith Brewing Co. Decadence 2011 11.0% Maple Smoked Barleywine
  2. Alpine Beer Co. Nelson Rye IPA 7.0% Rye IPA
  3. Ballast Point Brewing Co. Bourbon Oak Chip Sea Monster Stout 5.1% Imperial Stout
  4. Latitude 33 Brewing Co. Pasha’s Rye Brown 6.0% American Brown
  5. Port Brewing Co. Hop 15 11.0% Double IPA
  6. Three Floyds Brewing Co., IN Samurai Gazeebo 5.0% West Coast Lager

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