Jan. 3 2014 12:00 AM

New beer for a new year

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It's like the Justice League for beer
Photo by: Coronado Brewing Company
Before we delve into a discussion on what is shiny and new, I'd like to take a moment to acknowledge a beer institution that's far from new, but as relevant as ever. Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of O'Brien's Pub. For as long as I can remember, my San Diego experience (some years are hazier than others), O'Brien's has always been synonymous with uncompromising taste in beer. Before craft brew started spreading like some sort of delicious zombie apocalypse, this place was my island of serenity. I'm overjoyed that it's still going strong and continuing to lead the craft-brew charge.

Lately, there've been more beers popping onto the market than I've been capable of sampling. I know many of you are petrified of trying a beer without me qualifying them as quaffable ("quaffifying?"), but I know you can do it.

New Brew No. 1-PB AleHouse Winter Warmer: When a beer is flavored with 11 pounds of ginger and 3 pounds of cinnamon sticks, I can at least assure you it'll be interesting-maybe not subtle, but definitely interesting. With winter coming into full swing, this might be a fun sipper for the evening.

New Brew No. 2-Play Date Imperial Stout: This collaboration among San Diego Brewing Company, Manzanita Brewing and Coronado Brewing Company is purported to have notes of chocolate and graham cracker. Even if it doesn't, it most definitely has 10.2-percent alcohol by volume. That's a little something we call a no-lose proposition. It'll be available at all of their tap rooms starting today after 4 p.m.

Calendar

  • Known as the ‘Official Scripps National Spelling Bee Watch Party for Adults,’ guests can cheer on kids in the Scripps National Spelling Bee on ESPN before competing in a spelling bee themselves
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • A mass action against the closing of the UCSD University Art Gallery. Participants will meet at the Silent Tree (located near the Library Walk) and march together toward the Gallery
  • Local science illustrator Melissa Walter presents new abstract works that are literal interpretations of astronomical theories
  • So Say We All invites listeners to hear stories about real life, the internet, the ways those places intersect or the way they don't intersect at all, told by seven locals
  • The author, comic book writer, and son of Stephen King will sign his new apocalyptic thriller, The Fireman
See all events on Thursday, May 26