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

  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • 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...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
See all events on Thursday, Apr 28