North Park Beer Co. celebrates three years in business next weekend (Saturday, June 29) with a big IPA festival featuring more than two dozen California breweries. VIP early access ($70) includes complimentary appetizers, unlimited beer tasters, a lunch ticket, plus a commemorative pin and tasting glass. General admission ($30-$55) begins one hour later at noon. Everyone gets to vote for their favorite IPA from the likes of Alpine, Alvarado Street, Beachwood, Burgeon, Cellarmaker, Courtyard, El Segundo, Fall, Fieldwork, Great Change, Great Notion, Green Cheek, Highland Park, Humble Sea, Knee Deep, Melvin, Mikkeller, Modern Times, Moksa, Offshoot, Pure Project, Resident, Russian River, Societe, and Urban Roots.
Golden Coast Mead turns nine years old tomorrow in Oceanside. The unticketed party goes from 12 – 10 p.m., with a crowd favorite, Sour Orange Blossom, being re-released for the first time in two years. Rare bottles of Mirth in a Bottle and Sour Watermelon will also be poured, alongside a new, sessionable low-ABV mead that has yet to be named. Ownership encourages patrons to dress up in mead-related costumes (“think bees, wizards and wise women, kings and queens.”).
Rouleur Brewing in Carlsbad is known for their bike-themed brews, but they’ve also begun producing a hard seltzer called Sunday Spin. “It’s a cane sugar-based hard seltzer which is the only type allowed under our ABC license,” owner Rawley Macias told our affiliate magazine West Coaster in a Q&A this week. “It will be available year-round in kegs and cans. Ours is 5% alcohol-by-volume and is flavored. We’ll offer different flavors, but our first was done with raspberry and lime. It’s crystal-clear, effervescent, crisp, clean and has zero alcohol taste. It’s definitely outside what I am used to making, but it was actually a lot of fun.” Outside of the taproom, at time of press, it’s also available at Brewers Taproom, Local Tap House, Players, and 508 Tavern.