Ran into Jordan from Bella Vista Beverage this afternoon, who tells me that he’ll be bringing AleSmith’s brews into the city.
This is another one of those San Diego breweries (Ballast Point, Green Flash, Port Brewing, Stone) that’s a hot item among beer freaks. Speedway Stout is its monster (#18 on RateBeer’s Top 100 list).
Add: It was a busy afternoon (Philly Beer Week organizational meeting), and I shudda let Jordan finish… He adds, via email:
Can you please give the credit to my brother, Chris? He is the one who made and maintained contact with Peter Zein and remain friends today. This all happened because of our close relationships with Coronado and Ballast Point both in San Diego, members of the San Diego brewers guild and active members in the San Diego home brew scene!
Oh, we also just landed Cascade.. this year’s Gold and Silver Medal winner in the Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer category: a gold medal for Bourbonic Plague and a silver for Vlad the Imp Aler.
Caldera also from Oregon will soon show its cans out here!
I’m not familiar with Caldera, but Cascade’s arrival here is excellent news. I visited with founder Art Larrance (known primarily for Raccoon Lodge brewpub in Portland, Oregon) during GABF in Denver where those medal winners above and others attracted huge lines (and raves). They’re all oak-aged and lactic-fermented - truly fine brews. The kriek, if I recall correctly, was just outstanding. I imagine these will show up in town in the form of corked 750ml bottles.