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Booming Rollers & Protocosmos

On Feb 24, 2015 - 2 Comments -

You may recall our plan to release 16 new beers this year on an ambitious scale: 4 canned seasonals & 12 bottled special releases.

Happily, we are a bit ahead of schedule. Booming Rollers, our spring seasonal in what is essentially a rotating IPA program, was packaged last week and began hitting shelves in force this week. This 6.8% ABV IPA was ready earlier than anticipated, and we couldn’t justify holding back a fresh IPA just to meet the arbitrary seasonal bloc of March through May. It remains to be seen if we’ll actually be able to keep it on the shelf for that period; early indications are that it’s moving rather quickly.

As for the beer, it’s cracker dry, exceptionally clean, and overflowing with Citra aroma and flavor. The pairing with Motueka & Centennial balances all that mango/tropical hoppiness with hints of citrus zest and lemongrass, making for a terrifically satisfying IPA experience. It is no exaggeration to say that it is completely saturated with bright, tropical hop flavor, and the bitterness is firm but not overbearing. It’s truly a great beer.

4-packs of Booming Rollers should be widely available throughout our distribution area until June (at which time it will be rotated out for Oneida, our aggressively hopped 5.8% ABV Cascade/Hallertau Blanc pale ale) & there will be a significant amount of draft availability as well. 4-packs are available at both of our tasting rooms for $10.99.

Also early to hit shelves, Protocosmos is our next 22oz special release. A 7% ABV IPA employing a mix of Galaxy, Ahtanum, and Centennial, Protocosmos is a fragrant, complex, intensely hoppy beer. Pineapple; orange zest; and a profound, deep, almost vibrational dankness positively billow from the glass, and the light malt backbone provides the perfect support for this remarkably delicious IPA. More bitter and aggressive than Booming Rollers, Protocomsos is a one-time deal, so snatch it up if you see it.

Protocosmos was bottled on Monday and will be heading up to our distributor tomorrow. Expect to see it on shelves starting next week wherever you saw City of the Dead. It will be available at both of our tasting rooms for $6.99 starting Wednesday. Also on Wednesday we will tap casks of Protocosmos w/ pineapple at the Lomaland Fermentorium & Protocosmos w/ grapefruit zest at the North Park Flavordome.

Next month’s special release: Black House w/ toasted coconut & cocoa nibs! That’ll be spectacular.

The 2015 Cup of Dankness Competition!

On Feb 10, 2015 - 13 Comments -

Modern Times Beer is stoked to announce our first annual Cup of Dankness Freestyle Homebrew Competition on May 23rd, 2015! The winning beer will be brewed to enter into the GABF Pro-Am competition. Beers will be judged by the beer ninjas who work here based on their general deliciousness. We are looking for the best beer of ANY type, regardless of whether it fits a specific style.

On May 28th, the winner and runners-up will be announced at the Lomaland Fermentorium tasting room in an elaborate ceremony that will include a crowning (yes, with a real crown), procession, and very special beers on-tap. Expect maximum dankness. And possibly a mariachi band. 

The Rules:

  • All entries must be from non-commercial/non-professional brewers.
  • All entrants must be 21 years or older. The competition is open to anyone, regardless of homebrew club affiliation. There are no “official club entries”.
  • Two beers may be entered per person. One co-brewer is allowed. Please, no brewing teams of three or more.
  • The homebrewer entrant or entrants must be members of the AHA by the time the brewery registers the entry in the GABF Pro-Am competition (July 2015), as well as when the Pro-Am entry is judged (October 2015).
  • We want the best beer, not the beers that adhere most closely to style guidelines. Judging will be blind and impartial. We are only accepting beer, so no mead, cider, or sake will be judged.
  • Beers may be submitted in three 12 ounce or two 22 ounce bottles. Please do not mark the bottle caps or bottles with any labels, as judging is blind.
  • Entry forms can be found here and should be rubber-banded to the bottle, not glued on.
  • Beer submissions must be dropped off during business hours at the Lomaland Fermentorium (3725 Greenwood Street San Diego, CA 92110) between Monday, April 27th and Monday, May 18th, with NO exceptions.
  • Beers not received by Monday, May 18th will be not be accepted for the competition. 
  • It is not guaranteed that the winning beer will be the exact beer that we make on our brewhouse—e.g., if the winning entry is a barrel-aged sour beer, we will not be able to brew it in time for the Pro-Am. Regardless, the winning brewer will work with us on a recipe.
  • Employees of Modern Times Beer and their family members are not eligible to compete.
  • We cannot guarantee that the winning beer will be accepted in the GABF Pro-Am competition, in part due to the sheer number of breweries entering & the limited number of spots. We will make an honest effort to get it accepted.
  • Winners of the annual Modern Times Cup of Dankness Homebrew Competition are not eligible to compete for 3 competitions after their winning entry e.g., if you win in 2015, the first competition you'd be eligible to enter again would be in 2019.

We’re Gonna Start Distributing in SF!

On Feb 3, 2015 - 3 Comments -

Damn, are we ever excited to be making this announcement! Starting May 1st, we will begin distributing in a big way to San Francisco & San Mateo County. This has been many months in the making, and we’re thrilled to say that IT IS FINALLY HAPPENNING FOR REALZ.

Many, many people have asked, begged, pleaded, cajoled, & demanded that we send our beer to San Francisco. So we listened, and began working through the many steps necessary to make it happen.

After months of the traditional flirting & mating rituals that precede the selection of a beer distributor, we have consummated our relationship with the legendary Matagrano Distributing. Matagrano is a world class distributor that has done a kickass job for other craft breweries, and we’re stoked to be working with them.

We love San Francisco for so many reasons: its deeply cool beer community, its legions of world class bars & restaurants, its amazing coffee scene, its incredibly beautiful & vibrant streets, its badass public transportation, its perpetual hoodie weather, its relentless inventiveness, its many apps, and on and on and on. So naturally we think our beer will be a perfect match for one of the world’s great cities.

To answer the inevitable question: yes, we are working on distribution to the East Bay & other parts of Northern California. We’re going to have to see how things go in San Francisco before we can commit to a timeline though; our capacity to make beer is finite.

But for you SF/San Mateo County folks: you don’t want to wait until May to drink our beer, do you? Of course, you don’t. Which is why we’re going to give you a taste of what we can do by participating in some rad San Francisco Beer Week events. Here’s the rundown: