West Coast Holiday Hours and Upcoming Beers

Hello West Coast Patrons,

I have updates on our hours over the holidays along with some upcoming beers to look forward to.

The pub will be open normal hours today, Friday the 23rd.  We will then be closed Saturday and Sunday, December 24th and 25th.  West Coast will be opening early at Noon on Monday the 26th with a full day of college football bowl games.  In fact, there will pretty much be college football bowl games all week.

From Tuesday the 27th to Friday the 30th the pub will be open normal hours.  We will close just a little bit early on the 31st – 8:30 pm in the kitchen and 9 pm for the pub.  New Year’s Day we will be open normal hours and showing what I sincerely hope is not the final San Diego Chargers game.  The Bolts take on the Chiefs at 1:25 pm in the season finale having hopefully not allowed a win to Cleveland the week before.

We will be opening up early on Monday the 2nd as well – we are just finalizing plans as to when as we work with the staff for scheduling.  Right now, the plan is to open no later than 2 pm so that we can show the Rose Bowl between #9 USC and #5 Penn State that kicks off at 2 pm.  At 5:30 pm on the 2nd the Sugar Bowl will pit #14 Auburn v. #7 Oklahoma.

Beers and Bowls

We just tapped several great Rip Current beers last night including Java Storm Imperial Stout and Vanilla Storm Imperial Stout.  These coffee and vanilla versions of this fantastic stout are very different but both very tasty.  Knee Deep’s Breaking Bud just returned to the tap line up and look for Alpine Duet IPA to be on tap soon.

Next week we will have a few kegs from our friends at Kern River Brewing.  The JO (Just Outstanding) IPA and Shuttle Bunny Double IPA will both hit the taps on Thursday the 29th so that you can enjoy them through the weekend.  There will not be any NFL on the 29th, but we will get #12 Oklahoma State v. #10 Colorado in the Alamo Bowl at 6 pm.

Saturday the 31st is the College Football Playoff Semi-Final games.  At Noon it will be #4 Washington facing #1 Alabama in the Peach Bowl.  Then at 4 pm #3 Ohio State takes on #2 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl.  The National Championship Game will be Monday, January 9th at 5 pm – nice how it just happens to be during our Pitcher, Wing and Taco night special, huh?

We have already started to plan some events for 2017.  Thursday, January 12th we will host a Bear Republic Night at the pub.  And we have several kegs stashed away for the pub’s 5th Anniversary in February.

Sad News

As many of you already know, West Coast Barbecue and Brew owner Larry Koger passed away last week from heart complications.  Everyone at the pub has been hit hard by the news but all are determined to keep the business going and moving forward.  Larry was the nicest person you could hope to meet.  And his child-like enthusiasm for good beer was always contagious.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this time of mourning.  He will be greatly missed.

In the short term, my wife Lindsey and I will be running the pub.  We own O’Brien’s Pub and Nickel Beer Company and we had a small stake in West Coast as we helped Larry open the place in 2012 and install the taps.  There will be changes in the year ahead, but we hope to honor Larry’s vision of West Coast as a great place to eat and drink among friends.

This past week I brewed Larry’s Place IPA both in honor of Larry and for the upcoming anniversary.  I made the beer for the 4th Anniversary and I had already talked to Larry about brewing it again for 2017.  It felt right to get it in the tank as soon as possible and I hope to have kegs down to the pub in early January.

I am sorry to leave you on such sad news, but please raise a glass to Larry and a life well lived.

Tom Nickel
West Coast Barbecue and Brew

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