New Menu Items, Nickel Wet Hop Beers and Octoberfest!

Hello West Coast Fans,

We have added a bunch of delicious new menu items at West Coast including Appetizers, Tortas, Sandwiches, Salads and Burgers.  You can see a picture of the new menu items on our giant back chalkboard on the Facebook page at:

Here are some of the highlights:
Popcorn Chicken tossed in our house made wing sauce
Chicken or Chipotle Beef Torta Sandwiches
Spinach Chef, Cobb and Taco Salads
Reuben, Corned Beef and Veggie Melt Sandwiches
Papa’s Patty Melt

These new items are available all of the time now.  Treat yourself to one of the new items next time you stop in.

On the beer front we are tapping kegs of wet hopped beers from Nickel Beer Company this week.  These beers are all made with locally grown hops from San Diego that are harvested the same day that they are brewed with.  These fresh hops still have a lot of water weight, hence the term “wet hop”.  The My Way Wet Hop IPA with Cascade and Chinook hops is already on tap and Thursday night we tap Green Truck Wet Hop Double IPA made with 100% Columbus hops.

Friday night we will be tapping Buffalo Paw Brown Ale which is an easy drinking brown ale that is only 3.7% alcohol.  It will pair perfectly with our signature Smoked Prime Rib dinner.  Saturday we will tap our 4th and final Nickel wet hop beer – Golden Nugget Wet Hop IPA, which was made with Nugget hops and it is 6.2% alcohol.

Looking Ahead

Next week we will have a Keep the Pint Night featuring Knee Deep’s Deez Hops IPA on Thursday the 28th.  That weekend we will be tapping some Octoberfest lagers including one from Eppig Brewing.

The following week we will have an evening of Mike Hess Brewing beers on Thursday, October 5th.  We are already working on our events for San Diego Beer Week which will kick off Friday, November 3rd.  We are working on events with Societe, Sierra Nevada and Kern River among others.

That is your West Coast news for now.  We’ll see you soon for delicious food and a tasty wet hop beer.  Cheers, Tom

Societe Brewing Weekend at West Coast!

Hello West Coast Fans,

We have a bunch of Societe Brewing Company beers on tap to help celebrate the long holiday weekend.  We will be open regular hours over the weekend with extended hours on Monday, July 3rd.  The pub will be closed on Tuesday the 4th for the holiday. If you are planning a party, we will have our awesome smoked meats available to go by the pound for you to enjoy at home with your friends – just call ahead to order 619-462-3660.

Societe Beers

In addition to pub favorite Pupil we have a great line up of Societe beers on tap for you to enjoy this weekend.  Here is what we have on tap:

The Harlot, Belgian Pale Ale 5.6%
The Coachmen American Session IPA 4.7%
The Butcher Russian Imperial Stout 9.8%
The Bachelor Single Hop Series w/Cashmere 6.5%
The Fiddler IPA 6.9%

The Fiddler is a new IPA that we have not had on tap before.  And the new Bachelor with Cashmere is really tasty.  Cashmere is a newer hop developed by the Department of Agriculture in Yakima, WA.  All of these beers will be on tap all weekend along with lots of other wonderful craft brews.

Prime Rib, Tacos, Mac n’ Cheese and Holiday Hours

We have some great food specials over the long holiday weekend and we begin our new Monday lunch hours.  We will be closed on Tuesday the 4th for the holiday resuming normal hours on Wednesday.  Here are our upcoming hours and food specials:

Friday the 30th: 11:30 am to 11 pm.  We will be featuring our Smoked Prime Rib dinner – one of the best dinner values in La Mesa.

Saturday, July 1st: 11:30 am to 11 pm.   We will be serving up Prime Rib French Dip sandwiches all day long.

Sunday, July 2nd: 11:30 am to 9 pm.  We are now open an hour later every Sunday.  And we have Beer Battered Icelandic Cod Fish and Chips every Sunday.

Monday, July 3rd: 11:30 am to 9 pm.  The pub will now be open every day at 11:30 am so that you can enjoy lunch 7 days a week.  Every Monday we will have $3 Tacos on special all day long with 50 Cent Wings and Pitchers starting at just $12 from 4 pm till close.

Tuesday, July 4th: Closed.  Please have a fun and safe 4th of July.  The Lake Murray Fireworks are a great way to end the day.

Wednesday, July 5th: 11:30 am to 10 pm.  We resume normal hours on the 5th.  Every Wednesday is specialty Mac N’ Cheese night with a rotating selection like Birthday Bacon, Lobster or Chipotle Chicken Mac n’ Cheese to name a few.  Wednesday is also All Day Happy Hour with $1 off all pints all day long from open to close.

That is your West Coast Barbecue and Brew update for now.  Thursday, July 6th we will feature one of our most local breweries, Helix Brewing.  We’ll have lots more great food and beers specials through out the month.  Be sure to check the Facebook page for daily updates.  Cheers, Tom

Smoked Prime Rib All Weekend for Dad!

Hello West Coast Fans,

I’ve got some great new food specials to tell you, updated tap lists along with some expanded hours coming in July.  But the big news this week is that we will be doing Smoked Prime Rib ALL WEEKEND in honor of Father’s Day.  We will begin serving it for dinner at 5 pm Friday and then have it available all day Saturday and all day on Sunday from open to close.  That way you can stop by anytime for a fantastic meal paired up with incredible craft beer.  And we will still be doing our Smoke Prime Rib French Dip on Saturday in addition to the dinner plates all day.  We are now open till 9 pm on Sundays giving you more hour to enjoy a great beer and/or food.

Tonight we start off our weekend tap takeover with Pariah Brewing Company.  We’ll have 5 beers on tap including Clearly Juicy Double IPA, Dorcha EX Stout (brewed with molasses, cocoa nibs and coffee), Dank Drank IPA and Erotic Night (Belgian Quad Style brewed for the Pink Boots society of women brewers).  Look for all of the beers to be on tap today by 4 pm and through the weekend.

Looking Ahead

Next Wednesday, June 21st we will be debuting a new weekly special – Specialty Mac n’ Cheese.  Every Wednesday night we’ll have a different version of our house Mac n’ Cheese on offer.  We tried a Birthday Bacon Mac n’ Cheese last week and it helped inspire this idea.  So not only do you get All Day Happy Hour every Wednesday, you also get awesome Mac n’ Cheese.

At the end of the month we’ll be doing a Societe Brewing weekend that will kick off on Thursday the 29th and feature lots of pub favorites.  We’ll be featuring local boys Helix Brewing the following Thursday right after July 4th.

Speaking of July 4th, we will be CLOSED for the holiday on that Tuesday.  However, we will be open at 11:30 am on Monday, July 3rd as we kick off our new Monday lunch service.  Starting on the 3rd we will be open every day for lunch at 11:30 am.  We will be running our very popular $3 Taco special all day on Mondays from 11:30 am until Close.  And we will be adding Beer Battered Fish and Chips to our Specials line up every Sunday and Monday starting in July.

Tap List

Our website now has a fully updated list of our draft beers.  You can check it out at:  We are using Untappd to update the list so you now get the beer name, brewery name, style, ABV, brewery location and even a description if there is one on the site.  Look for the tap list to be updated regularly as we tap new beers.

That is your pub update for now.  We’ll see you soon for some tasty Smoked Prime Rib!  Cheers, Tom

Flank Steak, Beer to the Rescue and 50 Cent Wings All Day Monday!

Hello West Coast Fans,

Change is in the air at West Coast.  If you have stopped by recently you will have seen our new paint job – you can check out some pictures here:  The place is much brighter and yes, we will be putting stuff back on the walls soon.  We are also starting to slowly expand our hours.  Our first step will be to stay open until 9 pm on Sunday nights starting with this Sunday, May 28th.

Some things that are not changing include great beer and Smoked Prime Rib every Friday.  Tonight we will be tapping a selection of beers from Belching Beaver Brewing Co. including Peanut Butter Latte Stout, Anniversary Hazy Pale Ale, Miso Honey Wheat Ale and Orange/Vanilla IPA.  One of my favorite soups is on the specials board today as well – Beef Enchilada.  So simple, yet so good.

As mentioned, we will have our signature Smoked Prime Rib on Friday night.  Then Humberto and crew will be serving up a Smoked Flank Steak dinner special for Saturday night.  And we have a new twist for Saturday day with the Beer Cheese Prime Rib Cheese Steak.  We melt our house made beer cheese into warm prime rib sliced thin and then top it with grilled onions and peppers.  Having already tried this sandwich in a test run, I can assure it that it is every bit as delicious as you are currently imaging it.

And as if that was not already enough for one weekend, we will be opening at Noon on Monday the 29th for Memorial with 50 Cent Wings, $3 Tacos and Craft Beer Pitchers starting at just $12 ALL DAY from Noon to 9 pm!

Beer to the Rescue

We will be hosting the final event of the Beer to the Rescue campaign to raise money and awareness for the Southern California Lupus Foundation on Thursday, June 1st.  The event is organized by local beer writer Brandon Hernandez.  He and I collaborated on a Double IPA at Nickel Beer called Hops to the Rescue, which is 8% alcohol and brewed with Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic, Cascade and German Blanc hops.  We will have that on tap alongside Nickel Banner Grade IPA (6.9% with Simcoe and Mosaic hops) and Tahoma IPA (6.5% all Tahoma hops).  I am hoping to have 1 or 2 other Beer to the Rescue beers on tap for the night as well.  You can check for updates at our event page for the night:

Humberto will be making up something special from the kitchen for the nigh.  The NBA Finals also begin on June 1st and we will have it on our big screen TVs.

Looking Ahead

On Thursday, June 8th we will host a night of beers from Port Brewing, Lost Abbey and The Hop Concept.  And we just recently got some fresh allocations from Kern River Brewing including Shuttle Bunny DIPA and Hop Nookie Triple IPA.  I am not 100% positive when they will be arriving in San Diego just yet, but look for them on tap by mid-June.  We will certainly post up about it on the Facebook page.  And on June 15th we will host Pariah Brewing, which is turning out some very nice beers.

We have a special treat for all of the dads out there for Father’s Day weekend – an entire weekend of Smoked Prime Rib dinner specials.  We will start serving up Smoked Prime Rib plates at 5 pm Friday and then continue to serve them all day Saturday and all day Sunday.  That way you can bring dad by anytime for an amazing meal and fantastic beer.

That is your West Coast update for now.  We’ll see you soon for great smoked food and delicious craft beer.  Cheers, Tom

Hazy IPAs, Bitter Brothers and Smoked Prime Rib Returns!

Hello West Coast Fans!

I have lots to tell you about on both the food and beer fronts this week.  We are tapping some great hoppy beers tonight including a new favorite of mine.  The kitchen staff has some outstanding specials for this weekend.  And we’ll have the NCAA Basketball games Thursday thru Sunday for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight.  Here are all of the details….

This Weekend

Tonight, Thursday the 23rd we will be tapping a pair of local hazy IPAs.  This is a style made popular in New England where the cloudiness of the beer is thought to contribute to the intensity of the hop flavor.  We’ll have Half Door Brewing’s Hazy Buzzwords IPA and Bitter Brothers Hazy Blue Line both on tap by 4 pm.  And though not truly hazy, we’ll also tap the unfiltered Fortem Double IPA from Firestone.  This is one of the best tasting new beers I have had recently and I can’t wait to enjoy more of it.

In addition to those hoppy beers going on Thursday night, look for Bell’s Hop Slam Double IPA and Stone Enjoy By 4/20 IPA already on tap.

Here is the schedule of NCAA Basketball games for Thursday and Friday.  We’ll have more games on Saturday and Sunday for the Elite Eight: All of the times listed are Eastern.

MW No.7 Michigan vs. MW No.3 Oregon Sprint Center (Kansas City, Mo.) Thursday, March 23 7:09 pm CBS
W No.4 W. Virginia vs. W No.1 Gonzaga SAP Center at San Jose (San Jose, CA) Thursday, March 23 7:39 pm TBS
MW No.4 Purdue vs. MW No.1 Kansas Sprint Center (Kansas City, Mo.) Thursday, March 23 9:39 pm CBS
W No.11 Xavier vs. W No.2 Arizona SAP Center at San Jose (San Jose, CA) Thursday, March 23 10:09 pm TBS
S No.4 Butler vs. S No.1 N. Carolina FedExForum (Memphis, Tenn.) Friday, March 24 7:09 pm CBS
E No.7 S. Carolina vs. E No.3 Baylor Madison Square Garden (New York, N.Y.) Friday, March 24 7:29 pm TBS
S No.3 UCLA vs. S No.2 Kentucky FedExForum (Memphis, Tenn.) Friday, March 24 9:39 pm CBS
E No.8 Wisconsin vs. E No.4 Florida Madison Square Garden (New York, N.Y.) Friday, March 24 9:59 pm TBS

Friday the kitchen is putting together some great food specials.  Smoked Prime Rib will be back for dinner along with a Salmon Salad.  During the day look for a new Deluxe Fish sandwich with Cod, Fish Tacos and a Seafood Soup.

Saturday we’ll have the Smoked Prime Rib French Dip back as well and Humberto will be doing a Smoked Duck Breast Salad for dinner.  Sunday we feature $6 Pulled Pork Nachos and craft beer pitchers starting at just $14 all day long.

We don’t know the match ups yet, but we’ll have NCAA Basketball games at 3 and 5:30 on Saturday and when we open at 11:30 am on Sunday and 1:55 pm.  The Final Four will be on Saturday, April 1st with the Championship game on Monday the 3rd.

Next Week

Every Monday we offer up 50 Cent Wings, $3 Tacos and Craft Beer Pitchers starting at just $12 from 2 pm to Close.  We continue the $3 Tacos on Tuesday and every Wednesday it is All Day Happy Hour giving $1 off nearly every beer on tap.  We offer a daily Happy Hour from 11:30 am to 3 pm Tuesday thru Friday.

Next Thursday the 30th we will be tapping some kegs from Bitter Brothers including a very rare keg of the collaboration we did for O’Brien’s – O Brother Where Tart Thou.  This 6% Belgian Pale Ale was kettle soured and then dry hopped with Mosaic.  Much of the batch is now aging in white wine barrels to be released early next year so only a little bit was kegged up now.  The beer has a massive fruitiness to it even though no fruit has yet been added.  Alongside this unique beer we’ll have the excellent Little Brother Session IPA and Prodigal Son IPA.  All of the beers will be on tap by 4 pm.

I have been assured that there will be more Smoked Prime Rib for Friday the 31st and more Prime Rib Sandwiches for Saturday the 1st.  And we will have a fish special for Friday as well.

Looking Ahead

We already have a few beer events planned for April including an Iron First Night on Thursday the 6th featuring Nelson the Destroyer and Ken Schmidt’s Chocolate Mint Stout.  We’ll be tapping a keg of the new Nickel Blue Truck Double IPA for the NCAA Basketball Championship on Monday the 3rd.  This 8.5% alcohol beer was brewed with 100% Columbus hops.

There will be beer events with Modern Times, North Coast, Rogue, Karl Struass and Sierra Nevada all coming soon.  You can also look forward to kegs of Bagby Boy Wonder IPA and San Diego Brewing Infinitude DIPA.  And of course we will keep making great new food specials.  I have been trying to post the food specials board as often as I can on our Facebook page:

Finally, we are working on getting our website revised so that we can keep you up to date with our tap list.  Hopefully I will have all of the finalized details in the next email.

That is your West Coast pub news for now.  We’ll see you soon for a great beer and fantastic food.  Cheers, Tom

Tom Nickel
West Coast Barbecue and Brew

Russian River, Citra x 2 and Smoked Prime Rib!

Hello West Coast Fans,

We have an incredible line up of beers over the next few weeks with lots of super strong IPAs headed your way.  There are still lots of Societe beers on tap from our huge tap take over this past Thursday.  The kitchen continues to crank out amazing food specials and we will be continuing our Friday night Smoked Prime Rib special for the foreseeable future.  Here are all of the delicious, drinkable details….

This Week

We are kicking the week off with some awesome taco specials.  In addition to our regular $3 Tacos we will be serving up Nickel Bacon Tacos and Grilled Ahi Tacos for just $4 each.  The Nickel Bacon is whole slab bacon that we put in the smoker and then chunk up like steak.  Look for these specials while they last both tonight and tomorrow night.

Humberto will also be serving up Clam Chowder in a bread bowl tonight, which should be the perfect way to keep yourself warm in this weather.  We’ll also have the Nickel Bacon BLT (super thick cut bacon), Unlce Bob’s Torta (Italian-style sub on Torta bread), an Eggplant Sandwich with Pesto and the Grilled Ahi Salad.  And there will be 50 cent wings and craft beer pitchers starting at just $12.  If it seems like a lot of good stuff for Monday, it is.  We are trying to run 5-6 specials every day now including 1-2 salads.  I try to post up the food specials most days on the Facebook page at:

Tomorrow, Tuesday the 28th we cap our 5th Anniversary month with a very special keg – Russian River Blind Pig IPA.  It seems appropriate to finish the month with Temecula’s most famous beer, even if it is now brewed in Santa Rosa.  The beer will be on tap when we open at 11:30 am so  you can enjoy it at any point in the day.

Thursday, March 2nd we will tap the massive Hildegard Triple IPA from Benchmark Brewing (roughly 13.5%) along with kegs of Hop Chunks Double IPA and the brewery’s very tasty Brown Ale.  All three will be on tap by 4 pm on the 2nd and we might just sneak them on a little earlier.

This weekend we will be smoking up more Prime Rib.  We’ll have it as a dinner plate on Friday night and then serving up Prime Rib Sandwiches on Saturday all day long.  Saturday night our kitchen manager Humberto will be doing a Smoked Salmon dinner plate.  He smoked up some Salmon for Valentine’s Day and it was excellent.

Next Week

On Tuesday, March 7th we will be tapping Noble Citra Showers and I Love It IPA.  Noble was not distributing beer in San Diego for a little while, but they are back now and we have been lucky enough to get some of these very popular beers.  Hopefully we will have Noble beers more regularly on tap at West Coast throughout the year.

Then on Thursday the 9th we tap some true pub favorites from Kern River – Citra Double IPA and Hop Nookie Triple IPA alongside Thorn Street’s Brother Scotty’s Triple IPA.  All 3 of these beers will be on tap by 4 pm on the 9th.  These are all 5 gallon kegs and all strong beers so look for 5 and 10 oz pours of these special hoppy beers.

And then for next Friday, you guessed it, more Prime Rib.  Plus the kitchen will be serving up Smoked Flank Steak both Friday and Saturday.  Check the Facebook page next week for more details.

Looking Ahead

We will be serving up beer boiled Corned Beef for St. Patrick’s Day weekend starting Friday, March 17th.  We’ll have some Irish themed stouts on for the weekend and Nickel C.C. O’Neill’s Irish Red.  Look for Corned Beef plates, sandwiches and other specials all weekend long.

Some other upcoming food specials you can look forward to include pasta dishes, Smoked Meat Loaf and Chicken Parmesan.  And we will be hosting an Iron Fist tap takeover the week after St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, March 23rd.

That is your West Coast pub update for now.  Thank you for all of the support during our transition.  Please forward this to any friends and neighbors who might be interested in what is going on at the pub.  We look forward to seeing you soon for the best smoked food and beer in town.  Cheers, Tom

Smoked Prime Rib, Seared Ahi and Lost Abbey!

Hello West Coast Fans,

We have 7 Lost Abbey beers on tap for this weekend as we continue with the pub’s 5th Anniversary celebrations.  We have several barrel aged beers including Cuvee de Tomme, Angel’s Share barleywine and Deliverance – a blend of Brandy Barrel Aged Angel’s Share and Bourbon Barrel Aged Serpernt’s Stout.  Plus Road to Helles Lager and Red Barn Saison.  To balance out with a little bit (or not so little bit) of hops we have Port Mongo and The Hop Concept Dank Sticky (all of which are brewed at Port/Lost Abbey in San Marcos).  All of the beers are on tap right now and most should last through the weekend.

The kitchen has some very tasty food specials for today including the popular Nickel Pickel Partty Melt and the new Very Berry Turkey Salad.  I have been trying to regularly post our food specials on the Facebook page and you can check out today’s here:  The kitchen has regularly been making soup as well and today they have a Creamy Turkey and Vegetable.

This Weekend

The food specials this weekend are the real reason I felt compelled to send out another email.  The kitchen is really taking it to the next level for the holiday weekend.  Friday night we will be doing more of our Smoked Prime Rib with either baked potato or mashed potatoes with beer gravy.  This sold out last Friday so we are making more this week.  And we will be smoking a whole prime rib just to make sandwiches on Saturday during the day – I think it will be a Prime Rib French Dip.

Saturday night there will be Seared Ahi sandwiches and salads for your dining pleasure.  And then on Sunday Humberto will be making up Smoked Short Ribs.  It is going to be an amazing weekend to eat and drink at West Coast.  My best advice – hurry!

On Monday the 20th we will not be tapping Russian River Blind Pig IPA.  The keg did not make it on the truck to San Diego from the brewery. It has since been sent down, but it currently is in LA awaiting transfer to San Diego.  We will get it delivered some time next week and then once it finally shows up we will figure out a time to tap it.  I will certainly post on Facebook/Twitter when it will be tapped.  The good news – we will be opening at Noon on Monday and serving up $3 Tacos, 50 cent wings and $12 craft beer pitchers all day long.

Looking Ahead

Next week we will be hosting a Societe Brewing tap takeover.  I do not have the beer list yet, but we are working on it.  I expect to have at least 6 Societe beers on tap for Thursday the 23rd with maybe a few more showing up on tap for the weekend.

Thursday, March 2nd we will be tapping Benchmark’s Hildegard Triple IPA at 5 pm along with 1 or 2 other Benchmark beers.  We also have a keg of Benchmark Hop Chunks Double IPA that will be on tap soon.

We have lots of other great beers to tap over the next few weeks including Nolbe Ale Works Citra Showers and Nose Candy IPA, Thorn Street Brother Scotty Triple IPA and more goodness from Kern in form of Citra Double IPA.  Just expect lots of great beers on tap every time you walk in the door.

And finally, I will end the email with Bacon.  Monday and Tuesday the 27th and 28th we will be debuting Birthday Bacon Tacos for our taco special.  Birthday Bacon is whole slab bacon that we smoke and then cook up in steak like chunks.  It is pure decadence and oh so tasty.  It will change the way you think about bacon.  It might not save the world, but it probably could.

That is your good beer news for now.  Please share this with your friends and neighbors that might like it.  We’ll see you soon for a great Lost Abbey beer and something tasty from the smoker.  Cheers, Tom

5th Anniversary Celebration with Kern, Lost Abbey, Societe and More!

Hello West Coast Fans!

February is the pub’s 5th Anniversary and we have an entire month of special events planned.  We will be tapping beers from some of Larry’s (and mine) favorite breweries – Kern River, Lost Abbey, Societe Nickel and Firestone.  We also have some specialty beers that Larry had hidden in the cold box that will be going on tap this week.  And we continue with more new food specials and salads including Smoked Prime Rib and Duck.  Here are all of the details….

We started the month with six different Kern River Brewing beers and they are all still on tap.  We have the always popular Just Outstanding IPA plus Shuttle Bunny Double IPA, Gravity Check Session IPA, Dirty Hippie Imperial Red, River Buddy Pale and Class V Stout.

This Week

This week we have a very special line up of strong and barrel aged beers that Larry had ordered and set aside for a special occasion (and I think the 5th Anniversary is a very special occasion).  We will begin tapping these beers today, Wednesday the 8th, when we open with AleSmith Ethiopian Mokasida Coffee Speedway Stout.  Thursday we will tap one of Larry’s all time favorite dark beers, Firestone Parabola.  Friday look for Lost Abbey Angel’s Share Barleywine.  By Saturday we will have kegs of Nickel Larry’s Place IPA, Thorn Street’s Father Larry’s Rye Double IPA and Green Flash Lustrous Frumento with Coffee (this is the beer most of us would think of as Silva Stout).

There will be something to enjoy each night with all of the beers on tap by Saturday afternoon.  We’ll bringing out something special to hang up at the pub in honor of Larry around 4 pm on Saturday.

Friday night our kitchen manager Humberto will be cooking up some amazing new food specials.  Starting at 5 pm on Friday we will be serving up Smoked Prime Rib with either Baked or Mashed Potatoes and beer gravy.  He will also be doing a Smoked Duck Breast Salad.  Humberto cooks duck for many of our beer dinners at O’Brien’s and he always does an incredible job cooking it just right.  Humberto is hoping to run a Prime Rib sandwich special on Saturday as well.

Looking Ahead

Next weekend we will host a tap takeover with Lost Abbey.  We will have some great hoppy beers like Hop Concept Dank and Sticky and Mongo IPA along with amazing specialty beers like Deliverance (blend of Bourbon Barrel Serpents Stout and Brandy Barrel Ange’ls Share), Cuvee de Tomme and Angel’s Share Barrel Aged Barleywine.  Look for Red Barn Saison and Road to Helles Lager on tap as well.

Be sure to check out the Facebook page at: for updates on next weekend’s fantastic food specials.

We will be opening at Noon on Monday the 20th for the President’s Day holiday.  To make it really feel like a holiday we will have 50 cent wings, $3 Tacos and craft beer pitchers starting at just $12 all day long.  And if that is not enough to tempt you, we will be putting on a keg of Russian River Blind Pig IPA when we open.  The brewery sent this down for the anniversary to honor Larry.  Truly some Presidential specials.

The final weekend of the month we will be tapping beers from our friends at Societe.  Look for a full line up of beers with an emphasis on hops but with a few Belgian inspired beers and something dark.  We have not finalized the tap list yet – but I will have the details in the next email.

That is your West Coast news for now.  We hope to see you this month to celebrate 5 years of great food, beer and people and hopefully many more to come.  Cheers, Tom

Football, Bear Republic and IPAs for Larry.

Hello West Coast Fans!

We have a bunch of great beers coming up over the next few weeks and next month we celebrate 5 years of great food and beer.  Tonight we are tapping the new Kern River Winter Double IPA at 4 pm for the NCAA College Football Playoff Championship.  Alabama takes on Clemson at 5:15 pm and we’ll have 50 cent wings, $3 Tacos and pitchers starting at just $12 for the game.  And kegs of Societe Coachman IPA and Karl Strauss Mosaic Pale just got tapped as well.

This Week

The kitchen has been cranking out some great new food specials along with some new salads and appetizers so be sure to check out the specials board on your way into the pub.  I am going to try and post more of the food specials on our Facebook page to tempt you into stopping by.  I am also working on finally getting the website’s beer list updated and regularly maintained.  All of our regular weekly specials including all day Happy Hour on Wednesday can be found on our website at:

On Thursday the 12th we will start a Bear Republic Weekend with 6 beers on tap including a nice load of hoppy beers.  We’ll have the classic Racer 5 IPA along with Red Racer, Pit Master’s Pride Smoked Lager, Tartare Berliner Weisse, Hop Shovel IPA and Rebellion IPA with Hallertau Blanc hops.  A few of these I have had and know they are great.  Others like the Pit Master’s Pride – which should pair beautifully with our smoked BBQ – and the Rebellion IPA with Hallertau Blanc I have not had and am very much looking forward to trying.

All of the Bear Republic beers are coming in full size kegs except the Tartare Berliner Weisse so stop by any time this weekend to enjoy these great beers.

Over the weekend we will have the NFL playoffs on TV.  Saturday we get Seahawks v. Falcons at 1:35 pm and then its Texans v. Patriots at 5:15 pm.  Sunday the Steelers v. Chiefs game will be on when we open at 11:30 am.  Sunday afternoon its Cowboys v. Packers at 1:40 pm.  We’ll be serving up $6 Pulled Pork Nachos at craft pitchers starting at $14 on Sunday.  The conference playoffs will both be on Sunday the 22nd.

Starting with Monday the 16th we are going to start opening at 2 pm on Mondays from now on.  Hopefully in the near future we will be open for lunch every day of the week.

IPAs for Larry

Thursday the 19th we will have a special night of IPAs brewed in honor of Larry Koger who passed away last month and was West Coast’s founder.  Thorn Street brewed Father Larry’s Rye IPA and Nickel Beer did Larry’s Place IPA.  Both beers will be on tap by 4 pm along with a selection of other Thorn Street beers.  We have not set the tap list yet, so watch the Facebook page at: for updates.

Looking Ahead

We have a keg of Almanac Blackberry Sour to tap on Thursday the 26th.  I recently tasted through several of the Almanac fruit sours and this was my favorite.  Hopefully you will agree that it is a great beer.

I am starting to plan out the events for the 5th Anniversary in February.  It looks like we will start with a Kern River Weekend with at least 4 beers on tap including Gravity Check Session IPA, River Buddy Pale, Dirty Hippie Strong Red and Shuttle Bunny Double IPA.  We plan to tap all of the beers on Thursday the 2nd and have them on tap all weekend.

We will be showing the Superbowl on Sunday the 5th and to make things festive we will be doing all day Happy Hour pricing on the beers and serving up 50 cent wings from 2 pm until close.  The game will kick off around 3:30 pm.

The Anniversary weekend will be Thursday the 9th thru Sunday the 12th.  We have some great specialty beers to tap and we will be putting on a new beer each of the four days.  Larry had already saved back some very tasty treats including Firestone Parabola, Green Flash Silva Stout and a specialty keg of AleSmith Speedway Stout (do you see a pattern here in Larry’s beer choices?).  I will have full details in the next email.

The following weekend – which is the President’s Day holiday weekend – I am working with Tomme Arthur to plan a Lost Abbey tap takeover as it was one of Larry’s favorite breweries.  It should be a full month of great events at the pub.

That does it for now.  Thank you for all of your support during our ownership transition – Lindsey, myself and the staff truly appreciate it.  We look forward to seeing you soon for great food and beer.  Cheers, Tom

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