5 O'Clock Somewhere

5 O'Clock Somewhere

Surf Brewery, Public School 805 planning hop-centric events

By Chris ONeal 06/12/2014

Surf Brewery
4561 Market St.

Public School 805
120 Promenade Way
Westlake Village

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and what better way to show appreciation to the old man (or young man, depending on your age) than to get him to the brewery? Surf Brewery is pounding out a few special events this weekend in celebration of its third anniversary and boy are we so proud of our little Ventura beer nirvana that could.

Three years ago, Surf Brewery opened its doors with little to its name but Mondo’s Cream Ale and County Line Rye (amongst others) and quickly fell into that little place in all beer-drinkers’ hearts where beer collects, or something. I’m not a doctor. I do know that for the anniversary, Surf has released a blood orange- and honey-infused Belgian-style Tripel, a golden blond ale fit for a dad, king, whatever.

Weighing in at 8.5 percent ABV, the third-anniversary brew is sure to hit home for those of us who have been longing for a Belgian style ale in our own backyard. Get this one while it lasts because, unfortunately, it is limited. Unfortunately, Surf Brewery has announced on their Facebook that the Belgian Tripel wasn't up to their standards and thus will be feeding it to the drain.

Tomorrow, Surf will also be sampling its Oil Piers porter floats from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Think a rich, chocolaty beer with some nice vanilla ice cream to top off the week. It’s candy land for adults.

Over the hill and across the 101 sits Public School 805, and if you haven’t been, you’re missing out on a rather nice restaurant featuring local and national brews. On Wednesday, June 18, Public School’s taps will be inundated with the brewery from Cooperstown, New York, that has combined my two favorite things: Game of Thrones and beer. That is, Brewery Ommegang.

The ales brewed in celebration of the sword-wielding, favorite-character-smashing, cosplay-inspiring HBO hit Game of Thrones will be on tap: the Fire and Blood red ale and the Take the Black stout, both excellent choices for a night celebrating in King’s Landing.

Also available will be the Fleur de Houblon Summer Ale, a nice, light and refreshing Belgian pale ale with a bit of a bite – at 6.8 percent ABV it sits on the border between “Shall I have another?” and “Wow this is deceptively easy to drink. I’ll have another.”

The coming week is full of celebratory events. Be sure to get out and make the best of it.

Chris O’Neal was once known as Chris Snow. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @agentoneal.


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