The holidays are upon us and we have lots planned for the final stretch of 2017. Our annual Holiday Food Drive is already in full swing, with patrons trading donations to the San Diego Food Bank for pours of extremely rare beers. The initial trio of specialty tappings (Batch 1 of The Butcher Imperial Stout, The Savage Dark Feral Ale, and The Thief Feral Ale with Locally Grown Grenache Blanc Grapes) are going fast. But worry not, we have other rare offerings in line to take their place, including Batch 1 of The Swindler Feral Blonde Ale from 2016 and Batch 1 of The Highbinder Feral Ale with Raspberries from 2017). Additionally, we’ll host Sore Eye Sudsmas on Saturday, December 8. Held each year, it brings in thousands of pounds of donations for our Food Drive, which we reward by tapping the rarest of the rare. This year, it will be The Patriarch, a one-time-only Feral Ale with Boysenberries blend we originally concocted to celebrate Toronado San Francisco‘s 30-year anniversary. Can’t make it out for Sudsmas? No worries. Our Food Drive will run until December 31.

Being a small business ourselves, we like to help other local small businesses shine. One way we’re doing that is with our Holiday MarketSaturday, December 15 from 12-5 p.m. We’re clearing our parking lot out so we can have San Diego small biz owners set up to show off their illustrious wares. Patrons who purchase goods from our assembled vendors will get $1 off every full pour in our tasting room. We’ll also have representatives from our 2018 partner charities on-site to talk about the good work they do in our community. Complete your holiday gift shopping…or just treat yourself! Our confirmed list of vendors and charities includes: The Akazi ProjectLa Buena Vida StudioSparkly ScribesCRAFT BEERDPeace Guru Candle Co.Movimiento XicanoStreet BloomsHopHeartDoggieBeerBones, Rossel & Company, Stick On ArtsPlay Things By Peggy (who’ll offer a crochet workshop at 1 p.m.), Pink Boots SocietyPints for ProstatesBeer To The RescueLupus Foundation of Southern CaliforniaAmerican Cancer Society and Mastiff Sausage Company. We’ll even have a visit from the big guy himself, Santa Claus, from 2 to 4 p.m. We weren’t sure if he qualified as a small businessman or a charity. We’ll let you decide.

Last but not least, some very important notes for our very important fans. We will be closing our tasting room at 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 16, so we can hold our annual staff holiday party. We will close early again, this time at 5 p.m., on Monday, December 24, so our employees can get home in time to enjoy Christmas Eve with their families. The last hour (4-5 p.m.) will be reserved exclusively for crowler and growler fills, and we will be closed all-day on December 25 in observance of Christmas. Come New Year’s Eve, we will close at 7 p.m. (last call will be 6:30 p.m.) and we will be closed all-day on New Year’s Day. We hope this helps your holiday planning!

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