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Thanks to the Beer Wench for alerting me to this bit of Northern Cali beer news…..

“After a short absence, brewmaster Steve Altimari and John Anthony burst back onto the craft brewing scene with the launch of a new brewery called High Water Brewing and the promise of some “seriously good beers.”

Award-winning brewmaster Steve Altimari has begun production on the flagship product for his new venture, an artisanal craft brewery, High Water Brewing.

The flagship brew – dubbed “Hop Riot IPA” and described as an “American IPA with a definitive ‘Left Coast’ attitude” – will be among the first offerings from High Water Brewing. It will be joined by “Retribution Imperial IPA” and “Old and In the Way Barley Wine”.

“Our goal is to pour High Water’s first beers, Hop Riot and Retribution, at the San Francisco Beer Week’s Gala opener on February 11,” said Altimari.

He promises the initial offerings “will be followed by other innovative and exciting brews.” Beer fans can expect that promise to be fulfilled because creatively brewed beers with playful flavor surprises are hallmarks of Altimari’s style.”

“Altimari will craft High Water beers at Drake’s Brewhouse in San Leandro, CA, and fermentation will occur in High Water tanks at the same location. High Water beers will be available in 5.0 and 15.5 gallon kegs and also bottled in 22 oz bombers.

Building on a relationship that Altimari and the Anthonys have developed over a number of years with that brewery, “Drakes seemed a natural fit for us because each of us has worked with them in one capacity or another, from distribution to collaborative brewing,” said John Anthony. “When Drakes owner John Martin agreed, we were ecstatic.”

HopHead Heaven At Library Alehouse February 14-24

HopHead Heaven Cures Your Case Of Lupulin Threshold Shift February 14 -24

Santa Monica, Ca – Can’t find enough hoppy beer to quench your IBU craving? Fighting a nasty case of Lupulin Threshold Shift? Fear not, Library Alehouse is here to help.

From February 14-24th we’re providing you with 15 rotating taps, covering over 40 beers packed with palate-destroying excellence. But we couldn’t limit ourselves to just IPA’s and DIPA’s alone. We’ll also have “Black” IPA’s, hoppy session beers, Imperial Reds and Belgian IPAs to satisfy your thirst for bitterness. So come early, drink often, and see how well your tooth enamel holds up.

$10 will buy you a 6 oz. tasting glass along with your first beer. Subsequent pours will cost between $2 – $3.50 for the life of the festival.

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Kickoff Event (February 14th):

It’s only fitting that our bitterest fest of all would start on Valentine’s Day. Whether you’ve found love or not, HopHead Heaven will put a smile on your face. Bring your Valentine in for a glass of AleSmith’s “My Bloody Valentine.” This seasonal beer is a hoppy red that will warm even the coldest of hearts. Or if you find yourself alone, cozy up with a tulip full of Stone’s “Sublimely Self-Righteous” Black IPA to remind yourself just how a great a person you are. We’re also making a trip down to San Diego to grab some otherwise unavailable hoppy goodness from Pizza Port as well as Green Flash! Whatever beer you choose, you’ll have a big, hop-drenched smile on your face.

Kickoff Beer List:

  • AleSmith My Bloody Valentine
  • Alesmith IPA
  • Bear Republic Racer 5
  • Bruery Mischief
  • Drakes 1500
  • Green Flash West Coast IPA
  • Green Flash 30th St. Pale
  • Kern River Just Outstanding IPA
  • Oskar Blues Gubna
  • Pizza Port Beers TBA
  • Port Brewing Mongo
  • Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
  • Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA

And more to be announced as we procure them!

Strand Brewing Night (February 16th):

Come out and meet a great local brewer! Brewing out of Torrance, CA Strand’s 24th Street Pale Ale has been garnering praise all over SoCal. In addition to the fantastic pale, we’ll also have their Atticus IPA on tap! Atticus is a bigger, bolder, hoppier version of 24th Street. Grab a pint of either (or both, as we suggest) and you’ll get to take home a classy Strand Brewing pint glass!

Bay Area Beer Night (February 21st):

Say what you will about our brothers and sisters to the North, they make some outstanding beer. During our trip to SF Beer Week, we’ll be personally picking up kegs from local brewpubs that you just can’t get down here in good ol’ SoCal. We’ll have kegs from 21st Amendment, Magnolia Pub and some of the first containers of hop juice from High Water Brewing (the new venture from Steve Altimari, formerly of Valley Brewing). Here’s a sampling of what will be on tap (with updates to come):

  • High Water Hop Riot IPA
  • High Water Retribution Imperial IPA
  • 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die IPA
  • 21st Amendment Back in Black
  • 21st Amendment Bitter Americanx
  • Magnolia Proving Ground IPA

Other beers to be tapped during the fest:

  • Anderson Valley Wee Geech Pale Ale
  • Bruery Humulus XPA
  • Eagle Rock Populist
  • Drakes Hop Salad
  • Drakes Hopocalypse
  • Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
  • Ladyface Chesebro IPA
  • Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
  • Ballast Point Tongue Buckler
  • Abita Black IPA
  • Bear Republic Hop-Rod Rye
  • Russian River Pliny the Elder
  • Russian River Pliny the Younger
  • Russian River IPA

The Library Alehouse is a true public house, Santa Monica-style, featuring an ever-changing variety of over 29 craft beers on draft, as well as many hard-to-find bottled beers from around the world. Library Alehouse also features a wide variety of appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches and entrees. The Library Alehouse supports a number of non-profit organizations by donating 15% of sales from the last Tuesday of every month. The Library Alehouse is located at 2911 Main St. in Santa Monica. Hours of operation are 11:30 a.m. to midnight seven days a week and the restaurant is available for private parties and offers catering. www.libraryalehouse.com