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New Year, New Beer

by Doug Walker | January 17, 2014

We’ve got a lot to be excited about for the New Year. Not only do I truly believe the next beer lineups will be the best we’ve ever had, but we’re also inches away from a new kitchen which is a total game changer. I’d love to talk more about the kitchen but I’ll save the details until I have more information.



Back to the beer. I’m excited because we’ve got something for everyone. These next lineups will be full of awesome local beer and also foreign, exotic beer that we don’t get to see very often. Currently, from Belgium, you will find the delicious Troubadour Blonde Ale and the rich and complex Kasteel Donker that has only been growing in strength (11% abv originally) having aged since 2009! Our next sour beer, which also happens to be from Belgium, is f’ing incredible. The keg release was extremely limited and we were lucky enough to get our hands on some. Look out for De Proefbrouwerij’s Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale. If you appreciate sour beer like I do, you won’t think twice about coming here once it’s on tap. Make sure to follow us on Instagram @Preserve_Public_House and Facebook because you won’t want to miss these beers.



The local beers are also cause to smile. Berryessa Brewing Company just hooked us up with their brand new Imperial Pale Ale, not to be confused with India Pale Ale, called the Winters Pale Ale. This strong pale ale comes in at 7% and is truly amazing; the aftertaste will leave you pondering Cotton Candy? We also have their Tourist Trap Tripel waiting in line. This beer is extremely dangerous and almost too good to be true. It’s 10% and goes down like orange juice on a Sunday morning.



A few more beers I’m really excited about hail from AleSmith and Evil Twin. From AleSmith we have 1 of the best West Coast IPA’s of all time, AleSmith IPA, and also Speedway Stout, a 12% Imperial Stout, that I’ve never been able to get a hold of in keg form. Lastly, from Evil Twin, we’ve finally got another keg of Lil B. There’s nothing Lil about Lil B. This 11.5% Imperial Porter is richer than Oprah and tastier than grandma’s brownies.




Don’t forget our Botteshop is stocked full of excellent beer available to be taken home for your enjoyment. Some specific beers we have that are most likely sold out everywhere else are the Firestone Walker XVII Anniversary Ale and Velvet Merkin, and also FiftyFifty’s Evan Williams Barrel-Aged Eclipse. I’m also working on some Beer Events for the upcoming months so don’t forget to check back in with us. The beginning of February looks like it’s going to be our first Brewery event of the year. More details to come.



Cheers and Happy New Years,

Posted in AleSmith, Barrel Aged Beer, Belgian Ale, Berryessa Brewing Company, Bottleshop, Craft beer, DeProef, Flemish Ale, Imperial Stout, Kasteel, Sour beer, Winters

Preserve gets... Better

by Doug Walker | September 19, 2013

We've talked about it, explored the idea like Magellan, no, Cortés, Hérnan Cortés, and we're finally ready to say Preserve proudly presents its very own BOTTLESHOP.
We've taken baby steps thus far, but our BOTTLESHOP is on the verge of blossoming in to a large Magical Garden of tasty beers. The direction we're headed is rooted in beers that age well. That means you'll encounter various Belgian styles, sours, anniversary, seasonal and barrel-aged beers but that's not to say you won't also find 6 and 12 packs of American goodness perfect for the Football Season.


Many of these so-called beers that "Age to Perfection" ain't from 'round hea, but here at Preserve we're fond of the local things. That means we'll do our due diligence to also highlight local beers in the bottleshop. Assuming these beer styles won't age as well (Pale ales, IPAs) we'll just have to make sure to push those beers as fast as possible because we would never want to sell anyone a bad brew.

From here on out, you can enjoy a delicious pizza, BLT or anything Preserve Public House has to offer, then cruise into the Bottleshop, grab some fancy beer and take them to your private house. Can or bottle, import or export, make sure you can import yourself into our craft beer Bottleshop to take home some amazing beer. 

Posted in Barrel Aged Beer, Bottleshop, Crooked Stave, Jolly Pumpkin, localbeer, Panil, Preserve, Preserve Public House, Saison, Sour Beer, St. Feuillien, Winters

Earthquake Cask

by Doug Walker | August 12, 2013

Cask you say firkin?!

In 2 weeks, we'll be having our first cask ever at Preserve! For those of us who don't know what a cask is, it is what is referred to as "Real Ale" over in the United Kingdom. Cask ale is unfiltered and unpasteurized beer that undergoes another "conditioning" fermentation in the Firkin, different than the traditional kegs we're used to in the US. Inside the firkin, sugar and extra ingredients are added which allows the beer to further ferment, resulting in a beer slightly higher in alcohol percentage and a silkier, softer mouthfeel, and a flavor profile that many agree to just be better.

Friday, August 23nd, which just happens to be Earthquake Festival, we'll be pouring the casked version of Firestone Walker's Union Jack IPA. Union Jack is undoubtedly one of the best IPAs on the planet. It has a RateBeer.com rating of 99 pts and has won the festival of festival's (Great American Beer Fest) Gold medal in the American IPA category in consecutive years (2008, 2009). Union Jack is the perfect IPA, dry hopped three separate times and bursting with citrus aromatics,  putting it on cask makes it just a smidge more perfect. 

Don't forget to stop by Preserve Public House, Friday, August 23rd at 5:00pm to enjoy the casket version of Union Jack. The thing about cask ales is they're not brewed to last and generally sell out in hours! Come in early to secure your pint, or pints, of Union Jack!


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