Every year Automatic brews Handlebar IIPA to celebrate the life of Ben Davidson. This year's release will happen on Saturday, June 11th at 11:30am. Join us for a beer, grab a growler, enjoy a Benny (this years version of the Earl Franklin) and celebrate.
"Big" Ben Davidson, renowned for his 1960s exploits as an Oakland Raider Defensive End, as well as his enormous frame, grandiose mustache and his famed Miller Lite commercials, was obsessed with collecting cans, and bottles, during his travels as both a professional football player and devoted family man.
The six foot eight three-time AFL All Star and member of the AFL Hall of Fame began his football career with the Green Bay Packers — and that year the team won the NFL championship. Davidson later landed in the AFL with the Raiders, an iconoclastic team full of larger than life personalities and renegades, Davidson among them. Davidson played in Super Bowl II, three AFL championship games and the first AFC championship game. Davidson was part of the "Eleven Angry Men" defense that set the record for sacks in a season with 73 and made the Raiders the most notorious team in football.
Davidson's formidable physical presence and equally tremendous personality made him a natural for Hollywood, starting with Robert Altman's "M*A*S*H" in 1970. He can be seen in the movies Conan the Barbarian and Necessary Roughness, as well as innumerous television guest star appearances from Charlies' Angels to Happy Days.
But his most famous role was as himself in more than two dozen commercials for Miller Lite— he was, alongside Rodney Dangerfield and Bubba Smith, part of the popular, long-running "Tastes great, less filling" campaign that Advertising Age called the eighth-best advertising campaign of the 20th century.
Despite his relationship with Miller Lite, Ben loved craft beer and could often be seen in Blind Lady telling stories of his travels while sipping a local IPA. It was on just such an occasion that we met Ben and learned about his extensive collection. After sharing a few beers the offer was given: if we display them, we can have them.
Davidson spent his post-football years traveling the world with his friends and family including his wife of over 50 years, Kathy, and his three daughters— Janella, Dana and Vicky. An amazing storyteller, those adventures took him, on motorcycle, to the Panama Canal and around the US in a four-month adventure with fellow former Raider Tom Keating, but also on bicycle and in motorhomes, traipsing his family to all corners of the world.
Flights start Friday at 11:30am and go all weekend
SWEET SUNNY SOUTH
Southern table beer
This rustic ale features southern twists including corn grits, tea leaves, and plenty of sweet fruit, peaches, papaya, guava, and prickly pear.
o Austin beer works
o Bayou Teche Brewing
o Creature Comforts
o Funky Buddha
o Wicked Weed
o Sierra Nevada
Imperial Session IPA J
Hops are the stars in this imperial session ipa with intense Yakima valley hops and feature vivid aromas of citrus, berry, and bright tropical fruit.
o Bale Breaker
o Barley Browns
o Black Raven Brewing
o Melvin Brewing Co.
o Sierra Nevada
Imperial Brown Ale w/ cocoa
A rich malty brown ale ratchets up the flavor w/ the use of complex roasted malts, honey oats, Minnesota wild rice finishing w/ a chocolate kick of cocoa nibs
o Schells brewing
o Dark Horse Brewing
o Perennial Artisan
o Sun King Brewing
o Sierra Nevada
Sessions Rye w/ Hibiscus
This complex session ale packs an impressive flavor into an easy drinking beer featuring aromatic hops robust earthy malts and a touch of hibiscus for a floral tangy finish.
o Bear Republic
o Mad River
o Maui Brewing
o Sierra Nevada
PAT RYE OT
Revolutionary Pale Ale
This Pale Ale features rye and apples alongside a healthy dose of bold American hops for light bodied modern take a recipe steeped in traditional flavors
o Devils Backbone Brewing
o Dogfish Head
o Trillium Brewing
o Sierra Nevada
STOUT OF THE UNION
Robust Stout features layers of deep malt flavors with rich roasty caramel notes of coffee cocoa and dried fruit for a flavorful take on the traditional dark ale.
o Bagby Brewing Co.
o Smog City
o The Lost Abbey
o Sierra Nevada
Sunday, April 10th will mark exactly 3 months and we'll pay tribute to the late, great David Bowie by tapping Ninkasi Brewing Ground Control and a keg of AutomaticBrewingCo Major Tom Barrel-Aged Pale Ale (a space oddity of a beer for sure).
Opening at 11:30am...
Tap Ninkasi Ground Control & Automatic Major Tom
Bowie Videos and Movies on the Big Screen.
Bowie on the soundsystem (originals, covers, collabs, etc.)
LA Galaxy on the big screen at 7:30pm (Galaxy, get it?)
We are ecstatic to announce we are doing a Six-Course Collaboration Dinner with the wonderful Tijuana restaurant VERDE Y CREMA and it will be happening at THEIR gorgeous restaurant. Let's Go Clandestino, the amazing Baja Tour company, are selling the tickets through their site with an option to include a BUS RIDE down and back.
This Six-Course Dinner will have the option to come with pairings, which include two wines from Ulloa (an amazing Baja winery owned by Laja / Merotoro Chef Jair Tellez, who is also an owner of Verde Y Crema), a Wendlandt beer (they just took the top honor at the Mexico Beer Awards), a beer from our own Master Brewer Lee Chase of Automatic Brewing Co, and will finish with Verde Y Crema's own Mezcal. Menu will be release next week, but if interested now is the time to ensure we don't sell out!
And by the way, there are TWO seatings, one at 6pm and one at 9pm.
Chef Zoé Villarreal - Chef, Verde y Crema
Chef Jennifer G. Arana - Sous Chef, Verde Y Crema
Chef Sharon Wilson - Chef, Panama 66 (and former Head Chef of Tiger!Tiger!)
Chef Norbert Moniz - Chef, Tiger!Tiger! & Blind Lady Ale House
Chef Tim Fuller - Chef, Charcuterie & Baking Program BLAH, T!T! & P66
6-Course Dinner $63 (w/ bus $83)
6-Course Dinner + Drink Pairings $83 (w/ bus $103)
What are you doing Valentine's Day?
We'll be serving up Sexy & Sour Flights all day and night. Starting at 11:30am...
•Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme
•Russian River Supplication
•Almanac Hoppy Sour Mandarina
•Ninkasi RD Sour of Love
•Dogfish Head Noble Rot 2014
•The Libertine Table Saison
We'll also be playing love songs, nothing but love songs. Well, maybe some other stuff, but damn sure it'll be sexy.
Lots of craft cans and 200 Canniversary Keeper Koozies
One koozie per can purchased. Drink 4 cans, get 4 koozies!
Starts at 11:30am. We'll have 200-ish koozies to give away.
Canned beer makes its debut on this day in 1935. In partnership with the American Can Company, the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company delivered 2,000 cans of Krueger’s Finest Beer and Krueger’s Cream Ale to faithful Krueger drinkers in Richmond, Virginia. Ninety-one percent of the drinkers approved of the canned beer, driving Krueger to give the green light to further production.
MEATLESS MONDAY meets MERCH MADNESS
We'll release our Anniversary with special Customer Appreciation prices.
$7 off any merch purchase on Monday night.
VHS SUNDAYS MORE TO TUESDAYS
Craftsman Fall Back, Craftsman El Prieto Ale (Sour Black Ale)
Russian River Supplication, Russian River Consecration
New Belgium Le Terroir and more
BLIND IPA CHALLENGE
This one will be easy. All local. All familiar.
Winner(s) gets(splits) a $100 gift card to BLAH.
$2 HANGAR 24 Orange Wheat and Alt Amber until it's gone.
Starts at 5pm.
These were the 1st beers ever tapped at BLAH.
PROGRESSIVE GONE WILD
ENTIRE BEER BOARD $4 til 4pm
And lunch pizzas til 4pm
We'll have 7th Anniversary Keeper Glasses at 5pm.
Purchase a beer. Keep the glass. 144 glasses.
CAPE RUN - SOLD OUT
MYSTERY BIKE RIDE We'll meet at BLAH and go on a 20-ish mile ride. There will be some food and some beer and some fun. Honestly, we're still figuring it out. Meet at BLAH at 11am. CUSTOMER APPRECIATION NIGHT
AKA SCHWAG SUNDAY
Starting at 5pm
Wear any year BLAH Anniversary shirt or hoodie and save…
7th anniv = 5%
6th anniv = 10%
5th anniv = 15%
4th anniv = 20%
3rd anniv = 20%
2nd anniv = 25%
1st anniv = 30%
Yes, you can purchase a 7th anniversary shirt and save 5% on your entire order, even the shirt.
INSPIRED TO RIDE follows a handful of cyclists as they race unsupported in the inaugural year of The Trans Am Bike Race. It's the antithesis to events like Tour de France and Race Across America. There are no teams, no support vehicles, no special jerseys and not a dime in prize money.
As they battle lack of sleep, injuries and spirited competition, INSPIRED TO RIDE takes you on an invigorating road trip — amidst the jaw-dropping beauty of the TransAmerica Trail with its varied landscapes, intriguing locals and found stories which dot this path of discovery.
WEDNESDAY, OCT 28TH, 5pm SOUR FLIGHTS
ALL FLIGHT ONLY!!!!
Green flash Morta Plum
Great Divide 21st Anniversary Sour
Bruery Tart of Darkness
Almanac Pumpkin Sour
Craftsman Mesa Verde
New Belgium La Folie
WEDNESDAY, NOV 4TH, 5pm BEYOND THE PALE
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale introduced many of us to the world of hoppy beers. Then, Celebration, once a year, took it to an entirely new extreme both in flavor and ABV. Tonight we celebrate Sierra Nevada and their story "Beyond The Pale." Join us for a flight of deliciously fresh, hoppy beers and a chance to get your hands on a copy of the book. Pale Ale, Celebration, Estate, Harvest, Torpedo, Hop Hunter Beyond the Pale chronicles Ken Grossman's journey from hobbyist homebrewer to owner of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., one of the most successful craft breweries in the United States. From youthful adventures to pioneering craft brewer, Ken Grossman shares the trials and tribulations of building a brewery that produces more than 800,000 barrels of beer a year while maintaining its commitment to using the finest ingredients available. Since Grossman founded Sierra Nevada in 1980, part of a growing beer revolution in America, critics have proclaimed his beer to be "among the best brewed anywhere in the world."
FRIDAY, NOV 6TH, 11:30am-4pm ALL BEERS $4 EVERY BEER
FRIDAY, NOV 6TH, 5PM-CLOSE DOGFISH HEAD BIRTHDAY FLIGHTS
FEATURING: American Beauty, Sahtea and Noble Rot,
60 Minute, 90 Minute, 120 Minute
Punkin Ale, Indian Brown Ale, Kvasir
SATURDAY, NOV 7TH, 11:30am-CLOSE Greenflash VS Alpine
Handshake IPA, Pure Hoppiness, DUET,
Segal Ranch, Cuvee Trippel, Cellar 3 TBD
SUNDAY, NOV 8TH
MONDAY, NOV 9TH SDMBA FUNDRAISER & MOVIE NIGHT THE RIDER & THE WOLF PLUS, NEW BELGIUM FLIGHTS
BEERS: LA TERROIR, LA FOLIE, ERIKS ALE & MORE
Beers start at 5pm. SDMBA event starts at 6pm.
BENEFIT: $10 donation at the door with all proceeds going to SDMBA for better trails!
Ride: There will also be a ride before the movie.
Movie The Rider & The Wolf - https://vimeo.com/115822324 The Rider and the Wolf is a feature documentary about the life and mysterious disappearance of Mountain Bike Hall of Fame cyclist Mike Rust. He helped form the sport of mountain biking in the USA with the stoke and technical innovations he put into action in the mountain towns of Crested Butte and Salida. He went missing without a trace in 2009 in remote part of Colorado. The mystery remains. more movie info here
THURSDAY, NOV 12TH
TWO SCIENTISTS WALK INTO A BAR
Molecular Biology / Marine Ecologist
7.30pm to 9.30pm
Join them, and ask them anything you want! They'll be easy to spot. Just look for the sign that reads: "We are scientists. Ask us anything!"
FRIDAY, NOV 13TH, 5pm New English Flights ADAMS AVENUE/BINE & VINE DRAFT
FEATURING: Pure & Simple IPA, Humbly Legit IPA, Two Legit DIPA.
Brewers Special Brown Ale, Adams Avenue Imperial Porter, Zumbar Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout.
Plus, a cask of _____!!
Two legit... Two legit to quit
Two legit... Two legit to quit
Two legit... Two legit to quit
Sweat running all over my chest (chest) I don't quit no!
I just press harder (Yea!) than I ever did before going for
The dreams that I have in store in my mind (mind) and I know
That I'm makin it I gotta get mine and nobody's takin it away
(No!) cause hammer don't play that you try to get mine
Boy you better step back freeze (freeze) cause
You don't want none I hustle for my muscle and you look
Weak son (real weak) yea!... I'm goin for all that I can get
Kickin at the top cause I'm two legit to quit... sing!...
Two legit... Two legit to quit (hey... hey...) Two legit... Two
Legit... Two legit to quit... (hey...) Two legit... Two legit to quit
(two legit...) Two legit... Two legit to quit...
SATURDAY, NOV 14TH, 5pm MODERN TIMES VEGAN PIZZA PARTY
FEATUING ANY OR ALL OF THESE: Blazing World, Lomaland, Black House, Fortunate Islands, Neverwhere 100% Brett IPA, Aurora Red Rye IPA, Fruitlands with Apricot, Monsters Park Imperial Stout, Orderville IPA, Lost Horizon DIPA
IT'S GONNA BE LIKE THIS, BUT VEGAN
SUNDAY, NOV 15TH ALLAGASH FLIGHTS
Victor, Adventureux, Farm to Face,
Sluxus, Special Hoppy Blonde & KEEPER GLASSES
6TH ANNUAL ALPINE (UP &) DOWNHILL POSTPONED 'TIL 11/22 DUE TO RAIN :(
For the last 5 years we've taken a group of 20-30 cyclists on a ride up to Alpine Beer Co for a tour some tastes and then rider back to Blind Lady Ale House for a guided tasting with Pat and Val from Alpine. This year we're moving things over to Panama 66. Yep, we'll start from P66, ride 25+ miles up to Alpine and then back to P66. At the end of the ride we will taste PURE HOPPINESS, DUET, HOPPY BIRTHDAY, NELSON & MAYBE MORE with Pat and Val. All riders will be treated to food, commemorative gifts and a truly amazing time. Sign up and don't miss out... http://bpt.me/2460909
Home Brewing Co on tap this Thursday.
A few of our bartenders had the opportunity to go in and brew with George from Home Brewing Co a few weeks back. The first lager in their series of SMASH beers (Single Malt And Single Hop). Notes of melon and citrus rind from Mandarina Bavaria (a new German varietal), balanced by intensely bready floor-malted bohemian pilsner malt from Germany.
We'll also have Westoaster on tap. Ryan from Westcoaster was part of this Amber ale featuring 100% Red X malt with SD Grown Fresh Hops. Malt forward, beautiful red hue, toasty with hints of cherry and dark fruit. A soft, resinous, citrus hop profile.
Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country. To honor our employees we will be closing up shop for the day and heading to the park for a picnic. Enjoy the day. Cheers.
You want the good or the bad first? OK, here is the bad.
We have decided to close our Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday lunches down and we will open at 5pm those days. Friday, Saturday & Sunday lunches are still ON and we will continue to open at 11:30am on those days.
And now for the awesome news:
We are opening up MONDAY NIGHTS. We have never done this and are darned excited.
So to re-cap our hours:
Monday-Thursday, 5:00pm - 12:00am (No lunch)
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 11:30am- 12:00am
Changes are hard but also can be amazing and we are excited by these. This all begins THIS MONDAY, August 3rd.
A few other things to note: We, because of YOU, donated over $1000 to Alex's Lemonade Stand this past Saturday. Thank you everyone who came out to support this cause, or just came to eat and drink.
And this Saturday Suzie's Farm, is hosting their annual Pedal, Pick and Grin event, a fun family-time of music, veggie picking and bike riding! We are organizing / hosting a ride down there to their farm in the Tijuana River Basin. Check out the details on our Facebook event page. Say hi to one of the guys pickin', grinnin' and singin', Mr. Gary Hankins, who moonlights as a bartender at Panama 66.
Tomorrow, Friday, starting at Noon we have Left Hand Brewing Flights. PoleStar Pils, Nitro Milk Stout, Great JuJu, Fade to Black and more.
Saturday, July 25 is our Alex's Lemonade Stand Day. It said it was Sunday in the City Beat ad because Jeff is overworked and not so great with dates but it's Saturday! That means we are giving 20% of our sales to this amazing organization that supports childhood cancer research. We will have Lemon Pudding Cake from our Baking Team as well as a Chef Joseph lemon savory special. Jeff has requested a Lemony Pizza. We will see if THAT will come to fruition ;)
Sunday, July 26 has *two* events happening, sort of. The Gold Cup Final, which is Mexico vs. Jamaica, is at 4:30. Would have preferred a US v. Mexico showing but Jamaica has never made it to the final and Mexico is doing well so should be a solidly fun game. After that's over it will be time for our newest installment of VHS SUNDAYS. Have you ever seen our VHS collection? It's stupid good. We will show one selection at 6:30 and another at 8:30, or thereabouts.
Looking ahead, one of our most favorite local farms, Suzie's Farm, is hosting their annual Pedal, Pick and Grin event, a fun family-time of music, veggie picking and bike riding! We are organizing / hosting a ride down there to their farm in the Tijuana River Basin. Interested? Check out the details on our Facebook event page. Bonus: One of our favorite Panama 66 staff guys (Gary Hankins) is performing!
4:00 PM – Haiti v. Honduras (Fox Sports 1, UniMás, Univision Deportes,)
6:30 PM – Panama v. United States (Fox Sports 1, UniMás, Univision Deportes)
Our plan is to open bar only at 6pm for this one and close at 9pm. BYOFood.
Tuesday 14 July
GOLD CUP: Group B
3:00 PM – Jamaica v. El Salvador (Fox Sports 1, UniMás, Univision Deportes) - on bar tv
5:30 PM – Canada v. Costa Rica (Fox Sports 1, UniMás, Univision Deportes) - on bar tv
TOUR DE FRANCE: STAGE 10, 5pm & 9PM
Tarbes to La Pierre-Saint-Martin, 167 km
Following the initial rest day, and with no warmup ascents before the summit, this first mountaintop finish will likely put an end to someone's Tour dreams.
What does it feel like? The Col de Soudet is rarely used in the Tour, but at 15 km and 7.4 percent average grade, it's a legitimate Grand Tour climb. Get a taste on the 85 miles from Reno, Nevada, to the top of 8,340-foot Monitor Pass.
Wednesday 15 July
GOLD CUP: Group C
3:00 PM – Cuba v. Guatemala (Fox Sports 2, UniMás, Univision Deportes) - on bar tv
This one's a killer: four major climbs and four more stages after this until the rest day. The summit finish on Plateau de Beille starts out steep, with 2.5 miles averaging almost 9 percent, and backs off only slightly from there.
What does it feel like? This stage has more than 11,500 feet of climbing. That's five full repeats of Boulder's Flagstaff Mountain, starting at University Bikes on 9th and Pearl.
Saturday 18 July
GOLD CUP: QUARTER-FINALS
2:00 PM – _________ v. __________ (Fox, Univision, Univision Deportes)
Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to La Toussuire-Les Sybelles, 138 km
The race is likely to be won or lost today. At just 138 km, the course climbs literally from the start, which favors opportunistic attackers. Four climbs, including the hellish Croix de Fer, culminate in the summit finish at La Toussuire.
What does it feel like? Roughly 55 of the 138 km in this stage go up. That's the same distance as Hawaii's Haleakala volcano, but at a steeper grade. If you've ever suffered up Haleakala, think of the same distance at 7 percent average, instead of a mere 5.
If standings are close, the final ascent of Alpe d'Huez could be this year's climax. The long descent from the Col de la Croix de Fer will likely bring splits back together, so expect ceasefire from the big guns. But at the base of Alpe, last-chance stage-win hopefuls will battle the GC riders to the top for bragging rights.
What does it feel like? There's no real climb in the U.S. quite like Alpe d'Huez, but the Strava Classic segment of New York's Whiteface Mountain is remarkably close in distance (8 miles) and total ascent (3,500 feet).
It's Michael "The Beer Hunter" Jackson's birthday and we're celebrating by showing THE BEER HUNTER documentary at noon in the Hamm's Room w/ full sound. We'll also be tapping 2 different Port Beer Hunter releases. We think we still have and Episode 2 and Episode 3 squirreled away somewhere. Who knows what else might show up.
Then, at 5pm we'll tap a cask of Coronado Sock Knocker Imperial IPA w/ Mosaic Hops. Dang, that's gonna be some hoppy ____!
This Saturday, 3/21 the fine people of Drakes will pretty much lay us to waste with a very hoppy ending. We'll have flights featuring Hopocalypse, Wild Hundo (100% brett 1500), 7x70, Migrating Monkey (collaboration with Monkey Paw) and more. Plus, we'll have 5 gallons of Black Label to serve up by the glass. Last year it pretty much didn't stop pouring until it was all gone.