Monday-Thursday 5pm-12am /// Friday-Sunday 11:30am-12am /// Last Call 11:15pm

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween at Blind Lady

We will be open on Halloween and we will have candy for the kids (5-8pn) and beer for the adults all night. The candy will be free, but you gotta pay for the beer. We've heard that Rare Hare and Viva Pops will be giving out candy as well.

Plan 1 (The Daddy Plan): Swing by first with the kids and grab some candy, a beer and some food before heading out. Gotta get a good layer of food in them first before all that sugar.
Plan 2 (The No Kids Plan): Turn the lights off and head over for some beers until the kids go to bed, then go home and eat a whole bag of snickers before bed.

Halloween Beers:
AleSmith Evil Dead Red cask - tapped on Friday @ 2pm
Craftsman Edgar's Ale (Edgar Allen Poe)
Firestone Oaktoberfest
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

Express Yourself

Ever find it just way to hard to explain to someone how your beer tastes? Here's a great blog entry by Fal Allen on his blog Brewing in Singapore that will help you find the right words.
Read it.

He also recently posted an entry on food & beer pairing.
Read it.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Blind Lady in the Press :: Tin Fork Review

Chocolate with Your Beer
By Ed Bedford/Tin Fork : Published Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009
San Diego Reader

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Week In Beer :: Oct 20-23

This week we'll celebrate the tapping of these delicious beers:

Tuesday: Pliny the Elder from Russian River.
This Double IPA has a huge hop aroma, crisp hop bitterness, and a ton of hop flavor. Widely considered one of the best Double India Pale Ales available. And it tastes excellent from our taps (all Stainless, Direct Draw)...even Vinnie was impressed.
8.0%ABV, 1.071 O.G

Wednesday: Mothership Wit from New Belgium.
This Organic Belgian Wheat (Wit) ale has a great balance of yeast character and spices (Coriander and Orange Peel). You may be familiar with this style of beer from the popular Blue Moon(MolsonCoors) or Hoegaarden(AB-InBev). This beer, however, is from an Employee-owned American company known for it's environmental consciousness...Does that make it taste better? Not sure, but something does. It's really flavorful, light, and refreshing.

Thursday: Devotion from Lost Abbey.
This Belgian Pale Ale weighs in at 6.25% abv, which is great for having a few. It has an obvious hop character, which is not very characteristic of Belgian beers. The aroma is sweet and Citrus-y. 3 different yeasts are used, but the yeast character is very subdued: It drinks more like a clean west coast pale ale. Hoppy, Dry, Easy to drink, with a pleasant hoppy finish.

Friday: Alpine Tuatara
Every Friday we feature a local breweries Cask Conditioned beer. Cask ales are the most "natural" state of beer: Unfiltered, naturally carbonated from Fermentation, and often with additional ingredients added directly to the specially-designed keg (which is called a Firkin). They are NOT served with CO2 pressure, but instead pulled from the cask with a Beer-Engine (or Hand Pump). These beers are soft on the palate and very flavorful. Each week the selection changes, and each cask is unique, so check out the Chalkboard on Friday, and get to know the beers over an honest pint.

Saturday & Sunday: Pitcher & Pizza
SAT & SUN 11:30am-5:00pm
60oz Pitcher* and a Margherita Pizza
*see menu for beer selection

Friday, October 16, 2009

Homebrewers: The California Report

Craft beer keeps bubbling along...
Listen to the complete story on
The California Report

A Busy Month for Lee

Wow…Last month was a weird one…but in very cool ways! Here’s a little review of some of the interesting things that happened, in chronological order:
  • Spent a few days working in Vancouver, Canada working on a Brewery Engineering project for a client, then stopped in Portland for a night with friends on the way back.
  • Posted the Change of License notice in the window at Blind Lady to become a Small Beer Manufacturer! (Crossing our fingers that this process goes quickly…)
  • During a layover in Amsterdam, spent 3 hours catching a train, finding an excellent good-beer-bar, realizing they don’t take credit cards, searching for Euros, finding Euros, then returning to the airport (via train) to quickly spend the Euros on Belgian beers before catching my plane…bummer. But still cool, in an unfortunate way.
  • Spent a week in Africa (Nairobi, Kenya) working on a small brewery start-up. Brewed 4 batches of beer, filtered and kegged, then tapped a very-young beer before heading back home. Intense work schedule combined with a relatively-unstable country means that very few interesting photos were taken, and very few “sights” were seen. But still…visited the motherland. And made beer there!
  • A layover in Nigeria (a pretty sketchy place) reveals that, for some yet-to-be-explained reason, Delta airlines cancelled my ticket to return to the USA, forcing me to either stay in the Airport for an indefinite amount of time (but at least one night), or purchase a new ticket—a last-minute, one way flight from Nigeria to San Diego--- for $2500! Chose the latter, purchasing the ticket via someones personal cell phone by an unidentified “clerk” said to work for the airline, then promptly canceling the credit card. Last-minute ticket: $2500. Catching the last flight of the night out of Nigeria: Priceless.
  • Judged the largest beer competition in the world—ever! This years Great American Beer Festival in Denver saw a record number of entries: over 3300 beers in competition! Spent over 20 hours in a windowless basement tasting and evaluating beers, arguing and debating the beers merits with other judges, and writing lots of tasting notes.
  • Co-hosted a class on How to Taste and Evaluate Beer at the Great American Beer Festival. This class, entitled You Be the Judge, occurred 12 hours after having the first of many, many beers of the day in a long judging session (which included 5 hours of barrel aged Strong Ales). Discussion topics were created on-the-fly, and covered everything from Proper Pre-Session Personal Hygiene to Dealing with your Emotions when presented with samples both good- and bad-enough to make you want to shout obscenities of either elation or disgust! The class was fun and hopefully educational.
  • Visited Boulder, Colorado: Avery Brewing, Mountain Sun Brew-pub, and RedStone Meadery, then returned to the Great American Beer Festival to taste beers and visit with other brewers. Made some connections to get some rare beers to Blind Lady for SD Beer Week (Nov.6th-15th).
Unfortunately, I was away from Blind Lady for a good number of days, but Jen, Jeff, and Clea stepped up and did a great job in my absence. Thanks to them, and the rest of the BLAH staff. It’s been interesting being away, and it’s great to be back.

Here are some photos.

Monday, October 12, 2009

VOTE FOR US by November 11th


We've made into the top 5 for both "Best Pizza" and "Best New Restaurant" in City Beat's Best of San Diego.


Keep-A-Breast and Blind Lady Dog House

October 18 - Keep A Breast : 11:30-midnite
Raising funds with Shaney Jo and Keep-A-Breast for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
We will be donating $1 per drink all day and all proceeds from our raffle go to KAB.
The girls from KAB will be here with "boobie" schwag and literature along with their one-of-a-kind plaster forms of the female torso.
Joshua Krause will be painting a breast cast live @ 5pm
Black Box labels Zero, Fallen and Mystery have donated decks, shoes and schwag to the raffle.
Get more info on Keep A Breast at their site keep-a-breast.org

November 8th - Blind Lady Dog House
We're turning the Blind Lady into a Dog House to help raise money for Second Chance Dog Rescue. This event is being co-sponsored by the fantastic people at Margo's Bark Soda Co. (who give all their profits to dogs).
From 4-7pm Second Chance will be holding an adoption event in from of the Blind Lady.
Our neighbors Dirty Dog, Pet Me Please and Viva Pops will be here helping out and donating to the raffle.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Beers of the Week :: Oct 6-11

Tue: Aventinus Weizenbock + Dogfish Head Punkin
Wed: Saison Dupont
Thu: Alpine Tuatara (new beer)
Fri: Cask of Green Flash West Coast IPA
Sat: Pitchers from 11:30am-10pm
Sun: Pitchers from 11:30am-10pm

We're working on more for the weekend.
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Monday, October 5, 2009

Grooving in the Bus Lane

If you live anywhere in uptown you can bus to the Blind Lady. We are located at the corner of Adams Ave and 34th Street.

Route 11 runs from SDSU, to Adams, to Park Blvd to Broadway and beyond. If you want to bus to or from North/South Park (Hamilton's, The Station, Whistle Stop, Toronado, Linkery, Bar Pink, etc) you can take Route 2, it will take you from 30th & A to 30th & Adams where you can walk to 34th or jump on the 11 Bus. $2.25 gets you on the bus, $5.00 gets you a day pass so you can go back and forth all day long.

Check SDMTS for schedules. Download a route map here.