Ring in 2019 with bubbles, hops and plenty of dancing


Ringing in 2019 with bubbles, hops, and plenty of dancing, San Diego craft beer veteran, AleSmith Brewing Company launches its second annual New Year’s Eve Hop Drop from 6-11 p.m. on Dec.31.

Along with plenty of flowing beer, the brewery will keep booties shaking with a DJ spinning beats and dance floor. Party goers have their choice of two options for revelry. Option one includes a “Beers and Cheers” pass offers tastings of Gregariously Hopped IPA, Strawberry Tart Horny Devil, Single Barrel Old Numbskull, and Apple Cinnamon Speedway Stout for $20.

For $75, guests can partake in the “VIP Celebration Dinner” with Brother’s Provisions, a buffet including beer-friendly dishes like braised short ribs with balsamic jus and crispy onions, Little Gem Salad with tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, radish, crumbled blue cheese, and white balsamic vinaigrette, truffle whipped potatoes, roasted asparagus, and a wild mushroom and spinach lasagna.

VIP revelers are awarded private access to the Mezzanine level, a private dance floor, and a “create-your-own beer flight,” which includes beers in the “Beers and Cheers” lineup, along with exclusive offers of Port Wee Heavy, Coconut Vanilla Barrel-Aged Speedway Stout, Barrel-Aged WaffleSmith, and Barrel-Aged Cookie Speedway.

Flying solo? Never fear, AleSmith offers a “Mingle Table” to welcome everyone in the celebration.

For both types of ticket holders, the event reaches its hoppy peak with a preview serving of the February 2019 release, Brütiful Day Brüt IPA, which, according to AleSmith presents itself with “delicate malt backbone, bone-dry finish, and a smooth and subtle bitterness,” and “notes of mango, white grapes, and pineapple from a heavy dose of Nelson Sauvin hops.”

An East Coast New Year’s toast will go down at 9 p.m. San Diego time, with a giant hop flower being lowered from the ceiling to echo the ball drop in New York City.

Ahead of the bash, PACIFIC spoke with Peter Zien, owner and brewmaster of AleSmith to find out more about the celebratory beers and what’s in store for 2019.

PACIFIC: Why a Brut IPA?

PETER ZIEN: We created 16 different IPAs in celebration of IPA Week back in July, including a Brut since it’s such a unique style. It was one of the most popular IPAs offered, so it only made sense to make it available outside of the Tasting Room next year!

Which hops are in the Gregariously Hopped IPA?

This beer will be a randall of our Gregarious Nature IPA with whole leaf Mosaic hops.

What is the Barrel Aged WaffleSmith?

This is a variation of our classic Speedway Stout with hints of maple syrup and delicious waffles.

How long was the Port Wee Heavy aged in port barrels and where were the barrels from?

This beer was aged in port barrels from all over the world for over a year. Some barrels were from California wineries, others from France and Portugal. We chose a variety of barrel origins to create a balanced blend of flavors that wouldn’t overpower the underlying beer.

For the cookie Speedway, what kind of cookie flavor are we talking about?

All the cookie flavor! The specific recipe is a trade secret, but the result is a rich, flavorful Imperial Stout with the strong flavors of chocolate chip cookies.

For tickets to the New Year’s Eve Hop Drop, visit here.

9990 AleSmith Ct., Miramar, 858.549.9888,