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In December, I spent a Sunday hoisting bags of grain, wielding a mash paddle, and cleaning out the mash tun as award-winning brewmaster Tom Nickel and I brewed up a Belgian-style quadrupel called “Double Dubbel.” At press time, the beer was still fermenting, but it figures to finish out around 10% alcohol-by-volume and have its coming out party at Nickel’s venerable Kearny Mesa craft beer bar, O’Brien’s Pub, on Friday, February 6 at 5 p.m. And later this year, a version of the beer aged in rum barrels will debut under the moniker “Double Dubbel Animal-Style,” so there’s even more goodness to come.

Later in February, a Belgian-style table beer (singel) brewed with rhubarb and dry-hopped with Azacca and Nelson Sauvin hops will make its debut at Monkey Paw. Information about that and other upcoming campaign-related beers and events will be provided via San Diego Beer News as well as the recently established Beer to the Rescue Facebook page and Twitter account. For more information on lupus or the LFSC, check out the Lupus Foundation of Southern California website. And if any other breweries—here or anywhere—would like to participate in the Beer to the Rescue campaign, feel free to reach out via email. We’d love to hear from you and all are welcomed. Cheers to the terrific breweries taking part in this effort, and cheers to beer and its ability to make lives better in such a variety of ways.

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