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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Celebrate 25 Years of John Martin's Beers with 40 Taps, Including Rarities

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John Martin (left) with his brother Reid (center and brewmaster Rodger Davis - JAY BROOKS/BROOKSTON BEER BULLETIN
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  • John Martin (left) with his brother Reid (center and brewmaster Rodger Davis

Celebration of John Martin's Brewing Success

Where: Beer Revolution, 464 3rd St. (at Broadway), Oakland, (510) 452-BEER

When: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 6 p.m.

Cost: What the rare (and less rare) brews cost

Twenty-five years ago, American craft beer was just getting its footing.

Still in its infancy, Sierra Nevada was planting the seeds of Pale Ale manifest destiny from its Northern California headquarters. Yet options such as Sam Adams Boston Lager and Pete's Wicked Ale had barely started making the rounds, so most bar patrons were left with Sophie's choice: Silver Bullet or Bud.

Lucky Berkeley residents, however, were treated to more flavorful options when John Martin opened the Triple Rock Brewery in 1986.

Fast forward a quarter of a century, and Martin oversees an empire of East Bay breweries that includes Triple Rock, Drake's and Jupiter.

While many breweries would be out of touch and showing their age after 25 years, these outfits still have their finger on the pulse of craft brewing.

Triple Rock is churning out more innovative brews than ever under the hand of brewer Rodger Davis, and its annual barrel-aged, cask, and sour beer festivals have gained well-deserved attention.

Drake's newly bottled Aroma Coma IPA just took home a silver medal and People's Choice Award at the Bistro IPA Festival.

Add in the newly minted Drake's Barrel House, and Martin and Co. still have their hands full.

After 25 years of hard work and beer evangelism, Martin deserves a party.

Appropriately, Martin's party will feature more than 40 beers on tap from his breweries, including one-time only creations. Rarities include:

  • Triple Rock White Chocolate Milk Stout
  • Triple Rock IIMAXX Double IPA
  • Summit School: Drake's Aroma Coma triple dry-hopped with Summit hops
  • Baby Bourbon: amber ale and barleywine aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels

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