Holiday Bottle Share at King Harbor Brewing

Suppose you had an outstanding collection of craft beer and you wanted to go on the wagon for a year, what would you do? Well, if you are anything like local craft beer aficionado and beer hoarder Chad Hazen you donate a large portion of it for a bottle share to benefit a local charity. As Hazen told me, he decided he wanted to quit drinking beer for a year while he trains for a marathon and his collection of beer was just a little too much temptation. He got together with King Harbor Brewing Company, of which he is one of the investors, and they decided they would have a bottle share benefiting Richstone Family Center which is located in Hawthorne. The Richstone Family Center is dedicated to preventing and treating child abuse and holding the event just before Christmas just seemed right to Hazen and King Harbor Brewing.

This bottle share was a little different than any bottle share I have attended previously in that attendees did not bring any bottles; the beers were all donated by Hazen from his personal stash; and what a stash it was. The published beer list would make any bottle shop proud:

Stone Vertical Epic 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Ommegang 15th Anniversary

Kern River Class V Stout

Figueroa Mountain Third Anniversary

Listermann Nutcase Peanut Butter Porter

Stone Southern Charred 2013

Revolution Deth’s Tar

Iron Hill Russian Imperial Stout

Inland Empire Pepin the Short

Hoppin Frog Frosted Frog Christmas

Grassroots Arctic Saison, Convivial Suarez

Trillium Fort Point Double Dry Hopped Pale Ale

Southern Tier Plum Noir, Chocolate

The Bruery: Black Tuesday, Black Tuesday Rum Barrel, Oude Tart w/ Cherries, Ebony & Oak, Hottenroth, Mischmischmisch, Atomic Kangarue, Golden Orchard, Mash, Roble Blanco, 6 Geese Barrel Aged, White Chocolate, Bois

Hill Farmstead Arthur, Nordic Saison

Cantillon Kriek Lambic

Goose Island Juliet, 2013 Sophie

Mystic Vinland

Anchorage Love Buzz

Cascade Apricot

New Holland Dragon’s Milk

Night Shift Nebula

Oxbow Synthesis

Boulevard Harvest Dance, Bourbon Barrel Quad

Evil Twin Even More Jesus, Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged

Fifty/Fifty Eclipse 2012 Elijah Craig

Speak Easy Vintage Number One

Big Island Brewhaus Golden Sabbath

Alesmith Speedway Stout With Coffee

Troegs Troegenator

Voodoo Big Black Voodoo Daddy

Olde Hickory Irish Walker & Imperial Stout w/ Honey

Northcoast Barleywine Class Of 89

Deschutes Barleywine Class Of 89

Vertical Epic 2011 Aged In Red Wine Barrels

Chimay Anniversary

Barrier Brewing Morticia

Brooklyn Cuvee Noire

New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red

Epic Blue Law Porter

Victory Oak Horizon

Lavery Devil Bird Imperial Porter

Founders Breakfast Stout, Dirty Bastard

Allagash Nancy

Bell’s Expedition Stout

Westbrook Gose

Crooked Stave Batch 100

Mikkeller Red White Christmas

Anchor Christmas 2011 & 2012

Sly Fox Ichor

Stoudts Fat Dog Aged in Red Wine Barrels

Lakefront Chad

Coachella Valley Dubbel Date

Indian Wells Whiskey Barrel

Neshaminy Creek Neshaminator

La Saison Du Tracteur

Hangar 24 Barrel Roll #3

Samuel Adams 13th Hour

Weyerbacher Tiny

Tickets to the event were only $30 each and limited to 50 sales. As you can see there were more than 80 bottles to choose from so the 50 people that bought tickets to the sold out event had their work cut out for them. In addition to the bottle share there were bottles of Founders Breakfast Stout, Stone Vertical Epic, Westvleteren 12 and Mikkeller Red/White Christmas raffled off.

To say that this was a fun event would be an understatement. Fun people drinking great beer for a good cause; it does not get much better than that. Thank you to King Harbor Brewing Company for hosting the event and really big thanks and a tip of the hat to Chad Hazen for the amazing donation. I know everyone that attended and Richstone Family Center really appreciates your generous contribution. Cheers!

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