I went to the Toronado San Diego's 2nd anniversary on Monday night. They had 2 featured beers on tap Cable Car and Burbon Barrel Angels Share by Lost Abbey. I've had the Angels share countless times before and still prefer the brandy barrel version more, but both were ridiculously good. The Cable Car was first brewed for the original Toronado's 21st (I think) anniversary and it's not easy to find. I had some at a rare beer tasting during SD Beer Week last year and other than Yellow Bus is my favorite Lost Abbey beer. It's a sour geuze. Not Cantillion sour, but it's incredibly good. I think they're still selling bottles at the brewery for $75, but the rough part is that you have to drink it there. You can't take it with you.
I also was able to finally try the North Coast Old Rasputin XII and it too is incredible. I also had a Sierra/Anchor Fritz & Ken (Sierra's 30th anniversary beer) as well as a few other beers I hadn't yet been able to try. Sierra's Dark Forces Imperial Porter, Alpine Beer Company's Hoppy Birthday, Russian River Temptation and Supplicationm, Port Brewing 4th Anniversary DIPA, Pport Carlsbad Black Wave...
The best part of the evening was that I got up to use the restroom about 10:00 and on my way there was elbowed by Tomme Arthur (director of brewing for Lost Abbey). We've known Tomme for about 6 years now and it just brought a bit of a smile to my face that arguably, one of the best craft brewers in the US and the brewer of the Cable Car and Angels Share was there, at the Toronado and NONE of the hipster douche bags that frequent the Toronado had any clue who he was. Tomme was waiting for Ian (Toronado owner) and was just standing there talking to no one. I can't say I've ever been to a beer event where Tomme wasn't swarmed before.
and yes, Tuesday was rough!