December Newsletter

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As December rolls in and the holiday season is in full swing it's easy to get lost in the holiday madness. Luckily, we’ve planned ahead and got you covered with IAC news. We’re throwing an IAC holiday party on December 21st and running a Toys For Tots Toy Drive for an entire week. We’re also fully stocked with IAC merchandise for the shopping season- new beanies, windbreakers, crewnecks, t-shirts, gift cards and more! You can stop by the brewery to shop for these items or shop online here. Happy Holidays!


Holiday Party: Thursday, December 21st

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Come celebrate the first day of winter with us! We’re hosting a holiday party at the brewery on December 21st! It's an ugly sweater party with prizes for the most ridiculous sweater, so get creative and wear the craziest sweater you've got. There will be Christmas music and movies, so stop by for a festive evening! More details to come.


Toys For Tots Toy Drive

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IAC will be hosting a Toys For Tots Toy Drive the week of 12/11-12/17. Bring in a new, unwrapped toy anytime during that week and get a pint of your choice for only $.01 (Limited 1 pint per customer, but bring as many toys as you'd like).


December Specialty Pizza

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This month’s specialty pizza is Veggie Supreme! The Veggie Supreme has mushroom, spinach, tomato, red bell pepper, basil, oregano, goat cheese and mozzarella topped with a balsamic drizzle. This pizza pairs great with our session IPA, Illusion.


New Canning Line at IAC!

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We recently installed our new canning line at the brewery in November. You can expect small canning runs of limited release and one-off beers to be released regularly. The new canning line sits right outside the viewing window in the tasting room so you might catch us canning at the brewery during one of your visits. Expect new can releases for later this month! Follow us on social media for specific can release updates.


Trivia Tuesdays

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Join us from 7pm-9pm every Tuesday night for beer and brain teasers! Winners receive IAC gift cards.


Lockdown: Featuring Ventura Coast Brewing Company

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Lockdowns only happen once a month and feature a special guest brewery and their favorite beers on tap at IAC. This month’s Lockdown will feature Ventura Coast Brewing Company! VCBC will be here on December 27th to hang out and pour some of their brews! Don’t miss out on this one night only event. More details to come!


Upcoming Beers

These beers will be getting tapped in the tasting room soon. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter for exact release dates!

2017 Bad Scene (Imperial Stout)- 11.5% (Early December)
Our annual winter stout is back! A straight up imperial stout loaded with tons of dark malts. This big stout finishes rich and slightly sweet with mild bitterness for balance. Complex, a touch boozy and perfect for a chilly night.

Batch 209 (IPA)- 7.5% (Out Now)
New IPA recipe with Mosaic, Citra, Cascade, Chinook and Columbus hops. Super dry and hop forward.

Institution IPA with Mango & Habanero (West Coast IPA)- 7.5% (Taps Tomorrow 12/2)
Our flagship IPA hopped with Columbus, Mosaic, Simcoe and Centennial. This time we added Mango and Habaneros giving it a tropical fruitiness and clean, sharp spiciness.

Relapse (Imp. Red Rye)-8.2% (Mid December)
Relapse, our winter seasonal returns! Relapse is a malty, chewy red ale with rye malt and citrus-forward hops. It's the perfect beer for any hop head when colder weather hits - it's strong and malty but also bitter with huge hop character.

Sedation (Session Red)- 4.0% (Late December)
One of our original beers, Sedation combines malty and toasty flavors with floral and citrusy hop flavors. It's brewed with Centennial, Cascade and HBC-342.

Batch 219 (Oatmeal Stout)- 5.4% (Mid December)
A new, lower ABV stout with a rich and creamy mouthfeel. A combination of roasted and caramel malts create flavors of coffee, chocolate.

Nitro Batch 219 (Oatmeal Stout)- 5.4% (Mid December)
The same recipe as regular Batch 219 but served on nitro.

Stranger in a Strange Place (Double Dry Hopped Pale Ale)- 5.8% (Late December)
A brand new double dry hopped pale ale. Amarillo, Mosaic and Simcoe hops. Be on the lookout for this beer to be released in cans!

Veil of Shadows (Double IPA)- 9.5% (Late December)
A brand new double IPA! Cascade, Mosaic and Simcoe hops. Be on the lookout for this beer to be released in cans!

Unfamiliar Skies (IPA)- 6.8% (Early December)
A re-brew of Batch 189. Unfamiliar Skies is one of our new favorites - sharp West Coast bitterness with plenty of piney and lemony hop character.

2017 Holiday Ale (Oatmeal Stout with Raspberry, Vanilla and Cocoa Nibs)- 5.4% (Late December)
Our annual holiday ale will be tapped later this month. It’s a lighter bodied oatmeal stout, rich vanilla and cocoa flavors complemented by a slight fruitiness and sweetness from the addition of raspberries.


What's on Tap?

Here's what's on tap currently in the tasting room as of December 1st.

ILLUSION Session IPA4.5% 
CLARITY Dry Hop Golden Ale4.7%
SCOVILLE CLARITY Dry Hop Golden Ale w/ Peppers4.7%
ONE FLEW OVER Chocolate Brown Ale, 5.1%
NITRO ONE FLEW OVER Chocolate Brown Ale, 5.1%
Rx PILS German Style Pilsner, 5.2%
COHERENCE California Pale Ale, 5.5%
RESTRAINT Maple Brown Ale, 6.0%
PUMPKIN RESTRAINT Maple Brown Ale, 6.2%
MOSAIC Pale Ale6.2%
DISSONANCE Golden Stout served on nitro, 6.5%
WHITE WALLS White IPA6.7%
RATCHED Rye Porter6.7%
NITRO RATCHED Rye Porter6.7%
INSTITUTION IPA West Coast IPA, 7.5%
BATCH 209  Dry Hopped IPA, 7.5%
REVELATION Double White IPA, 8.0%
SCARY DAIRY Imperial Milk Stout served on nitro, 8.8%
Keep it 200 Double Dry Hopped IPA, 8.9%

Visit www.institutionales.com/on-tap/ anytime for a daily updated tap list.


Adjusted Holiday Hours

Monday, December 4th, 11am - 4pm (Closing early for our StaffHoliday Party) 
Sunday, December 24th, 10am - 6pm (Closing early for Christmas Eve)
Monday, December 25th, CLOSED (Christmas Day)
Sunday, December 31st, 10am - 6pm (Closing early for New Year's Eve)
Monday, January 1st, CLOSED (New Year's Day)


Upcoming Events

Winter Wine Walk (Saturday, December 2nd): We will be pouring at the Ventura Winter Wine Walk & Holiday Street Fair in Downtown Ventura. For tickets and information visit their website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ventura-winter-wine-walk-saturday-dec-2nd-4pm-700pm-tickets-35054466854?ref=ebtnebtckt

Tap Takeover at Relm Wine & Beer Bistro (Thursday, December 7th): We’ll be doing a tap takeover at Relm Wine & Beer Bistro from 5-8pm. We’re going to have six beers on tap and you’ll be able to keep the glassware! For tickets and more information check out their website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/relm-wine-beer-bistro-1-year-anniversary-celebration-and-wine-tasting-event-tickets-40032394971?aff=eac2

Extreme Beer Fest (Saturday, December 9th): We will also be pouring at the Extreme Beer Fest in Los Angeles in December. The one-day, two-session event will be held on Saturday, at the California Market Center in DTLA. For tickets and more information visit their website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/extreme-beer-fest-los-angeles-2017-tickets-33295787597

Toys For Tots Toy Drive (Monday, December 11th-17th): IAC will be hosting a Toys For Tots Toy Drive the week of 12/11-12/17. Bring in a new, unwrapped toy and get a pint of your choice for only $.01 (Limited 1 pint per customer, but bring as many toys as you'd like). For more information on how to donate visit their website: https://www.toysfortots.org/

Woodstock's Pizza Isla Vista (Wednesday, December 13th): We’re having a Pint Night at Woodstock’s in Isla Vista! Come hangout, grab a beer and keep the glass! For more information visit their website: https://woodstocksiv.com/events/

IAC Holiday Party (Thursday, December 21st): We’re hosting a holiday party at the brewery! It's an ugly sweater party with prizes for the most ridiculous sweater, so get creative and wear the craziest sweater you've got. There will be Christmas music and movies, so stop by for a festive evening! More details to come.

Lockdown: Featuring Ventura Coast Brewing Company (Wednesday, December 27th): This month’s lockdown will be featuring our friends from VCBC! Join us at the brewery on December 27th and come hang with the VCBC crew and try some of their favorite beers! More details to come.

Shaun SmithComment