Burgeon / San Diego Beer News – Cover Story
West Coast IPA, 6.8%
In honor of this very publication, Burgeon has thoughtfully brewed a commemorative beer! San Diego Beer News debuted a year ago this week, as did this column – a collaboration of a different sort in its own right. It has been my distinct honor to represent both Bottlecraft on these pages and I look forward to many future editions. Cover Story is a real hop salad, with Mosaic, Citra, Simcoe, Motueka & Cashmere in the mix. This one goes out to our dedicated readers in San Diego and beyond!
- Japas – Matsurika Jasmine Pilsner, 5%
Fernanda, Maira and Yumi of Japas continue to impress with their explorations of classic styles with unorthodox ingredients appended. The Brazilian operation has been sending beers more frequently of late – a boon for those interested in both the South American craft beer scene as well as women-owned breweries. Matsurika is a pilsner brewed with the petals of jasmine, lending subtle floral aromas to a light-bodied lager. Saúde / Kanpai!
- Fremont– Rusty Nail Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout, 12.3%
Full disclosure: I do not typically care for cinnamon or licorice in beer – yet I adore Rusty Nail. This is a neat trick to pull off – who better than Fremont to achieve it so effortlessly? A massive oatmeal stout base with brewer’s licorice is then aged on cinnamon bark before 15 months’ rest in bourbon barrels, resulting in a brooding beast of a beer. With their signature overlong wax treatments drooping as far as the bottom of the bottle, Fremont’s barrel program and branding are second to none.