Beers of the week for April 12, 2022

Our Bottlecraft North Park manager, Gene, selects his favorite beers of the week. You can stay up to date on our beer shop favorites through our news feed and also through our Instagram.

  1. Great Notion | Alvarado Street Brewery | Double Dank Shake | Milkshake Double IPA, 8.5%

    An early arrival for the 20th of April, this collaboration between Alvarado Street in Monterey and Great Notion in Portland is a complex mélange. Over an oat-heavy grain bill and lactose to thicken the body is ladled Nelson, Simcoe, Eureka hops as well as the lupulin-powder (or “cryo”) form of Citra. The secret ingredient above and beyond is that of terpenes, the aromatic compounds of the cannabis plant. A bhang lassi of a beer, enjoy alone or in conjunction with other relaxing mood modifiers.

  2. There Does Not Exist | Sowing the Sun | Kölsch, 5%
    We are always excited for a drop from There Does Not Exist, close neighbors of ours at the new San Luis Obispo location of Bottlecraft. Their unsettling black-and-white artwork and excellent ability in brewing lagers make for an aesthetic ideal. Sowing the Sun combines pilsner malt with Willamette hops from the Pacific Northwest alongside new-wave German varietal Hallertau Saphir for a citrus-earth dichotomy. A light-bodied and gently hoppy lager, this one is for sitting in the sun and reaping what you sow.
  3. Mikkeller San Diego | Passion Pool | Passionfruit Gose, 5%
    A perennial summer favorite now in its fifth year, Passion Pool is a masterful melding of salted tart wheat ales with zingy acidic passionfruit. I distinctly recall seeing this (San Diego-brewed) can for sale in the beer vending-machine at the back of the Vesterbro location of Ramen to Bíiru, the Mikkeller-owned ramen concept in Copenhagen. As it had only debuted weeks before (this occurred in May 2018), clearly some planning and forethought had gone into giving it such a coveted placement. The machine only accepted coins, which was itself amusing in a city where absolutely anything could be purchased via chip-and-pin from an early date. We are looking forward to drinking this beer all season long!