Beers of the week August 10th, 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. Finback | Rakau Drip | Hazy IPA, 9%

Prized New Zealand hops such as Nelson or Motueka have become household names (if you hang around in the sorts of houses that we do). Yet in their wake have come a delightful proliferation of varietals from the South Island, and few have been so eagerly embraced by brewers as Rakau. With a bevy of aromas spanning the gamut of a cornucopia of fruits, Rakau has proven to be all things to all IPA drinkers. The fantastic Queens brewery Finback has chosen it to grace the name of this hazy double IPA, with a splash of Citra Pop for good

2. Pure Project | Crooked Stave | Pure Spon | Geese-Inspired Ale, 6% 

Spontaneous fermentation – like spontaneity in everyday life – is a capricious activity to capture. The tiny handful of breweries who have grappled with it and come out successful deserve our praise. One of the few in greater San Diego continuing to experiment with the technique is Pure Project, who for this beer teamed up with the leading light in Colorado on the topic. Chad Yakobson of Crooked Stave is among the world’s foremost experts on microbiology as it pertains to the creation of beer, having worked with Brettanomyces and souring bacteria for many years. Pure SPON is funky, wild and sour, with a tinge of fruit and oak from the used puncheons in which it was aged.

3. Enegren | L11te | Leichtbier, 3.7%

Why go big when you can go small? To mark their triumphant 11th anniversary, Enegren has shrunken the malt bill on a German Pilsner recipe down to a crushable 3.7%. An all-malt light lager (without corn or rice as with most industrial macro lagers) is something to behold, especially as the temperature spikes. The beer sports a cheeky label echoing a certain Rocky Mountain brand and a cheerful insouciance towards the mega-conglomerates who dominate the beer-market in this country. Ironically, Enegren now may need to rename one of their core beers… as it is no longer The Lightest One!