Beers of the week February 14th, 2023

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. Beachwood | Thrillseeker | West Coast IPA, 7.1%

Beachwood never disappoints. With their anthropomorphic hop-character appearing to be shot out of a cannon (replete with googles and coiffed mustache) in a comic-book style recalling Roy Lichtenstein, the label makes it clear that this will be a forceful IPA. Thrillseeker boasts a host of classic West Coast hop-varietals – Simcoe, Chinook, Centennial and Summit, with a further layer of Simcoe and Chinook in the dry-hop for maximum piney marshiness.

2. Pizza Port | Dieguito | West Coast Pilsner, 5.5%

With the advent of the new year, Pizza Port has indicated a decisive turn towards lagers, complementing an already dependable packaged IPA selection. Every quarter of 2023, there will be a new lager in cans, with new recipes and hitherto draft-only options being promoted to aluminum status. The first in this series landed on Monday, blurring the boundaries of hoppiness and cool fermentation at once. “Little Diego” has flaked rice as well as Pilsner malt from Germany with a liberal dosing of Simcoe and Citra. This initial run was canned on the 7th of this month, so enjoy it at peak freshness!

3. Finback | Memory & Perception | Imperial Pastry Stout, 12%

Once a peripheral borough in the NYC brewing scene, Queens has attracted increasing attention in recent years, thanks in large part to Finback. Southern California receives beer from them through distribution just once in a blue moon, making it all the more exciting when their whale-emblazoned cans materialize. Memory & Perception is a full-bore pastry stout, with a plethora of adjuncts and additions – almond, cacao nibs, coconut, lactose and maple. This beer is a collaboration with Root & Branch Brewing located on the south shore of Long Island, further cementing Finback’s commitment to putting their local environs on the map for the rest of the world.