Beers of the week February 21st, 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. El Segundo | Simcoe | West Coast IPA, 6.8%

Perched up in the pocket underneath LAX, between Highway 1 and the ocean, El Segundo has made consistently excellent West Coast IPAs for the better part of a decade. Very few ever denote the hop(s) used in their titles however, preferring terminology taken from aviation or Americana. New release Simcoe is a stark exception, communicating precisely what to expect – a blast of Simcoe hops. This beer is piney, grapefruit-pithy, bitter and absolutely delicious.

2. Enegren | Elixir Pils | German Pilsner, 4.8%

How do they keep finding such obscure varietals? Elixir is a new-wave hop from France, displaying woodsy leathery earth-tones atop Enegren’s cereal-esque pilsner malt base. Alsace is well-known for wine, especially Riesling and Sylvaner, but perhaps more attention should be paid to their lupulin prowess? This potion lives up to the moniker!

3. AleSmith | Barrel-Aged Vietnamese Speedway | Imperial Stout, 14.2%

Every once in a great while, one of the countless Speedway variants escapes from the tanks in Mira Mar and is promoted from draft-only to package status. One of the most beloved recipes incorporates light-roasted coffee of Vietnamese origin to meld with the burly roasty base beer. Sometimes this iteration is aged in one or more used whiskey casks – this special-release 12-ounce bottle in iridescent gold foil (like a Wonka bar) is one such example, having spent a spell in bourbon barrels.