Beers of the week June 13th, 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. A very special all-Alvarado Street edition this week!

1. Alvarado Street Brewery | Moksa | Summer Summer Summer | Hazy DIPA, 8.1%

The official first day of summer is already next week, though you would be forgiven for not realizing it given the incongruous June Gloom haze hovering over our heads. A change of mindset can be easily be carried out with a can of Summer Summer Summer, the beer so nice they named it thrice. Representing the second iteration of a collaboration by Alvarado Street and Moksa (the latter a standout in the greater Sacramento brewing scene), this low-bitterness hazy double IPA boasts transplendent aromas of Simcoe, Mosaic and Galaxy for a tropical daydream getaway.

2. Alvarado Street Brewery | Pizza Port | A Hoppier Kalifornia | Kölsch, 5.7% 

The Cold IPA may have grabbed eyeballs and taste-buds of late, being a crisp hoppy bottom-fermented creation, but what about a hoppy top-fermented lager? The traditional expression of Kölsch in its hometown of Köln (Cologne to the Francophone and Anglophone world) is that of barley malt brewed to higher temperatures, then cold crashed and lagered. It typically preserves some ale yeast esterification and – when consumed fresh at the source – a noticeable whiff of hoppiness. The dynamic duo of Alvarado Street and local stalwart Pizza Port has taken this concept and run with it, adopting a breadier malt presence and a heady blend of Simcoe, Strata and a new experimental varietal from Yakima Chief.

3. Alvarado Street Brewery | Island Sherburps Slush | Fruited Kettle Sour, 6.5%

Building off the success of the wildly popular Rainbow Sherburps, Alvarado Street has expanded their line of sherbet-inspired kettle sours. Like a Capri Sun for adults, the “slush” edition promises double the fruit, with a medley of dragonfruit, guava, mango, passionfruit and pineapple. If ever a beer called out to be made into a snow cone, this would be the perfect candidate.