This represents a milestone for Mujeres Brew House in Barrio Logan, being their first canning run! Demonstrably representing a distinct current within the wide world of craft beer, Mujeres is a women-run project under Latina leadership. Fruta Mágica is a hazy IPA liberally dosed with the ever-popular blend of passionfruit, orange and guava. The slim iridescent cans are emblazoned with a faceless figure whose headdress emits sheafs of barley. ¡Salud!
Continuing our journey of spring lagers (see: last week’s column), the inimitable Wayfinder offers a lighter take on the Maibock. Sweetbread malts give off a golden-raisin vibe, followed by light-touch herbal Noble hops character. The gently diminished ABV avoids any ethanol burn on the finish. I for one welcome this renewed interest in lagers of all stripes, for all seasons.
The Pugilist is a longstanding draft-only ale from Societe, promoted to full can status just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day. An Irish Dry Stout in style and temperament, expect roasty tones without any heaviness in body. The forest-green cans depict Societe’s silhouetted prizefighter in an archway frame, ready to take on all challengers. Sláinte!