Beers of the week May 30th, 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-Armistice edition this week!

1. Armistice | Joose Somm | Hazy IPA, 7%

With comic-book can-art and cheeky text to match, Joose Somm (= juice sommelier, i.e. a satirically self-described expert on hazies) heralds the debut of Armistice Brewing in Southern California. A pair of siblings who once clashed bitterly but then found common ground in craft beer, Armistice hails from Richmond, the last northernmost stop in the East Bay before heading over the bridge into Marin County. A blend of both classic and new-wave hops (Simcoe, Citra, Rakau and Ekuanot) make for a complex fruit/pine/earth mélange of aromas and a bittersweet finish.

2. Armistice | Fifth of Maize | Corn Lager, 4.5% 

Embracing the lighter side of pale, Fifth of Maize simultaneously spotlights the indigenous grain of this hemisphere. Long used by industrial brewery conglomerates to thin the body and stretch the yields of otherwise all-malt lagers, corn has been unfairly maligned in some corners of the craft beer world. Thankfully there are far better examples to be found in the here and now. A touch of Sabro hops at the whirlpool stage impart a subtle citric tinge – the varietal’s Neomexicanus origins also pay homage to our particular landmass between the oceans.

3. Armistice | Beskar | Milk Stout, 7.5%

Named for the material forged to produce the armor bedecking a Mandalorian – a sort of adamantium of the Star Wars universe – this beer is a rich stout alloyed with lactose, vanilla and cacao nibs. The temperate 7.5% ABV – far below many other such toothsome stouts – and absence of coffee means a full pint can safely be consumed as an after-dinner treat without fear of a sleepless night.