Wren House Spellbinder Hazy IPA, 7%
Wren House’s flagship hazy IPA is indeed transfixing, as the name implies. Its 3D-style multi chromatic blurred text over white background captivates the eye while the contents of the can perform a similar act for the sense of smell and tasting. This beer stunned the world outside of Arizona with a gold medal at the 2020 Great American Beer Festival, but San Diegans who spend time in that state were already well-informed. Exploring the familiar interplay of Mosaic and Citra in the dry-hop, but with a a clever Cascade curveball in the whirlpool, this beer only appears in town sporadically.
Burgeon Bavarian Gold Helles Lager, 4.3%
Mirabile dictu – Burgeon has created a hell’s lager! While cans had prveiously been confined to Pistil Pils and (now-seasonal) Clever Kiwi, the lager program at this beloved local brewery has dramatically winded in the last year or so. At just 4.3% this is a light, easy and altogether delicious take on the style.
Harland Li Hing Mui Fruited Sour Ale, 6.1%
What licorice is to the Nordic countries, Li Hing Mui is to Hawaii. These salty, sour plum treats are a mainstay on the islands from whence their popularity has rippled outwards for many years now. Now Harland has put it front and center in a new limited sour release, alongside guava and passionfruit. Those who crave the (strangely reminiscent) flavor of chammy will probably enjoy this one.