SAN FRANCISCO — Heading into colder weather in the Bay Area, these new beers are sure to warm you up. We are seeing some darker beer coming into play this week as well as the traditional new IPAs. As the season changes, so are the flavors from your favorite breweries.
Farm Creek Brewing Company — Country Strong is a new IPA by the Walnut Creek brewery. At 6.2 percent alcohol, the beer is an aggressively hopped IPA with dank, grapefruit and piney flavors and aromas.
Harmonic Brewing — The SF-based brewery released a new beer this week called Dunkelweizen. Described by the brewery as a Bavarian dark wheat beer, Dunkelweizen was devised from a homebrew recipe for their first anniversary.
Ferment Drink Repeat — The Portola neighborhood brewery released their JFK Berliner Weisse, a 4.3 percent alcohol made by Karlo Berket and Sami Rollis, who are award- winning homebrewers. This beer is described by the brewery as a German with a tart flavor. “Exceedingly refreshing, this beer finishes with a grainy bite from judicious use of malted wheat,” the brewery said on social media.
ThirstyBear Organic Brewery — The SoMa brewery released four beers to coincide with its 20th year in business. The 20th Anniversary Wet Hop Harvest Ale is a 6.1 percent alcohol and 47 IBUs beer described as having “mango notes” and “herbal and floral aromas.” Rich barley malt, wheat malt, silky oats melds, and spicy rye malt make up the malt backbone of this beer to give it a “resinous, grassy, herbal character,” according to the brewery.
The Deceiver an American double IPA at 9.7 percent alcohol. Hopped with Magnum, Centennial, Ahtanum and Azacca hops, the beer utilizes golden Pils malt for a “honeyed, bready base with an added dose of candy sugar to keep it try but with a healthy ABV,” according to the brewery
Also new is a 5.2 percent alcohol English Brown Ale called Oatgrist. “The malted oats provide a sweet berry-nut flavor along with light caramel notes and a creamy, satiny finish,” the brewery said. “This malt is accompanied by Biscuit Malt for a toasty, warm bread aroma, along with Chocolate Malt for a light smoky, coffee flavor.”
Lastly, Black Bear Lager at 5.2 percent alcohol is the final new beer added to the brewery’s tap list this week. According to ThirstyBear, the dark lager has a “silky mouthfeel” with a “pleasant bittersweet chocolate flavor complemented by the use of ‘noble’ heritage hops with floral and earthy notes.”
Cooperage Brewing Company – The Santa Rosa brewery’s new release this week is Kegslayer, a 6.8 percent alcohol IPA. According to the brewery’s Facebook page, the beer tastes like pineapple and was brewed with Amarillo and Simcoe in the mix.