With St. Patrick’s Day weekend gone and Google likely overloaded from “How to get rid of a hangover” searches on Sunday morning, craft breweries in the Bay Area released tons of hoppy options and lighter ales for those who may be have passed on the green beer this year.
Armistice Brewing — The Richmond brewery kicked off the week by unleashing their Double Dry Hopped Tesserae double IPA out to the public. Seven and a half pounds of tropical hops per barrel bring out flavors of pineapple and orange zest in this full-bodied beer. It comes at you at 8 percent alcohol, and 100 percent hoppy goodness.
Tesserae is not hitting the taps alone this week. The Sidereal IPA is also making its debut — a beer whose name means “of the stars” and is dedicated to the great mind of Dr. Stephen Hawking. The Sidereal is 6.8 percent alcohol, unfiltered and made with Ekuanot, Amarillo and Lemondrop hops for fruity aromas and subtle bitterness at the finish.
Novel Brewing — Sticking out among the sea of IPAs this week is the Flying Blind oatmeal stout from this Oakland brewery. Rich aromas of chocolate, coffee and caramel present themselves in this smooth beer that’s darker than an episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
In addition to the new release of Flying Blind, Novel Brewing also brought back two classic staples: the Yabba Dabba — a Belgian style Dubbel that is rich with malty fruit flavors — and the Loop You In, a Lupulin powder IPA. Combining Lupulin with Chinook creates this super soft and smooth 7.2 percent alcohol brew, offering citrus and pine notes to anyone who gets looped in.
Temescal Brewing — If two of Temescal’s favorite house blondes from the past had a lovechild, the Breezy Life blonde ale would be it. The Oakland based brewery took the best aspects from their own Easy Life and Lite Idea brews and created a new light and creamy concoction. At only 4.8 percent alcohol, this beer is easy to drink and made with Tettnang and Motueka hops that achieve floral, lemon and coriander aromas.
Barebottle Brewing — Barebottle introduced the Kushy Lifestyle IPA to its tap list; a New England style IPA brewed with Enigma hops. If you’re looking for a mellow beer to enjoy on a laid-back day, this crisp and aromatic ale has got your back.
Crooked Goat Brewing — Head over to Sebastopol on St. Patrick’s Day to try a pint of Invisible Hands. This New England style IPA is as hazy as your flashbacks from last St. Patty’s Day, and hopped with Vic Secret and Azacca in the kettle and dry hopped with Mandarina and Pacific Jade.
A West Coast style red ale will also be released on St. Patrick’s Day, introducing itself by the name of Hooligan. Made with Irish malt, Azacca and Mandarina hops, Hooligan has also been dry hopped with Motueka for refreshing notes of tropical fruit and citrus. At only 5.5 percent alcohol, it’s the perfect starting point for a night full of festivities.