This week, breweries in the Bay Area thought way outside of the box to incorporate unusual ingredients and combinations into their newest releases. Ranging from coconut stouts to kiwi goses, the selection we’re seeing this week offers a chance to explore flavors and profiles we don’t see every day.
Armistice Brewing — The talented brewers over in Richmond released a new saison made with bay leaves from California called the Bay Saison. This 5.9 percent alcohol beer is heavy on the wheat and dry hopped with Lemondrop for fresh notes of lemon and spicy hints of pepper.
If you’ve ever wanted all the tropical goodness of coconut with the dark allure of a rich stout (or maybe you didn’t know you wanted that until just now), look no further. Armistice also released the Coconut by Swallow; a 7 percent alcohol English style stout brewed with 10 pounds of toasty coconut. With delectable notes of chocolate and coffee, it’s like having an Almond Joy in a glass. Now, try and tell me that doesn’t sound amazing on a cloudy day. Go ahead. Try it.
Novel Brewing Company — Welcomed to the Oakland taproom this week is the Simulacra, a Belgian style Quad that sings of caramel, malt and dark sugar with fruity undertones. With UK Target hops and Hallertauer Mittelfrueh, this bitter bad boy shoots to thrill at 11.6 percent alcohol.
Black Hammer Brewing — For those who like strong, no-nonsense IPAs, float on over to SoMa and get yourself a pint of Russian Probe: a West Coast IPA bold in flavor and uninhibited with hops. Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade and Centennial hops give a juicy pine aroma at the nose and a bitterness at the finish. At 7.4 percent alcohol and 62 IBU, it’s a classic and timeless option for the true IPA lovers.
Golden State Brewery — New on the taps down in Santa Clara is the Sweet as…, a kiwi gose made from 200 pounds of kiwi and pink Himalayan salt for that salty element we know and love in goses. Sour at the finish and sweet from delicious kiwis, this beer is perfect for those looking to try something fruity and out of the ordinary.