Lots of exciting new releases sprang up all over the Bay this week, including a killer collaboration between Anchor Brewing and lifestyle/clothing brand San Franpsycho and a new German style release from a brewery that has just opened up in Oakland.
Anchor Brewing — Last, but certainly not least, is the beer everybody is buzzing about this week: the San Franpsycho IPA released as a collaboration project between Anchor Brewing and clothing brand San Franpsycho. The 6.3 percent alcohol IPA is meant to celebrate the city and culture of San Francisco, and was even chosen by locals who tasted different options at Anchor Public Taps and voted on this one as their favorite. It has a hop profile brimming with stone fruit and a slightly sweet finish. It will be available on draft at its release party this Friday at Neck of the Woods, and the bottled version features artwork from San Franpsycho. In their own words: “The result is a beer with quintessentially Outer Sunset vibes.”
Original Pattern Brewing — A brand new brewery has been established in Oakland, and we’re welcoming them to the Bay Area beer scene by featuring their newest release at the top of this list. Enter the Brightside German style Kolsch, an extremely bright and crisp ale with subtle notes of mild grass and spice hops with a light fruit aroma. It is served in a traditional stange glass, perfect for enjoying on sunny and chilly days alike.
Armistice Brewing — Flowing from Richmond taps this week is Fuzzy Math, a hazy pale ale featuring Cascade, Mosaic and Nelson hops. Slightly fruity notes from the hops lend themselves to this refreshing, 5 percent alcohol beer.
Novel Brewing — Looking to curl up with a book and a brew this weekend? Head on over to Oakland and try A Study in Scarlet, the newest single hop red ale from Novel Brewing. Galaxy hops are the weapon of choice here, allowing passionfruit and citrus flavors to jump out of the glass above notes of caramel. At 6.2 percent alcohol, the beer is refreshing and balanced in bitterness.
If you fancy a sessionable, fruit forward option, the Joelle has also made a comeback to the taproom. This 3.9 percent Berliner Weisse is a sour wheat ale chock-full of raspberries and lemondrop hops, creating a beautiful pink color to reflect the berry nature of the beer.
Bruehol Brewing — Arriving this weekend in Benicia is the India Pale Lager, a beer that combines the crisp and light nature of a lager with the the hoppiness of an IPA. The lager delivers a slight bitterness matched with a subtle citrus character in a 5.4 percent alcohol pint.