This week, we’re seeing not one, but two award-winning beers that are both hazy and juicy coming into taprooms near you. In addition to this trend, Bay Area breweries are whipping out ales in traditional styles I’ll bet you don’t see every day: Scottish Shillings and German maibocks. Curious? Read on to learn more about what’s on tap and where you can get your hands on them.
Armistice Brewing — This week, Armistice released Shillax, a Scottish 80 Shilling ale. Now, some of you might be asking: What the hell is a Scottish 80 Shilling? In short, it is a traditional Scottish style ale that is malt-forward and very low in hops, and named because during the 19th century, barrels of beer would be priced between 60 and 90 shillings based on their strength and quality. Thus, this 80 shilling brew now on tap over in Richmond comes out to an “export strength” 5 percent alcohol, with a smooth finish for those who prefer beers that are less hoppy with malt character you can taste.
Novel Brewing — Returning to the taps in Oakland is the delicious Belgian-style saison called Farm Press. This refreshing 7.2 percent ale has a mild tartness and a dry finish, with flavors of fruit lent from New Zealand Wai-iti hops and black pepper notes from Chinook.
Alpha Acid Brewing — In honor of May the 4th, Star Wars fans can scurry up to the bar in Belmont and grab a pint of May the Haze Be With You, a New England inspired pale ale. Hazy, award-winning, and juicy as all hell, this pale ale makes the most of its Citra, Mosaic and Galaxy hops for flavors of mango, papaya and berries.
Standard Deviant Brewing — Another beer you can get your paws on this week that also combines haziness and juiciness in all the best ways is the Patrick So-Hazy. This is a New England style IPA brewed with Mosaic, Ekuanot and Huell Melon hops for refreshing and bright notes of melon and papaya.
Loma Brewing — Down in Los Gatos, another award-winning beer called Summer is Coming released to the public. Enjoy the peak of springtime with a pint of classic German-style maibock; a beer with noticeably malty character and notes of lemon and herbs from its hops.