This week, light, fruit-forward beers dominated the spotlight in the Bay Area, teasing the arrival of spring and offering us citrusy alternatives to dark winter styles.
Sonoma Springs Brewing — Knockin’ Fruits Passionfruit Wit is one of the newest beers to hit the taps in the Sonoma brewery, offering those of us who want a break from darker, heavier brews a walk on the lighter side. Fruity and refreshing, this witbier blends mild, earthy Saaz and fruity Hallertau Blanc hops with orange peel and fresh passion fruit to give us something to enjoy while we wait for spring to arrive.
Another fresh release to enjoy up in Sonoma this weekend is The General – Dr. Rudi double IPA, made from Dr. Rudi hops grown in New Zealand. Coming at you at 9.4 percent alcohol, this powerful West Coast style beer balances the robust hops with herbal and pine notes.
Armistice Brewing — On Tuesday, Armistice brought back a beer after six months of heavy demand that’s guaranteed to get you out of your winter funk.
The IPiñA is a Piña Colada double IPA made from 84 pounds of pineapple, 40 pounds of toasted coconut and just the right amount of Citra, Motueka, and Amarillo hops. This beer is hazy, fruity and tropical enough to give you visions of white sand beaches and palm trees swaying in the wind. Who says you have to take PTO or pay more than the price of a pint for an island getaway?
Novel Brewing — Organic, California sourced malt from Alameda’s Admiral Maltings takes center stage in the newest beer release from this Oakland brewery. The Admiral Hallertauer is a 5 percent alcohol pilsner made from Hallertauer Mittelfrüh hops; selected to create mild floral and citrus undertones in order to showcase the flavor of the malt.
Barebottle Brewing — The Haighters Gonna Haight IPA is hazy, citrusy, and light enough to carry you back to the counterculture heyday of the ‘60s. Citra, Ekuanot and Simcoe hops lend a slightly herbal and fruity undertone to this classic style.
Alpha Acid — Another ale that’s going to have you swimming in fruit and citrus flavors this week is the Juice Police IPA from the Belmont based brewery. At 6.3 percent alcohol, it bursts with the juicy aromas of peaches, nectarines, mangos, guava and pears and dances with the hop profiles from Citra, Galaxy and Blanc.