SAN FRANCISCO — SF Beer Week is over now, but there’s always room for another beer… or three. Come celebrate Valentine’s Day with these new and upcoming beers, fresh off the tap from Bay Area breweries!
Speakeasy Ales and Lagers — Love never dies right? That certainly spells true for the new and limited edition Belgian-style Imperial Stout, Massacre, created to mark a dark day in historic Valentine’s day (a reference to the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre). This stout is described as a “powerful balance of dark roasted malt, fruit forward hops, and Montmorency cherries. Layers of dark chocolate, caramel, burnt sugar, and dried fruit flavors.” This beer marks its grand debut Feb. 13 at Speakeasy’s Bayview taproom and packs a bloody punch at 9.5 percent alcohol.
Cellarmaker Brewing Company — “Blondes have more fun”rings true, especially for the return of Cellarmaker’s blonde ale, Daphne. This citrus packed beer features hints of oranges, limes and contains Australian Galaxy hops with an alcohol content of 5.1 percent alcohol.
Also making a return to the taproom is “YOLO Once,” a New Zealand Riwaka hopped IPA, clocking in at 6.7 percent alcohol. The flavor profile of the beer is described as “notes of passionfruit, stonefruit and subtle resin.”
For the more adventurous, there is double IPA coined “Get Off My Lawn!” — an East Coast style beer, hopped with Southern Passion, Simcoe, Citra, Galaxy and Equinox, and clocking in at 7.8 percent alcohol.
Linden Street Brewery — A dash of vanilla and subtle smokiness tease the senses with Linden Street Brewery’s new smoked black lager. Named “Rauchschwartzbier” — German for “smoked black beer” — it is characterized as a medium-bodied lager with roasty flavors and a hint of smoke, due to the Beechwood smoked malts. This seasonal beer rounds off with a 5.4 percent alcohol.
Hoi Polloi — A match made in beer-heaven was created when Hoi Polloi Brewpub and Alchemy Collective Cafe collaborated to create a new Coffee Porter. This beer pays tribute to the Lorin District of South Berkeley. At 5.4 percent alcohol, it graces the palate with a blend of english malts and Fuggle hops.
Pacific Coast Brewing — A new saison called Biere De Chene Ville graces its way back into Pacific Coast Brewing. Characterized as a “crisp and malty farmhouse ale,” a beer traditionally brewed in the Nord-Pas-De-Calais area of France and enjoyed by farm-hands. This beer comes out at 8 percent alcohol.
Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company — Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company has concocted their new Silicon Blonde, a blonde ale described as “a mix of biscuit, honey malt and caramel.” Coming in at 6 percent alcohol with the bottle artwork referencing the traditional Silicon Valley, Silicon Blonde was devised as to pay homage to the original helping hands and farmland before the eventual wave of technology.