This week, breweries all over the Bay Area churned out fun, creative beers in a number of different styles. From tangerine sours to peanut butter stouts and Extra Brut IPAs, this list features a fiercely diverse selection of new releases to strike anybody’s fancy.
Novel Brewing — Kicking off the list this week at our faithful, literary-themed brewery is the Eye Rhyme, a hoppy kettle sour. Hoppy sours are not something you see every day, so head over to Oakland this weekend to give this baby a try. This 6 percent alcohol sour is built on a foundation of Golden Promise and Wheat malt, with Galaxy and Ella hops working in cahoots with the citrusy flavors and aromas of passion fruit and grapefruit.
Armistice Brewing — In Richmond, go on with your bad self and order a pint of Foine, an unfined IPA. For those who may be wondering, unfined beer is beer that has been clarified with substances and agents. This 7 percent alcohol brew is au naturel, with a slight haziness and a beautiful golden color made up of Idaho-7, Simcoe and Cascade hops.
Crooked Goat Brewing — Up in Sebastopol, the Wounded Kite session IPA is now available on the taps. Mosaic, Mandarina and Citra hops combine to create a refreshing, sessionable IPA with hints of citrus fruit. At 4.5 percent alcohol, this beer makes for easy sipping all weekend long.
Returning to the taps at Crooked Goat is Working For Peanuts, a 6 percent alcohol peanut butter stout. This beer killed it among crowds at the Boonville Beer Festival, so it has been brought back to the taproom for an encore. It is a rich, smooth and creamy brew with aromas and flavors of roasted peanuts, dark chocolate and coffee … like your favorite childhood lunch sandwich, only way better.
Barebottle Brewing — This week, you can get a juicy pint of Special Agent Jack Sour, a tangerine kettle sour made with 250 pounds of tangerine pureé. This 6.5 percent alcohol beer brings out all the citrusy goodness of freshly picked fruit that belongs in all our favorite sours.
Triple Voodoo Brewery — Head over to the Dogpatch to grab some Admiral Maibock, a crisp and delicious beer made entirely from malts from Admiral Malting. In Triple Voodoo’s own words, it is essentially “honey-flavored Teddy Grahams in liquid form.” In addition to the malty, honey sweetness, you’ll find notes of fruit, making for a clean and refreshing brew.
Also on tap at Triple Voodoo is the Extra Brut IPA called Fizzy Lift. This IPA uses generous amounts of Mosaic, Citra and Loral hops to bring out floral, peppery and citrus notes. At 6.3 percent alcohol, it is light-bodied, dry and aromatic.