Highway 1 Brewing – The Pescadero brewery released a Belgian Dubbel called Trap of the Trappist. Belgian Candi sugar was added to the boil and Belgian yeast flavor give off pear, plum and stone fruit tastes. Head brewer Jim Hansen says a slight hop bitterness rounds out the beer, in addition to detectable raisin and bready flavors.
Half Moon Bay Brewing – The brewery just released their Papa Juice Barleywine. An 11.6 percent alcohol American Barleywine, Papa Juice was aged for two months which results in what they describe as a “smooth dark beer.” On tap at the brewery’s Half Moon Bay restaurant.
Altamont – On tap at the Livermore brewery is their double wheat IPA, brewed in collaboration with Knee Deep Brewing of Aubun, CA. The 8 percent alcohol brew is called Hella Deep and is brewed with Galaxy and Mosaic hops.
Speakeasy – The Bayview brewery just released a small batch, taproom only, dry-hopped American strong ale, called Cement Shoes. The brewery describes the beer as malt forward with “notes of orange and caramelized sugar, and a balanced bitter that attacks swiftly.”
Iron Springs – Available only once a year in a single batch, the Fairfax brewery is releasing their Compulsory Triple IPA this Friday, January 30 at 12 p.m. Available on tap in both draft and cask form, Compulsory won a gold medal at The Bistro’s 2014 Double IPA Festival.
Marin Brewing Company – The Larkspur brewery has four new beers available on tap this week: “Al’s Not Here Man” Smoked Lager, a 6.0 percent alcohol lightly smoked beer; Monkey Sword Fight Pale Ale, a southern California-style pale ale brewed in collaboration with Monkey Paw Brewing in San Diego, coming out at 5.8 percent alcohol and 46 IBUs; Revolution #5 Ginger Saison, a farmhouse-style ale with ginger & lime at 5.4 percent alcohol; and Crazy Uncle Grant’s Wild Rice Beer, a 7.5 percent alcohol collaboration with original Marin Brewing brewer, Grant Johnston, that features wheat pilsner malt, wild rice and a nutty flavor.
Peter B’s Brewpub – The Monterey brewery just released their Lynchburg Legacy Amber Ale. A barrel-aged version of their house amber ale, aged in Jack Daniels barrels for four months gives what the brewery describes as “complex flavors of tart, fig and oaky malted chocolate.”