We’re double fisting on this edition of Beer of The Week, showcasing two local beers instead of one. Enjoy!
Our first beer of the week is Bright Seas Blonde from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales in Capitola. Not all sources include Capitola within the technical borders of the San Francisco Bay Area but we’ll say it is, because it’s not so far away, because we love the area, and because we want to claim this exciting brewery as one of our own. This Belgian style ale is aged in used Pinot Noir barrels, where it is exposed to wild yeast and bacteria that impart a refreshing citrusy tart acidity and a very dry finish. We highly recommend you try this and any other Sante Adairius offering you happen across, whether down at their brewery or at any of the beer bars in the greater Bay Area lucky enough to get their product.
Style: American Wild Ale
Our second beer is Just Enough Rope from Moonlight Brewing in Fulton. This blonde lager is also a tart one, a characteristic that seems to fit well with the warmer months. Moonlight is always clever with the names of their beers so we’ll assume the title of this beer is a play on the term ‘ropey’ which refers to an infection in a beer (usually an unintentional one). We can guarantee nothing was accidental about the microorganisms that went into making this beer though. Head brewer Brian Hunt is among the most talented and respected in the local beer scene and he put together a very interesting one here. While not quite as bracingly sour as our other beer of the week, the wild bacteria definitely do their thing, supplying a subtle but lingering tartness and a deep earthy quality unlike any lager we’ve tried to date. We recommend this one for the adventurous beer drinkers out there. This beer has limited distribution and the brewery is keg only, so watch out for it at establishments where Moonlight beers are usually sold.
Style: Sour Blonde Lager