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
Bay Area on Tap will be featuring a different new or seasonal local beer each week. Our first beer is a summer seasonal from one of our favorite local breweries, Aroma Coma from Drakes Brewing Company.
The annual arrival of this seasonal IPA gives us yet another reason to love the summer months in the Bay Area. Hops function in beer as much for aroma as for bittering, a fact that is definitely not lost on the good folks at Drakes. This one lives up to its fragrant moniker, with a bright floral nose that’s among the best of the style. Like many of their other hoppy offerings, this beer manages to showcase the menagerie of citrus and flowery flavors from the aggressive hopping without assaulting the taste buds with uneven bitterness.
Also watch out for Aroma Coma’s enjoyable antipodean little sister Aroma Prieta, which is the same beer brewed entirely with New Zealand hops. Both are available at the Drakes Barrel House in San Leandro and will be making appearances at better beer bars around the Bay Area over the next several weeks.
Style: American IPA
*Additionally, Drakes has announced triple hopped, cask conditioned versions of both beers will be available at the following events around Northern California: