As cold nights linger into April, reach for a fresh Imperial / Double Red. These new offerings are hoppy to be sure, but the malt backbone in these beers is strong to boot, making for a full-bodied balance between bitterness, sweetness, and alcohol content. Odell’s Extra Special Red (ESR?) is a nice addition to their already-robust barrel-aged series, but at a $5 price point that is hard to pass up. Boxing Bear’s Red Glove returns for the season in 22oz bombers. We’ve seen Marble’s Imperial Red before in the 22oz bottle format in years past, but this time, it’s in... View Article
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Fans of Blaecorn Unidragon rejoice, for we now currently have on the shelf a beechwood-smoked version of the popular Russian Imperial Stout! Come get this and more, like the new to can Space Cake Double IPA and Undead Party Crasher, both in 16oz pint 4 packs!
If you want a craft beer that’s somewhere in between Coors Banquet and Coors Light but comes in a 15 pack of classic looking 12oz cans, pick yourself up some Solid Gold from Founders. Some people’s beer tastes are informed by television commercials; others come to SFWS directly for a no nonsense, good old fashioned face to face conversation about all things beer. Some of those same people have their social media feeds jam packed with beer articles, and may find their way to this website, and we thank you for that. Whichever camp you are in, or an overlapping... View Article
2018 will go down in craft beer history as the year of the 19.2 oz can, as well as the year that craft went after BMC with their respective commercially viable takes on super crisp, light lagers. Sierra Nevada has covered both of these bases with their new-to-market Beer For Drinking (BFD). If you are going to put back 19.2oz of beer, it had better be crisp and refreshing. Perfect on a hot day, this craft lawn mower beer is “casually crushable.”
La Cumbre Brewing Company’s Siberian Silk is a classic Baltic Porter clocking in at 9.3% ABV. This strongly malty yet clean finishing dark lager is extremely limited in package form, so get yourself a four pack while you still can. The newest format of craft beer packaging is the tall can. Santa Fe Brewing Company is now putting some of their traditional 12oz cans into single pint cans, for various reasons that include portability, convenience, and making the beholder the envy of one’s friends. It is also worth mentioning that their infinitely-drinkable Freestyle Pilsner is available year round! Not quite... View Article
This collaboration brew from Northern California-based Feldwork and Coedo from Japan is 10% ABV, 93 IBU. Gattsu Pozu is the Japanese expression used when a player comes up with the big play and shows his “Guts.” The All-Star lineup of Simcoe, Chinook and Tahoma hops team up with Okinawan Amami Pink Sugar and Japanese Brown Rice in this 10% ABV homerun. Hinoki Wood (Japanese Cedar) rounds out the palette of this sneakily smooth DIPA. Floral, citrus, and complex yet light malt make this the beer for you right now to savor the crispness of fall.
Like the dreaded sarlacc that inhabits the Great Pit of Carkoon on Tatooine, Saison du Sarlacc is a hopped up beast of a saison. Saison du Sarlacc starts out as a spelt-based saison, but is whirlpool and dry-hopped with an abundant charge of Citra, Mosaic and Nelson Sauvin hops. This hop monster is co-fermented with Thierez yeast and Brettanomyces Bruxellensis for a bit of funk and a crisp, dry finish. It is the most hopped saison they make. For batch 2, they bumped up the ABV a bit to make it a tad bit meaner. We hope you enjoy being... View Article
Oktoberfest officially begins in mid-September in Germany. Celebrate your own Oktoberfest with some of the original specialty beers that are now coming in.
This “fresh grind” IPA incorporates a new technique where whole-cone hops are ground and added to the dry hop of this wonderfully aromatic, light-bodied beer that clocks in at 6% ABV and 37 IBU.
Piñon coffee flavor takes center stage with roasty malt to accentuate—and a little sweetness to balance—the whole experience. 6.7% ABV, 45 IBU. Rio Bravo is a growing brewery in Albuquerque with roots in Santa Fe. We are proud to carry some of their recently released lineup. Check out their La Luz lager when you are in the mood for much lighter fare.
As we embrace the monsoon season, our desire for refreshing, light-bodied sours has not waned. Odell packed a lot of flavors into this limited release, running the gamut from citrus to dank, with a little bit of earthy funk as well. 6.0% ABV, 35 IBU.
Taking some notes from the hazy, “juice bomb” east coast IPAs that are all the rage right now, and then applying some reason to the recipe in the form of actual bitterness imparted, Santa Fe Brewing has crafted a current, balanced IPA that is sure to appease the geekiest of beer drinkers, and probably convert some who are put off by extremely bitter IPAs. When we talk about flavors and aromas of orange marmalade, sweet grapefruit, guava, and papaya here, note that these are purely hop-derived—no added flavor extract nonsense here.
Who doesn’t love a Belgian witbier? Unfiltered, yet light-bodied, they are often brightened up with a slice of citrus. The folks at Wittekerke have found a way to achieve the acidity without fruit, by putting the beer through barrel-fermentation in oak foeders to impart a clean acidity that is perfect for pairing with any grilled foods!
Ever since their conception in 19th century Bohemia, Pilsners have become one of, if not the, world’s most popular beer styles. Sierra Nevada’s take on the style pays homage to its Czech roots with Saaz and Perle hops that give this beer a spicy, floral character.
Though they have never been terribly popular in the United States, the German Kolsch has long been a continental favorite. The cold-conditioned golden ale is easy-drinking and low in alcohol. Northwestern hop varietals like Mount Hood and Willamette add delicate spiciness and a zesty aroma that offer a distinctly American twist on this classic German beer.