The Best Brews from SF Beer Week
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Hoptimum by Sierra Nevada
At 10.4 percent alcohol, this intoxicating brew is not suited for the fainthearted. From the first sip, this deep amber-colored beer delivers an aggressive hoppy punch, leaving the taster with an immediate stomach-warming sensation. Although it features a prominent bitterness, hints of tropical fruit nicely cut the edge.
Sour Cherry Stout by Ale Industries
One of the more unique-tasting beers of the night, this stout features a deep, authentic cherry flavor with a sour twist and hints of chocolate. With 11 percent alcohol, a pint of this coffee-colored liquid courage is all you need to let loose on the dance floor.
Pomegranate Wheat Ale by Moylan’s
For those who would choose a Mike’s Hard Lemonade over an IPA any day, this refreshing beer is the yin to your yang. This tasty unfiltered wheat brew is blended with slightly carbonated pomegranate juice to create a delightfully fruity treat that would make the perfect accessory to a summer picnic.
Black Lager by Lucky Hand
What separates this malt-forward beer from others is that it is 100 percent organic. This all-natural beer gives off a fresh-baked bread smell and has a yeasty quality to the taste. The beautifully golden-brown beer has a subtle bitterness to it, which is evened out by a pleasantly sweet grassy finish.
Indica IPA by Lost Coast
With Northern California favorites such as Great White on their resume, the Lost Coast booth unsurprisingly boasted a substantial line—and for good reason. This beer demonstrates the art of balancing malt and hop characteristics, making for a pleasant, not-overpowering, marriage of flavors.
Lil’ Chief Pale Ale by Sonoma Springs
Tasting this beer is similar to what I imagine gnawing on raw hops would be like. This concoction might not be a favorite among those with a fragile palette, but for hops aficionados, this is a real treat.