A new Anchor Brewing collaboration yields San Franpsycho IPA

What’s new in the Northern California beer world? Plenty of sudsy brews. Here’s just a peek.

SPEEDY GROWTH: The Brewers Association, the Colorado-based trade association for craft brewers, recently released a list of the top 50 fastest-growing breweries. Six California breweries made the list, including several in Northern California. Benicia’s Bruehol Brewing took the No. 9 spot. A little further north, Lincoln’s GoatHouse Brewing was No. 2 and Sacramento’s Device Brewing was 37th.

SANTA ROSA SUDS: When 2 Tread Brewing (2treadbrewing.com) opened in September, it served food and beer, but only guest taps. Now the brewery is up and running, with four 2 Tread beers available at the restaurant brewery in the Santa Rosa Plaza shopping mall, just off Highway 101. The initial offerings include California Gold, a golden ale; El Citdorado, a hazy IPA; Yield Tri Amber, an amber ale; and 2 Tread IPA.

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GHIRARDELLI BREWS: If things stay on track, San Francisco Brewing Co. will open its first dedicated brewery and restaurant in Ghirardelli Square the first week of May. The 5-year-old company has been contracting its beer; now, all its beers will be made in-house by brewmaster Justin Boehle, a Gordon Biersch alum. Boehle will be brewing seven different beers, which will be paired with high-end pub food. The 12,000-square foot brewpub space will also boast an outdoor beer garden.

SAN FRANPSYCHO: Anchor Brewing‘s new collaboration with San Francisco-based San Franpsycho clothing brand has resulted in a San Franpsycho IPA, a 6.3 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) beer with floral hops and big, juicy stone fruit notes. It’s a hazy IPA fermented with a mixed-culture yeast and peach and apricot purees. The summer seasonal is available through September in 12-ounce bottles and on draft.

MORE NEW SIPS: San Carlos’ Devil’s Canyon Brewing is releasing its Full Boar Scotch Ale in 12-ounce cans for the first time. The 7.4 percent ABV beer is malt forward, with rich caramel and chocolate notes and a whiff of smokiness. Nicely complex and easy-drinking, scotch ale is a style that’s often overlooked these days, but deserves attention.

Fort Bragg’s North Coast Brewing has released its new spring seasonal, a Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse brewed with Michigan Montmorency cherries. The refreshing, low-alcohol (4.1 percent ABV) beer has zero International Bitterness Units

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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