Autumn buzz

Hammer IPA, Fair Oaks Brew Pub

Illustration by Sarah Hansel

As autumn weather starts to creep in, the need for a good malty beverage increases tenfold. Fair Oaks Brew Pub’s Hammer IPA ($6) is a good place to start. Brewed with a combination of CTZ, Simcoe and Cascade hops, this beer has quite a bit of striking power and—if you’re particularly sensitive to high hop concentrates—will likely hit you over the head. Still, flavor-wise, it’s a light enough brew that easily balances the bitterness with more earthy, citrusy notes for a smooth finish. It pairs well with the pub’s outdoor ambiance and local chickens, who tend to croon on about their troubles to anyone who will listen. 7988 California Avenue,