Bottoms up: Beer Week brings a slew of new releases. Let’s start with some funky stuff and work down to IPAs (available starting March 2, unless noted otherwise).
Bike Dog Brewing Co. will debut a stout made with cocoa butter nibs and raspberries, named MC Brambles after a rapping cartoon bear in the children’s book Jamberry. On March 9, it will offer Cause Célèbre, a “giant” saison aged in sherry barrels.
American River Brewing Co. will blend the ginger and cinnamon of Belgian ale yeast with heavy piney and citrus-y hops in Belus. And along those same lines, New Glory Craft Brewery paired up with High Water Brewing for the Lemon Meringue Pie Specialty Ale, brewed with graham crackers, vanilla beans and lemon juice, available March 4.
Fruitier yet, Device Brewing Co. will serve a traditional German Berliner-Weisse, a very light sour beer served with a spritz of raspberry, mango or blood orange syrup on March 12.
Some of the new IPAs don’t skimp on the fruit, either. Track 7 will unveil its Richard Buttock’s Tropical Paradise Kettle Sour IPA with pineapple and apricot. A collaboration with the Sacramento Beer Enthusiast0s, the IPA will appear at the Curtis Park location on March 4.
In honor of the 916’s newly bestowed area code, New Helvetia Brewing Co. will debut the 279 Pale Ale along with the California Gose.
In the ultimate taco pairing, Claimstake Brewing Co.’s West Coast IPA Ay Pato Güey is actually brewed with corn masa.
And drawing on sources even farther afield than Mexico, New Glory Craft Brewery will present its Juicy Secret IPA, a “modern IPA” brewed heavily with Vic Secret hops imported from Australia.
Device will also reintroduce the Citramento IPA, which owner Ken Anthony said was sold “stupid” fast in its last release. This time, it’ll reemerge in a can at noon on March 3.
But the real happening trend? Northeast IPAs.
Track 7 will debut its Everything Wrong (and Right) Fruited Northeast-inspired IPA that contains lactose, vanilla, apricot, passion fruit and peach on March 1. It also collaborated on two other NE-inspired IPAs: Rule G, a double IPA dreamed up with Final Gravity Taproom & Bottle Shop, and Magnetic, a team effort with Device Brewing Co., made with juicy Vermont yeast and fruity hops.
Finally, the two old-timers, Rubicon Brewing Co. and Sudwerk Brewing Co., chose the New England-inspired IPA for their “Mi Casa, Su Casa” tradition, when the ale-specializing Rubicon and the lager-loving Sudwerk use their respective yeasts, but otherwise the exact same recipe, to showcase the miracles those microbes work.