June Beer Blog
Coffee lovers rejoice! We are serving up two coffee brews at the moment and they are tasty!
I stopped at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company for a taste of some special beers, including our brewers' intriguing new creation, the Daily Ritual coffee blonde ale. I've had my share of dark beers infused with coffee, but I'd never seen anything this pale with coffee. I immediately picked up the strong coffee nose and took a sip. Upon tasting, the rich Ritual Coffee bean aroma remained while the refreshing blonde ale malts built a uniquely deep flavor experience. While maintaining a light body and approachability, something about the coffee infusion brings out profoundly complex flavor profiles. The coffee beans lend an almost nutty note to the overall taste of this fantastic creation. I was admittedly skeptical when I heard about this beer, but it has become an instant favorite of mine. Try to get your hands on some before it sells out! I am not the only one who fell in love with this one.
The second coffee beer is one of our mainstays, the Calf-eine Coffee Milk stout. Brewed with Ritual cold brewed coffee and lactose, or milk sugar, this local favorite is a rich coffee stout with a creamy mouthfeel and very smooth finish. It's almost always available on tap at our restaurant and our taproom, or to-go in our 22 oz. bombers, sold at Safeways and Whole Foods stores all over the Bay Area!
The beer I was looking forward to most was the Dance with the Devil Belgian strong ale, and I say the boys knocked it out of the park. I'm a big fan of Belgian strong ales and this one is right up there with my favorites. Finding it here in my hometown at my favorite brewery brings me great pride.
On the Belgian theme, a fruited Belgian blonde ale is on its way. This will be a lighter Belgian ale and should be delightfully refreshing in the coming weeks of late spring. If you've ever wondered why Belgian styles have that unique flavor, it has to do with flavor chemicals called esters. These flavors are produced by the strains of yeast used in Belgian style beers.
For a creamier take on the American IPA, try the Remove Before Flight IPA, brewed with a small amount of lactose. The lactose gives this IPA a smoother, creamier mouthfeel while still delivering the dry-hopped bitter finish we love about IPAs with a helping of Mosaic hops. This one is something different and definitely fun to try!
Speaking of awesome IPAs, we're looking forward to yet another batch of the Word on the Street IPA. I like to get the word out on this beer because it's tough to get your hands on! More popular with every batch, this pale IPA is loved for its malt profile. We love IPAs for the hops flavor, but this beer is all about perfection in balance. The Citra, Simcoe, Denali, and Equanot hops are balanced by a light, flaky, "crackery" malt flavor provided by the Weyermann pilsner malts used. This next batch should be out in the next few weeks!
Also on its way is a honey ale. Honey ales are fun, but don't be deceived; most of the sugars in the honey are converted to alcohol by fermentation. The end result is a beer that is not as sweet as one might expect. Look out for this one in the coming weeks as well.
Thanks for reading and I'll see you at our brewery and restaurant at 390 Capistrano Rd., Half Moon Bay, CA at or at our taproom, the Pacific Standard Tap Room at 2055 d Center St., in Berkeley, CA!
-Michael Klear, Brew Blogger