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Beer Drinkers at CA Craft Beer event PicmonkeySampling the new ones at 2015 Summit

SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA) today announced more than 700 craft breweries are now in operation across the state. The industry reaches this historic milestone during the early bird ticket sale for the CCBA's annual showcase of California's booming craft beer industry, the California Craft Beer Summit and Beer Festival.

Saturday, 14 May 2016 13:57

May 13, 2016 Beer Pick of the Week

Firestone Pale 31 Picmonkey

Pale 31

 

Firestone-Walker Brewery

Paso Robles, California

Style: California Pale Ale

Alcohol: 4.9%

IBUs: 38

Serving Style: 12-ounce cans, 12 and 22-ounce bottles and kegs (our sample from draft)

Availability: Throughout the West and most of the U.S.

Saturday, 16 January 2016 16:36

January 15, 2016 Beer Pick of the Week

Firestone Pivo Pils Picmonkey

Pivo Hoppy Pils

 

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Paso Robles, CA

Style: Dry-hopped Pilsner

Alcohol: 5.3%

IBU’s: 40

Serving Style: Six-packs of cans or bottles, kegs (our sample from draft)

Availability: Widely distributed on the West Coast

 

Appearance:   “Brilliant straw or light golden color. Big, frothy white head.”

Aroma:   “For a pilsner it’s quite floral and hoppy on the nose, but in a really good way. There’s also some citrus when you waft the glass by your face a second time.”

Taste:   “There’s a wonderful balance here. You still get a generous amount of hops, but it’s offset by the malt. The good carbonation gives your mouth an almost sparkley feeling. Finishes crisp and clean.”

Food Affinity:   “Sautéed sand dabs with freshly made coleslaw. Simple schnitzel served with lemon wedges. Salted Marcona almonds with rosemary.”

    --Guest reviewer Ginny Austin is a restaurant consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area

Friday, 27 November 2015 15:56

November 27, 2015 Beer Pick of the Week

Firestone Walker Union Jack Picmonkey

Union Jack

 

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Paso Robles and Buellton, California

Style: West Coast IPA

Alcohol: 7.5%

IBUs: 70

Serving Style: 12-ounce cans, 12 and 22-ounce bottles, kegs (our sample from draft)

Availability: Year-round in much of the U.S.

 

Appearance:   “Light amber or dark golden in color. Creamy head that dissipated quickly.”

Aroma:   “Pronounced citrus nose. Mostly grapefuity, but there seems to be some tangerine or orange notes and a bit of spice, too.”

Taste:   “Strongly-hopped, but great balance here. The malt is very welcome. Seems to be reminiscent of British IPAs, though I know it has much more hops. A lot of personality in this beer. Good carbonation, too. One pint invites a second.”

Food Affinity:   “Given the flag reference, I’d think a Scotch egg with some Colman’s mustard would be nice right now, as would some really good fish and chips done in a light, clean batter.”

  --Guest reviewer Stanley Morrison is an English ex-pat who does kitchen remodels in California.