San Francisco Beer Week is coming. Beer fans know that this event heralds in hundreds of events and beers. It's impossible to cover everything, so I'll write about the events and news that really speak to me as SFBW approaches.
To kick things off is the announcement that Almanac will be releasing three new fruity, sour beers. As usual, you'll want to try all of them.
First up is the Sourdough Wild Ale. It uses a combination of Brettanomyces and Marla's Bakery's sourdough yeast to offer a uniquely tart, San Francisco beer. Add in the fact that its fermented in wine barrels then dry hopped with Mosaic hops and Almanac has guaranteed themselves a long line at SFBW's Opening Gala.
Next is the Valley of the Heart's Delight - an old nickname for Silicon Valley bestowed for the amount of fruit orchards that thrived in the area. Almanac reminds us of this by brewing the sour ale with apricots, loquats and cherries. Pucker up.
Finally, you'll want to make a concerted effort to try the Brandy Barrel Peche - a blonde ale brewed with peaches and aged in brandy barrels for six months. Almanac recommends you pair this with prosciutto, which sounds incredibly delicious.
Get ready for San Francisco Beer Week, and don't miss out on these beers. You'll find me in Golden Gate park with a Brandy Barrel Peche and some prosciutto come February.
Beer of the moment: Lagunitas' Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Wild