(Novato, CA) – SF Beer Week kicks-off this evening, and it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t bring something special to the party! So we’ve brewed up a proper East Coast IPA.
Our Haze Craze IPA was made in collaboration with James Costa of Half Moon Bay Brewing, and former head brewer at Moylan’s, for the upcoming SF Beer Week. We both wanted to have a properly brewed East Coast IPA on hand for the annual gathering of beer geeks. A well-made East Coast IPA is maltier, sweeter, and juicier than a West Coast IPA, so that’s what we set out to do. Our Haze Craze IPA is made from a simple malt bill with Two Row Pale and Maris Otter as the base malt. Then we add flaked oats and a little bit of light crystal malt both for sweetness and to provide an orange hue. There’s almost no bittering hops, and we added loads of hops in the whirlpool, using Citra and El Dorado pellets, whole cone Simcoe and Eukanot flowers as well as Simcoe lupulin powder, also known as hop hash. The beer is then dry hopped at a rate of over 2.5 pounds per barrel with a combination of El Dorado, Simcoe and Citra, taking it to another level. Aroma is distinctly tropical with notes of passionfruit and mango, as well as hints of peach, apricot, and tangerine peel. The hops flavor coat the tongue with a hoppy resin quality.
SRM (Color): 11
This coverage is made possible in part thanks to the generous support of Visit California, which flew us out to Northern California to tour one dozen breweries across San Francisco, Sacramento, Berkeley, Oakland and Sonoma. For more information on California’s craft beer boom, visit here.