Had dinner and lunch out in the Bay area this weekend and got to partake in a few brews. One of them, is an all time favorite since moving out here a few years ago…the other was a new one for me. It’s a good example of the trials and tribulations of drinking….sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose. With that…on to the reviews
Presentation: Out for dinner at the Counter in Santana Row which is one of our favorite family dinner spots. I also like it because they have a decent beer selection (bottles and drafts). If you’ve never been, go…..great burgers and they have amazing turkey chili w/ dried cranberries (Thanks Greg!). Beautiful night, band playing tunes in the courtyard and a Full Boar in my glass…..sweet. This beer pours with a deep deep brown color, almost black with very low carbonation which makes it easy and drink.
Style: Scotch Ale (another SoL favorite!)
Brewery: Devil’s Canyon
Method: 22oz glass
Overall taste: I love the taste of this beer, so good. It’s almost like a smoked porter but not nearly as rich as a porter but still has that slight smoked flavor that you love in a porter. Some subtle chocolatey smokey flavor and it’s very smooth going down. One of the better local beers I’ve found here in the Bay Area (non-IPA)
Recommended drinking location: Since moved out here, I’ve honestly had a million of these so I’ve drank them everywhere you can imagine. With a meal, instead of a meal, outside, inside….whatever. You really can’t go wrong with this anytime but if I had to, I’d love to try this back East during early/mid October when there is a little chill in the air.
Ideal consumption amount: So, 7.4 sneaks right into the low end of wheelhouse and it packs a little punch. I think you can get away w/ two of these….44oz of goodness
Similar Beers: So, Old Chub is kind of the standard bearer here and I think the Full Boar is in that class. It doesn’t rate quite as well on BA or Tapt but I think it’s right in the same ballpark. If you like the Chub, you’ll like the Boar.
Presentation: Had this during lunch on Pier 39 today….fish and chips, and an IPA. Sounds great right? Well, meh….
Style: American IPA
Brewery: Napa Smith Brewery
Method: Pint glass with my meal
Overall taste: This beer just didn’t do it for me at all. Not enough hops, not enough citrus…..I drank about 1/2 of it and switched to water. I’m sure plenty of people like this beer, it’s fine….just not quite up the standard I look for in an IPA personally….tasted more like an IPL than an IPA
Recommended drinking location: For Pier 39, this worked. Although I didn’t look at the bottled beer at the restaurant, next time I will.
Ideal consumption amount: 0 get something else
Similar Beers: I’d have to dig deep to make a recommendation of similar beers and frankly I don’t want to recommend beers I don’t like!
Ok, more soon…..about to crack a new 22oz that I’ve been a little excited about. Until, keep drinking….