Beer: BFF (Beer Friends Forever) San Diego Pale Ale
From: Stone Brewing and Pizza Port
Why: Modeled on classic English pale ales, with an exuberant hop presence more typical of West Coast beers. Against a rich malt background, expect flavors of passion fruit, sweet grapefruit and tangerine zest.
Geeking out: 6.2% alcohol by volume; English, American and New Zealand hops; Maris Otter malts; London III yeast.
Seeking out: This is a summer beer, but not an endless summer beer. BFF will be available only through September, so don’t dilly-dally. Look for it in bars and markets that carry Pizza Port’s canned brews.
Inside info: The four surfers on the can are stand-ins for the co-founders of Pizza Port, Gina and Vince Marsaglia, and co-founders of Stone, Greg Koch and Steve Wagner.