There can only be one undistributed beer of the week. The competition is fierce in San Diego's beer community, but someone has to take the title. This week's best undistributed beer is...
Bitter Brothers Brewing Co.: Little Brother
Style: Session IPA
Pair with: salmon salad or a surf & turf burrito
This beer is a full-bodied, West Coast IPA disguised as a session IPA. Its nose is filled with deep flavors of lemon, grapefruit and oranges with a hoppy backbone.
We often have beer-worthy weather here in San Diego. There are certain days though, when the sun is shining bright, that sipping a fresh, ice cold brew is just the exclamation point on a perfect day.
Unfortunately, a lot of the time, the craft beers we have are a little too strong in ABV to keep drinking throughout the entire day. Cue Little Brother.
While a lot of session IPAs deliver a drinkable beer, they tend to be a little bit less flavorful and lack that hoppiness we crave. This super Citra-based session, which has Citra hops added to the kettle in late brewing, is a San Diego classic in the making.
This beer comes to us from John Hunter, head brewer at Bitter Brothers. Hunter has been around the San Diego craft beer community for a long while, working jobs at Mission Brewery, Stone Brewing, White Labs, 32 North and Karl Strauss. His most popular recipe through his work in San Diego thus far has to be the Peanut Butter Cup Porter at Karl Strauss.
Coming into his role as head brewer at Bitter Brothers, Hunter was looking to have a beer that was perfect for day drinking and enjoying Southern California's nearly always-awesome weather, with his own twist.
"Little Brother is an unfiltered session IPA brewed with a hearty helping of wheat to boost the body on it," Hunter said. "This balance sets it apart from some other session IPAs that can come across as more hop water, with their emphasis on just the hops."
"I was inspired to brew this as an attempt at crafting a flavor and aroma-forward IPA that wouldn't dominate your palate with overwhelming bitterness. This ties in with our ethos of trying to make food-friendly beers that you can enjoy multiple of."
This beer is currently available on tap at Bitter Brothers Brewing Co.. Get it while it's cold!
Bitter Brothers Brewing Co., 4170 Morena Blvd., Bay Ho. bitterbrothers.com