Editor’s Note: Undistributed beer of the week is a series that profiles a local brew only available to try on draft at specific locations in San Diego for a limited time.
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....
ABNORMAL BEER COMPANY: LUNCH MEETING
A collaboration with Alpine Brewing Co.
Style: Wheated Rye Pale Ale
Pair with: spicy noodle dishes or a cheeseburger
This extremely drinkable pale ale has an understated hop taste that allows notes of fig and passion fruit to come forward.
Named “Lunch Meeting,” this brew comes to us from Derek Gallanosa, Head Brewer at Abnormal Beer Company. Gallanosa knew he wanted to work with Alpine Brewing Co. for a while before this beer came to fruition, calling the East County brewery his favorite because of their world-class beers.
The story: Gallanosa started going to Alpine every Wednesday for lunch while working at Karl Strauss as a sales representative, and then fate took its course. Once Gallanosa began working at Abnormal Beer Company, he would help choose pairings for the dinner series that occurs monthly at Cork and Craft, Abnormal’s sister restaurant. When it was Alpine Brewing’s turn to be featured as the highlighted brewery for the beer dinner, Gallanosa pitched the Lunch Meeting recipe to Alpine’s Head Brewer, Shawn Mcilhenney, who loved the idea of a hop-forward, drinkable pale.
After a few minor changes to the recipe, the date was set for brewing and the rest is... well, a great beer. The beer is considered a “wheated” variety instead of just a wheat bear, because the beer is only partially wheat. The grain bill consists of 25-percent wheat, nine-percent rye and 66-percent barley. Lunch Meeting references Gallanosa’s lunch stops at Alpine and how that “lunch beer” connected him to so many people within the industry. This beer is on tap for a limited time at Abnormal Beer Co.
Abnormal Beer Co. 16990 Via Tazon, Rancho Bernardo. abnormalbeerco.com