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....
BAY CITY BREWING CO.: VIENNA LAGER
Style: Vienna Lager
Pair with: street tacos
This beer is meant to be sipped on right before a Gulls game on a 75-degree afternoon in San Diego. It's fragrant and crisp, yet offers an outstanding amount of sweet, honey flavors and a dry finish that you don't typically get from your average, light-bodied lager.
The story: This brew comes to us from Chris West at Bay City Brewing. West says that it's ideal for whenever you're craving beer; the refreshing aspect makes it light enough to enjoy at any time of the day.
Vienna Lager is a single-malt beer that's brewed with a Vienna Malt made here in America. The "Vienna" aspect is a malting style that became popular in what is now Austria and shares a similar procedure that the Munich malts of Germany require, West says. The Vienna brewing process uses a three-step boiling practice that typically leaves a subtle hop-taste and a sweet residual taste.
The malt compounds interact with the esters from the yeast to produce a toasty flavor in this specific beer. That flavor is what we find really unique about this brew. The taste of sweet malts, honey, strawberry and blueberry all come through this balanced, light brew.
This beer is available for a limited time on tap at Bay City Brewing Co.
Bay City Brewing Co., 3760 Hancock St., Midway District. baycitybrewing.com