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 ...
BURGEON BREWING CO: EVERYBODY'S JUICIN'
ABV: 7.1 percent ABV
Pair with: Pulled pork sliders
Recently opened Burgeon Brewing Co. is a must-visit if you're out trying beers in the Carlsbad area. They opened their doors in November and have been pushing out a rotating lineup of solid beers ever since. This juicy, aromatic beer comes to us from Anthony Tallman, co-founder and head brewer at Buregon Brewing Co.
To make juice, you gotta know about juice. For this beer and the plethora of juicy brews available on the market, the process focuses on using certain hops and yeast strains in order to make that extra flavorful taste and specific appearance. This tasty pick uses a special kind of yeast to make the "juice" come out to play, Tallman told us.
"We fermented this beer with a unique yeast strain originating from Vermont. We aggressively hopped it with Nelson Sauvin and Citra hops. The yeast strain promotes a big juicy flavor and aroma while also giving the beer a hazy appearance due to low flocculation," he said.
The can't-miss part of this beer? Put your nose in your glass and find out.
"I love the aroma of this beer," Tallman said. "Nelson and Citra just make for such an amazingly unique combination of aroma and flavor. It has great mouthfeel and body to it as well."
This beer is full of floral and citrusy aromas, which translate to a strong fruity, citrus characteristic noticeable upon the first sip. It's a big, dank tasting beer that gives the palate a chance to experience a variety of flavors. The Nelson and Citra hops shine through, providing a very enjoyable beer we wouldn't mind sipping on often (although, with Nelson hops being so hard to get these days because they are expensive and from Australia, this beer won't be on the rotation all year long, Tallman said.)
This North East IPA style is something we have harped on a lot in the past couple months through the Undistributed column because it has become more and more present in San Diego each month. Across the country, it has been part of the craft of brewing for years. The North East "hazy" IPA is known for being juice-colored, thick and impossible to see through - all while remaining hoppy and very juicy in its mouthfeel. The style is a hit, especially for those who like IPAs. It is spectacular to see San Diego continuing to attempt a style that we didn't invent, but are close to mastering.
"It is quickly becoming the 'next big thing' in the beer world," Tallman said regarding the hazy IPA. "It is a style that I enjoy drinking as well. We had the opportunity to get this yeast strain from Thomas Peters of Belching Beaver. This beer has sold extremely well for us and we plan to continue brewing beers of this style, while also continuing to brew West Coast style hoppy beers."
This beer is available to try on tap at Burgeon Brewing Company. Get it while it's cold!
6350 Yarrow Drive, Carlsbad. buregonbeer.com