A local beer to spend some time with this September.
Beer: Sycuan IPA
From: Thorn Brewing, sold only at Sycuan Casino Resort. 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon, 619.445.6002, sycuan.com
Why: With fruit-forward hops and a dry finish, this is a modified old-school San Diego IPA, amped up by a splash more citrus and just a skosh less pine sap. A relatively light body and clean finish make this a satisfying chiller for scorching Santa Ana afternoons.
Geek out: 6 percent alcohol by volume; Sycuan Blonde, also made by Thorn, is an easier 5 percent.
Seek out: Both the IPA and the blonde are found exclusively at the recently renovated Sycuan Casino Resort.