Toast Drinks Gose – Historical Gose
We pay tribute to our label artist, Toast, with this beer. For his favorite style beer, we went all out with a historical style, mixed culture Gose. Aged for 1 year in Bordeaux wine barrel with sea salt and European coriander. Bright acidity with stone fruit and citrus greet your palate. Saltiness is in the background, along with light coriander spice and the age is apparent due to the flavor and aroma of oak. This is not a kettle sour. But, it is a wine drinkers beer. All art by Toast!
Ampelmänn – BerlinerWeiße
Traditional style Berlinerweisse. This is a mixed culture beer, made using traditional methods and fermented with fruity saccharomyces and brettanomyces yeasts along with lactobacillus bacteria. It’s brewed with 50/50 undermodified pilsner and wheat malt. We used a complicated step mashing method to improve extraction and produce meringue-like foam. This is a raw ale, meaning that it is not boiled. Berlinerweisse was traditionally a raw ale, which allows the original flavors from the grain to shine through. We aged this beer for 8 months in a spent Bordeaux wine barrel, which adds additional complexity. This beer is highly carbonated. We recommend serving cold and gently pouring in to a Champagne flute glass. It is naturally carbonated in bottle, which means there is some yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. We recommend serving without swirling the yeast in to suspension. 3.9% ABV | 2 IBU
Don’t Eat Yellow Snow – Hazy DIPA
Second release of this crazy beer, hopped only with Zappa hops. This hop variety was named on behalf of the man himself, Frank. These produce a lot of very uncoventional flavors and aromas, which is why they are named in Frank Zappa‘s honor. Our landrace yeasts are also known for producing unconventional flavors and aromas, so we did the only sensible thing. We fermented this beer with one of our landrace yeast cultures and went crazy with Zappa hops, and only Zappa hops. Orange peel, unripe mango, dried apricot on the nose. Tropical burst of fruit, mango, orange peerl and fruity pebbles on the palate. Low hop burn and medium firm, earthy bitterness No fruit was harmed in the making of this beer! 7.8% ABV | 27 IBU
Version 3.0 release notes:
Lowered ABV to a sensible 7.8%
L’INTÉRIMAIRE I: SAISON NOIRE
Collaboration with Strike Brewing in San Jose.
L’Intérimaire – in reference to the French term for something “temporary” or “inbetween” two periods of time – is our answer to this need, and will be a series of unusual ales for unusual times.
Dark Saison brewed with Admiral Maltings California Grains and full cone chinook and nugget hops from Hollister Hopyards. Open fermented with one of our house saison mixed cultures. We split the batch, with half going in to a Bordeaux wine barrel and half going directly to bottle. Bottles are naturally carbonated. Lightly tart. Intense dark fruit flavors; black cherry, figs, plums. Lightly funky with a lingering earthy bitterness. Recipe courtesy of The Saison, Bière de Garde & Farmhouse Ale Appreciation Society and Andrew Addkison. 7.3% ABV | 25 IBU
Simcoe Is My Friend – IPA
We’re really liking the 2019 Simcoe crop from Yakima Valley. We like it so much that we decided to do a 100% Simcoe hopped IPA. We used a blend of Admiral malts and red wheat to make the base. We added a light bittering charge of Simcoe and dry hopped the crap out of it! When young, it’s slightly hazy, but will clear over time. We fermented the beer with one of our juicy house landrace strains, which adds a wonderful complexity to the beer. It’s bursting with piney, citrusy, fruity goodness! 6.6% ABV | 25 IBU
Black is Beautiful – Imperial Stout
When Weathered Souls Brewing in San Antonio, TX announced the Black is Beautiful project, we knew we had to be a part of it. We are making a donation to San Jose’s African American Community Service Agency (SJ AACSA) We want to help them on their mission to promote inclusion and education for people of color in our local area. Our brewers grew up in East San Jose and the cultural diversity of the area is one of the things that make us so proud to be from East Side!
We followed the original recipe, however fermented the beer with one of our fruity landrace yeasts. We also collaborated with Boast Coffee who provided coffee chaff that we included when we brewed the beer. Rather than imparting coffee flavor and aroma in the beer, it provides a subtle roasted berry flavor and aroma. This pairs perfectly with the dark roast and slight astringency of the malts. Available in naturally carbonated 500ml bottles. High alcohol beers generally mature with age, so we chose to bottle this beer so you can drink fresh or age if you choose. Brewed Junteenth, 2020. Know your history. Knowledge is power. 10% ABV | 67 IBU
Serious Time – Märzen Weiße
Protests. Pandemic. Homelessness. Racism. It’s a Serious Time. We brewed this beer in honor of simpler times when beer was beer. This historical style Märzen Weiße (Märzen Weisse) was brewed the way brewers around the Berlin area made what Napoleon called “the Champagne of the North.” We used 100% Meccagrade Oregon grown wheat and barley on this beer. We use a complicated mashing process that is responsible for the meringue-like foam. The beer is never boiled, which allows you to taste the wheat and barley, imparting a light doughy flavor in to the beer. We then fermented with a historic Berliner Weiße mixed culture that contains bacteria and brettanomyces as well as a traditional saccromyces yeast. We believe this is what Berliner Weiße was like 50 or 100 years ago. At just over 6% ABV, it’s a Märzen Weiße, as Berliner Weiße was traditionally a very low alcohol beer. We aged some in barrel and a small amount were bottled directly for our July anniverary. We took the name from the track by Mungo’s Hi Fi, as it describes the times were are going through today. Bottle label art by Toast 6.1% ABV | 7 IBU
Once and Floral – Hazy DPA Sold Out!
Solidarity for all that is right. That’s what Once and Floral is all about. We fermented this beer with one of our house landrace yeast cultures that imparts tropical and stone fruit flavors in the beer. It also has the ability to transform hop flavors and aromas in to all new ones! The result is a floral, rose aroma with stone fruit, mango, citrus, melon and pine flavors and a lingering earthy bitterness. We bittered this beer with Mosaic and dry hopped with 2019 Cashmere and Cascade. 8.4% ABV 30 IBU
Available for growler fills. 4-pack 16oz can release: 7-3-20
Goat On – Brett IPA
“Goat On” is 100% brettanomyces fermented IPA. We blended our fruitiest and our funkiest brett cultures together for this one. It’s bittered with Zappa hops, which gives an earthy grapefruit peel lingering bitterness. Then we dry hopped with Cashmere to add tropical and citrus fruit flavors and aroma. Stone fruit, mango, tangerine, orange, lemon and barnyard funk. Love IPA but are looking for something unusual? Oh yeah. We got that for you! It’s super dry and we didn’t go crazy with the alcohol. 7.1% ABV and 30 IBU. 500ml bottle release: 6-26-20. Bottles can be aged until 7-1-21
Why goat? Brettanomyces are considered a wild yeast. They have the ability to consume sugars that traditional brewing yeast cannot. Farmhouse brewers say that “brett eats anything.” Since goats also eat anything, the association between brett and goats was born. The beer name is wordplay from The Floaters song “Float On.” Bottle label art by Toast
Washburn – IPA – 16oz cans Sold Out!
Named after the trail in Grant Ranch in San Jose, this is the perfect post-ride crusher. Classic citra and mosaic hop pairing, with all hop additions in the boil and whirlpool. Fruity with light melon, citrus and stonefruit and a lingering earthy bitterness. We brewed it to be smooth and easy to drink, despite the high IBU. Enjoy it on your next ride. 7.6% Alc/Vol and 80 IBU
What’s Happening Brother – Weizenbock – 16oz cans
“When will people start gettin’ together again.” The situation was different, but the words of the late great Marvin Gaye have never sounded truer than today. The latest in our Pandemic Ale series is What’s Happening Brother. A classic styled Weizenbock with light banana, clove and spice on the nose, restrained banana, fruit, clove, spice, graham cracker and caramel on the palate and a light earthy bitter finish. We went with the lower end of the alcohol range for the style to keep it light and highly drinkable during the summer. 6.6% Alc/Vol and 24 IBU.
Sail On – Pandemic Ale – 16oz cans Sold Out!
Due to the Covid-19 virus, most of us on the craft brewing industry have been negatively impacted. We’re no exception. It took us a little while to adjust to the new world, and Sail On is our first can-only release. We were in a melancholy mood when we brewed this beer at the beginning of April 2020. The lockdowns were starting around the country, led by the Bay Area. We witnessed friends and families suddenly without work and with us suddenly unable to sell our beer to retailers that have been carrying our products.
We happened to be listening to The Commodores as we brewed this beer. The track, “Sail On” came on and the lyrics really resonated with us. They weren’t meant for the current situation, but nonetheless, they describe what most of us are going through now. This beer, our first Pandemic Ale, is dedicated to the struggle of everyone in the service industry, and to the great Lionel Ritchie.
Technically, this is a British style Golden Ale. A style that originated in England in the 1980’s in response to the growing popularity of lager in that country. It’s an immensely crushable pale ale, brewed with British malts, fruity British yeast and dry hopped with Azacca and El Dorado. It’s hazy upon release, but will clear with a little age. We decided to naturally carbonate the beer in cans. There is a thin layer of yeast that will settle to the bottom of the can, so we recommend chilling the beer overnight and pouring gently to avoid stirring up the yeast. As with bottles, this beer will improve with age, up to the end of 2020.
2019, A Pluot Odyssey – Fruited Sour Sold Out!
We were told, “I’m sorry Dave, you can’t do that.” But we did anyway. We got a large amount of fresh 2019 late harvest pluots from our friends at Kashiwase Farms. We added the fruit to sour base beer that is aging in barrel and let it referment for a few more months. We left the wild yeast on the fruit alone, which allows them to co mingle with our house sour culture. The result is a tart, but very fruity beer that you can enjoy with food, by itself or age for later. Drink it fresh or allow it to age and achieve additional complexity. Very limited amount available on draft and only 120 numbered bottles. 500ml bottle release: 6-19-2020. Art by Toast!
23rd&William – Sour Farmhouse Ale Sold Out!
Special SF Beer Week release. We pay tribute to our ‘hood and DownTown San Jose. This second generation solera beer features pilsner malt, malted and unmalted wheat fermented with our house sour culture and lightly hopped with mandrina bavaria hops. The expressive mixed culture we use produces bold stonefruit and citrus flavors without the need for fruit. It’s tart, but not crazy tart. This is a raw ale, where we only pasteurize the wort before fermenting, rather than boiling. This allows you to taste the flavor of the grain and leaves the protein intact in the wort. What’s solera? It’s a process where we age a beer in barrel and package only part of it. We then add fresh beer to refil the barrel, which leaves some percentage of the original aged beer and some percentage of new beer. Repeated removal and refilling produces a very complex beer, as some amount of the original beer is always present in the barrel. A very small amount of this beer was packaged for draft, only for SF Beer Week 2020.
Beer and an Airline – Clear DIPA Sold Out!
You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. – Frank Zappa
We made this beer to showcase 2019 Zappa hops. It’s pale 2-row malt, a clean fermenting yeast and a crazy amount of Zappa hops. We hopped it in the boil, whirlpool and dry hopped in the fermenter. Fruity nose and grapefruit pith, citrus, pine and fruity pebbles on the palate, with a lingering earthy bitterness. Extremely limited release only for SF Beer Week 2020.
Brookwood Amber Lager – Kellerbier Sold Out!
Amber Munich style lager that is light and refreshing with slightly spicy bitterness. Malt and caramel are present, but restrained and there is a subtle hint of roast. We fermented this lager with a very clean yeast, which provides a nice clean finish in an easy drinking beer. The name of the beer pays homage to our neighborhood of Brookwood Terrace in DownTown San Jose.
Jacaranda – Belgian Style Tripel Sold Out!
Special SF Beer Week Release. We continue to pay homage to our neighborhood in DownTown San Jose with this special beer. Our street is lined with Jacaranda trees that produce vivid purple flowers in the Spring and Fall, and the beer carries this name. We used 100% Admiral Maltings grain, featuring Pils and Gallagher’s Best. A variety of traditional Belgian methods we used to create the wort and ferment the beer. The result is a true-to-style Tripel, with restrained Belgian esters and phenols, malty flavor, firm bitterness, correct continental foam and clean, dry finish.
Madness – IPA Sold Out!
Madness is our latest West Coast IPA. We took it back to the old school with this one. 7.2% ABV and 70 IBU might remind you of IPA’s gone by. It’s loaded with “3 c’s” hops, which give it that classic West Coast flavor and aroma. Cascade, Chinook and Columbus are the classic combincation, and they really work well together. Naturally, we used our gentle touch on it to ensure it’s not rough. We like when the bitterness builds, rather than smashing you in the mouth. Despite its West Coast roots, it’s really smooth. We took it to heart when people challenged us to make a classic style West Coast IPA. It would be madness not to!
Let the Cowboys Ride – IPA Sold Out!
We were able to get ahold of a small amount of an experimental hop called BRU-1. It’s one wild west of a hop! Massive overripe pineapple on the nose and palate along with melon, fruit punch and melon rind on the finish. We didn’t go crazy with bitterness either. A small amount of chinook hops provide the majority of the bitterness. Finally, we fermented it with one of our house clean yeasts in order to really let the hops shine through. Bob Segar’s “Against The Wind” set the stage for the brew, and we lifted “Let the Cowboys Ride” from the lyrics of the song. It’s highly drinkable at 7.2% ABV and 35 IBU.
The Cannibal – Belgian Abbey Style Quad Sold Out!
Belgians love to ride bicycles. Probably the most famous Belgian cyclist of them all is Eddy Merckx. With 11 Grand Tour victories to his name, he earned the nickname ” The Cannibal.”
We brewed this beer using traditional Abbaye methods, which result in a smooth, subtle beer with tiny foam bubbles that hides its strength. 100% Admiral Maltings, from Alameda, CA, grains provide the foundation of the beer. Admiral Pils and Gallagher’s Best malts were used. We raised the temperature during the mashing process in order to create the correct foam and improve extraction. A traditional Abbaye yeast was used and strict temperature control in order to control some of the flavors normally associated with Belgian beers. Keg and bottle are naturally carbonated. Drink before 2021. Collaboration with A Belgian’s Beer Diary. Artwork by Leroid!
Fabricator – Belgian Style Pale Ale Sold out!
We pay tribute to the hard working men and women that build things for us. Our good friend Randy built the stands hold our brewing equipment and this one is for him! He’s the real Fabricator.
Pale ale is the beer that Belgians drink every day. It’s the working man and woman’s treat after a hard day at work. 100% Dingemans Belgian malts and traditional European hops were used on this beer. We used a special yeast culture from East Flanders in order to capture the correct Belgian flavors and strictly controlled fermentation temperature in order to balance the fruit and spice character that the yeast produces. It’s designed to be enjoyable to sip and also refreshing to drink. Santé!
Fill Your Heart With Niceness – IPA Sold Out!
It’s the holiday season. You’ve got presents to buy and parties to plan. Politics are polarized. It’s easy to get stressed out! Take a break and enjoy a juicy IPA that will take your cares away. In the immortal words of Mister Pato Banton, “Fill Your Heart With Niceness!”
We brewed this beer using one of our favorite pale malts and just a touch of German Munich malt. We added enough chinook hops to provide mild earthy bitterness and then went crazy with enigma hops in the whirlpool and dry hop. We then fermented it with one of our house clean yeasts. This beer is bursting with mango, green grapes, unripe mango and a bit of berries! No fruit was harmed in the making of this beer.
No Ska In The Morning – Munich Dunkel
In Nov, 2019 we opened up the brewery to three talented ladies from the local brewing community. Joanna Dunham was the head brewer on the project and Casey Cooksey and Morgane from A Belgian’s Beer Diary the assistant brewers. They wanted to produce a traditional continental lager and donate some money to a local charity. The result is No Ska in the Morning! What exactly is a Munich Dunkel? It’s a dark lager produced with caramel roasted malt and roast malt that has no husk. The combination of these malts produces a dry caramel and roast beer without being harsh or bready. German malts and traditional decoction mashing were used to produce a malty profile with gentle roast flavors and hints of vanilla. Sterling hops were added conservatively in order to balance the beer, but allow the malt and roast to shine. It was then fermented with a traditional Munich lager yeast in order to achieve the correct clean finish. Finally, the beer was lagered for 6 weeks before packaging. As is customary with some German lagers, you may notice some slight sulfur on the nose, which will dissipate quickly.
Stonegate – Irish Export Stout Sold Out!
Paying homage to both Ireland and San Jose, Stonegate is a classic stout. Massive coffee, chocolate and toasted bread on the nose. Coffee, dark chocolate and rye bread on the palate and a firm earthy bitter finish. One of our brewers grew up in the Stonegate neighborhood of San Jose and Stonegate is home to one of the world’s most famous stout breweries in Ireland. Enjoy the roastiness! We made some small changes to the recipe from last year.
Version 2.0 release notes:
Reduced bitterness from 37 to 33 IBU
Raised ABV to 6.4%