Enjoying an iced cold craft beer seems synonymous with living in San Diego - especially in the summertime. We are home to some of the most innovative breweries on the planet and can you imagine a better setting to sip in? Since summertime is right around the corner, we had Slater’s 50/50 Beermonger Mark Schultz compile a list of the 5 local beers that he is most looking forward to this summer.
Anniversary Ale by Port Brewing - Anniversary Ale is an American Double/Imperial IPA and not for the faint of heart. This brew boasts a 10% ABV and robust notes of pine—that are only lightly nuanced with notes of citrus, tropical fruit and caramel. This is a traditional west coast style IPA with an unapologetic finish. Brace yourself for a mouthful of delicious hops.
Unicorn Stampede by Fall Brewing Company - Don’t let the brewery name fool you, Unicorn Stampede by Fall Brewing is the perfect Red IPA to enjoy this summer. This brew pours smooth and has a thick, malt finish. The Red IPA has a light body with notes of citrus, juicy berry, nuts, and a hint of caramel. Pair this with a perfectly grilled steak for your own personal slice of heaven.
Yulesmith Summer by Alesmith - Alesmith created a delicious summer-specific American Double IPA that does not disappoint. This hop-heavy brew is leveled-out with notes of juicy citrus, nuts, and buttery caramel. It’s a fragrant IPA that’s well-layered and a perfect companion to a rack of freshly grilled baby back ribs.
Béatitude Apricot Tart Saison by Council Brewing Company - Summer is the perfect season for this Saison ale. This yellow-hued brew is aptly named as it has prominent notes of apricot and a tart finish. This light bodied Saison will fair well at the beach, at a picnic or with a plateful of barbecued meats.
HiFi+LoFi Mixtape by Stone Brewing Company - Say hello to your perfect summer soundtrack (in beer form): Stochasticity Project Hifi + Lofi Mixtape by Stone Brewing Company. This brew pays homage to the brewing techniques of yesteryear but adds a modern twist. Enjoy hints of vintage stock ale with notes of oak and English malt. This beer is a must-try for beer connoisseurs and adventurous palates alike.
You don’t have to wait for summer to enjoy a delicious craft beer in San Diego. Stop by Slater’s 50/50 in Liberty Station or San Marcos and enjoy a pint of delicious beer hand-selected by resident beermonger Mark Schultz.