Maybe it was the soothing sounds of ’80s hair metal cover band Metal Shop. Maybe it was the 100 degree heat. Maybe it was the BBQ cookoff. Maybe it was the beer. Whatever the case, the hordes descended on Marin County a few weeks ago to sample the best craft beers made in and around California, and enjoy a little pulled pork along the way.
In lieu of printed material and a forgotten notepad for detailed notetaking, I jotted down a few favorites on a coaster or two. Here are my top picks from the event:
St. Florian’s Brewery IPA – Well balanced, a little more caramel than most IPAs.
Stone Levitation Ale – Always a classic, a rich and delicious amber ale.
Stone RuinTen IPA – Hugely bitter and immensely satisfying.
Island Brewing Company Night Sail – Not sure if that’s the actual name of the brew being poured, but this IPA pours black while drinking amber — a feast for the senses with a nutty fninish.
Anderson Valley Summer Solstice – A limited edition brew from this popular local brewer, bready and satisfying.
Ninkasi Believer Double Red Ale – Oregon’s finest had a line around the park to sample its brews, with good reason. Just an all-around satisfying ruddy ale.
Thanks to the CBF for the invitation!