Blondes on Beers: Summer Spotlight

Blondes on Beers: Crystal Hoyt & Ashley Mackin-Solomon

Blondes on Beers:

The “summer” season in San Diego may be year-round, but at the breweries and tasting rooms in Point Loma and Ocean Beach , summer is a special time. Lighter, fruit-inspired and specialty IPAs are on tap — or will be soon — at local watering holes. We reached out to Peninsula brewers to see what’s new this summer, and here’s what they had to say …

Mike Hess: 4893 Voltaire St. OB

At Mike Hess, two popular summer beers are coming back, and a third is emerging from the archives.

“This summer, we have the return of 8 West, our award-winning Orange Honey Wheat ale, named after the highway to the beach, of course. It is light and refeshing at 4.8 percent and features orange blossom honey and chamomile,” said Mike Hess. “We are also reprising Mandatory Fun Double IPA, 9.3 percent features #allthehops, including Eureka!, Comet, Citra, Simcoe and Cascade.”

Also, after a long hiatus, Mike Hess is bringing one of its most award-winning brews out of the archive: Deceptio, a Black IPA. “At 8.8 percent, it’s lovely, bitter and smooth — looks like a stout, but drinks like a killer IPA,” Hess said. “We most recently were on the podium (of awards) with Firestone Walker and Lagunitas with this beer.”

Bay City: 3760 Hancock St. Point Loma

Bay City head brewer Austin Pinder has created a rotating series of light, fruit inspired beers, including radlers and Brut Goses (known as Bruty Pebbles) with different flavors.

“We have some pretty fun stuff,” Pinder told Point Loma/OB Monthly Magazine. “We’ve been experimenting more with fruit beers, so that’s going to be a constant in our tasting room.”

In July, Bay City pours a Coconut Lime radler and a passionfruit Bruty Pebble; and a Blackberry Berliner weisse.

In August, Pinder said: “We will have a Tiki-inspired radler with tropical fruit and spices … and a ‘Superfruit’ version of Bruty Pebbles with blueberry, acai, goji berry, dragon fruit and activated charcoal. Our most popular house radler, with grapefruit, is also now available all summer long.”

Bay City will also release a new batch of the Murky Machado hazy IPA in August.

Culture: 4845 Newport Ave. OB

August will be a big month at Culture brewing, with the release of a “new” IPA and a Brut IPL.

The Keyhole IPA, explained head brewer Aleks Kostka, “is our flagship Mosaic IPA with roasted grapefruit rinds and grapefruit juice. This beer started as a collaboration with skate photographer J. Grant Brittain and will be canned and served on tap in early August.”

Inspired by the popular Brut IPA (India Pale Ale with Champagne qualities), the Brut IPL is a little more experimental.

“Since this is our first batch of it, we are not positive on what to expect yet, but the idea is to create an even more crisp and dry, Champagne-like beer,” she said.

“Both styles are bigger in alcohol by volume, but designed to be crushable for these upcoming hot summer days.”

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, 2816 Historic Decatur Road, Point Loma

With the arrival of Comic-Con, Stone Liberty Station presents two fan-favorite, pop-culture inspired beers: The Notorious P.O.G. Berliner Weisse and the Drew Curtis/Wil Wheaton/Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout (usually just shortened to w00tstout).

At just 4.5 percent, the Notorious P.O.G. is effervescent and laden with Passionfruit, Orange and Guava (P.O.G.) and credited with being “mimosa-like” with “sip-it-like-it’s-Sunday ease.”

The Notorious P.O.G. from Stone Brewing was every bit as refreshing and fruity as a mimosa! The pefect sipping beer for the summer.
( Photos by Crystal Hoyt)

Slightly more aggressive, the 11.5 percent w00tstout is an imperial stout and touted as a local favorite since 2013.

“As if the pecans, wheat and flaked rye weren’t enough, we went ahead and aged a quarter of this beer in bourbon barrels,” brewers said in press material. “The result is a whopping, intense, superhero of a beer with profound complexity.”

By the way, the three namesakes in the full title are internet news aggregator Drew Curtis, actor Wil Wheaton (perhaps best known as Wesley on “Star Trek: The Next Generation”) and Stone Brewing CEO and co-founder Greg Koch.

Two Roots: 4896 Newport Ave. OB

A relative newcomer to the Ocean Beach brewing scene (Two Roots is gradually migrating from its former brand of Helm’s Brewing), Two Roots is launching a few new offerings for summer: Juice Boy New England IPA, Summer Blonde light blonde ale, Red White and Blueberry tart fruit (Strawberry/Blueberry) beer, Straight Dank cannabis-flavored IPA and SoCal LoCal low calorie IPA. Descriptions of these beers were not available by deadline.

The Red White and Blueberry tart from Two Roots is light and fruity. Bursting with berry flavor, the beer is definitely tart, but not mouth- puckering.

Eppig Brewing: 2817 Dickens St. Point Loma

Sticking to its lighter, German-inspired beers, Eppig released a 4.9 percent Kölsch for summer named “Prekend” (think: pre-weekend).

“This extremely sessionable Kölsch-style ale is exactly what you need to combat the summer heat,” said Stephanie Eppig. “It has brilliant clarity with subtle aromas of sweet pilsner malt, pear and hint of noble hops. A soft, well-rounded malt character gives way to a crisp and dry finish.”

Ketch Grill & Taps: 2614 Shelter Island Drive, Point Loma

To celebrate its one-year anniversary, Ketch Brewing will release its first canned beer: the “Come on, Pelican!” West Coast IPA. Head brewer Sam Billheimer said a limited number of these cans will be released at Ketch Grill and Taps.


Summer Beer Events in the Peninsula

• Hop Con 7.0 at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station. July 18, 7-11 p.m. (Tickets: $75, $35 for designated drivers)

• Pints + Plank Yoga at Kilowatt Brewing Tasting Room. July 20, 11 a.m. (Cost: $20, includes a full pour of your choice)

• Waterfront Yoga + Beer Eppig Brewing. July 21, 9:45 am. (Cost: $15 in advance, includes your first pint, $20 at the door) Email to reserve your mat!

• Craft + Draft at Bay City Brewing Co. July 25, 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Free)

• Pints + Plank Yoga at Kilowatt Brewing Tasting Room. August 3, 11 a.m. (Cost: $20, includes a full pour of your choice)

• Summer Sip, Shop & Style @ Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station. August 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Tickets: $5 in advance, $10 at the door)

• Stone 23rd Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival @ Stone Brewing World Bistro – Liberty Station. August 16-18. Friday, August 16: Ultimate Tap Room Takeovers. Sunday, August 18: Grand Celebration, 3-6 p.m. (Tickets: $25)