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SD breweries join forces for limited-edition 2021 Beer Week brews

IPA's all around

Capital of Craft IPA collaboration for Beer Week.
Capital of Craft IPA collaboration for Beer Week.

San Diego Beer Week — which takes place November 5 to 14 — was originally organized by the San Diego Brewers Guild to promote the more than 150 breweries in the county. And for the past five years, some of the best brewers in San Diego have teamed up to release Capital of Craft, a limited-edition IPA brewed specifically for Beer Week. The contributors to the 2021 Capital of Craft, which will hit taps and shelves at the start of Beer Week, include Ballast Point, Booze Bros., Craft Coast, Eppig, Latchkey, Puesto Cervecería, Roleur, and host brewery Societe Brewing.

Doug Constantiner, CEO of Societe, explains the collaborative effort, “For this year’s Capital of Craft IPA recipe, we incorporated new hop varieties and even used California-grown barley for the grain bill. Additionally, there are some newer breweries involved that are helmed by very experienced brewers who finally set out on their own. These brewers made their names at famous places like Gordon Biersch, Pizza Port Brewing, and Ballast Point, and they are now coming together to contribute their own creative spin on an IPA. It’ll be more dry and less bitter than the classic IPA that made San Diego the ‘Capital of Craft.’”

One of the new hop varieties is Azacca, which should add hints of tropical fruit, citrus, and pine to the aroma while delivering spicy notes of mango, pine, and pineapple to the palate. The hops were provided by Yakima Chief Hops and the malted barley by Country Malt Group. Other sponsors contributing to the 2021 Capital Craft include White Labs, which provided the yeast; Mother Sponge, which designed the art; and Mobile West Canning Group, which was responsible for the canning process.

Despite so many hands on-deck for the collaboration, choosing a style for the beer was not difficult. Constantiner continues, “We wanted to brew a beer that identifies with the San Diego brewing community – of course, it had to be an IPA. San Diego has been a large part of craft beer’s meteoric rise over the past decades and hop-forward IPAs are what our region is known for. Today, IPA dominates the craft beer segment world-wide, so why not stick to what’s true to our roots?”

Another Brewers Guild-related collaboration now available is San Diego Brewers United Double IPA. This brew is the result of a collaboration between Stone, AleSmith, Modern Times, Mother Earth, Pizza Port, Societe, and Thorn. It was originally brewed in 2020 to benefit the Brewers Guild after many of its revenue-generating events were canceled due to Covid-19.

With the guild still behind on revenue, the beer was brewed again for 2021 using the same recipe. Describing the brew, Jeremy Moynier, Stone’s Senior Manager of Brewing and Innovation, says, “I get a lot of mango and peach in this beer, of course with a ton of dankness. It has a malty finish that’s really bright. We have a shared love for hops and hops from different areas. In this beer, we used Rakau and Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand and Citra and Azacca from the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. There are also some classic hops in this beer: Magnum, Columbus, Centennial, and Simcoe. It has roots in classic West Coast Double IPAs while exploring newer flavors and aromas from more contemporary hops.”

The theme of collaboration runs strong throughout San Diego breweries, as Moynier puts it, “This is a special industry where we are close with our fellow brewers and we want to do what we can to always help each other out.”

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Capital of Craft IPA collaboration for Beer Week.
Capital of Craft IPA collaboration for Beer Week.

San Diego Beer Week — which takes place November 5 to 14 — was originally organized by the San Diego Brewers Guild to promote the more than 150 breweries in the county. And for the past five years, some of the best brewers in San Diego have teamed up to release Capital of Craft, a limited-edition IPA brewed specifically for Beer Week. The contributors to the 2021 Capital of Craft, which will hit taps and shelves at the start of Beer Week, include Ballast Point, Booze Bros., Craft Coast, Eppig, Latchkey, Puesto Cervecería, Roleur, and host brewery Societe Brewing.

Doug Constantiner, CEO of Societe, explains the collaborative effort, “For this year’s Capital of Craft IPA recipe, we incorporated new hop varieties and even used California-grown barley for the grain bill. Additionally, there are some newer breweries involved that are helmed by very experienced brewers who finally set out on their own. These brewers made their names at famous places like Gordon Biersch, Pizza Port Brewing, and Ballast Point, and they are now coming together to contribute their own creative spin on an IPA. It’ll be more dry and less bitter than the classic IPA that made San Diego the ‘Capital of Craft.’”

One of the new hop varieties is Azacca, which should add hints of tropical fruit, citrus, and pine to the aroma while delivering spicy notes of mango, pine, and pineapple to the palate. The hops were provided by Yakima Chief Hops and the malted barley by Country Malt Group. Other sponsors contributing to the 2021 Capital Craft include White Labs, which provided the yeast; Mother Sponge, which designed the art; and Mobile West Canning Group, which was responsible for the canning process.

Despite so many hands on-deck for the collaboration, choosing a style for the beer was not difficult. Constantiner continues, “We wanted to brew a beer that identifies with the San Diego brewing community – of course, it had to be an IPA. San Diego has been a large part of craft beer’s meteoric rise over the past decades and hop-forward IPAs are what our region is known for. Today, IPA dominates the craft beer segment world-wide, so why not stick to what’s true to our roots?”

Another Brewers Guild-related collaboration now available is San Diego Brewers United Double IPA. This brew is the result of a collaboration between Stone, AleSmith, Modern Times, Mother Earth, Pizza Port, Societe, and Thorn. It was originally brewed in 2020 to benefit the Brewers Guild after many of its revenue-generating events were canceled due to Covid-19.

With the guild still behind on revenue, the beer was brewed again for 2021 using the same recipe. Describing the brew, Jeremy Moynier, Stone’s Senior Manager of Brewing and Innovation, says, “I get a lot of mango and peach in this beer, of course with a ton of dankness. It has a malty finish that’s really bright. We have a shared love for hops and hops from different areas. In this beer, we used Rakau and Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand and Citra and Azacca from the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. There are also some classic hops in this beer: Magnum, Columbus, Centennial, and Simcoe. It has roots in classic West Coast Double IPAs while exploring newer flavors and aromas from more contemporary hops.”

The theme of collaboration runs strong throughout San Diego breweries, as Moynier puts it, “This is a special industry where we are close with our fellow brewers and we want to do what we can to always help each other out.”

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