11 November 2016
San Francisco, CA -- Friday, November 11, 2016 -- ThirstyBear Organic Brewery is thrilled to team up with Beers Made By Walking for a limited-edition release of COASTAL IPA, one of 14 local beers inspired by the trails of Mount Sutro. Local brewers, Beers Made By Walking, and Sutro Stewards collaborated to create these hike-inspired beers. Sutro Stewards led the public and 18 brewers including ThirstyBear's brewmaster Brenden Dobel on hikes throughout Mount Sutro in the geographic center of San Francisco in search of specialty ingredients.
Beers Made By Walking hosts a special tasting event at Standard Deviant Brewing (280 14th Street, San Francisco, CA) this Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 2pm - 5:30pm. Participating breweries include: Barrel Head Brewhouse, Comrades Brewing Company, Fort Point Beer Company, Headlands Brewing Company, Laughing Monk Brewing, Magnolia Brewing Company, Pacific Brewing Laboratory & Cody Badger "Badger Brewing", Sirwisa Brewing Collective, Southpaw BBQ, Standard Deviant Brewing, "Stovetop Homebrewster" aka Gail Ann Williams, ThirstyBear Organic Brewery, Triple Voodoo Brewery, and Woods Beer Company. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite.
In this day and age, it's quite easy to overlook what might be right in front of us: native edible plants and herbs naturally grown on Bay Area landscapes. Sutro Stewards -- an organization that offers various public hikes, joins forces with Beers Made By Walking to bring select SF brewers on outdoor expeditions to discover herbs and plants in plain site on familiar city hiking trails. The brewers in turn have churned out some of the year's most distinct craft beers.
"As a native San Franciscan, the eye opening thing about Beers Made by Walking with the Sutro Stewards organization, is how fragrant and frankly edible our natural environment is, if you know where to look and what to look for," says Brenden Dobel. "There is a bounty of herbs, berries and nuts available for foraging. Many of the herbs on the California Coast have aromas and flavors that mimic, or at least play well with hops. Hops are considered the 'spice' that livens up our favorite malt beverage, beer. So really it's not that far of a leap to use mugwort, yarrow and sage along with hops. In fact, pardon the pun, it's quite natural!"
Dobel's new COASTAL IPA is brewed with organic Pale malt to achieve the color of the Golden State and hopped with organic Magnum, Bravo, Centennial and Chinook hops. The hop flavors and bitterness are complemented by mugwort, and the hop aromas are complemented by yarrow and sage. To increase the Coastal aromas in the small batches of COASTAL IPA, Dobel infuses into the beer some teas with Coyote Mint, Hummingbird Sage and Yerba Buena that were freshly harvested by the Sutro Stewards at the Sutro Native Plant Nursery.
Envision walking along the coast of the Marin Headlands after a morning fog. This is what ThirstyBear's COASTAL IPA is all about!
Tickets to the Beers Made By Walking event at Standard Deviant Brewing include entry, 10 4 oz. tasters, and a commemorative tasting glass. All participating breweries are donating their singular beers, and proceeds will support the Sutro Stewards' education and stewardship programs.
COASTAL IPA will make its first public appearance at Standard Deviant Brewing, and then will be available throughout the month of November 2016 exclusively at ThirstyBear.
ThirstyBear Organic, Small Batch Beers Are Available Fresh, Only On Draught, Only At ThirstyBear!