This week’s pick has nothing to do with magic, it’s simply an oatmeal stout from one of our favorite breweries – Firestone Walker. “They can do no wrong,” says Hopleaf owner Michael Roper, and with its low alcohol and dark, rich finish, it’s a beer that’s well-suited to the cooler days ahead. Cheers to that.
By now you should know that Roper is a big fan of the small, family-owned brewery. That’s not to say he doesn’t respect and enjoy a good beer from a large company, but more often than not, he gravitates to the mom-and-pop operation. This week is no different. He’s tipping his cap to Robinson’s Brewery, which has been brewing since 1899. Old Tom integrates a bit of pear juice, as well as some ginger, to make a refreshing (and at 6% ABV) very quaffable brew. When the kids hit the streets trick or treating tomorrow night, you can curl up with this kitty for sure. Cheers to that.
I love pumpkin pie, and the occasional soup or roasted pumpkin side dish is a welcome addition to my table. But beer? Maybe not so much. The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper says these seasonal brews are picking up steam, and while many are just artificially flavored or overwhelmed with spice, there are a couple that are worth seeking out (if you’re into this sort of thing). Cheers.
You’d think this week’s pick would hail from Canada, but this autumnal red ale actually comes courtesy of San Francisco-based Anchor Brewing. It’s a wonderfully hoppy beer that has just a touch of California maple syrup to balance it out. It’s only available for a few more weeks, so get it now, and go rake the leaves while you have a bottle or two. At 6%, you can afford to. Cheers.
One of the wonderful things about beer is that it can often be produced and bottled for a specific season. You don’t have to make thousands of cases, but instead, can offer a small batch of something really special for a limited time. Such is the case with most Oktoberfest beers, in demand right now, but only fleetingly. Local brewers Metropolitan and Revolution have some Oktoberfest beers available in the market right now, but only Revolution’s is available in cans; Metropolitan is still just available on tap. This week, Michael says get out there and pick up some of Revolution’s Oktoberfest – it’s an amber lager that will match up really well with your next bratwurst. Prost!
This week’s beer, from Germany, comes in a super cool bottle and has a bit of sea salt; it’s extremely refreshing, but a tad hard to find. Naturally, they do carry it at The Hopleaf, as well as a few other bars in town, but you’ll have to ask. Leipziger is the producer, and the correct pronunciation is GO-zuh, as in “rose” plus “uh.” Cheers, or should I say, prost!