The weather's been hot down here. And there is no relief in site as this weekends supposed to see temperatures rise into the mid 90's. Although, I'm usually not a huge fan of summer seasonal brews. However, since it's been so sunny and warm, we've been giving a few a try.
This week we've been drinking Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema from Anderson Valley Brewing Company located a short drive north of the Bay Area in Mendocino county. We actually took a tour of Anderson Valley Brewing back during Easter weekend. It's a very chill place, that even has a public frisbee golf course on the premises. At that time I tried their ESB and IPA. Both solid beers as I recall.
Anyway, back to the Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema. This was a beer that took a little getting used to. It's described as a "copper ale with a smooth, malty, and lightly sweet flavor with a delicate hint of spice." I usually head the other direction when I hear sweet and beer in the same sentence. However, we picked up a sixer and as it turns out, this beer gets better with every bottle (and I mean over a couple of days, not in one sitting). I don't have a super sophisticated palette, but the spice flavor (ginger perhaps) does a a good job of knocking out the sweetness that exists, so even though the flavor is somewhat complex, it is quite refreshing as a warm weather beer should be.
This may seem like an odd comparison, but after a few different tastes of this beer, I finally realized what this beer reminded me of. An unsweet version of A&W cream soda. Sounds kind of strange, but the beers creaminess just reminds me of a bottle of unsweet cream soda. Cream soda for adults. Anyway, it's a beer that I'll be enjoying during this weekends "heat wave".