First Taste: SB Brewing Company Sunset Lager

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Photos by Kevin Pratt

Santa Barbara Brewing Company unveiled a new beer Wednesday afternoon in Sunset Lager. Stylistically, it’s a Vienna Lager. For those unfamiliar with the style, think of Sam Adams Boston Lager. Brewco brewmaster Kevin Pratt describes the style as “the German version of the English Pale Ale, although the hops are less pronounced. Still, there is a good biscuit, or toasty malt quality.”

Indeed, that biscuit comes through in the flavor of Sunset Lager. There’s also a nice, faint, taste of toffee sweetness. Above all, it’s crisp and bright. It’s clarity in flavor and appearance is unsurprising considering the near three months it spent fermenting and lagering. It’s quite good.


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