You may recall a certain collaboration brew Kevin Pratt at Santa Barbara Brewing Company and I did in October of 2013. It was the first in an installment of several Blogger Beers that Pratt wanted to work on. Two of those beers have come to fruition.
The first, which will be released on Monday as part of Santa Barbara Beer Week, is a collaboration with Edible Santa Barbara’s Laura Sanchez, and it’s incredible. Amigose Del Mar, a play on words that hints at “Friend of the Ocean” is a saltwater Gose that tips the scale at just above 4% ABV. It’s super light and crisp, but also silky smooth. There’s a slight tartness to it and a gentle citrus flavor, but it’s far from puckering.
At a preview tasting of the beer on Tuesday, Sanchez noted the minerality of the finish, which only makes you want to drink another, and another and another.
On the other end of the spectrum is High Thai’d Curry Saison brewed in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Sentinel beer columnist, Zach Rosen. Where Amigoes Del Mar is subtle and its complexity is fairly nuanced, High Thai’d is richly complex and very bold in its flavor.
The beer will be released on Wednesday and boasts a big pepper, fresh ginger and fennel notes with a hint of cinnamon. There’s also a delicate sweetness that stems from the late coconut milk addition that helps even out the spice. It’s super interesting and would go really well with one of Santa Barbara Brewing Company’s pizzas.