Some people make fun of the craft beer industry for being almost too creative. Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout, Mango Puree Weisse, Brett IPAs, and everything in between. What some drinkers see as interesting and adventurous, others may see as goofy or ridiculous.
But when an experiment works out and turns into a great product, then what can you say? Stony Creek released their Mexicali-style Lager, La Garza at the top of summer and immediately became a winner. Now, this may not be as wacky as some of the other style beers I mentioned previously, but considering this wasn’t even a style of beer 5 years ago, I’d say that’s adventurous.
What makes a Lager Mexicali-style you ask? Well honestly, it’s simple. All the base ingredients are on par for a standard Lager except for the addition of flaked maize which adds a nice addition to the overall mouthfeel of the beer. Next, the late-addition of citrus hops creates a fun twist on a style that some felt was going to the wayside. Still fermented at low temperatures, still crystal clear with lip smacking refreshment, La Garza is a delightfully fun beer to drink.
Now that beach season is over, La Garza may go into hibernation for a bit, but don’t be worried, next summer you can guarantee the Branford behemoth will be pumping out more cans of La Garza to ensure your summer adventures are never without one.
Here’s to creativity and experimentation. Play on Playa.
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