Purchased at Taylor’s Market ($10.99/22 oz. bottle) and poured into tulip glasses.
Pinchy Jeek is “brewed with pumpkin and spices and aged in Wild Turkey bourbon barrels” by Anderson Valley, and it pours a black-and-tan color with a mid-sized, beach sand hand. The nose is sweet, transfixing, mysterious, and autumnal, a candied and complex aroma that boasts pumpkin pie spice, toffee, vanilla, and a hint of whiskey barrel. Spices hit the palette first, a warming glow of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin, with the Wild Turkey kick and Tootsie Roll sweetness riding in on the second wave of flavor. It’s a fascinating and rewarding brew, maple sweets and savory spices in perfect harmony, and an essential beer for the fall.
We recently sat down with Johnny Flores, host of the Sacramento-focused podcast Serious Talk. Seriously., to drink a beer and record an episode of his show. The three of us shared a bottle of 3 Best Friends, a delicious coffee vanilla lager brewed by the rejuvenated Davis legends Sudwerk, and talked about beer, illustrations, how we got started here at His and Hers, our review process, and some of our favorite beers. There is also a lengthy talk about the evolution of the TV show Cheers, long a fecund subject for discussion in our household, and a brief back-and-forth about pairing beers with Panda Express. You can download the episode (#28) on iTunes here or listen on Johnny’s blog: stspodcast.com.
After months of anxiously peering through their windows during Saturday morning Old Soul runs, we finally got to check out the newly opened Oak Park Brewing Company last weekend. It was worth the wait, and their large brewing space/bar on Broadway shows a meticulous attention to detail and design. They had six beers on tap, and while they were not serving tasters for their high-volume opening weekend, they apparently plan to offer those moving forward. The Rower’s RyePA was the standout among the beers we sampled, a bitter and complex brew that showed off the rye as much as the hops. There is an immense indoor dining area – they offer dining and catering services as well as beer – but the sweetest plum is a spacious outdoor patio roofed with interlacing lights. There is a lot of activity and development on this stretch of Broadway, and Oak Park Brewing Company has the potential to be a hub of the scene.