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Punk’in Drublic – Coronado Brewing Company

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Purchased at Der Biergarten in Sacramento ($6/13 oz. serving) and poured into tulip glasses.

This “imperial pumpkin beer” and highly anticipated fall seasonal from San Diego-based Coronado Brewing Company pours a burnt orange with a slight, white sand-colored head.  True to its NOFX-inspired name, it smells of drunken pumpkins, both the flesh and the seeds, along with dark fruits and autumnal spices.  Punk’in Drublic brings robust pumpkin pie flavors to the front on the first sip, with subtle cinnamon and allspice notes that become more pronounced on subsequent swallows, but it’s still more pumpkin-y and less kitschy or sweet than most beers in this style.  It’s a real rarity – a pumpkin beer with complexity, as brown sugar and honey sweetness play off the savory spices and juicy pumpkin.

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“Serious Talk. Seriously.” Podcast

HisandHers_portraitWe 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.

 

Oak Park Brewing Company

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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.

Ruhstaller Tasting Room

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We were very happy to receive an invitation to the soft opening of the new Ruhstaller tasting room last week.  They only opened their doors Thursday through Saturday, and there was not a lot of signage to direct us, with only a stencil of Ruhstaller’s cigar-chomping “Jimmy” logo to let us know we had the right building.  Once inside the underground facility, which is dubbed The Swiss Rifle Club in a nod to Jimmy Ruhstaller’s personal history, we got in line for beers.  The tasting room is sectioned off into two separate areas – the bar area, which is dominated by a large communal table, and a more living room-like lounge area.  There is a lot of Ruhstaller-related memorabilia both new and old in the décor, including a large display of their trademark burlap-wrapped bottles.  When we visited, they were not pouring the entire Ruhstaller selection, but rather were informally test-marketing several varieties of a house red ale called Swiss Rifle Club, as well as a Belgian-y saison and a brown ale.  Unfortunately, we could not find any information about when the tasting room will be open to the public, but the Friday night soft open was very well attended.

Burnt Fog – Track 7 Brewing Company

7.6% ABV
Purchased at Track 7 Tap Room ($3/8 oz. pour) and served in pint glasses.

This smoked porter pours a murky dark brown-black with a mid-sized, white sand head, and boasts a delectable aroma of pan grease, hickory smoke, and blackened bacon.  True to its name, Burnt Fog is filled with charred and smoky flavors on the first swallow, most notably in the form of burnt leaves, bacon, and mild tobacco.  It remains pretty sweet and drinkable throughout, never too heavy or smoke-choked, with some walnut-like bitterness on the finish.  Track 7 Brewing’s take on the smoked porter doesn’t offer the fleshy flavors of BBQ-ed meats so much as the char, smoke, and grease residuals, with coffee grounds, candied nuts, and English-style malts also making appearances.

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3XIPA – Device Brewing Company

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Purchased at Capitol Beer and Tap Room ($7/13 oz. pour) and served in tulip glasses.

This debut beer from Sacramento newbie Device Brewing Company pours a clear, honey gold with a tight, off-white head.  The nose offers the sweet smells of wet grass, pears, and other stone fruits drizzled in honey, and the first swallow indicates that same sort of sweet character is ahead.  That initial impression quickly gives way to a hop bitterness that is mostly herbal and piney in nature, with a browned toast touch to the aftertaste.  3XIPA gets grassier on subsequent swallows, with a dose of alcohol burn entering the profile towards the end, although it remains fairly honeyed throughout.  Device is only brewing four styles out of the gate in order to hone their technique, and that attention to detail is evident in this promising triple IPA.

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