One of the best parts of craft beer is the collaborative spirit. Brewers share thoughts, techniques, and ingredients to push the boundaries for something special; a snapshot in time stuffed in a bottle and capped for all to enjoy.
Such is the way of South County IPA.
Brewed specifically for the sixth annual OC Brew HaHa, all three of San Clemente’s breweries collaborated on what they do best: create a hop monster in their laboratory they call a ‘brewhouse’.
Artifex Brewing’s Johnny Johur and Pizza Port’s Trevor Walls brought six types of hops over to Randal Dilibero of Left Coast Brewing, who has the largest brewery of the three. Six types of hops for the six years of the fest, no doubt the inspiration.
Deep gold and crystal clear in the glass, the first whiff of this hop monster is all peachy-stonefruit, over-ripe mango, wild honey and tangerine. The flavors develop and change as the glass warms: tropical fruit, resinous hops, juicy grapefruit and hints of wintergreen tea. The mouthfeel is dry, refreshing, with a touch of menthol-like cooling, something I’ve never encountered with any other beer.
South County IPA won’t be on shelves long, and with the perishable state of an IPA, you also want to drink it fresh, cold, and in proper glassware with a friend. If you’re headed to OC Brew HaHa on September 12 (got tickets?) you can also find it on tap there!