Beer My Valentine: 4 Brews We Love
Jan 29, 2020 11:35AM
Whatever your relationship status, it’ll be love at first sip with these locally made, V-Day-inspired beers from local craft breweries. In no particular order...
TASTING NOTES: This sour blonde—treated with raspberries and dragon fruit—pours a vibrant red and features a juicy flavor profile. It’s a perfect four-pack to crack open and share with a loved one.
TRY IT HERE: Moksa Brewing Company, 5860 Pacific Street, Rocklin, 916-824-1366, moksabrewing.com
PAIR WITH: White chocolate-covered strawberries, aged comté cheese, baked brie with balsamic, or créme brûlée
TASTING NOTES: Brewed in collaboration with Abnormal Beer Company in San Diego, this imperial pastry stout—dark as fudge and conditioned on raspberries, cacao, coconut, and vanilla—was created for occasions like Valentine’s Day. Designed to mimic a raspberry- and coconut-filled truffle, the first sip will remind you of biting into said sweet.
TRY IT HERE: New Glory Craft Brewery, 5540 Douglas Boulevard, Granite Bay, 916-872-1721 (eatery); 8251 Alpine Avenue, Sacramento, 916-451-9355 (taproom), newglorybeer.com
PAIR WITH: Cheesecake
TASTING NOTES: This decadent pastry stout uses an exclusive coffee blend from Valiant Coffee Roasters in Loomis, hazelnut, and vanilla. Not overly sweet, like many pastry-inspired stouts, Dripping Moon will leave you wanting more.
TRY IT HERE: Slice Beer Co, 665 6th Street, 916-408-6889, Lincoln, slicebeer.com
PAIR WITH: Tiramisu or chocolate chip cookies
TASTING NOTES: Fruited with crushed raspberries, this barrel-aged, effervescent sour immediately grabs the senses and is akin to sipping on champagne. With a small production of only 36 bottles, it’s a special beer meant to be enjoyed with a special someone.
TRY IT HERE: Mraz Brewing Company, 2222 Francisco Drive, Suite 510, El Dorado Hills, 916-934-0744, mrazbrewingcompany.com
PAIR WITH: A charcuterie board with fresh fruit (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries), manchego cheese, triple cream brie, prosciutto, and crackers
—Compiled by Megan Wiskus