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Brewers Unite for David!

Hazy Session IPA

ABV 4.8% • IBUs 38

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Brewers Unite for David!

ABV 4.8%

IBUs 38

On Tap

Ten local breweries came together here at Discretion to brew this benefit beer for an injured local brewer. Discretion will donate 100% of the proceeds from this beer to David’s fund at the Valley Medical Center Foundation. The beer is a hazy session IPA bursting with citrus and stone fruit aromas. Cheers to David!

Carmel Valley Fresh Hop Ale

Fresh Hop Blonde Ale

ABV 4.8% • IBUs 25

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Carmel Valley Fresh Hop Ale

ABV 4.8%

IBUs 25

On Tap

We picked hops all day in an organic garden on a hill in Carmel Valley, and this beer showcases our efforts. Using freshly picked wet hops instead of dried hops imparts a subtle floral, grassy aroma which balances beautifully with the mellow pilsner malt base.

Breezy Season

Barrel-aged Farmhouse Ale

ABV 7.1% • IBUs 25

Barrel Aged

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Breezy Season

ABV 7.1%

IBUs 25

On Tap

Breezy Season is a hybrid of the Saison and Biere de Garde brewing traditions. Aromatic and spicy, it has an enhanced caramel maltiness typical of the Biere de Garde style, while fermentation with a Saison yeast lends peppery, clove-like, and fruity characteristics. Three months in French oak barrels from Windy Oaks Winery adds soft vanilla notes as well as complimentary caramel and baking spice character. The result is this elegant farmhouse beer that balances the roles of malt, yeast, and barrel.

I Am What I Amber

Amber Ale

ABV 5.3% • IBUs 15

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I Am What I Amber

ABV 5.3%

IBUs 15

On Tap

I am honest and charming, malt-forward with very little bitterness. I’ve been dry-hopped with Simcoe, which gives me a nuanced aroma that will win you over right from the start. Cheers!

Too Dense to Float

Amber Ale

ABV 5.1% • IBUs 35

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Too Dense to Float

ABV 5.1%

IBUs 35

On Tap

Amber, the tree-sap-derived gemstone, can be distinguished from ambergris, a whale product, by the fact that it’s too dense to float.  Ponder this while sipping our amber ale, its malty body hinting at biscuit and toast before meandering towards toffee and dates. Hops lend a subdued and classic pine-focused balance, with a bright and fruity twist to finish.

Woodland Critters (No.3)

Sour Ale Barrel-Aged with Tart Cherries

ABV 7.6% • IBUs

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Woodland Critters (No.3)

ABV 7.6%

IBUs

Bottled

Continuing our series exploring wild and sour fermentation, we are proud to release Woodland Critters No. 3.

This beer has a rich cherry aroma, moderate brett/lactic funk and subtle almond notes, and a dry finish with some oak-derived tannins.

$2 of every bottle sold will be donated to the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, which works to preserve local lands and critters

Chord Progression

Kettle-soured Saison

ABV 6.1% • IBUs 12

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Chord Progression

ABV 6.1%

IBUs 12

The idea of hops and sour notes together may seem discordant at first, but one taste will set you on a harmonic journey to a resolution that feels like home. Fermentation lends the aroma notes of spice and earth. Dry-hopping adds tones of lime zest and apricot. The flavor is tart on the tongue, and then juicy nectarine floods the palate.

Wisdom Wheat Kindness

American Wheat Ale

ABV 4.6% • IBUs 20

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Wisdom Wheat Kindness

ABV 4.6%

IBUs 20

This American wheat beer is straw-colored and light-bodied with a refreshing finish.  Wai-ti hops from New Zealand contribute hoppy hints of citrus and stone fruit.

Free Day IPA 2017

IPA

ABV 6% • IBUs 43

Summer

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Free Day IPA 2017

ABV 6%

IBUs 43

Be free.

The 2017 version of Free Day IPA presents captivating floral, fruity, and citrus hop notes.  A touch of Munich malt deepens the golden hue and contributes to the overall balance of this mildly bitter, highly drinkable IPA.

Free Day IPA is brewed once a year to celebrate Independence Day. Each year this beer is brewed with a new recipe.

Bramble Ramble

Blackberry Kettle-Sour

ABV 5.1% • IBUs 5

Sour Beer, Summer

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Bramble Ramble

ABV 5.1%

IBUs 5

We follow the creek, dodging brambles and splashing through shady pools to get to the blackberries hanging in the sun. Some berries are tart but we eat them just as happily, glad to be alive for both the sweet and the sour.

Our Bramble Ramble is kettle-soured and then fermented with organic blackberries, which impart a berry tang and a pretty purple hue. Saison yeast adds to the complexity of this refreshing beer.

Hazel Dell

Barrel-aged Brown Ale

ABV 5.6% • IBUs 21

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Hazel Dell

ABV 5.6%

IBUs 21

Hazel Dell, a brown ale based on an English brown malt profile, was fermented with Belgian ale yeast and saison yeast and then aged for three months in Windy Oaks Winery Pinot Noir and Grenache barrels. The nose is a complex blend of warm spice (derived from the yeasts and the barrels), rich caramel/toffee (from the English malt bill and the barrels), and subtle fruit (from the wine and yeasts). The flavor is bready and caramel-like with sweetness balanced by oaky tannins.

Hopzwickel

Dry-Hopped Unfiltered Lager

ABV 4.7% • IBUs 33

Hoppy, Lager

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Hopzwickel

ABV 4.7%

IBUs 33

There’s nothing like a Hopzwickel on a warm afternoon!

Hopzwickel is a pale, hazy, unfiltered lager generously dry-hopped with American aroma bombs Citra and Mosaic. The aroma is citrus and tropical fruit giving way to slightly sweet pilsner malt flavor and a mildly bitter finish.

Jugo Nuevo

IPA

ABV 5.4% • IBUs 50

Hoppy

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Jugo Nuevo

ABV 5.4%

IBUs 50

This new-school hazy IPA is brimming with aromas of tropical fruits. Hops, hops, and more hops were added to this beer throughout the production process to create a distinctively succulent IPA with notes of pineapple and guava. You wouldn’t be blamed if you thought this was some sort of “new juice” rather than our latest IPA.

Redwood Mountain Blonde

Blonde Ale

ABV 5.3% • IBUs 26

Summer

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Redwood Mountain Blonde

ABV 5.3%

IBUs 26

Originally brewed for the Redwood Mountain Faire, this blonde ale is a favorite for summer sipping beneath our beloved, towering redwoods.  Delightfully bright and refreshing, its low bitterness and subtle malt expression will win you over.

Pebble Project (CANNED)

Mosaic Pale Ale

ABV 4.6% • IBUs 33

Canned, Hoppy

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Pebble Project (CANNED)

ABV 4.6%

IBUs 33

On Tap

Bottled

Stone by tiny stone, a picture emerges…

In our Mosaic-hopped pale ale, shining facets of flavor and aroma build a beautiful beer. Breathe in papaya, guava, and freshly-bloomed blossoms, each scent an element of the Mosaic hops.

Available in 16oz cans (4-packs) TO-GO

Submarine Canyon IPA

Meyer Lemon & Sea Salt IPA (SOLD OUT)

ABV 6.1% • IBUs 43

Canned, Hoppy, Special Brew

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Submarine Canyon IPA

ABV 6.1%

IBUs 43

Bottled

We all live by the Submarine Canyon, a Grand-Canyon-sized marvel beneath our Monterey Bay. The canyon walls descend into cold darkness, but weird and wonderful life abounds.

This IPA, in which fruity hop notes swim with whispers of Meyer lemon and sea salt, is our first beer to find a home in cans.

Every can of Submarine Canyon IPA supports the work of Save Our Shores.

 

(Available in single cans for $6.50 or 4-pack (t0-go only, please) for $16)

Anniversary 2017

Dry-Hopped Red Lager

ABV 4.9% • IBUs 27

Hoppy

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Anniversary 2017

ABV 4.9%

IBUs 27

Anniversary 2017 is a dry-hopped red lager.  Like a Bock, it has a rich, earthy, caramel-toasty maltiness. Bold American hops add floral, apricot, and citrus notes.  Happy fourth anniversary to us, and cheers!

Getting To Know You

British-style Pale Ale

ABV 5.2% • IBUs 26

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Getting To Know You

ABV 5.2%

IBUs 26

We’re getting to know the experimental hop Exp-117 from one of our organic growers, Pat Leavy at Oregon Hop House. It lends a soft, delicate fruitiness and hints of marmalade to the aroma of this easy-drinking British-style pale ale.  We hope you’ll enjoy it while getting to know the people around you a little better.

Shimmerzwickel

Zwickelbier

ABV 5.3% • IBUs 31

Lager

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Shimmerzwickel

ABV 5.3%

IBUs 31

Zwickelbier is an old German-style lager that is always unfiltered and cloudy. It is named after a zwickel, a small sampling port on the outside of fermentation vessels. Think of it as Shimmer’s endearingly sincere younger brother.

Wooden Ruler

Imperial Stout

ABV 10.6% • IBUs 88

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Wooden Ruler

ABV 10.6%

IBUs 88

Our whiskey-barrel-aged Imperial Stout is dark, rich, and authoritative. Aromas of roasted malt, whiskey, and oak draw you in, and the first sip reveals deep caramel, toasted marshmallows, and fig.  A lingering, roasty bitterness brings all of these elements into balance.

Hop Bebop

IPA

ABV 5.8% • IBUs 43

Hoppy

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Hop Bebop

ABV 5.8%

IBUs 43

Complex hop chords improvise some jazzy joy.

Notes of pine and citrus play well together in this easy-drinking, highly aromatic IPA.

Barrel-Aged Winter Circle

Barrel-Aged American Barleywine

ABV 10.8% • IBUs 73

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Barrel-Aged Winter Circle

ABV 10.8%

IBUs 73

Bottled

The Winter Circle is a huge, twinkling pattern of stars that dominates the winter sky. Our Winter Circle casts a prevailing glow that decorates any darkness.

This barrel-aged version of our American Barleywine is a big, complex, copper-hued beauty. The whiskey barrels in which it is aged add notes of vanilla and oak to this luscious, heady sipper.

1st Conversation

Saison

ABV 5.8% • IBUs 21

Belgian-style, Series

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1st Conversation

ABV 5.8%

IBUs 21

Bottled

“What are you drinking?”

That first conversation between new-found friends has to start somewhere.

Our Conversation Series, a line of Belgian-inspired beers, begins with this versatile saison. Malted barley, rye, and wheat are fermented with a farmhouse yeast strain that contributes fruity, citrusy, spicy notes.

Awards

2013 Silver medal winner in the California State Fair Craft Beer Competition in the category Belgian Pale Ale

Awards

2013 Silver medal winner in the California State Fair Craft Beer Competition in the category Belgian Pale Ale

6th Conversation

Belgian-style Tripel

ABV 8.9% • IBUs 27

Belgian-style, Series

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6th Conversation

ABV 8.9%

IBUs 27

“This is divinely delicious. Its effervescence makes me want to celebrate something, but it’s so majestic that I almost want to be all alone with it, thinking big thoughts.”

They assumed she was paying attention only to the beer till she set her tiles down and said, “Triple word score.”

“Nice,” was all they could respond.

Everyone took another sip.

Our Belgian-Style Tripel is unfiltered and golden in color. The aroma is full of fruity esters with a bit of spicy/grassy hops in the background. The flavor begins with a malty sweetness, then finishes with some warming alcohol and a moderately dry hop bitterness.

Tumbling Toast

SMaSH Dry-Hopped Lager

ABV 4.6% • IBUs 18

Hoppy, Lager

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Tumbling Toast

ABV 4.6%

IBUs 18

Our SMaSH (Single Malt Single Hop) dry-hopped lager’s toasty  Vienna malt and Cascade hops bring to mind the phenomenon of falling toast and what it reveals to us about the nature of our universe.  If Murphy’s Law is a truth, beer (plus wisdom, wit, and kindness) helps.

Hole 27

Northeast-style IPA

ABV 6.2% • IBUs 55

Hoppy, IPA

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Hole 27

ABV 6.2%

IBUs 55

Hole 27 (aka “The Top of the World”) at the legendary DeLaveaga Disc Golf Course offers one of our favorite views of Santa Cruz. Our Hole
27, a hop bursted Northeast-style IPA, provides a similarly expansive experience with tropical and citrusy hop character coming from
continuous hopping at the end of the boil and a large dry hop addition of Azacca and Jaryllo, a fitting reward for your own legendary exploits.

MuCho Chocolate Porter

Porter

ABV 5.2% • IBUs 27

Special Brew

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MuCho Chocolate Porter

ABV 5.2%

IBUs 27

MuCho Chocolate Porter is the result of a collaboration with our friends at Mutari Chocolate in Santa Cruz.  Three varieties of single origin cocoa nibs (Bolivian, Ecuadorian, Madagascar) are combined with specially selected malts to showcase a complex balance of roast and terroir.

Accordion Man

Oktoberfest Lager

ABV 6.1% • IBUs 24

Fall, Lager

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Accordion Man

ABV 6.1%

IBUs 24

On Tap

Bottled

The man who played his accordion for us in a small beer garden in Baden-Baden forever changed our impression of this instrument.

Thanks for the gorgeous music, accordion man. This beer’s for you!

Our golden-orange-hued Oktoberfest Lager is brewed with imported Pilsner, Vienna and Munich Malts for authenticity.

On The Porch Pale

American Pale Ale

ABV 6% • IBUs 32

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On The Porch Pale

ABV 6%

IBUs 32

On the porch you can wave and chat or just sit back, observe, and appreciate, sheltered yet still a part of the wide world.

On The Porch Pale is an easy-drinking pale ale with bready malt flavors and a refreshing mild citrus hop bite.

Free Day IPA 2016

American IPA

ABV 7.7% • IBUs 72

Hoppy, IPA

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Free Day IPA 2016

ABV 7.7%

IBUs 72

Be free.

An all-pilsner malt base is like a clean, clear window letting the hops shine brightly through. The aroma promises boozy citrus and stone fruit with chewy resinous notes, and the flavor delivers.

(Free Day IPA is brewed once a year to celebrate Independence Day. Each year, this beer is brewed with a new recipe).

Scenic Stout

Export Stout

ABV 7% • IBUs 50

Award Winning, Dark, Stout

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Scenic Stout

ABV 7%

IBUs 50

On Tap

Get off the boring route. Amazing panoramas await. Our export stout’s roasty, chocolatey flavors are rounded out by the addition of flaked oats.

Awards

  • 1st Place in the cateogry “Stout” in the 2015 National Organic Craft Beer Competition
  • 2nd Place “Best in Show” in the 2015 National Organic Craft Beer Competition

Awards

  • 1st Place in the cateogry “Stout” in the 2015 National Organic Craft Beer Competition
  • 2nd Place “Best in Show” in the 2015 National Organic Craft Beer Competition

Woodland Critters (No.2)

Barrel-Aged Wild Ale (SOLD OUT)

ABV 8% • IBUs

Wild Ale

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Woodland Critters (No.2)

ABV 8%

IBUs

Continuing our series exploring wild and sour fermentation, we are proud to release Woodland Critters No. 2.

The second offering in this series spent nearly a year and a half in the barrel. During that time the critters in the barrel, in this case Brettanomyces, feasted and worked their magic helping to create a special beer with a rich malt body, deep mahogany color, and fruity aromas of sour cherries and plum. Oak-derived vanilla notes complement the hints of caramel on the palate. The finish is dry, smooth, and ever so satisfying.

We have partnered with the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County for the Woodland Critters series, donating $2.00 for every bottle produced to help them continue their crucial work of preserving our local lands and critters.

Different Drummer

Hoppy Lager

ABV 5% • IBUs 27

Hoppy, Lager

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Different Drummer

ABV 5%

IBUs 27

This hoppy lager resists categorization. It does its own good thing.
Different Drummer is light reddish amber in color. Its bready, malty aromas with moderate spice and floral hop notes lead to a firm yet balanced bitterness.

Glorioski

Amber Ale

ABV 5.7% • IBUs 39

Hoppy

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Glorioski

ABV 5.7%

IBUs 39

Our amber is back, better than ever!  How do you like the way the richer maltiness balances the more intense hop presence?  We love it and hope you will, too.  Let us know!

“Glorioski!!,” Grandpa Larson would exclaim when delighted or impressed. This American Amber is glorious enough to warrant that booming expression of admiration, with its floral and citrus hop aroma melding harmoniously into caramel and pale malt flavor. This is a hop-forward, yet well-balanced West Coast-style amber.

 

2nd Conversation

Belgian-style Stout

ABV 7.2% • IBUs 43

Belgian-style, Dark, Series

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2nd Conversation

ABV 7.2%

IBUs 43

Second Conversation: The stories deepen and extend past twilight, moonrise, midnight. It’s hard to tear oneself away when chocolate is involved. Cacao nibs from Ecuador, European roasted malts, and Belgian saison yeast  make for an engaging conversation. The aroma hints at dark chocolate, the flavor is rich and satisfying, and the surprisingly clean finish leaves you wanting more…

4th Conversation

Belgian-style Blonde

ABV 7% • IBUs 24

Belgian-style, Series

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4th Conversation

ABV 7%

IBUs 24

“Sweet!” he declared.
“Not really,” she replied.
“It finishes quite dry.”
She tossed her blonde hair.
“It smells like pears to me,” she said. “With an edge. I like how it’s a little sweet at first, and spicy, then it finishes with a touch of bitterness from the hops.” She paused. “Pretty, yet complex.”
“Like you,” he said.

11th Conversation

Hibiscus Wit

ABV 5.5% • IBUs 14

Belgian-style, Series

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11th Conversation

ABV 5.5%

IBUs 14

“May I please have another wit?”

“I’m amused by the one you have.”

A pinkish hibiscus hue tints this cloudy wheat beer. Each sip expresses a slightly tart fruitiness that refreshes the senses. Brewed with hibiscus flowers, coriander, orange and lemon peels.

14th Conversation

Dark Rye Saison

ABV 5.8% • IBUs 27

Belgian-style, Dark, Series

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14th Conversation

ABV 5.8%

IBUs 27

“Wow! You’re Wheelie Joe’s dad?”
“Yep.”
“I can’t believe we’re having a beer with Wheelie Joe’s dad!”
Get connected with 14th conversation, a dark saison with notes of clove and rye. This malt-forward winter saison has a fruity, spicy bouquet with hints of fig and chocolate. A rich malt backbone and velvety mouthfeel belies it’s dry finish, and leaves one eager for the next sip.

Awards

  • Bronze Medal in the category “Saison” in the 2016 Best of Craft Beer Awards

Awards

  • Bronze Medal in the category “Saison” in the 2016 Best of Craft Beer Awards

15th Conversation

Session Abbey Ale

ABV 4.3% • IBUs 21

Belgian-style, Series, Session

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15th Conversation

ABV 4.3%

IBUs 21

“Are you single?”

“I don’t feel single.”

“So you’re a double?”

“No, it’s lighter than that.”

Our session Abbey ale, burnt orange in color, has aromas and flavors of multi-grain bread, with bright fruit and bitter spice notes.

Winter Circle

American Barleywine

ABV 10.9% • IBUs 83

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Winter Circle

ABV 10.9%

IBUs 83

This big, complex American Barleywine is a bright, copper-hued beauty with a heady fermented fruit aroma, restrained malty sweetness and a slightly bitter finish.

Awards

  • 2nd Place in the category “American Ales” in the 2016 National Organic Brewing Competition
  • 3rd place American Ale winner in the 2015 National Organic Craft Beer Competition
  • Bronze Medal in the category “American Barleywine” in the 2016 Best of Craft Beer Awards

Awards

  • 2nd Place in the category “American Ales” in the 2016 National Organic Brewing Competition
  • 3rd place American Ale winner in the 2015 National Organic Craft Beer Competition
  • Bronze Medal in the category “American Barleywine” in the 2016 Best of Craft Beer Awards

16th Conversation

Unfiltered Saison w/ Darjeeling Tea Leaves

ABV 5.7% • IBUs 13

Belgian-style, Saison, Series

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16th Conversation

ABV 5.7%

IBUs 13

“Gee, darling. This is delicious!”

“It’s Darjeeling.”

16th Conversation is an unfiltered saison with a bright, refreshing, slightly tart flavor. Organic Darjeeling tea leaves added post-fermentation contribute floral and earthy notes.

Anniversary 2016

India Pale Lager

ABV 7.1% • IBUs 57

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Anniversary 2016

ABV 7.1%

IBUs 57

We enjoy brewing lagers here at Discretion, but we also love IPAs. This brew celebrating our third anniversary combines the best of both. Cool and slow lager yeast fermentation provides a smooth, mellow malt background that allows the fruity, tropical aromas of New Zealand-grown organic hops to shine through.  Happy Anniversary to us!

The Best Of Times

English-style Best Bitter

ABV 4.5% • IBUs 33

Session

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The Best Of Times

ABV 4.5%

IBUs 33

Some times call for superlatives. The Best of Times is an English-style Best Bitter. Our interpretation of that classic, sessionable style is orange-amber in color, with fruity, nutty, spicy aromatics contributed by a characterful British ale yeast. The flavor is at once mellow, somewhat toasty, and refreshingly bitter.

Cruzer Weisse

Berliner Weisse

ABV 4.2% • IBUs 5

Sour Beer

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Cruzer Weisse

ABV 4.2%

IBUs 5

Cruzer Weisse is our Santa Cruz version of Berliner Weisse, a traditional Northern German style fermented with both yeast and lactobacillus. In Berlin, some drinkers add sugar syrups to counteract the sourness.

Add a shot of homemade Tart Cherry Syrup for $0.50!

Awards

  • 2nd Place in the category “Sour” in the 2015 National Organic Craft Beer Competition

Awards

  • 2nd Place in the category “Sour” in the 2015 National Organic Craft Beer Competition

Dublin Sunburn®

Irish-style Red Ale

ABV 5% • IBUs 19

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Dublin Sunburn®

ABV 5%

IBUs 19

Bottled

Lars and Kathleen spent a week wandering around Dublin during a heatwave, and all the Dubliners were in the parks with their shirts off enjoying the feel of the sun on their skin. Day by day they walked through St. Stephens Green seeing redder and redder skin as everyone excitedly burned.  It was a sunburn celebration. This is a traditional Irish Red: malty with a wee bit ‘o hops for balance. Sláinte!

Epigram

Hoppy Lager

ABV 4.2% • IBUs 25

Hoppy, Session

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Epigram

ABV 4.2%

IBUs 25

Our small beer expresses more significance than many with twice the strength.  Citrusy hop aromas and clean, refreshing lager character explore the paradox that small can be considerable.

Foggy Forest IPA

West Coast-style IPA

ABV 7.7% • IBUs 68

IPA, Taproom Favorite

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Foggy Forest IPA

ABV 7.7%

IBUs 68

On Tap

While we wait for the rains, foggy forest walks reassure us with green, misty promise. This IPA hints of forest pleasures with its dank, resinous, piney hop aroma.

Good Faith®

Strong Ale

ABV 9% • IBUs 65

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Good Faith®

ABV 9%

IBUs 65

On Tap

Our old shepherd Faith would’ve made a great brewery dog, but she didn’t live quite long enough. (Dogs never do.) Here’s to her and to all the good dogs. Good Faith is a Strong Ale, with malt derived toffee and dried fruit notes.

 

Awards

  • 2013 Gold Medal winner in the California State Fair Craft Beer Competition in the category Strong Ale-Old Ale
  • 1st Place in the category “English Ales” in the 2015 National Organic Craft Beer Competition
  • 2015 Gold Medal winner in the U.S. Open Beer Championship in the category Old Ale
  • 2013 Silver Medal winner in the North American Beer Awards in the category English-Style Old Ale
  • 2014 Bronze Medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival® in the category Old or Strong Ale

Awards

  • 2013 Gold Medal winner in the California State Fair Craft Beer Competition in the category Strong Ale-Old Ale
  • 1st Place in the category “English Ales” in the 2015 National Organic Craft Beer Competition
  • 2015 Gold Medal winner in the U.S. Open Beer Championship in the category Old Ale
  • 2013 Silver Medal winner in the North American Beer Awards in the category English-Style Old Ale
  • 2014 Bronze Medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival® in the category Old or Strong Ale

Mickie Malone’s

Irish-style Dry Stout

ABV 4.7% • IBUs 42

Nitro

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Mickie Malone’s

ABV 4.7%

IBUs 42

Mickie Malone’s Irish eyes were usually smiling. She had a kind heart and a smile that beamed. I miss you Mom; this one’s for you.
Love, Michael

Irish-Style Dry Stout served on Nitro

Oh Black Lager®

German-style Schwarzbier

ABV 4.7% • IBUs 30

Lager, Session

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Oh Black Lager®

ABV 4.7%

IBUs 30

On Tap

Bottled

Oh Black Lager, Keep on Rollin’… The sound of the black lager happily burbling in the brew house brought this song to mind. Similar in style to a German Schwarzbier, this lager is dark brown in color with a roasted malt aroma and a lingering finish.  Its flavor is malty and mellow with a slight roasty edge reminiscent of bitter chocolate.

Awards

  • 2nd Place in the category “Amber & Dark European Beer” in the 2016 National Organic Brewing Competition
  • 2016 Bronze Medal winner in the Best of Craft Beer Awards in the category “Schwarzbier”
  • Bronze in the 2016 U.S. Open Beer Championship in the category “Schwarzbier”
  • 1st Place in the category “Amber/Dark European Lager” in the 2015 National Organic Craft Beer Competition
  • 2015 Bronze Medal winner in the North American Beer Awards

Awards

  • 2nd Place in the category “Amber & Dark European Beer” in the 2016 National Organic Brewing Competition
  • 2016 Bronze Medal winner in the Best of Craft Beer Awards in the category “Schwarzbier”
  • Bronze in the 2016 U.S. Open Beer Championship in the category “Schwarzbier”
  • 1st Place in the category “Amber/Dark European Lager” in the 2015 National Organic Craft Beer Competition
  • 2015 Bronze Medal winner in the North American Beer Awards

Rock Skip

Session IPA

ABV 4.8% • IBUs 49

Hoppy, Session

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Rock Skip

ABV 4.8%

IBUs 49

Sitting by the creek, we launch flat rocks and watch them skip. We could do this all day.

Rock Skip is a “Session IPA.” It has the bitter bite and hoppy aroma of an IPA, but with significantly lower alcohol, so you can enjoy more of it! We dry hop this beer with Centennial and Cascade for a floral/citrus aroma.

Shimmer Pils®

German-style Pilsner

ABV 5.3% • IBUs 31

Lager, Taproom Favorite

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Shimmer Pils®

ABV 5.3%

IBUs 31

On Tap

Bottled

She has a shimmery depth, like light on the fathomless sea. Our brewer’s wife, Eileen, inspired the name of this beer.  Shimmer Pils is a crisp and refreshing German-style Pilsner, a true lager with a balanced hoppiness.

Awards

  • Bronze Medal winner in the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship in the category German Lager / Pilsener
  • Gold Medal winner in the 2016 Best of Craft Beer Awards in the category “German Pils”
  • 2nd Place in the category “Pale European Lager” in the 2015 National Organic Craft Beer Competition

Awards

  • Bronze Medal winner in the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship in the category German Lager / Pilsener
  • Gold Medal winner in the 2016 Best of Craft Beer Awards in the category “German Pils”
  • 2nd Place in the category “Pale European Lager” in the 2015 National Organic Craft Beer Competition

Song In Your Heart

English-style Mild Ale

ABV 4% • IBUs 24

Dark

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Song In Your Heart

ABV 4%

IBUs 24

Our brewer always has a song in his heart, and it makes us happy when we hear it. May you, too, have one, whether shared or all your own. “Song” is a British-Style session beer with soft roasty caramel notes and no bitterness. A song goes well with just about anything!

Awards

  • 2016 Gold Medal winner in the World Beer Cup® in the category English-Style Mild
  • 2014 Gold Medal winner in the World Beer Cup® in the category English-Style Mild
  • 2015 Bronze Medal winner in the North American Beer Awards
  • 2014 Bronze Medal winner in the North American Beer Awards
  • 3rd Place in the category “English Ales” in the 2015 National Organic Craft Beer Competition

Awards

  • 2016 Gold Medal winner in the World Beer Cup® in the category English-Style Mild
  • 2014 Gold Medal winner in the World Beer Cup® in the category English-Style Mild
  • 2015 Bronze Medal winner in the North American Beer Awards
  • 2014 Bronze Medal winner in the North American Beer Awards
  • 3rd Place in the category “English Ales” in the 2015 National Organic Craft Beer Competition

Sound Effect

American Rye

ABV 5.9% • IBUs 27

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Sound Effect

ABV 5.9%

IBUs 27

Squelch, splash, kaboom, brumbrumbrum, skritch skratch…A sound effect tells a story without words. Our Sound Effect is all about rye and biscuit malts playing with noble hops and a hint of coriander. It sounds like sipping.

The Lark

Maibock

ABV 7% • IBUs 28

Lager, Spring

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The Lark

ABV 7%

IBUs 28

Springtime invites some adventurous fun. The Lark Maibock is a festive lager brewed to celebrate the spring season. German Pilsner and Munich malts mingle to create a malty rich, yet smooth and balanced brew.

 

Awards

  • Gold Medal winner in the 2017 North American Beer Awards in the category Helles Bock/Maibock
  • 1st place in the 2016 Best of California Commercial Craft Brew Competition (California State Fair) in the category Bock
  • Gold Medal winner in the 2015 North American Beer Awards in the category Helles Bock/Maibock

Awards

  • Gold Medal winner in the 2017 North American Beer Awards in the category Helles Bock/Maibock
  • 1st place in the 2016 Best of California Commercial Craft Brew Competition (California State Fair) in the category Bock
  • Gold Medal winner in the 2015 North American Beer Awards in the category Helles Bock/Maibock

Trip Trap

German-style Bock

ABV 7.5% • IBUs 25

Lager

Details

Trip Trap

ABV 7.5%

IBUs 25

“Bock” means “billy goat,” and the name of our bock is the sound of the hooves of the 3 billy goats Gruff on the bridge that brings them to the sweet green meadow. Trip Trap is a dark, strong, Munich-Style lager with complex maltiness.

Uncle Dave’s®

Rye IPA

ABV 6.5% • IBUs 68

Hoppy, Taproom Favorite

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Uncle Dave’s®

ABV 6.5%

IBUs 68

On Tap

Bottled

Is there anyone better to sit around a campfire with, telling stories, IPAs in hand? We think not. Cheers, Uncle Dave! Our Rye IPA has fruity/herbal hop aromas with a substantial supporting maltiness. The rye contributes a hint of peppery spice to this full bodied, complex IPA.

Awards

  • 2016 Bronze Medal winner in the World Beer Cup® in the category Rye Beer
  • 3rd Place in the category “IPA” in the 2016 National Organic Brewing Competition
  • 1st Place in the category “American Ale” in the 2015 National Organic Craft Beer Competition
  • 3rd Place “Best in Show” in the 2015 National Organic Craft Beer Competition

Awards

  • 2016 Bronze Medal winner in the World Beer Cup® in the category Rye Beer
  • 3rd Place in the category “IPA” in the 2016 National Organic Brewing Competition
  • 1st Place in the category “American Ale” in the 2015 National Organic Craft Beer Competition
  • 3rd Place “Best in Show” in the 2015 National Organic Craft Beer Competition

Barrel-Aged Good Faith®

Barrel-Aged Strong Ale

ABV 9% • IBUs 65

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Barrel-Aged Good Faith®

ABV 9%

IBUs 65

Bottled

Our old shepherd Faith would’ve made a great brewery dog, but she didn’t live quite long enough. (Dogs never do.) Here’s to her and to all the good dogs. Good Faith is a Strong Ale, with malt derived toffee and dried fruit notes. This is the barrel-aged version of our Good Faith Strong Ale.

Awards

  • 1st Place “Best In Show” in the 2016 National Organic Brewing Competition
  • 1st Place in the category “English Ales” in the 2016 National Organic Brewing Competition

Awards

  • 1st Place “Best In Show” in the 2016 National Organic Brewing Competition
  • 1st Place in the category “English Ales” in the 2016 National Organic Brewing Competition

Barrel-Aged Scenic Stout

Barrel-Aged Export Stout (SOLD OUT)

ABV 7% • IBUs 50

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Barrel-Aged Scenic Stout

ABV 7%

IBUs 50

Get off the boring route. Amazing panoramas await. Scenic Stout, a Foreign/Export-Style Stout, is a stronger version of an oatmeal stout. Its roasty, chocolatey flavors are rounded out by the addition of flaked oats. This is our barrel-aged version.

Woodland Critters (No.1)

Barrel-Aged Sour Ale (SOLD OUT)

ABV 7.4% • IBUs

Sour Beer

Details

Woodland Critters (No.1)

ABV 7.4%

IBUs

SOLD OUT!!! Extremely limited release – only 350 bottles produced!

Woodland Critters was created with a mixed culture of pediococcus, lactobacillus, brettanomyces, and saccharomyces and was aged in a used whiskey barrel. Woodland Critters No.1 is a beer of marvelous complexity, featuring wine-like acidity with notes of plum, toffee, vanilla and dates with hints of the barrels previous life dedicated to whiskey lingering in the background.

$2 of every bottle produced was donated to the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County that works tirelessly to protect local lands and critters.

Discretion beers are goodness in a glass. Elegant. Organic. Solar-powered. Brewed with love.

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