Brew News: ‘Tis the Season for Special Releases

In San Diego, nothing pairs better with a holiday meal than a local craft beer. Whether you enjoy one while taking in the view from your hotel balcony or pick up a few to take home as a souvenir, visitors can find a little taste of San Diego in the special seasonal releases from the regions celebrated local craft brewers.

Stone Brewing Co.‘s Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale is a Belgian-influenced bottle-conditioned ale. The verticals are offered every year, and this year’s recipe starts with a base beer akin to a Belgian amber, and is tweaked with the addition of mild but flavorful Anaheim chilies from New Mexico’s Hatch Valley and cracked cinnamon sticks.

Karl Strauss Brewing Company adds a new offering to their 12 Days of Christmas special releases: Two Tortugas is the 2nd addition to their less than literal “Twelve Days” series of holiday ales. The Belgian-inspired quadruple ale has a delicate union of toffee, dark fruits, and warming spices that will continue to develop with age. You can raise a glass to 2011 or even save a bottle for 2012. And at 11 percent alcohol-by-volume, this turtle packs a punch!

Green Flash Brewing Co. recently debuted their breakthrough new Belgian pale ale, Rayon Vert. A bottle-conditioned ale with wild-yeast, Rayon Vert is inspired by the pre-WWII Belgian brewing style and is distinctly aromatic, effervescent and light in body.  It is dry, crisp and refreshing with notes that are fruity without being sweet and has a delicious toasty quality.

You can try these special brews at each brewery’s tasting rooms, so grab a pint and raise your glass to Fall in San Diego!

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Foodie, craft beer nerd, shopaholic, music geek, photographer and contemporary art fan could all be used to describe me. I’m a big proponent of highlighting San Diego’s hidden gems and local businesses and breaking stereotypes about our city. We’re more than just sunshine and beaches (though those are nice, too!). What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day? Eating and shopping around my favorite neighborhoods: Golden Hill, South Park, North Park, Little Italy and Hillcrest. Then popping into one of our great art museums and capping off the night with some live music and a a local beer at The Casbah. What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity? Does shopping count as an outdoor activity? Or checking out the public art around town, like at Chicano Park? I do love visiting the La Jolla tide pools in the summer and ice skating at the outdoor rinks that go up each winter. Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine? Let's get one thing straight here: San Diego craft beer goes with everything, not just burgers. Though it is really good with a burger. Latest music purchases for my iPod player are… I’m lucky to be married to a music journalist, so advance copies of the newest albums are constantly available to me for free. But I can’t seem to stop playing the new album by CHVRCHES, and San Diego band Rocket from the Crypt have been on repeat a lot lately. Follow Candice on Twitter @candicesd

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