Lager Weather

Camarillo’s Institution Ales has some serious art on their labels even for what they describe as “A simple lager”

Here are the details of this American lager, “brewed with American 2-row and hopped lightly with Cascade, Liberty and Willamette. It’s crisp and refreshing with a hint of sweet honey and fruity hops.”

Cryo Seasonal

Summer seasonals do not get the same cred that winter ales do or bocks in spring but maybe that will change with breweries like Institution Ales coming out with a boldly branded summer IPA.

“This year’s Summer Seasonal is a Cryo IPA packed full of Citra and Mosaic Cryo hops. Intense tropical and sweet fruit flavors dominate this crushable West Coast Style IPA.l

Review – Fall Seasonal Black DIPA from Institution Ales

My love / hate relationship with Black IPA’s continues with the 2021 Fall Seasonal from Institution Ales.

It pours a dark brown, near black with a light tan head. It has a spiced coffee latte aroma. Not PSL but nice. The balance is tilted more to the malt side. Quite bready and filling. The bitterness is more of a counterpoint. I like the re-emerging trend back to this style but I just wish the hops would be more assertive.

German Apparel

When a brewery ties itself to a specific style, it can cut a couple ways. One is that certain styles are left aside that are fun or hot sellers but it can also mean that hardcore fans get chuffed if you do anything other than what your mission statement from years ago said.

Enter the elegant solution of collaborating with another brewery when you want to break out of the straitjacket. Hence, Enegren teaming with Institution Ales for an IPA.