Putting on the Ritz (Carlton)

I got a taste of luxe life in San Juan Capistrano over Christmas at the Inn at the Mission and now not far away is another event that looks extravagant.  Below are the details.  I will pop back in with why the beer is special at the end…

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s first Culinary Cookout of 2023 is Brews & Bites – a beachside beer festival with an incredible and diverse lineup of brewers from across the nation and internationally on Sunday, February 19 from 1- 4 pm.

Set on the resort’s lush Dana Lawn that overlooks miles of the Pacific Ocean, attendees will enjoy an afternoon of unlimited beer tastings with a keepsake glass and access to global street food stations serving up wood fire Bavarian pretzels, Korean corn dogs, New Delhi fish and chips, and borracha tacos. Lawn games and entertainment complete the afternoon.”

Here is a link to buy tickets ($150 per person; kids under 9 are complimentary).

Brewery Headliners: 

This is not a hastily thrown together brewery list.  Bottle Logic and The Bruery may not have whales at their tables but even their most basic list of beers are great.  Many have not had a beer from Kimberly Rice and Sage and this is a great way to introduce yourself to their beers.  They do a lot of farm to table and grow hops via Sow A Heart Farms.  For me the headliner is Bow & Arrow from New Mexico.  Most of the press is about the owners, and rightfully so, but I have had a couple of their beers and they are great.  I say have the beers then read their story.

Have We?

It was probably only a matter of time before Radiant Beer Co. and Offshoot Beer Co. collaborated on a project. It was only a matter, probably, of which type of IPA would be made. And here it is….

…and it is New Zealand-Style IPA whose can you can’t miss because of those sparkly diamond patterns. I like the name to, subtle call back to former employees coming back.

Coasting

Offshoot Beer Co. has a new year round offering and it is a hazy pale ale.

Here is the description: “Bursting with juicy, fruity flavor thanks to generous dry hopping with Mosaic, Strata, Citra, and Cashmere, Coast is ultra sessionable any day of the week. 2-row and wheat malts lend a soft, light mouthfeel for this sessionable ale.”

Once and Happily

Offshoot Beer Co. has a couple of romantic tinged IPAs for that summer wedding….

Once Upon a Time is a Hazy IPA bursting with flavor with enchanting aromas of watermelon, hard candy, and a mix of tropical fruits with a citrus kiss. One taste of this tropical medley, mixed with a hint of sweet jolly ranchers and a long citrus peel finish, and you’ll be ready for any adventure.  ⠀

Happily Ever After is a West Coast IPA, pouring a clear straw color that you might just spin into gold. With bewitchingly delicious citrus and pine aromas, the palate rings true to style with a classic piney, earthy, dank flavor, finishing with a citrus medley.   ⠀

Hop Onto the Path

A few posts ago, I mentioned the Cryo Pop brand of hop products and lookee here, Offshoot Beer Co. has an experimental hazy brewed with that pop. I kinda wish they did a threesome of beers though. One regular pellet, one regular cryo and one Cryo Pop so we, as consumers could taste the difference.

It Takes 2

Offshoot Beer Co. is headed out to the hop farms with two new IPAs from two different farms.

Just the Two of Us– “The saga continues! Just the Two of Us is the follow up to 2020’s “Better Together,” a collaboration with Virgil Gamache Farms. This Double Dry-Hopped Hazy Double IPA features Amarillo variety complimented by Sonnet, both grown at Virgil Gamache Farms. This big DDH Hazy DIPA boasts a huge chewy mouthfeel, with round juicy flavors of grapefruit and lemon peel, along with light floral notes.”

Better Together – “This was our chance to get our boots in the dirt and get to know our hop farmer friends and their stories. Better Together was a collaboration with our old friends at Crosby Hop Farms, and our new friends at B&D Farms. This heavy-hitting, classic West Coast IPA features Centennial hops from B&D Farms, and is intense with aromas and flavors of grapefruit, citrus, and pine.”

Drift

Offshoot Beer Co. has been staying in the IPA and DIPA lanes until now… “…our first ever pale ale is HERE. Clear your mind with this crisp West Coast pale ale that celebrates floral, tropical, and citrus hop notes. Loaded up with the big three— Amarillo, Simcoe, and Citra — Drifting is an ode to classic, drinkable hoppy beers.”

Featured Review – Visions DDH Hazy IPA from Offshoot Beer Co.

When you have had enough examples of a beer style, you can begin to see the hallmarks. Those attributes that the beer needs to have to be a true example of the style.

For me, a hazy IPA needs to look the part first and foremost. It needs to have that citrus juice murk. It also needs a creamy, pillowy note but with some juice and a little hop bitterness that scrapes the tongue.

Visions from Offshoot Beer Co. ticks all of my hazy boxes. The bitterness which is usually the first casualty of hazies is nice and strong due, probably to the Double Dry Hopping. There is just a touch of juice tangled up with a fluffiness. Most of all, this beer pops off. Not your usual flat and dusty IPA without zing.

This was a media sample which I usually really examine but after a few sips, I just enjoyed it.

Thanks to Offshoot

Time to have a hoppy but distanced Turkey Day with….

Distanced Hop Luck – “This modern West Coast IPA features loads of Simcoe, Mosaic, Amarillo, and Centennial hops. Clocking in at 45 IBU, Distanced Hopluck is bright with intense aromatics, and refreshing on the palate with light bitterness. Pair with your Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving celebrations!”

or

Friendsgiving – “We’re making Friendsgiving virtual this year! This hazy double IPA features Galaxy, Mosaic, Motueka, and Cashmere hops resulting in a juicy concoction bursting with intense tropical fruit flavors and a hint of dankness. Pair with a Distanced Hopluck or your potluck!”