Although SF Beer Week ended nearly 3 months ago, I still have some photos and experiences from a few of the events that I’d like to share. On Friday, February 12, 2010 I attended the release party for Uncommon Brewers Bacon Brown Ale at Church Key in San Francisco. The event featured most of Uncommon Brewers beers including the Bacon Brown Ale, which was interesting an worth a second try when I have the opportunity.The Bacon Brown Ale is about what you would expect, a brown ale a hint of bacon in the aroma and taste and a little more viscous than your average beer. I seemed like there was a bit of sediment in the beer from the bacon that would settle to the bottom of the glass after a period of time. It wasn’t too bitter and not terribly especially sweet but favoring maltiness. I talked with the brewer, I believe it was Alec, and he mentioned that, at the time, he was considering adding more bacon to the next batch.
Also while talking with Alec, I learned about a few upcoming projects that Uncommon Brewers are undertaking. First, he mentioned that both Golden State Ale, brewed with poppy seeds, and Baltic Porter, brewed with licorice root and star anise were “coming soon” to cans and it was taking a bit extra time to get the Baltic Porter approved due to FDA guidelines regarding licorice.
Next, I learned that they are working on a few new beers. One is a sour beer called Serendipity Sour and the other sounds interesting. It will be and American special bitter with 14.5% alcohol by volume, lot’s of bitterness, and aged with redwood.
Finally, I was informed that in February they were planning on going national within 8 months (5 months from writing) with production increased to 120,000 cans per month.