Thursday, February 5, 2015

New English

Here is an article from Brandon Hernandez on New English Brewing's Sorrento Valley expansion and the new signature beer it is brewing for WHL Hospitality's new La Jolla restaurant.  (WHL runs the Whisknladle and Prepkitchen restaurants.)   I have recently had New English's Humbly Legit IPA and Brewers Special Brown Ale.  Both were outstanding.  Humbly Legit IPA, which as of Sunday was available at the Morena Costco, is a hoppy West Coast IPA, and Brewers Special's malty, spicy pop shames Newcastle Brown Ale, the beer that ruined brown ales for craft beer drinkers. 

Here is the description of the Birra Catania New English created for WHL:
Last week, Lacey served the WNL crew a trio of ales based loosely around traditional Pilsner recipes. The first was straightforward and dry-hopped with Cascade and Saaz hops, while another sweeter trial beer incorporated rye and Munich malts. In the end, New English and WNL unanimously selected a prototype brewed with rye malt and flaked barley (for more substantial mouthfeel) brewed with Cascade, Czech Saaz, and Citra hops, with basil and lemongrass added in the whirlpool. The result is Birra Catania, an easy-drinking beer that registers around 6% alcohol-by-volume and features a unique, sweetly herbaceous nose as well as basil flavor that starts out floral before melding with the bitterness provided by the hop bill. There is no beer like it in San Diego County, making for enough reason to visit Catania (which is scheduled to debut by March) all on its own.
Catania is located at 7863 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, and scheduled to open in March.

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