Resident Brewing Night! 12/15

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For quite some time now, Chef Christian Fiol and bartender Chris Anderson have been lobbying for more Resident Brewing on tap. The requests were frequent and varied, so with so many choices and no time to visit, we decided to select some of Resident’s favorites and sample them along side you.

This will be our final tap takeover of 2017, which included the likes of Green Flash, Alpine, Societe, Hess, Firestone-Walker and Cellar 3. In addition, Chef Christian created a special entree for the night to pair with a couple of Resident beers, or both of them because, of course you should!!

Get in early and get a free Resident Brewing logo glass with the purchase of your Resident Brewing beer.

Chef Christian’s Food & Beer Pairing

On a trip to Resident Brewing, Chef Christian’s juices were flowing after a couple of the brews had flowed. He opted for a new steak special to pair with the Gaslamp Porter or the Walk of Shame Coffee Blonde. It’s been getting (slightly) colder and cold weather brings about stout and porter season. His Coffee Crusted Steak is served with parsnip puree, grilled broccolini, leek ash and coffee-balsamic reduction. There are a limited number of entrees available – another reason to get in early!

The Brewery

Early 2017 welcomed a long-awaited renovation and addition to Downtown’s beloved watering hole, The Local, and with it bring a very necessary stop for any craft beer fans, tourists and well, locals. Resident Brewing takes up space next door with a glass wall for nerdy beer enthusiasts the opportunity to masters do some work on the 10-barrel system.

Head brewer Robert Masterson is in his first professional brewing job, but don’t let that fool you. Masterson is quite the experienced and celebrated homebrewer. First up, Masterson won first place for his IPA in a Pizza Port homebrew competition. Then won at Stone Brewing Company’s American Homebrew Association Competition in 2013, and again first place and third place at Karl Strauss Pro-Am Brewing Contest in 2014. Next thing you know he’s brewing those award-winning recipes for the masses, and apparently, he still kept his day job!

Address: 1065 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, California 92101

The Brews

  • Perky Blonde Ale From the brewer, “She’s a perky classic American blonde ale with a slightly sweet finish that is sure to have you coming back for more. Medium dry, crisp, malt forward, did we mention perky?” | 5.2% abv | 17 ibu | Willamette Hops |
  • Chasing Citra Single Hop IPA From the brewer, “We are all chasing something. A bright and crisp American IPA with a single hop... Citra. Citra hops bring melon, tangerine, pineapple and tropical fruit aroma and flavor that will have you chasing one more.” | 6.4% abv | 50 ibu | Citra hops
  • Tempered Ego IPA New England-style Hazy IPA | 6.7% abv | 40 ibu | Motueka, Galaxy and Citra hops.
  • Walk of Shame Coffee Blonde From the brewer, “We boost up this light colored blonde ale with a blend of two coffee varietals, vanilla bean, cacao nibs and lactose.” | 5.4% abv | 20 ibu
  • Gaslamp Porter From the brewer, “A medium-bodied, malty porter with a chocolaty, caramel, lightly burnt toast and nutty taste.” | 5.7% abv | 29 ibu | available on nitro

Mike Hess Brewing Solis IPA Night 5/19!

We’re super stoked that Mike Hess Brewing is next up in our “Get to Know a Brewery” Series.

We’re super stoked that Mike Hess Brewing is next up in our “Get to Know a Brewery” Series.

Why are we so excited?

To answer, we need to go back to 2011. When Doug Ritz, Wheat & Water’s operating manager, managed a pizza place in North Park called URBN.

“There was a buzz about a ‘nano-brewery’ based in Miramar called Hess. Small batches—netting only 4 or so kegs” said Doug. “So, our bar manager asked if they’d participate in a San Diego Beer Week event.”

“In the afternoon before the event, I came to realize that Hess had such a loyal fan base,” said Doug. “People lined up before we tapped the kegs—patiently waiting for some beers only available at the tasting room.”

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And that, as they say, was the start of a beautiful friendship. First, Hess was looking to barrel-age their Ex Umbris Rye Imperial Stout, and by random chance, Doug and the team at URBN had recently procured a barrel of Elmer T. Lee whiskey. That barrel made it's way up the 15 to Hess, and the resulting stout made its way into 600 bottles of the well-received Torulus.

More whiskey was purchased, and that barrel also found a new home at Hess. To reciprocate the favor, Hess fulfilled Doug’s request to brew his favorite beer style at the time, and Validus American Strong Ale became the restaurant’s two-year anniversary ale.

When it came time for Hess to expand, they chose North Park in a space right behind URBN. Three more whiskey barrels were rolled across the parking lot, The first beer brewed at Hess’ North Park location, Brunus Robustus Robust Porter, would be barrel-aged for Hess’ one-year anniversary in North Park.

In the years that followed, Mike Hess Brewing continued to make a name for themselves with their award-winning Claritis Kolsch, 8 West Orange Honey Wheat, Habitus Rye-IPA—we could go on and on here—and their distinctive “Open Mike” cans. But, they remember their roots as a home brewing hobbyist side hustle and support small local businesses like Wheat & Water.

They’ve been supporters of Wheat & Water—even before we opened. When Wheat & Water was still under construction late last summer, Doug sat down with Head Brewer Jason Stockberger to brew Solis 58—an approachable IPA with a focus on hops with citrus notes and a large amount of malted wheat. (Get it? Wheat & Water.) But like all the Solis IPA batches, the demand was high, and that batch had come and gone before Wheat & Water could have it on tap. Now six months since opening and with a couple beer events under their belt, Wheat & Water knew Mike Hess Brewing was our next featured brewer. Come in and taste what we’ve got on tap—kegs get tapped at 6pm! (Come in early and get a Hess logo “can” glass.)


The Line Up

8 West Orange Honey Wheat

  • Named for the highway to the sun-kissed Pacific shores of San Diego, 8 West is brewed with local orange peel and more than two pounds per barrel of pure California orange-blossom honey, resulting in a smooth, crisp taste that embodies America’s Finest City.
  • 6.0% ABV | 24 IBU

Batches 68-70 of Solis West Coast IPA

  • Like a new sunset every evening, each batch of Solis (sunset/west coast) is unique—a new and interesting combination of malt and hops. This bone-dry, hop-forward, dynamic San Diego–style IPA allows us to keep our creative juices flowing and your mouth watering.
  • 7.5% ABV | 75 IBU
  • Batch 68 with Lemondrop, Cascade, Eureka and Nugget hops
  • Batch 69 with Citra, Mosaic and Comet Hops
  • Batch 70 with Nugget, Amarillo and Mandarina Bavaria
  • Grapefruit Solis with Nugget, Cascade and Citra hops with grapefruit juice and zest

Into the Sunset Blood Orange IPA

  • Based on award-winning Solis batch 44.
  • Nugget, Centennial, Simcoe and Citra Hops with blood orange juice and zest
  • Available at select locations and brewed specifically for the upcoming San Diego County Fair and San Diego International Beer Fest
  • 7.5% ABV | 75 IBU

Societe Brewing Night on April 28th

Beer lovers must believe that San Diego really is “America’s Finest City.” Unofficially dubbed the “nation’s craft beer capitol,” more than 100 breweries call SD home. When you think about it, it makes sense. Our city’s laid back coastal lifestyle pairs perfectly with an ice-cold brew. They just go together like beaches and bikinis…the proverbial match made in heaven.

And, what else goes really great with beer? You guessed it. Pizza.

“There are so many breweries in San Diego and Southern California, it’s hard to keep track of what every brewery has to offer,” said Doug Ritz, owner and operator at Wheat & Water. “We should make it easier for people to try them... bring the brewery to them, instead of the other way around.”

And that’s the simple idea behind Wheat & Water’s “Get to Know a Brewery” Series. It’s an easy way for you to sample the best local breweries have to offer, one pint at a time.

The beers featured during each series are hand-picked by the team at Wheat & Water. The goal is to feature signature beers, ones that are rare and/or interesting, or ones that go down easy. But, they all have one thing in common, no matter the brewery: they all go great with pizza.

“We’d like customers to enjoy the flavors of their beer as much as they enjoy their pizza,” said Doug.

Wheat & Water kicks off the series inaugural event on Friday, April 28th with Societe Brewing out of Clairemont Mesa, San Diego. Followed by Doug’s long-time friends at Hess Brewing on May 19th and Modern Times on June 23rd.

Be sure to mark your calendar and snag a signature glass while supplies last! The kegs will be tapped at 6pm at Wheat & Water in Bird Rock, so please call for a reservation 858-291-8690, or put in a reservation request here.

And now it's time to...


Get to Know a Brewer: Societe Brewing Company

Societe Brewing was founded in 2012 by Brewmaster Travis Smith and Brewery Curator Douglas Constantiner. (June 24th is Societe Brewing’s 5 year Anniversary Party, but good luck getting in—with 2 months to go, it’s already sold out.)  The founders met while at The Bruery in Placentia, which brings into question - how the heck did two guys meet at a brewery that doesn’t brew IPAs, team up to open a brewery known for IPAs? Prior to the Bruery, Smith was the first production hire at Russian River Brewing, and after a year of training, he was a full-time brewer. In addition, Constantiner left his New York City investment-banking job to work at IPA-focused brands like Pizza Port and Green Flash. With such a high-level of training and experience in IPAs, they shared a hefty amount of IPAs outside of The Bruery. Good conversation ensued, and a strict and ideal mission was created:

Based on the simple principles of high-quality ales and lagers built to advance beer’s reputation and place in the modern world by remaining true to its Old World roots, Societe aims to strip away all barriers to beer enlightenment and enjoyment and, in the process, start and perpetuate meaningful conversations.

Societe self-distributes, and they limit the accounts with their brews on tap. It was a nice ego boost to Wheat & Water, when they came calling. Ted Cochrane, founder of Wheat & Water, and Chris Anderson took a trip to Societe's brewery to do a little research and development. After a brewery tour from Societe's Kyle Shockney and a tasting of Societe's current offering, a business partnership grew into a welcomed friendship. So, what better way to celebrate than our Societe Brewing Night!? Come in, drink some brews, make good conversation, and keep the glass. See you here on Friday, April 28th!


The Line-Up

The Harlot Belgian Extra Ale

  • The Harlot sits perfectly between a Czech lager and a Belgian Ale. It starts with a pilsner recipe then is fermented with Societe’s ale yeast. A light, crisp beer with that well-rounded and complex Belgian body. Perhaps it wasn’t a style that was meant exist, but we’re sure glad this beer does.
  • ABV: 5.6%
  • Named 2013 Beer of the Year by The Brewing Network.

The Apprentice IPA

  • The Apprentice focuses on hops from the Pacific Northwest with Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo all hailing from Washington. The result is an assertively bitter and piney (Simcoe) brew with floral notes (Centennial) and grapefruit and orange (Amarillo).
  • ABV: 7.2%
  • Hops: Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo

The Pupil IPA

  • As with any West Coast IPA, the focus is on the hops. The floral notes of Centennial in combination with the grapefruit-citrus notes of the Citra create exactly what you’re craving. (In the weeks preparing for the Societe Tap Takeover, we pulled in The Pupil, and we’re learning it’s difficult to keep enough Pupil kegs in stock!) The kicker here is the Nelson Sauvin, and if you read about or attended our Green Flash-Alpine Brewing Tap Takeover, then you know how rare and celebrated these New Zealand Nelson hops have become. It’s the strong white wine (see – Nelson SAUVIN) astringency and tangerine and grapefruit notes that keep beer-lovers asking for more.
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • Hops: Centennial, Citra and Nelson Sauvin

The Bachelor IPA

  • The Bachelor is an exploration in hops. Each beer is brewed with a base IPA recipe and a single hop varietal, thus isolating the hops unique characteristics.
  • Version 26? Hop: We don’t even know yet! So we’re also looking forward to Friday!
  • ABV: 6.5%
  • Previous versions featured: Cascade, Centennial, Mosaic, Motueka, Chinook, Citra, Azacca, Amarillo, Rakau, Sorachi, Ace, Jarrylo, Simcoe, El Dorado, Northern Brewer, Galaxy, Hallertau Blanc, Mandarina Bavaria, Eureka!, Idaho 7, Calypso, Nugget, African Queen, Nelson Sauvin, CTZ.

The Coachman IPA

  • IPA-lovers shouldn’t skip over The Coachman Session IPA. One might think this is why the marketers over at Societe have referred to it as a “Really Small IPA” in order to differentiate it from the stigma of Session IPAs—“hop-flavored water.” We’ll start with Simcoe for bittering and piney notes and Mosaic for floral and tangerine and berries. In the Coachman we also have the noble hop varietal of Saaz, a noble hop for adding those earthy aromatics and crisp spiciness of lagers and pilsners. The result creates a floral and hoppy brew than doesn’t fall flat in the end--instead you get the crisp, herbal finish and the low ABV.
  • ABV: 4.7%
  • Hops: Saaz, Simcoe and Mosaic
  • 40% malted wheat in addition to the malted barley
  • 2015 Great American Beer Festival Gold for Session IPA

JUST ADDED!

The Pugilist Dry Stout

  • To break up the tasty list of IPA, we've added Societe's Dry Stout. It's a very drinkable, extremely low-alcohol stout that doesn't skip on the roasty malt aromatics and earthy hop-bitterness in the finish. i.e. Save room for dessert!
  • ABV: 4.5%
  • 2014 World Beer Cup Classic Irish-style Dry Stout Silver Medal