While many beers are appropriate to a season, only wet-hopped ales are controlled by it.
MateVeza is celebrated here in the west for its flagship IPA brewed with yerba mate. Its Cerveceria de MateVeza at the corner of 18th and Church is frequented by local beer lovers for its eclectic nanobrewery tap offerings, its well-stocked cooler of 100 types of craft beers, and its flaky Argentinean empanadas from El Porteño. But until it runs out sometime this summer, the cerveceria may best be known for its Boston Tea Party Saison, a collaboration ale created with craft beer heavyweight Boston Beer Company, brewer of the Sam Adams line of beers.
In sharp contrast to the giant beer conglomerates who are buying up their competition, Bay Area brewers are doing the complete opposite. They're collaborating with their fellow craft brewers.
It’s usually a good idea to avoid drinking alone, and two new Bay Area beer events make it easy to find fellow beer lovers to drink with.
Cold beer is the gold standard thirst quencher at a cookout. But since nothing says, “Let’s get this party started!” like a cocktail, beer cocktails are appearing more frequently as the opening act for summer meals. So popular in fact, that brewers are beginning to package Shandies and Michelada.
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