World's Best Beer Found In San Diego
|Beer In San Diego|
Ahh, San Diego, the Unites States most southwesterly city (excluding those in Hawaii, of course). A number of things jump into people’s minds when the topic of San Diego pops up. The city is well known for its beaches, bikinis, and burritos. While I like all three of those things, my favorite offering San Diego provides starts with another “b”… it is beer!
With close to a hundred breweries in the county, San Diego has rightfully earned its title as “Beer Capitol of the Unites States.” Some of the larger breweries, like Stone Brewing Company, are world renown, providing a stable, consistently delicious core line of brews available year round. Other, smaller breweries stick to small batches, using only in season ingredients in strange and inexplicably delicious combinations to create a unique beer you may never drink again.
|Reinheitsgebot In San Diego|
There are four basic ingredients in beer: hops, barley, yeast, and of course water. While some breweries like to experiment, adding variables like wheat, chocolate, vanilla, or chili peppers, most breweries today keep it simple, adhering to the ancient (but since slightly modified) German law of Reinheitsgebot. The latter is also known as the German Beer Purity law, that states that anything labeled beer most only use those four basic ingredients. It’s a good law, and one that most massive breweries these days simply don’t follow, adding impure ingredients, known as “adjuncts” like rice or corn, to save money and increase production, but at the cost of flavor (Think Miller, or Coors..Yuck!)
The way in which these four basic ingredients are used can have a tremendous impact on the type and flavor of the beer. Use a large amount of hops and you end up with golden India pale ale. Use too much barley and you end up with a dark stout, or porter. The combinations are endless, and inevitably amazing. Fortunately for those of us in San Diego, nearly every possible style of beer is produced locally, and is available at any number of local bars, or even in some instances, straight from the brewery itself!
|Beer In San Diego|
If you could not already tell, I am a passionate beer connoisseur, and will bring it upon myself to taste and write about a number of local beers, breweries, and bars each week. Next week, I start off at the crown jewel in San Diego’s growing beer scene…Stone Brewing.
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