AleSmith Brewing Introduces Non-Alcoholic IPA

AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will launch its Non-Alcoholic IPA in March 2022.

Dropping as AleSmith’s first non-alcoholic craft brew intended to “[cater] to the wellness-focused, beer-drinker looking for a refreshing alternative,” AleSmith Non-Alcoholic IPA is a Non-Alcoholic Beer “built upon the same foundation of quality and craftsmanship as [AleSmith’s] award-winning AleSmith IPA . . . [and] delivers citrusy hop notes and aromas that is balanced with a great mouthfeel and solid bitterness on the finish.” All IPA but without the alcohol (less that 0.5% ABV), AleSmith Non-Alcoholic IPA “provides moderation while still maintaining the taste and experience of a quality craft beer.”

“The Non-Alcoholic Craft Brew segment is underrepresented by local and regional brewers; we are excited to jump in with the IPA as our first innovation and plans for more to come,” states Brandon Richards, President at AleSmith Brewing Company.

AleSmith Non-Alcoholic IPA is available now in the AleSmith tasting room and on the brewery’s ordering page. This new non-alcoholic option is available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans. Prost!

Vital Information for AleSmith Non-Alcoholic IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round; launching March 2022
Style – Non-Alcoholic Beer/India Pale Ale
ABV – less than 0.5%
Recommended Glassware – Willi Becher
Suggested Pairings – “Thai curries”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans

AleSmith Brewing Hits the New Year with Party Tricks West Coast IPA

AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that Party Tricks will join the brewery’s Year-Round portfolio in January 2022.

Crafted to be the perfect go-to offering for “a night out on the town or a casual hang with friends,” Party Tricks is a West Coast-style India Pale Ale “brewed with massive amounts of Strata, El Dorado and Citra hops.” Coming in at 6.8% ABV, Party Tricks “evokes a blend of invigorating aromas, brimming with juicy notes of grapefruit, strawberry, and passion fruit.”

“We’re thrilled to kick off AleSmith’s portfolio with an IPA that showcases the new format along with a fun and dynamic marketing campaign,” says Brandon Richards, President of AleSmith. “Party Tricks is the first release of three beers that will be available in 16 oz. 6-packs. We love the format, and we are seeing that our beer customers across the state enjoy it as well. With the transition to a new format, Party Tricks will be a prominent addition to our lineup and a key priority for AleSmith throughout 2022,” Richards adds.

Party Tricks will launch in January 2022 with availability in 6-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft. You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering at craft beer-focused establishments located in California and throughout the rest of AleSmith’s distribution territory. Prost!

Vital Information for Party Tricks from AleSmith Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round; launching January 2022
Style – West Coast-style India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.8%
Featured Hops – Strata, El Dorado & Citra
Availability – 6-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://alesmith.com/find-our-be
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AleSmith Brewing Closes Out the Year with Limited Release Porter

AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Porter in December 2021.

Here to provide “the perfect blend of rich and sultry flavors to cozy up to this winter,” Porter is an American Porter “[showcasing] warm and toasty notes of biscuit, caramel and chocolate alongside a silky mouthfeel to pair along dinner or dessert all season long.” Coming in at a smooth-sipping 7.5% ABV, Porter “makes for a great addition to any holiday gathering or chilly, winter night.”

“We are so excited about the flavors of this beer and how they come together. With the cooler temperatures approaching, we wanted to add a new beer to the line-up that would appeal to the season and to the palate of our dark beer fans,” notes AleSmith’s head brewer, Ryan Crisp.

Porter is rolling out now and is scheduled to hang around through December 2021. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in California and throughout the rest of AleSmith’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Porter from AleSmith Brewing Company

Release – Limited; December 2021
Style – American Porter
ABV – 7.5%
Suggested Pairings – “This beer pairs well with barbecue, chili, desserts, and blue cheese”
Recommended Glassware – Nonic
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://alesmith.com/find-our-beer/

AleSmith Brewing Closes Out 2021 with Release of Speedway Stout Variant #4

AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Speedway Stout Variant #4: Madagascar Vanilla & Ceylon Alba Cinnamon in mid-November 2021.

Dropping as this year’s final, quarterly-released variant of AleSmith’s legendary Speedway Stout, Speedway Stout Variant #4: Madagascar Vanilla & Ceylon Alba Cinnamon has the original Imperial Stout’s “chocolate and roasted malts bolstered by notes of dark fruit, toffee and caramel” and “[offers] up some comfort for the cooler fall and winter months by infusing it with a generous amount of Madagascar vanilla beans, along with just the right amount of Ceylon Alba cinnamon.” Coming in at 12% ABV, Speedway Stout Variant #4: Madagascar Vanilla & Ceylon Alba Cinnamon boasts “a delicate milky sweetness interlaced with notes of chocolate, roast and subtle hints of spiciness.”

“We always look forward to these quarterly releases, so I’m thrilled to bring this next variant to Speedway Stout lovers everywhere,” says Ryan Crisp, Head Brewer and Director of Brewery Operations at AleSmith. “It’s a really fun concept, since we get to exercise our creativity during the brewing process, plus we know our Imperial stout has a large following of beer-drinkers that look forward to trying these new creations, which makes it that much more rewarding. This will be a strong end to our 2021 series!”

Speedway Stout Variant #4: Madagascar Vanilla & Ceylon Alba Cinnamon is rolling out now and will hang around through December 2021 (while supplies last). You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in California and throughout the rest of AleSmith’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for a Speedway Stout Variant #4: Madagascar Vanilla & Ceylon Alba Cinnamon from AleSmith Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Speedway Stout Variant Series; November – December 2021
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12%
Added Ingredients – Madagascar vanilla beans & Ceylon Alba cinnamon
Suggested Pairings – Fruit Cake
Recommended Glassware – Tulip or Goblet
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://alesmith.com/find-our-beer/

AleSmith Brewing & Beachwood Brewing Collaborate on Tower of Flower West Coast IPA

AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Tower of Flower, a West Coast IPA brewed in collaboration with Beachwood Brewing (Long Beach, California), in early October 2021.

The newest hop-laden release to come out of AleSmith’s always intriguing Collaboration Series, Tower of Flower is a West Coast-style India Pale Ale that has been double dry-hopped with “a monstrous hop blend of Galaxy, Cashmere and Nelson hops.” Coming in at 6.8% ABV, Tower of Flower offers “intense notes of passionfruit, citrus, peach and melon.”

“We love partnering with breweries that enjoy the process of brewing as much as we do, so we were stoked to team up with Beachwood again for Tower of Flower,” shares Ryan Crisp, Head Brewer and Director of Brewery Operations at AleSmith. “If anyone can forge a solid West Coast-style IPA, it’s two SoCal breweries with a shared passion for hops.”

“AleSmith is a bastion of the craft beer industry and Beachwood was honored to be a part of another amazing collaboration,” raves Co-Owner and Brewmaster of Beachwood Brewing, Julian Shrago. “We’re grateful for our collective group of beer-drinking fans and couldn’t be happier with this fantastic IPA brewed with some of the finest and most aromatic hops around.”

Tower of Flower is rolling out now and will hang around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in California and throughout the rest of AleSmith’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Tower of Flower from AleSmith Brewing Company & Beachwood Brewing

Release – Limited/Collaboration Series; October 2021
Style – West Coast-style India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.8%
IBUs – 40
Featured Hops – Galaxy, Cashmere & Nelson
Recommended Glassware – Willi Becher
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://alesmith.com/find-our-beer/

AleSmith Brewing Releases Third Variant of the Year of Speedway Stout

AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Speedway Stout Variant #3: Mexican Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt and Mexican Coffee in mid-August 2021.

Arriving as 2021’s third variant of AleSmith’s legendary Speedway Stout, Speedway Stout Variant #3: Mexican Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt and Mexican Coffee is an Imperial Stout that has been dosed – just as its name suggests – with a tempting mix of Mexican dark chocolate, sea salt and Mexican coffee. Coming in at 12% ABV, Speedway Stout Variant #3: Mexican Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt and Mexican Coffee boasts a “decadent, roasty and chocolatey flavor profile.”

“For this special edition of our signature imperial stout, we were inspired to feature ingredients from our neighbors to the south,” says Ryan Crisp, Head Brewer and Director of Brewery Operations. “We used a trio of Mexican dark chocolate, sea salt and Mexican coffee to give the beer notes of cacao and dark fruit, plus a subtle touch of cinnamon and roasty earthiness.”

Speedway Stout Variant #3: Mexican Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt and Mexican Coffee is rolling out now and scheduled to hang around through September 2021. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located in California and throughout the rest of AleSmith’s distribution territory. Prost!

Vital Information for Speedway Stout Variant #3: Mexican Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt and Mexican Coffee from AleSmith Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Speedway Stout Series; August – September 2021
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12%
Added Ingredients – Mexican dark chocolate, sea salt & Mexican coffee
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://alesmith.com/find-our-beer
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Tasting Notes: Oso Under from AleSmith Brewing & Alvarado Street Brewery

The weekend has finally arrived and that is cause to celebrate with some Tasting Notes on the Oso Under collaboration project from AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) and Alvarado Street Brewery (Salinas, California).

A beer that “melds the breweries’ distinct strengths” and centers around Australian and New Zealand hops, Oso Under is a West Coast-style India Pale Ale where “Galaxy hops are the star of the show with their passionfruit, citrus, and peach flavors and aromas, while Vic Secret hops, hailing from Victoria, Australia, tout tropical fruit, herbs, pine, clean pineapple and passionfruit. Nelson hops round out this beloved Aussie/New Zealand extravaganza with fruit-flavored accents.” Coming in at 7% ABV, Oso Under “is teeming with brightness, curbed by a dry finish.”

Oso Under is rolling out now and will be available only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in California and throughout the rest of Alesmith’s distribution footprint.

Now that we are all caught up on the details behind this collaboration, let’s crack open a can and see how it all came together over some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Oso Under from Alesmith Brewing Company & Alvarado Street Brewery

Appearance: This IPA pours a dark golden yellow in color and builds right at a finger of wispy white foam. When held to direct light, the golden hue brightens and takes on a more vibrant tone. The beer is perfectly clear and displays a sparse amount of slow-moving carbonation bubbles meandering about within. Head retention is ok, falling almost immediately to a thin but lasting ring that somehow manages to drop substantial gobs of lace on the glass throughout the experience.

Aroma: The aromatics open with a wave of dank herb and resiny pine. This is then overtaken by luscious tones of peach and passionfruit. The profile closes with a burst of floral notes accompanied by a light vinous note.

Taste: A mixed bag of citrus (orange, grapefruit and tangerine), peach and passionfruit combine to create a nice tropical fruit cocktail that is dosed with just a splash of white wine. A biscuity malt presence attempts to establish some balance before being run down by hefty punches of pine and straight dankness. Pure West Coast goodness right here.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a mid to low carbonation level, this beer has a touch of lingering weight to it but it does dry out nicely on its own time. This allows all that hoppiness to coat the palate and slickly remind you that this is indeed a hop bomb that harkens back to the days of non-hazy IPA yore. Of course, this means the beer stays on the bitter side and offers just a tinge of malty balance. The 7% ABV is tame and keeps this crushable by full octane IPA standards. The aftertaste is all pine and dank herb.

Final Thoughts: Oso Under is the delightful line where new and old school IPA trends and techniques converge. The Galaxy hops definitely supply a healthy burst of juiciness before they are overrun by Vic Secret’s surprisingly West Coast leaning dank and resiny notes. The Nelson then keeps you on your toes at all times by offering some white wine and floral complexity. Juicy yet dank. It is all that is good in this world of IPAs and definitely a must try. Prost!

AleSmith Brewing Company Celebrates Oktoberfest with Return of AleSchmidt

AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of AleSchmidt Oktoberfest in late July 2021.

Returning a bit early this year to give German beer lovers “a head start on Oktoberfest flavors,” AleSchmidt Oktoberfest is a Märzen-style Lager that possesses “rich malt complexities that complement the brew’s characteristic clean hop bitterness and toasted aroma.” Coming in at an easy-drinking 5.5% ABV, AleSchmidt Oktoberfest is a “seasonal staple comprised of a fresh, polished and toasty malt character.”

“AleSchmidt is the perfect beer to round out the summer and get you ready for fall,” says Peter Cronin, Quality Manager at AleSmith. “It’s clean, toasty and elegant.”

AleSchmidt Oktoberfest is rolling out now and will hang around as long as supplies last during the Oktoberfest Season. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at “select retailers across California, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin. It will also be available in Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Japan, Korea and Mexico.” Prost!

Vital Information for AleSchmidt Oktoberfest from AleSmith Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Specialty; returns late July 2021
Style – Oktoberfest/Märzen
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 13
Fun Fact – “The original German-style, amber lager emerged in Germany and Austria hundreds of years ago, though it was made famous for being served at Munich’s Oktoberfest celebration starting in 1872.”
Recommended Glassware – Willi Becher
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – US: California, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin | Global: Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Japan, Korea & Mexico
Beer Finder – https://alesmith.com/find-our-beer/

AleSmith Brewing Adds Tropical Marmalade Hazy IPA to Seasonal Lineup

AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will introduce Tropical Marmalade Hazy IPA in select markets starting in July 2021.

Here to help you “beat the heat” this summer, Tropical Marmalade is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale featuring “intense notes of coconut, red berries and mango” sourced from Aloha and Sabro hops. Coming in at 7.1% ABV, Tropical Marmalade’s “tropical aromas evoke paradise on the palate, melding berry, floral, fruity and citrus notes from Aloha hops with distinct tangerine, coconut, tropical fruit and stone fruit notes from Sabro hops – a passionate marriage of complementary aromas inspired by the brew’s namesake spread – marmalade.”

“We’re excited for Tropical Marmalade to make a return to our seasonal lineup,” says Ryan Crisp, Head Brewer and Director of Brewery Operations at AleSmith. “It was a staff favorite from 2019, so we had to bring it back. With the tropical hop blend and flavors, plus a smooth finish, this is a perfect beer to keep cool this summer.”

Tropical Marmalade is rolling out now in select markets and is slated for wider distribution in October until the end of 2021. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in California and select other states found within the brewery’s 28-state distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Tropical Marmalade Hazy IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company

Release – Seasonal; launching with limited distribution in July 2021 | expanded availability in October 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.1%

IBUs – 25
Featured Hops – Aloha & Sabro
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://alesmith.com/find-our-beer/

Alesmith & Alvarado Street Brewery Collaborate on Oso Under West Coast IPA

Alesmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Oso Under, a special collaboration project with Alvarado Street Brewery (Salinas, California), in early June 2021.

A beer that “melds the breweries’ distinct strengths” and centers around Australian and New Zealand hops, Oso Under is a West Coast-style India Pale Ale where “Galaxy hops are the star of the show with their passionfruit, citrus, and peach flavors and aromas, while Vic Secret hops, hailing from Victoria, Australia, tout tropical fruit, herbs, pine, clean pineapple and passionfruit. Nelson hops round out this beloved Aussie/New Zealand extravaganza with fruit-flavored accents.” Coming in at 7% ABV, Oso Under “is teeming with brightness, curbed by a dry finish.”

“We are very excited to work with J.C. and his team at Alvarado Street,” says Head Brewer and Director of Brewery Operations at AleSmith, Ryan Crisp. “The beers they are producing are top notch and we’re delighted to collaborate on a beer that would truly be something special. We decided on a clean West Coast IPA with large amounts of Australian and New Zealand hops inspired by ours and J.C.’s roots to San Diego. The beer turned out excellent and we can’t wait for our fans to try it.”

“We’re thrilled at the opportunity to collaborate with AleSmith,” says J.C. Hill, Co-Owner and Head Brewer of Alvarado Street Brewing. “I started my brewing career in San Diego and was heavily influenced by AleSmith IPA, X, both Yulesmiths and many other beers I was lucky enough to cut my teeth on over a decade ago. San Diego is very near and dear to my heart, having lived there for much of my 20’s, and the beer scene continues to be one of the best in the world.”

Oso Under is rolling out now and will be available only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in California and throughout the rest of Alesmith’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Oso Under from Alesmith Brewing Company & Alvarado Street Brewery

Release – Limited; early June 2021
Style – West Coast-style India Pale Ale
ABV – 7%
Featured Hops – Galaxy, Vic Secret & Nelson
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://alesmith.com/find-our-beer/