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September 2016

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50  /  the tasting panel  /  september 2016 Summer Send-Offs by Emily Coleman Brew Corner After years of planning, building and renovating, SLO Brewing Co. has finally opened its new brewpub–known to locals as "The Brew"—in downtown San Luis Obispo, CA. The Brew also features accommodations—the SLO Brew Lofts—above the pub. One of the oldest craft beers on the coast of California (since 1988), SLO Brew Co. also launched its new brewing facility by the SLO airport this September, housing a tasting room, biergarten and large music venue. The new SLO Brew Lofts, located in downtown San Luis Obispo. Sapporo: Premium Black Launched just this month, Sapporo Premium Black marks the first release from the brewery in over a decade. When poured out of its 22-ounce steel can, the dark brown-reddish color of this lager shines. Using roasted dark malts, the brew greets the palate with a round mouthfeel and layers of coffee and cocoa. Now available in all 50 states, it's a welcomed new addition to the Sapporo family! Boulder Beer: Dragonhösen Just in time for Oktoberfest, Dragonhösen amps up the traditional lager with the intensity that comes with 9% ABV. The Hallertau and Czech Saaz hops, along with the Vienna, Munich, 40L and Carapils malts, balances this heat out with notes of caramel, vanilla and an earthy bitterness. So take the stein off the backbar and dust off the lederhosen. Prost! Sonoma Cider: e Wimble For this month's cider pick, we travel outside the usual flavor suspects and awaken the palate with Sonoma Cider The Crowbar (6.0% ABV), a habanero-lime cider made from Yakima Valley Fuji and Granny Smith apples. This limited-edition, dry expression showcases the bright citrus notes before moving into the heat of the peppers and hints of coriander. I highly recommend pairing this end-of-summer sipper with tacos and a nice sunset. Brùton: Brùton di Brùton Hailing from Lucca, Italy, all of the beers made at Brùton are unfiltered, un- pasteurized and undergo second- ary fermentation in the bottle. A blonde ale, Brùton di Brùton (5.5% ABV) features noble German hops and Brewer, Mittelfrüh and Pilsner malts, creating a light mouthfeel with crisp carbonation. The perfect brew for those warm fall days that are just around the corner.

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