When the mini pulls the mighty – as we can say in the world of beer, tides have turned. It is an especially wonderful time to be a beer drinker but avast ye before the surly sea swallows ya. One may have to sail way outside the mapped territory to discover the treasure in simplicity and the virtues of restraint. As far off shore as we have buoyed, many astute craft beer drinkers have reconnected with their native tongues. Before there were so many exotic ingredients available to landlubbers, there was a small, seaworthy, and valiant vessel of a beer. American lager in all it’s unpretentious glory has found safe harbor in the craft beer canon while the titanics sink under the mass of shrewd industry. We are excited to see the community reconnect craft to the essentials and tug some of these bloated boats out of the murk.
Picture this- A sunny beach, light breeze, waves rhythmically crashing on glistening sand. The familiar pop and hiss of a fresh opened beer, a sip brings you to your paradise. Swimsuits, palm trees and a cold brew. Now turn off the TV and grab ahold of real refreshment. Inspired by a style honed in the old country, reimagined south of the border and the perfect sip for your own endless summer. This is a beer without a multi million dollar ad campaign, without bikinis and target markets. Just a simple, crisp and easy drinking beer brewed w pilsner malt, maize and hints of a certain citrus fruit provided by Motueka hops. Save a lime, drink a frisbee. 5% abv
A beer so lovely we named a brewery for it. Self Titled is a petit saison beer with a refreshingly crisp, wheat kissed body designed for play in the sun. Fresh baked french bread and biscuit support notes of white grape and marmalade from Nelson Sauvin hops. A noble guide to delicate flavors and subtlety. 4.8% abv.
This take on a Belgian summer classic is the color of the rising moon. Gently spiced with toasted coriander and
orange peel along with a kiss of chamomile. Aromas of orange cream, sugar cookies, lavender and ginger cradle a soft and cuddly mouthfeel to a lightly tart and snappy finish. Like its namesake, sugar and spice and everything nice. Over the moon to welcome baby Luna to the world. 5.2% abv.
The murky waters of San Juan Creek that (occasionally) flow behind our brewery are fed by the Arroyo Trabuco. Named for one clumsy conquistador’s misplaced blunderbuss – a flared barrel musket – which inspires this deep umber ale. Dark brown as the stock of its namesake, this shallow ABV brew surprises with depth of flavor. Comforting notes of toasted pecans, sweet tobacco leaf, cocoa powder and a hint of blueberry waffles. Fittingly the Arroyo Trabuco winds through many of the trails our beloved mountain bikers call home away from, and inevitably lead to, our public’s house. 5.9% abv
A yokel, a country bumpkin. Rustic w/ his own refined dignity. Bold yet balanced, audacious but approachable. Malt and hops in harmonious heft. Sweet caramel and spicy rye balanced by an assertive, candied grapefruit bitterness in this easy drinking red ale. Inspired by the classic cocktail, the Rube is your mid-day Manhattan. 7.5% abv.
Brewed to a calculated 55 ibus and 5.5% abv or double nickels on the dime. Angular notes of ruby red grapefruit, sweet orange, and pine strum upon a groovy bassline of light honey and vanilla in a compact yet satisfying little ditty. A liquid tribute to a group of cats from San Pedro who jam econo – or fitting a lot into a little. “Punk was whatever we made it to be” a quote from late lead singer/guitarist D Boon inspires every recipe Ive ever brewed. Listen to the Minutemen, their band could be your life.
A silver medal winner in the 2018 World Beer Cup for American Pale Ale!
The perfect course companion. On the green with hoppy notes of tropical fruits and candied citrus. Wheat malt tees a subtle tart snap and caddies a medium bodied, easy swinger. An ace, or at least close enough amongst friends, now gimme another! 7.2% abv
As in a structure built to support a climbing vine or shrub. A light and crisp malt bill provides the delicate framework upon which the varied aromas and flavors provided by sturdy additions of one or more hops can flourish. Designed to be satisfyingly hoppy yet approachable and deliciously educational. Be it floral, fruity, tropical, citrusy, earthy, herbal, or dank – strobiles for your sudsy studies. Check our boards for the hop(s) showcased and the character we love from these fancy plants. 4.5% abv
a damn good IPA @ 7%
This is not the greatest IPA in the world, no! This is just a trIBUte. Kindly notice the capitalizing of IBU as we have packed plenty into this unapologetically tenacious brew. In the unrelenting hunt for inspirado we have born a sudsy celebration of the classics combined into one deliciously dank double IPA. Resinous and sharp, with just a kiss of sweetness to balance the brawny bitterness from ubiquitous North American hops Centennial, Cascade and Columbus. Caution: this beer will knock your socks on their asses. 8.6% abv
Yes indeed, here we are… with the unmitigated audacity to brew a substantial, slightly smoked porter and then proceed to add copious amounts of organic maple syrup straight from the short forests of Vermont! A pancake breakfast right here in your glass! With a circular motion hitherto unknown in this region, stir up wafts of scrumptious flapjacks so light and fluffy brown, the finest in the town. This elixir of eskimo legend will keep you cozy while trudging across the tundra searching for a certain holy-man’s pancake parish. Dominus Vobiscum! 9.8% abv
Musically speaking, the second note of the diatonic scale, or one step above Tonic. In our terms, a more potent elixir than the original. Infused with more flavors of milk chocolate, more roast, more mouthfeel, and most important – more coffee. Whoever said there can be too much of a good thing never had a chance to try this here beer. A wiser man once said – everything in moderation, especially moderation. Cheers to that, and you! 8.2% abv
Greet a glass full of dark chocolate, graham cracker, dried cherry, and espresso in this rich and complex imperial stout. A fireside storyteller of a beer, Grandpappy’s tale unfolds with each sniff and sip. 9.5% abv.
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Remember how you felt as a kid knowing a field trip was on the horizon? It meant fun, adventure, and trying something new. It also meant an exciting break from the norm.
We’ve done our fair share of learning over the course of the last five years. Like any journey, we had a lot to see, taste, and experience to get to this point. Now we see that our history of field trips has created a place for you to take your own.
Consider our brewery your new favorite field trip, a place made for firsthand observation and learning.
Choose any of our beers and take it to-go. Our 1 Qt. Crowler cans are poured fresh and canned when you order. Drink cold, and let the adventure begin.
Show us where you take yours. Tag us at #DocentFieldTrip