My Friends

Arrow Up

Arrow Up
Arrow Down
,
  • Tue
    22
  • Wed
    23
  • Thu
    24
  • Fri
    25
  • Sat
    26
  • Sun
    27
  • Mon
    28
Barrio Art Crawl Jul 26, 2014 A free self guided tour consisting of murals, open studios, galleries, and local businesses throughout the Barrio Logan Arts District. Come enjoy art, live music, food, and vendors at places like La Bodega Gallery & Studios, Roots Factory, Union Barrio Logan, Glashaus, and more. 87 other events on Saturday, July 26
 
Sordid Tales
Challenging SeaWorld’s ‘commitment’ to wildlife protection
Arts & Culture feature
New business is illuminating the imagery found in science
Theater
Joint production by La Jolla Playhouse and San Diego Rep leads our rundown of local plays
Spin Cycle
Did Carl DeMaio’s partner overstep his authority by ousting business-association chief?
News
San Diego planning director’s uphill battle to create walkable communities

 

 
Log in to use your Facebook account with
San Diego CityBeat

Login With Facebook Account

Recent Activity on San Diego CityBeat
 
Home / Blogs / Get to the Pint
. . . .
Monday, Aug 12, 2013 - Get to the Pint

A Bear (Republic) of a real ale

Cafe Racer 15, a twist on a perennial favorite, really delivers

By Ian Cheesman
caferacer22 bearrepublic.com
My role a as a contributor to this site is to bring forth the best that San Diego's beer scene has to offer. In terms of choosing a beat to walk, there are few more content-heavy. It's a blessing, to be sure. However, even with that embarrassment of journalistic riches, sometimes I feel compelled to confirm there is a world of beer outside our walls. And strictly speaking, I did find the forthcoming beer in San Diego, so it should count for something, right?

This weekend, I chanced upon the Bear Republic Café Racer 15, a double India Pale Ale from Healdsburg, Calif. It's a spiritual successor to the Racer 5, a standout IPA in its own right and a personal favorite.

The labeling highlights it as a "real ale," which is not just bluster for being an O.G. beer. "Real ale" refers to the standard popularized in the U.K., wherein the natural carbonation from yeast is retained, rather than doping the beer with fizz at a later time. It makes for a less bubbly beer, changing the texture entirely. Bear Republic's site doesn't expound on their methodology for the Café Racer 15, but it seems apparent by the first taste that they adhered to this standard.

That previous paragraph is part of why I felt compelled to break protocol and review a non-San Diego beer. This beer is unique and I strongly recommend seeking it out. The citra hops sing, bringing a markedly citric flavor to the forefront, but without the astringency and oily mouthfeel you might expect. Make no mistake—I certainly enjoy the abrasive notes of a DIPA, but being a real ale renders this formulation beautifully creamy and full-bodied. It really softens it around the edges, making for a very unique quaff.

All decent bottle shops will carry this (a tribute to San Diego's excellent taste), so make sure to seek it out.
 
 
Close
Close
Close