Brainfood | Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery

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Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery
California, United States

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We were approached by Matt Thomas & Ron Troyano (Alchemy Restaurant) about the possibility of doing a fundraising beer for the Albert Einstein Academies with part of the proceeds going to help support and assist the teachers with their grass roots funded agricultural program. We decided to make a german inspired zwicklbier but with a hoppy San Diego flair. We brewed and designed this lager in collaboration with local brewers Pat Korn and Doug Hasker as well as Eric March from Star B Ranch who was kind enough to donate some wonderful nugget hops from his farm. Loosely inspired from the Keller/Zwicklbier (german unfiltered/unpasteurized lager) we made a concerted effort to maximize the hop punch as well as add a bit of complexity by using a little malted white wheat (15% of the grist). Unconventionally hopped (65 IBUs)we used both Star B nugget as well as first growth hops from the Albert Einstein Academy program in the mash and with a 75 minute boil we continued to hop generously with Falconers Flight, Nugget, Cascade and Amarillo. We harvested lager yeast from Doug at Gordon Biersch and we bottom fermented cold for 6 weeks. The result was Brainfood a wonderful San Diego Style Zwicklbier. Brainfood is a hazy pale golden with floral and light citrus spice aromas from the hops intermingling with a soft malty/grainy backbone. Well carbonated and refreshing with a punchy hop bite. A San Diego classic in the making and a beer for a grand cause. Prost!

Added by KevT on 05-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer at Monkey Paw during a recent trip to San Diego. This is an interesting San Diego interpretation of a Keller Bier Zwickel Bier. Beer is a hazy, light yellow color with a light citrus nose with underlying malt. Beer is nicely carbonated with a nice San Diego style hop finish.

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Brainfood from Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery
3.88 out of 5 based on 1 ratings.
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