They made a name in late 1990’s and have been awarded Small Brewing Company of the Year, Brewer of the Year as well as #1 Best Brewery in the world by RateBeer.com.
In recent years they’ve moved to a new state of the art facility, boasting the largest tasting room in San Diego. This Mexican Style Lager is brewed by AleSmith with Southern California natives Sublime to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut album “40oz. to Freedom.”
Pour: Golden in color with a slight haze to it and mild carbonation. Slim white head forms and fades leaving some lacing on the glass.
Nose: Not much going on, some light hop notes and aromas of caramel give it a sweet twist.
Pallet: Light bodied, there’s a hint of hops but very mild. This is an easy drinker with a slight malt background and great balance. Finish is clean and crisp with no acidity.
Overall: Balanced is the best way to describe this one, it has a feel of a traditional Vienna-style lager with a SoCal twist. Alesmith suggests this as a go to beer for hot days on the beach or tailgating and I think they nailed that feel. A great pairing with burgers, grilled sausages or some spicy pulled pork.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3 Out Of 5 Pints