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Embrace the Heat with a Spicy Summertime Pairing

Though the summertime months can sometimes call for food and beer pairings of a tamer kind, we’re embracing the heat with our monthly offering, Big Barrel Double IPA and Spicy Shrimp & Grits. 

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 ”The inspiration is always the beer. Shrimp and Grits is a classic southern dish but we thought we could put our unique spin on it and emphasize the food and beer relationship. Big Barrel is a perfect palate cleanser and we felt it was a great opportunity to incorporate some heat into the grits , so that you get the textures and bold flavors up front but temper them with the tropical flavors that come from the Ahtanum and Nelson Sauvin hops in the beer” -Corey Rapp, Executive Chef

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Big Barrel is packed with assertive hop flavors, which temper the spicy sriracha in the sauce and the grits’ habanero kick. Meanwhile, the sweetness from the shrimp and the creaminess of the grits brings a nice balance to the hop forward IIPA.

If you’re still looking for other pairing ideas for our Big Barrel IIPA, don’t be afraid to go for the bold:

  • Big Barrel cuts right through the “tang” of strong cheeses such as Gorgonzola or Bleu.
  • It tempers the richness from creamy sauces or fried foods.
  • Pair a snack of freshly cut fruits with Big Barrel to bring out the beer’s floral and tropical notes.
  • Big Barrel’s citrus hop bitterness pairs well with a rich, creamy seafood dish…especially one that packs some serious heat like our Spicy Shrimp & Grits!

Give the dish a try for yourself at each of our Karl Strauss Brewery Restaurants and sound off in the comments below to let us know what you think!

Enabling the Next Generation of San Diego’s Beer Pioneers: Meet the First Recipient of our Brewer’s Education Scholarship

For the last 25 years, Karl Strauss has been fundamental in fostering the pioneering spirit that has come to define the San Diego craft beer industry. Beyond brewing our innovative lineup of award winning beers, we have a longstanding tradition of supporting our local community, a core value instilled by our late brewmaster, Karl M. Strauss. In honor of Karl’s lifetime commitment to community service and education, we established the Karl Strauss Brewer’s Education fund in 2007—created to help aspiring brewers pursue an education in brewing science. We are proud to announce that we are partnering with the UC San Diego Extension Brewing Program to fund an annual scholarship through the Karl Strauss Brewers Education Fund to help educate San Diego’s next generation of talented, local brewers.”Taught by leading professional brewers and other industry experts, the UC San Diego Extension Brewing Certificate is a part-time, evening and weekend program that offers academic and practical training for entry-level brewing professionals.”

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There are countless stories around the craft beer community of people who have taken their passion for brewing, or simply for beer, to the next level by opening their own breweries and pursuing their hobby professionally. Occasionally, we come across a unique story that underscores how special the people are who become drawn to this industry. We are proud to share that the first recipient of the scholarship is San Diego local, Frank Yepiz.

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KARL Invites You To “Try One, Have A Few” With Our Latest Release: Mosaic Session Ale

 

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Introducing a new beer is always exciting, but our latest brew has us particularly buzzing. The first of our “Tank Tap” series to be called up to the big leagues, it began as a humble one-off brew and has now graduated to a full on commercial release. The story begins back in 2013 when the head brewer at our Downtown Brewpub, Sean Albrecht, crafted the recipe for a small batch release he called “Mosaic Wheat”, an unfiltered American-Style Wheat Pale Ale. The light copper color and cracked wheat/citrus flavor combination was a hit and it was tapped out in a matter of days. “The first time I smelled Mosaic hops, I knew I had to brew a beer featuring them,” says Albrecht. “I was inspired to brew a hop bomb that Californians would love, but something that was drinkable enough to enjoy a few pints at a time. I started with a clean malt profile and then double dry-hopped for big citrus aromatics.”

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Northern Exposure: KARL’s San Francisco Beer Week Event Calender

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We are always looking for an excuse to visit our friends and fans in the Northern half of our great state. If there happens to be a plethora of great events and awesome people to share our beers with, even better! Such is the case with the 2014 San Francisco Beer Week. The gang from KARL will be all over town throughout the week hosting tap takeovers, pairing dinners, and reveling in the killer craft beer scene up in SF. The following list is where you’ll find us imbibing over the next 10 days and we invite you to join us as well as explore all the great beers in your town.

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Cracking Open the Cellar: KARL’s 24th Anniversary Beer Re-Release

In honor of our 25th anniversary, we wanted to give our fans the opportunity to get their hands on some of our rarest releases. Each week, leading up to the debut of Karl’s 25th anniversary Doppelbock at our annual Changing of the Barrels event, we will be re-releasing extremely limited quantities of our past anniversary beers. Each will be available exclusively at the Karl Strauss Tasting Room on consecutive Saturday’s in January leading up to the event. Limit 1 Bottle per person.

 

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Cracking Open the Cellar: KARL’s 23rd Anniversary Beer Re-Release

In honor of our 25th anniversary, we wanted to give our fans the opportunity to get their hands on some of our rarest releases. Each week, leading up to the debut of Karl’s 25th anniversary Doppelbock at our annual Changing of the Barrels event, we will be re-releasing extremely limited quantities of our past anniversary beers. Each will be available exclusively at the Karl Strauss Tasting Room on consecutive Saturday’s in January leading up to the event. Limit 1 Bottle per person.

 

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Cracking Open the Cellar: KARL’s 22nd Anniversary Beer Re-Release

In honor of our 25th anniversary, we wanted to give our fans the opportunity to get their hands on some of our rarest releases. Each week, leading up to the debut of Karl’s 25th anniversary Doppelbock at our annual Changing of the Barrels event, we will be re-releasing extremely limited quantities of our past anniversary beers. Each will be available exclusively at the Karl Strauss Tasting Room on consecutive Saturday’s in January leading up to the event. Limit 1 Bottle per person.

Anniversary Beer Lineup

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Cracking Open the Cellar: KARL’s Anniversary Beer Re-Release

In honor of our 25th anniversary, we wanted to give our fans the opportunity to get their hands on some of our rarest releases. Each week, leading up to the debut of Karl’s 25th anniversary Doppelbock at our annual Changing of the Barrels event, we will be re-releasing extremely limited quantities of our past anniversary beers. Each will be available exclusively at the Karl Strauss Tasting Room on consecutive Saturday’s in January leading up to the event. Limit 1 Bottle per person.   Anniversary Beer Lineup

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Special Release: Cask Conditioned Wreck Alley Imperial Stout Infused With Mostra Fortissimo Espresso

Here at KARL, we’re always keeping busy. “Rest not on ye laurels”, said a smart person somewhere at some time, I think? In addition to our monthly Tank Tap series and our upcoming “12 Days of Christmas” Holiday Tripel, we also offer special release cask editions of our core lineup each week in our Brewery Restaurants and Tasting Room. Our brewers toil away to craft unique offerings using unconventional ingredients to add a twist to the beers you know and love. We want to highlight these fun creations from time to time here on the blog and get you the dirt on limited releases and one-off side projects that we’ve been brewin’ up.

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For our weekly casks we’re always experimenting, but this one is special. We’ve partnered up with up-and-coming roasters Mostra Coffee  to create a truly one of a kind version of our Wreck Alley Imperial Stout. Wreck Alley is traditionally brewed with a  generous helping of locally sourced coffee, but we wanted to kick it up a notch. So, we cask conditioned it with a generous helping of artisanally roasted espresso from Mostra. This blend, known simply as “Fortissimo,” utilizes prized varietals from Sumatra, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Guatemala – creating a truly unique flavor profile that will further enhance Wreck Alley’s chocolate, toffee, and roasted malt flavors.

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Mostra takes special care in the preparation of each and every bean they use:

“The Mostra “Fortissimo” espresso blend is made up of 4 origins and was almost 2 months in the making. Since each bean comes from a different part of the world, we felt that it was only fair to treat each origin as “individuals” instead of just roasting them all together to end at a specific temp like other roasters do, especially because each origin/bean comes from different climates, altitudes and contain varying moisture content, density, sizes etc. In order to bring out the best flavor profiles from each bean, we painstakingly profile roast each origin numerous times and at different starting/ending temps.  We then “cup” (taste) every varying temp (sometimes 20+ cuppings per origin) in order to find the best cup that best represents the flavor profile from which the bean is known for.”

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Yah, we know, this one’s going to be good.

You can get yourself a pint at any of our Brewery Restaurants both TONIGHT, Thursday 11/21 starting at 5 p.m. and tomorrow at our Tasting Room starting at 4 p.m.

 

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A Weekend in Denver: Gold Medals, Great Beer and a Love for the Craft

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Hi there, I’m Alyssa and I am the Marketing Programs Coordinator here at Karl Strauss. I recently had the pleasure of attending the Great American Beer Festival in Denver with the KARL team. The Great American Beer Festival is the largest collection of U.S. craft beer served and judged anywhere in the world. Medals awarded here are among the most coveted in the industry and this year there were 4,809 beers from 732 different breweries being tasted, judged and displayed. It was my first trip to GABF, so I had A LOT of tasting to do.

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