So, for San Diego Beer Week Day 6 (took it easy with a Ballast Point Pumpkin Ale on Day 5), I ventured back to KnB for their celebration of all things local brewing. They have changed things around a bit since new management took over a few months ago. They expanded the bar and classed it up a little, replacing the dank window into the side of the kitchen it used to be, which I fully supported, and replacing it with full-wall shelving and some fancy tile on the wall (to the right of the bottles in the picture above. Tonight they featured a new startup brewery called 32 North Brewing Company. According to the rep attending tonight’s event, these guys are a real small brewery in Mira Mesa who just started up a few months ago. Their thing is keeping things interesting, both in life and in brewing. The lineup they had at KnB tonight was definitely different, if lacking a little pizzaz. Yeah- I said it. It is probably the only time you will see that word here, but I think it describes the experience accurately. Read on to find out if you agree.
I started with what you might imagine as a heavier beer, but it turned out to be fairly light. 32 North’s Peanut Butter Crunch was a combination (read: mixing, meaning they actually mixed it at the bar) of their Peanut Butter Cup Porter and their Fly By Night Milk Stout. Sounds heavy, right? It ended up being very mild and fairly light. It poured black, with minimal white head that did not last long. There were practically no aromas coming from the glass. I could only smell faint malty sweetness. It tasted very light, with only a slight taste of roasted malts up top and some sweetness. There was very little carbonation and only meager bitterness. Some rich chocolate flavor did come through on the finish, with a hint of peanut butter after. Overall, a very mild and underwhelming beer. I would rate this beer:
Next up, I wanted something with some taste behind it, as KnB had only stouts and porters on offer from 32 North. Given the experience I just had, this didn’t give me much hope for any other dark offerings. Instead, I opted for the Pennant Pale Ale. This one poured a cloudy gold color, with foamy, thin head. It smelled hoppy and surprisingly floral for a pale ale that was not from India (har har…). It tasted light, with a slight sour tinge, followed by the flowers from the hops. Light carbonation did little to distinguish it from its fairly monotone flavor profile. It did have a pretty hoppy aftertaste, which is again surprising, as this one comes in at only 38 IBU.
I also would rate this beer: