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South Park is a great place: small-town neighborhood, tree-lined streets, friendly people…and beer; really tasty beer. South Park Brewing Company (SPBC) is a brewery run by locals that truly love the craft of brewing beer. On a recent visit, the place had a kind of industrial fish house vibe, with large, butcher/deli-style display cases to the left and support columns wrapped in rigging rope. There were large round tables and long low picnic tables to the left, with a couple of booths on the far left wall. The brewing area was prominently displayed to the right, fronted by a tasting counter. Outside there was a narrow patio, with a counter overlooking the sidewalk and street beyond.
Never one to waste an opportunity to try some beer I had never had before, I headed for the counter. The beer list did not include abv, so naturally I decided on a flight, starting with the SPBC Saison. It poured bright, very pale yellow, opaque and had a thin layer of smooth white head on top. It smelled light and faintly of lemon. I could not detect any other aromas. The taste was just as light, with smooth maltiness up front, followed by some zesty lemon. Light in both carbonation and body, there was not much else to characterize this beer. It did finish citrusy and was refreshing, but nothing very dynamic here.
Next, I tried the SPBC 2 Griffs Pale. This one poured light amber in color, with thin loose white head on top. I detected almost nothing to distinguish the aromas. The taste was very malt forward, but not overpowering. Light hops helped balance it going in to the middle. Light carbonation and medium body helped this beer finish smooth and malty, with just a hint of hops toward the end. This one was also not very dynamic, but I appreciated the balance.
Next up, I tried the SPBC Lime In Da Coconut Wheat. It poured pale cloudy yellow, with thin white head. I smelled some malty and citrusy aromas. Lime was prominent from the first sip, with some very faint coconut leading into the middle of the drink. Lightly carbonated and light bodied, it finished with strong lime and some maltiness. A bit too much lime for me on this one.
I finished up the flight with the SPBC Scripps Pier Oyster Stout. This beer poured black, with thin brown head on top that did not stick around long. It smelled somewhat saline, joined by some roasted malt aromas. The taste was briny at first, but then some of the roasted malts came through. The salt came back almost immediately, however. Light carbonation and medium-heavy body helped mask some of the saltiness, but it finished with lots of salinity and a touch of coffee that was not present earlier. A bit too much salt for me, but still good.
I was going to stop there, but naturally, I saw one on the menu I could not pass up: Popperings Golden Hommel. I had no idea what this beer was when I ordered it, but apparently it is a hoppy, golden-bronze, ale. Always up for a good mystery, I dove in. It poured light clear yellow, with thin fizzy head. Spicy and fruity aromas surprised me a bit for something billed as ‘hoppy.’ It tasted somewhat sour at first, with a bit of citrus and some sweetness that I assumed was from the fruit. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated, the beer finished a little sweet and malty, with just a touch of sourness. Great dynamics in this one, from both the smell and the taste.
I recently took a trip to Coronado “Island,” though technically it is classified as a tied island, connected to the mainland by a thin strip of land called a trombolo. For the purposes of this visit, however, I will continue calling it an island. It is a beautiful place, with lots of beaches and the ever-present shopping areas. One of the shopping areas houses the main brewery and restaurant location for Coronado Brewing. A friend told me this was basically a fancy-looking Coco’s. Despite what I had heard about this place, I had to try it. “When in Rome,” as they say…
The general theme of the place seemed to be a mix of old world industrial and Caribbean plantation. It is a big place, with brick on the outside and lots of wood copper, stained glass and more brick on the inside. There were big wooden plantation-style shutters on the windows, slate tile on the floor and a tin roof. It was very much a working brewery-restaurant, with the brewing operation out back. In fact, I passed by it on my way to the rather inconveniently located restrooms.
Which, appropriately enough, brings us to the beer. I decided on a sampler, as I am prone to doing at places I have never been before. I tried to cover the spectrum, light to dark, refreshing to filling, with one thrown in for interest.
My sampler began with the Maidens Altbier. It poured dark amber with white head that slowly slid down the sides of the glass, but left nothing behind. It smelled malty sweet, with hints of plum and raisin. Dark fruit flavors brought a malty sweet taste to the front that was quite mild. Medium in both carbonation and body, it had a malty middle that faded into a somewhat bitter finish. I liked this one, but would have preferred a tad more complexity.
Next came what I thought would be the most interesting of the lineup: the Lime Light. This one poured very pale yellow with tiny bubbles and head that clung to the glass. The second I put my nose over the glass for a whiff, all I could smell was the very strong lime aroma. Strong though it was, it did smell fresh. The taste was very mild, with some grassy flavors and a whole lot of lime. I could detect virtually no carbonation and it went down very light. Light flower notes came out toward the middle, with more grass and lime flavors carrying through to the finish. Much like the chile experience I had in New Mexico, this just was not my cup of tea…or beer.
I thought a good way to transition from the strong flavor of lime from that last taster would be to have a sour, so I tried the Second Chance Sour. It poured very pale yellow, though slightly darker than the Lime Light. On top was a cap of creamy white head. Grassiness and sour aromas were all that rose from the glass. The taste was very tart, almost puckeringly so. That same sourness pretty much dominated the entire drink from beginning to end. I’m a bit of a sucker for sour beers, so I did not mind.
Next up was the Stingray Point IPA. This one poured a rich golden color with fine white head. Lots of bubbles made this drink look quite lively. It smelled flowery sweet, with a bit of maltiness to back it up. The taste was much the same, with hoppy flowers, followed by a malty undertone. It finished mildly hoppy without much else to complicate it. A simple IPA.
I finished heavy with the Export Stout. It poured dark brown, with tan head that stuck around for a long time. It smelled light for a stout with definite coffee and chocolate notes. The taste was super malty, with bitter chocolaty flavors. It mellowed through the middle, finishing back with the malts, bittersweet chocolate flavors and coffee underneath.
Overall, a good trip to Coronado. I do not agree with the Coco’s assessment, however. I thought the setup and decor of the place made it a unique and fun place to visit. Even so, I wish this selection of lesser-known beers from a brewery I really like had been better.