|Cellarmaker's tasting room in the SOMA neighborhood|
of San Francisco (photo taken from their Facebook page)
Every beer I sampled at Cellarmaker ranged from pretty good to really outstanding. It's hard to pick a favorite for Beer of the Month from so many excellent candidates, but I'll go with their Southern Passion IPA, a single hop IPA brewed with a hop grown in South Africa of the same name. Rarely does one encounter IPAs with such strong, vibrant hop flavors that is so drinkable. It checks in at 45 ibu's, on the low side as West Coast IPA's go, but the strong melon and bright tropical fruit flavors of the Southern Passion hop really popped like few other IPA's do. Proving once again that despite the zillions of IPAs out there, there are still unique ones to be found.
|Beer of the Month Southern Passion IPA|
It tastes a lot better than you'd think
from this photograph
I can't end this post without raving about a few other Cellarmaker beers. I got blissfully lost in "Vastness of Space", an Imperial Stout which was really rich, really smooth, really roasty, and really several other adjectives relating to
On a final note, you'll notice few photographs of Cellarmaker's tasting room in the post and the unappetizing picture of Southern Passion IPA above really doesn't do the beer justice. I spent two two evenings at the Cellarmaker tasting room, once by myself and another with a few co-workers. I was enjoying the beer and the company so much, I had no interest taking a bunch of pictures. Sometimes we get lost in Tweets, texts and postings of dubious urgency. Cellarmaker and their beers caught my attention in such a way to make me focus on the wonderful real world right there in front of me.