Canned beers from California’s Headlands brought to UK


Two IPAs and a Bohemian-style Pilsner in “big-ass cans” are the latest Californian beers to be brought to the UK on-trade by distributor Left Coast.

The trio from Headlands Brewing Co, based in Mill Valley, San Francisco, includes Groupe G, described as a “Belgian RyePA”, at 5% ABV. Named after a Belgian resistance group that fought the Nazis in World War Two, this West Coast-style IPA has flower and spice from the use of Mosaic, Glacier and Ahtanum hops, balanced with the Belgian yeast.

Hill 88 is a double IPA with an all-malt backbone that lends a touch of sweetness to an assertive hop profile. Headlands use a unique hopping technique called Omakase-style (Japanese for ‘I’ll leave it to you’) which means each batch is unique.

At 8% ABV, Hill 88 is named after one of the highest spots in the Headlands where the original Nike missile launch pads still sit. It also measures a high 88 on the International Bittering Units (IBU) scale.

The Bohemian Pilsner is Pt Bonita at 5.3% ABV. With spiciness from the rye, it is light, crisp and refreshing. It is named after the Point Bonita Lighthouse in the Marin Headlands at the entrance to San Francisco Bay.

Headlands packages its brews in what it calls “big-ass cans of really awesome beer”, each containing 473ml.

Headlands join Nottingham-based Left Coast’s extensive line-up of California brews that also includes beers from Devil’s Canyon, Half Moon Bay, Knee Deep, Heretic, Ruhstaller, North Coast and Uncommon.

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