Historic Californian brewer’s beers to debut in UK


ruhstallerFive beers from Ruhstaller, the pioneer brewer originally founded in California in 1881, will be available in the UK for the first time from March.

Based in Sacramento, the brewery is releasing The Sauce, Gilt Edge, Capt, 1881 and Hop Sac through UK distributor Left Coast Distribution.

They will be presented at the Craft Beer Rising show at The Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, London, from February 21 to 23.

The Sauce is a 6.5% clear black coffee-infused porter, which uses beans grown from the highland cloud forest of Panama’s Los Lajones Estate.

Gilt Edge, which won a Gold Medal in the 2013 International Craft Beer Awards, is a 4.8% pilsner rated at 94 on Ratebeer. It is described as “refreshing, flavourful and reflective of the sunshine” of the Sacramento Valley.

Capt is named in honour of the brewer’s founder Captain Frank Ruhstaller and won a Gold Medal in the 2013 US Beer Open. It is a chocolate-coloured 7.6% IPA rated at 90 on Ratebeer.

Ruhstaller notes that Capt embodies Captain Ruhstaller’s legacy, boldly balancing the bright citrus aroma and profile of an IPA with a surprisingly smooth, lightly roasted, chocolate malt body.

1881 is a straw-coloured 5.6% red ale rated 81 on beeradvocate.com. It showcases the lively character and floral aromatics of Californian-grown hops. A mild caramel sweetness gives way to a fresh pine and grapefruit citrus note and balanced bitterness for a dry and refreshing but flavourful ale.

Hop Sac is a 6.0% Californian Wet Hop Ale which uses fresh hops picked at the height of ripeness – the morning of August 1 – and placed in the brew kettle by the end of the day. It explores the concept of terroir – the specific combination of geographic and climatic factors such as rainfall, temperature and humidity that influence growing conditions at a certain place.


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