Monday, August 7, 2017

Kona Brewing x Drake's Brewing

BREWERY: Kona Brewing Co. (Kailua-Kona, HI) | STYLE: American Blonde Ale | ABV: 4.4%
BREWERY: Drake's Brewing Co. (San Leandro, CA) | STYLE: American Pale Ale | ABV: 5.5%

    These photos were taken with the lovely Chloe Mullowney right after the final day of our spring semester. If you thought that one six pack between the two of us after finishing hell week (or "final exams") would be enough, you were all wrong my friend. Memorizing formulas, graphs and theories while averaging three hours of sleep each night left us feeling shell-shocked and looking like Tom Hanks in Castaway. Long story short: we've felt and looked better. So, again, one six pack of beer just simply wouldn't do...
     After spending days cooped up in our rooms, the last thing we wanted to do was spend our first day of summer break inside. So, to treat ourselves we each picked out the beers that we have been dying to try and set up camp at Ocean Beach. Not a bad way to start off the vacation, huh?

      For trying something new, Laura decided to pick a beer from KONA BREWING. Kona has been a brewery that we have become familiar with due to their famed LONGBOARD ISLAND LAGER. Since it's a beer that our parents like and it's available in most groceries stores, it has been one of our go-to beers for when we don't want something too "experimental." So, naturally, we've become big fans of the drink. I mean, you should've seen us go wild when we unexpectedly found it on tap at a small pub during our travels through England! (We flipped our sh*t.) But for this day, we thought that we'd veer away from the usual Longboard Island Lager and check out another beer that Kona had to offer, the BIG WAVE GOLDEN ALE, a blonde ale with tropical and fruity undertones. 

     While Laura decided to stick with a familiar brewery, I decided to branch out and pick a beer from a brew house that I had never tried before: DRAKE'S BREWING. I have long heard of the brewery through exploring the craft beer sections of supermarkets, but had never gotten around to trying it. So, to start I went with their 1500 DRY HOPPED PALE ALE - a very crisp and piny drink with light hop bitters.
    For an initial impression on the 1500 Pale Ale, I was very pleased to find that it was fairly hoppy for a pale ale. With a good amount of carbonation and a mix of citrusy and piny flavors, this beer had a moderate light hop bitterness that was easy to drink and perfect for spicing up any day in San Francisco's fog. 

     Laura's Big Wave Golden Ale was more on the lighter side, with barely any bitterness and a smooth, creamy texture. However, similar to the 1500 Pale Ale, this drink picks up plenty of lemony and herbal hops. However, what makes this beer stand out to us is that it has a subtle smokiness and hints of tropical flavors that aren't common in a blonde beer. 

     The great thing about both of these beers is that we can find these in almost any grocery store within the Bay Area. As for outside of the Bay, we know that Drake's Brewing distributes their beers across the state of California and Kona Brewing you can find just about anywhere within the United States. However, if you have trouble locating a six pack of either, we'd suggest looking them on BEVMO.COM!

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