Thursday, April 5, 2018

Seven Stills


BREWERY: Seven Stills Brewery & Distillery (San Francisco, CA) | STYLE: American IPA | ABV: 7.5%



BREWERY: Seven Stills Brewery & Distillery (San Francisco, CA) | STYLE: Hazy IPA | ABV: 7.2%

      Two weekends ago, our friend NICKI and I met up in Dolores Park to chill out and take in the sunny weather with a few local brews. There it dawned on me that, oh my gawd... it's been one full year since Laura and I started fuhMonday and we haven't taken photos in Dolores Park once!

     If you're from the West Coast, then you've probably heard of this city gem. With drummer circles blaring, canines roaming and woman in cutesy dresses selling homemade edibles out of wicker baskets Dolores Park is the pinnacle of every San Francisco experience. And if you follow us on INSTAGRAM, then you've heard us say it before -- when hanging out in one of the nation's most popular "hipster" hubs... you should only drink local beer 😎 So, we decided to bring along some brewskies that were sent to fuhMonday by SEVEN STILLS BREWERY & DISTILLERY, a local brewery/distillery based in SF's Bayview district that fully embodies the city and its offbeat culture.

      The first thing that stood out to us about these beers was that the can art is hip. With names, fonts and colors that play off of the city's funky atmosphere, we were eager to show these off to anyone toting around a simple case of Blue Moon. And speaking of funky names, Seven Stills was kind enough to send us two of their IPA's (both of which have been recently released within the past month): a Hazy IPA called Octopussoops, Octojuicy and an American IPA called PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE.

     I can confirm that the OCTOJUICY is juicy. In fact, Seven Stills describes its taste as a "bong rip out of a grapefruit." And despite me losing my beer notes from when I downed these cans two weeks ago, I can confidentially say that the Octojuicy was good enough to leave me feeling crushed when it sold out online! And if you tried this beer, you'd be searching for more as well. By using both Simcoe and Galaxy hops, the Octojuicy creates a mix of citrusy flavors and tropical notes of guava and mango that make this brew hard to not guzzle down.

   Luckily for us, we still had a can of Planned Obsolescence when the Octojuicy was gone. Inspired by the classic West Coast IPA this beer is a self-proclaimed "San Francisco-style IPA" -- something that we can always get down with. By creating your typical IPA base with the commonly used Chinook and Cascade hops and mixing it up with, in Seven Stills words, a healthy dosing of "trendy hops"  in the dry-hopping stage this beer's flavor profile offers up a "citrus and melon up front with a classic finish of  pine." This is a beer that would be suitable for any modern man/woman that's afraid to leave their usual realm of IPA's (which weirdly seems to be a problem for many people on the West Coast) but looking to shake up their taste buds with something newer.

   Fortunately, for all of us you can find Planned Obsolescence and many of Seven Stills Brewery & Distillery's other beers online HERE or on tap at one of their three locations in San Francisco. If you do seek them out, send us a message and let us know what you think!

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