California Common

5.4% ABV, 38 IBU, 11 SRM

We brewed this lager/ale hybrid as an homage to our close attachment with California, where most of Prairie Dog’s founders lived immediately prior to launching our business. This style resembles American Amber (Red) Ale, but it uses a unique strain of lager yeast, which was primarily used in “Steam Beers” during the early 20th century in San Francisco before dying out and being resurrected by Anchor Brewing (San Francisco) during the late 70’s. Our version is amber with a foamy head with an assertive, old-school West-coast bittering/flavour hop to balance out the toasty, malty base and roasty undertones.

Tasting Notes
Appearance: Amber, foamy off-white head, mixed bubble sizes. Clear.
Aroma: Sweet malt and spicy hops with peachy yeast ester, some background sulphur.
Flavour: Moderately bitter with a toasty malty base, resinous hop character. Some biscuit and hints of coffee.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Resiny hop bitterness coats the tongue.
Notable Ingredients
Hops: Chinook hop addition at whirlpool contributes spicy, resinous character.
Malts: Canada 2-row pale barley malt, German Munich malt, and specialty malts from Red Shed Malting (Penhold, AB)
Other: San Francisco Lager yeast is largely responsible for the estery, peachy aroma found in this beer, and allows the malty base to shine through the hops.

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