Once again it’s time to reward yourself for another week of slaving to the grind so you can afford the sports you love, and once again I’m going to make a recommendation to help you reward yourself. Odds are this week’s lucky winner is going to be a little harder for you to find, but I assure you the search will be worth it if you’re able to secure a bottle. So, without further ado
Telegraph Brewing Company California ale is the flagship beer for Telegraph Brewing out of Santa Barbara, CA. They say:
California Ale (Alcohol by volume: 6.2%; O.G.: 15° P / 1.059):
Telegraph California Ale is our flagship beer and is our interpretation of the unique ales that were commonly brewed up and down the West Coast in the 19th century. It is an unfiltered medium-bodied beer, with a rich amber color and a rocky, white head. The beer is crafted using domestic American ingredients and fermented with a unique yeast strain that accentuates the hoppy spiciness, while also imparting fruity and subtly tart flavors. The aromas are spicy and earthy, reminiscent of the rich agricultural valleys surrounding Santa Barbara.
I say: best description would be a cross between an Anchor Steam and a Belgian ale. A scent that says “craft beer”, smooth, with a touch of spice and a balanced Belgian yeast flavor. Bottle conditioning results in head that would make Jenna Jameson blush. A bit on the spendy side though, I’d be afraid of chucking it in the snow pre-tour and having someone else find it.
So there it is, hoist one to yourself and celebrate another week of work, and a weekend of play.