DAVIS, Calif. — Sudwerk Brewing Co. and the Davis Food Co-op joined forces this month to brew, bottle and bring to market the freshest local beer possible. Green Belt Session IPA arrived at the Co-op on Wednesday.
“Green Belt Session IPA was specially crafted to be a light-drinking ale, perfect for beating the late summer heat,” said Lis Harvey, the Co-op’s brand and advertising coordinator. The 22-ounce bottles hit Co-op shelves on Wednesday, the first day of classes for Davis public schools. For parents, it may be “a refreshing antidote to back-to-school blues,” or reason to celebrate.
Not only was it brewed locally, the beer features local ingredients, like hops from Kuchinski Hop Ranch in Lake County, Sudwerk Brewery co-owner Trent Yackzan said. “It has a fruity, refreshing aroma and flavor, and is super smooth. It lives up to its name as a session IPA.” Session beers allow drinkers to enjoy more than one — within a reasonable time period or “session” — without overwhelming the senses or reaching inappropriate levels of intoxication.
“Our take on a session IPA is not just that it’s lower alcohol, it’s also ‘sessionable’ and drinkable. Hops are not going to overpower any of the other ingredients.” That’s no easy task with an India Pale Ale, which typically has higher alcohol to balance the bitter hop flavor.
It is the Co-op’s most local and co(h)operative beer to date. Two previous releases, Better Off Red and Amberversary, were brewed in Sacramento. A handful of clerks vetted this year’s recipe in February, and Co-op staff members assisted Sudwerk brewers to make and bottle it in August. Just a mile separates the two community partners: Sudwerk is at 2001 Second St., and the Co-op is at 620 G St., Davis.
This beer is available at the Davis Food Co-op, and will be on tap at Sudwerk’s taproom, The Dock Store, from 4-8 p.m. on Friday. Just 120 cases — 1,440 bottles — were produced.
Building on 25 years of family legacy and brewing tradition, Sudwerk Brewing Co. specializes in artisanal craft brews, specifically West Coast craft lagers. Its taproom, The Dock Store, at 2001 Second St., Davis, Calif., is open from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, and 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. It offers a rotating menu of experimental and innovative beers, “honest pints” and growler fills, fresh White Labs brewers’ yeast, and good conversation. Learn more at http://sudwerkbrew.com.