Wednesday, January 23, 2013

WILLOWS MARKET & STRIKE BREWING PALE ALE TEAM-UP

Now that I'm spending five days a week working on the peninsula south of San Francisco – more commonly known to many as "Silicon Valley" - I've had to get knowledgeable in a hurry about where I can buy a good beer around here. I have written about this before, but the three big winners that I've come up with are K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, Jane's Beer Store in Mountain View, and the phenomenal Willows Market in Menlo Park. All have first-rate beer selections, and now the latter have even thrown in their lot with San Jose's STRIKE BREWING, and have made a pale ale they're calling "PALE ALE – NICK PICK". One presumes there's a fella named Nick that works at the store.

Let me tell ya, for a simple pale ale, this is very nearly a humdinger. It's very "bright", with nice crisp hopping action and mellow, smooth malts. Translucent, almost – you can see right through it (that's what translucent means, guys). I've been meaning to try something from Strike Brewing for a while, and while this is kind of a roundabout way to get at them, I'm mighty happy I did. Alas, you'll only get to grab one if you're in Menlo Park, so I suggest you find a reason to convince yr employer to send you here. 7.5/10.

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