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Inspired by the documentary "Beer Wars" I have taken on the daunting task of profiling a different beer every day in the month of November. The idea is to shine a light on some of the fabulous beers that don't have huge advertising budgets and don't command shelf space in the local super markets. These are the beers that you will find in the local taverns served by people who know and love beer.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Day 21 "Little Chief Pale Ale" from Sonoma Springs Brewing Company

Sonoma Springs Brewing Company is a fairly new brewery in Sonoma, CA which opened nearly two years ago.  Although we drove right past the brewery without noticing it I was able to pick up an imperial pint of their "Little Chief Pale Ale" at a local joint aptly named Lokal.  Little Chief is what the Sonoma Springs brewer calls a SPA (or Strong Pale Ale).  It has been explained to me that the International Bitterness Unit or IBU can only calculate bitterness (hoppiness) up to 100 but you will sometimes see 100+ as and IBU rating.  I would say that the "Little Chief" falls into this category.  Tasting this beer is similar to chewing on raw hops and for me that is a great thing. 

I look forward to stopping by the brewery and tasting all of their beers the next time we are in town.  To learn more about this small but upcoming brewery check out their facebook page.


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