But, will we still be able to call them West Coast beers? The Pacific Northwest taste profile--citrus-piney-hops, unfiltered, all around big beers--is taking over the market. Sam Adams even jumped on the bandwagon with a “West Coast style IPA”! While Rebel IPA isn’t terrible, I wouldn’t go out on a limb and to say Sam Adams really captured the IPA most West Coast beer drinkers are accustomed to.
Is it something in the water, something in the air? Some kind of West Coast state of mind? Will discerning drinkers notice a difference in taste when Lagunitas isn’t brewed with water from the Russian River anymore?
- California Brewers Fear Drought Could Leave Bad Taste In Your Beer- NPR, article by Alastair Bland
- Stone Brewing moving east, to build brewery in Virginia- Jacksonville, article by Roger Bull
- Sources: Ballast Point is second California brewery with interest in Richmond- Richmond Times, article by Graham Moomaw
- California Department of Water Resources