It’s not often that a brewery adds four year-round beers to its lineup all at once, but Almanac Brewing Company does just that this month. Best known by beer fans for their Farm to Barrel series that whimsically combines fresh fruit, funky yeasts and hops, the SF-based brewer is moving into some more traditional styles for these year-round additions. Mandarina, a 4.3-percent farmhouse pale, will feature both spicy Belgian yeast and tropical citra, mosaic and namesake mandarina Bavaria hops. The Craft Pilsner takes the same three hops, adds simcoe, and folds all four into a dry-hopped take on the classic German style. Hop heads will recognize the San Francisco IPA for a familiar take on the west coast (duh, where else?) branch of the IPA family tree; this rendition uses English Maris Otter malt and flaked oats for a fuller mouthfeel. Saison Dolores rounds out the foursome. At 5.5 percent, Dolores works in barley, wheat, and rye along with hull melon, hallertau blanc and mosaic hops. Expect a dry, thirst-quenching finish, with spicy, herbaceous, grassy notes and just a touch of bright fruit.
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