Best In Fest - Springtime Bock
Food pairing suggestions for Springtime Bock from Surf Brewery.
Beer Judges (top row) Erin Peters (AKA The Beer Goddess), Lisa Wickenden (Beer Specialist for Wine Warehouse) Zachary Rosen (Certified Cicerone) and Joby Yobe (owner Barrelhouse 101)
When I think of surfing I conjure up images of sand, blue waves, silhouetted riders on long boards, stainless steel, and hops. Wait, stainless steel and hops?! Well, now I do and you will to (if you don’t already) thanks to Surf Brewing.
You can find Surf’s regular beers, bottled or on tap, all over Ventura County, but my favorite place to enjoy one of their beers is in their taproom (4561 Market Street, Ventura) where you will have at least 10 styles to choose from. You are sure to find something you love in their eclectic lineup, which ranges from a light and refreshing cream ale, to a big and bold imperial IPA, and all styles in-between. You can order a beer to enjoy by the pint, or sampler (served on tiny wooden surfboards), or get a growler filled to enjoy at home.
Surf Brewery is not a brewpub but you are welcome to bring your own food with you if you want, or better yet, visit their taproom on a Friday or Saturday night when there is a food truck conveniently parked right outside their door. But if you are really interested in pairing one of their beers at home, you don’t need to look any further than www.surfbrewery.com. Their website contains descriptions of all their regular beers as well as food-pairing suggestions to help you get started pairing their beers with food right away. These suggestions are a great place to start but if you are looking for a specific pairing then Chas Cloud, Surf’s brewmaster, has a delicious suggestion for you. He encourages you to pair their County Line Rye Pale Ale (my favorite Surf beer, by the way) with pork belly sliders. He explains that the spicy character of the rye cuts through the savory pork flavors while the beer’s fruity esters and aromas complement the sweetness of the pork.
You can find their taproom hours, new offerings, food truck schedule and off-premise sales locations on their [website] or Facebook page.
Surf Brewing Pix
I had the opportunity to stop in at Surf Brewery this weekend to take some photographs for my July article in VCBuzz. While I was there I ran in to some good friends and as always made some new ones!
I love their sampler glasses. Perfect little snifters served to you in tiny wooden surfboards.
As I pulled up to Surf I noticed a party bus in their parking lot and then I remembered Tom and Sandy from the "805 with Tom and Sandy" were hosting their very first beer tour! Everyone was having a great time already enjoying their 4 beer taster.
Surf has some of the best tap handles around.
It was just my luck someone ordered a beer while I was there:-) Brian was a sport to let me get a couple of great pictures of him giving some lucky customer a generous pour of South Swell. That is one of the best smelling beers, ever!
A couple pictures of my taster. It is their anniversary beer, an imperial brown and it was delicious!