Beer of the Week: AleSmith Nautical Nut Brown
More flavorful and not as dry on the finish as most takes on this English-style ale, AleSmith Nautical Nut Brown features a burst of chocolate that awakens the taste buds, with a soft, almost creamy mouthfeel that coats the tongue. The beer tastes like cocoa at first, and finishes with a light roast coffee endnote. With virtually no bitterness, it goes down easy and makes for a nice low-alcohol beer to enjoy as summer gives way to autumn.
Beer Type: Nut Brown Ale (5% ABV)
Available at: Only on draft, but at a wide variety of bars and restaurants throughout the County, including Leroy's Kitchen and Lounge in Coronado.
Pair it with: Milk chocolate desserts, soft, ultra-creamy cow’s milk cheeses. Beef and other red meats work well, especially with brown sauces that are a touch sweet. If you're enjoying a pint at Leroy's, it makes a nice pairing with the Porter Braised Short Ribs or the triple-cream cheese (on the charcuterie and cheese board menu).
Photo by Erin Jackson
About the Author: A native San Diegan, Brandon Hernández has been wading in a sea of local craft beer for 14 years. In addition to his work for San Diego Magazine, Hernández serves as the San Diego correspondent for Celebrator Beer News (the US' longest tenured craft beer publication), is a regular contributor to Wine Enthusiast and The Beer Connoisseur and has been a consultant for Food Network. Keep up on his articles about ales, lagers, food, restaurants, chefs and the culinary arts on Twitter at @offdutyfoodie.