Cerveceria de Colima - Piedra Lisa
- ABV: 4.7%
- Bottle Size: 12-oz
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 41
- Serving Temperature: 42-47° F
- Suggested Glassware: IPA Glass, Flute, Pint Glass
- Malts: Pale Ale, Victory, Carapils, Malted Oats
- Hops: Citra, El Dorado, Mosaic
This session IPA from Cerveceria de Colima is named after a famous rock that forms the centerpiece of a park in the city of Colima. Meaning “smooth stone”, the piedra lisa is a large volcanic rock that has been polished by generations of youngsters (and plenty of adults, too) using it as a slide. Piedra Lisa presents a bright coppery golden color topped by a large head of persistent fluffy foam. Look for deeply fruity impressions on the nose, with luscious tropical fruit notes evoking mango, passion fruit, and pineapple, along with shades of citrus akin to orange, grapefruit, and tangerine. The hoppy story continues on the palate where those tropical and citric tones create lots of tasty fireworks. There’s quite a flavorful malt profile at the center here, too, with a nice touch of toast and light caramel that’s balanced by moderate hop bitterness, and there’s a certain smoothness to match the beer’s name. This session IPA is another great example to prove one does not need a high ABV to have a high level of flavor and satisfaction. For pairing options, the brewery recemmends Mexican, Thai, and seafood dishes. ¡Salud!
Situated on the Pacific coast a few hundred miles west of Mexico City lies the small state of Colima. The geography varies from stark volcanic landscapes to sandy beaches, and contains vast palm forests inhabited by tropical birds. The capital, also called Colima, is located in the shadow of a prominent and sometimes dangerous volcano – also called Colima – which sits astride the border with the state of Jalisco. It is here that three friends, Jorge, Andrés, and Esteban, dreamt of building a brewery to celebrate their love for the region and their passion for beer. With the help of over five dozen investors, the trio were able to get their dream off the ground, beginning work on the project in October 2013. The brewery is situated within an old soft drink plant in the El Trapiche neighborhood, and features a 30-barrel system along with a much smaller pilot system for experimentation. Despite numerous setbacks, including two Pacific hurricanes, the brewery opened for business in August of 2014.
In addition to the brewery itself, Cerveceria de Colima operates multiple locations where thirsty locals can grab a beer and some traditional food. Most notable is Jardin Trapiche, a beer garden located at the brewery featuring a dozen taps and local food, which hosts numerous concerts and events including Oktoberfiesta. Sign us up! Currently the brewery employs over 75 people and brews a half-dozen year-round beers including pale ale, porter, tropical lager, IPA, session IPA, and their flagship Colimita lager. Additionally, they produce a wide array of seasonal, limited-production, and collaboration beers including double IPA, barleywine, dunkel bock, Baltic porter, gose, and many others. It's emblematic of the craft beer revolution that's been quickly gaining steam south of the border, and we're excited to see what comes out of Cerveceria de Colima, and the rest of Mexico, in the coming months and years. For more info, visit their Spanish language website at cerveceriadecolima.com.
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