Lost Coast Brewery - Great White

Lost Coast Brewery - Great White

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Lost Coast Brewery - Great White

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  • Suggested Glassware:

    Pint Glass, Mug, Pilsner Glass
  • Malts:

    2-Row Pale, Malted Wheat, Flaked Wheat
  • Hops:

    Liberty, Tradition
We like the play on words: “Great White” alludes to the fact that this is an interpretation of a Belgian “wit” or “white” beer. It pours a golden straw color capped by a fluffy head of white foam, with a deliciously hazy appearance due to the yeast remaining in this unfiltered brew. On the nose, expect notes of coriander along with a very prominent lemony citric character, and an overall impression of dryness, suggesting a quenching and refreshing brew. The yeast contributes a distinct earthy quality, and we found there to be a delicate, subtle, underlying floral and herbal note, as well. On the palate, look for the citric character to come through in a big way with notes of candied lemon peel and, to a lesser extent, orange, while coriander also makes an appearance. Wheat malt offers a lightly tart backbone, while sweetness and bitterness are both present, but restrained. Try this brew paired with grilled veggie and chicken skewers.
Though Humboldt County in Northern California may be well-known to some people as the primary home of California’s grey-market cash crop, cannabis, it’s also home to a sophisticated beer culture and plays host to a number of fine breweries and brewpubs. Lost Coast Brewery & Café is one such establishment, and is also notable for being a woman-owned brewery – unusual (but refreshing) in the brewing industry, which is often regarded as a man’s world. Lost Coast’s story begins in 1986 when founders Barbara Groom and Wendy Pound were bit by the brewing bug and set out on the path to own their own brewery. Years of intensive homebrewing and education ensued. Groom formally studied brewing at UC Davis as well as Chicago’s famed Siebel Institute, and the pair traveled to Britain to visit dozens of pubs across England and Wales. After quitting their day jobs (Groom was a pharmacist and Pound a family counselor), in 1989 they purchased an historic building dating from the late 1800s to serve as their brewpub location in Arcata, CA. They spent the remainder of 1989 and the first half of the next renovating the building, known as Pythian Castle (the former local home of The Fraternal Order of the Knights of Pythias), and installing brewing equipment. Finally, in July 1990, Lost Coast Brewery & Café opened to the public. 1990 proved an excellent time to open a brewery as the American craft brewing renaissance built up a massive head of steam in the ‘90s. Lost Coast grew strong and steady, and by 2000 their brewing operations had outgrown the Pythian Castle location. A larger building was acquired nearby in Eureka, CA to house a larger brewing system. To learn more about the brewery, their brewpub, or their very solid lineup of beers, visit them at www.lostcoast.com or give ‘em a ring at (707) 445-4484. And, if you’ve ever considered a drive along the northern California coast (Route 101), do it. The mixture of gorgeous ocean views and awe-inspiring redwood forests is amazing, and then when you reach Eureka you can enjoy the inviting atmosphere, great food, and well-crafted beer of Lost Coast Brewery.
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