Helix Brewing Company

helixHelix brewing company is located in La Mesa, CA. It is a 10 BBL brew house with their roots in home brewing. The tasting room has 12 rotating taps of Helix beers.

Ambience – They did a phenomenal job on the space. It is a quaint indoor/outdoor tasting room. The patio is comfortable, plenty of seating. They have corn hole and various games. Super relaxing. We could have stayed there all day.

 

Beers – Very user friendly beers. 12 rotating taps. Heavy on the IPA offerings.  Nothing blew me away but they were solid.

We tried the following

Galaxy Rye – Rye IPA @ 6.4 ABV

Red N Active – Hoppy Red Ale @ 5.2ABV

Summer Momentum – IPA @7.0 ABV (this beer is fun because they brew it differently each time)

chkrebelFood – Rotating food vendors. They had Chicken Rebel – a fried chicken sandwich & tot vendor. We didn’t try the food, too heavy and hot out for fried foods, but surrounding tables said it was great. http://www.chickenrebelsd.com/

 

 

Overall – Great brewery to hang out in. Super chill vibe. Very palatable beers.

Misc – We really liked their choice in glassware.

Pouring Hours:
Sunday         12-7PM
Monday         3-9PM
Tuesday        3-9PM
Wednesday   3-9PM
Thursday       3-9PM
Friday          12-10PM
Saturday      12-10PM

Zumbar Chocolate Imperial Stout

zumbar-chocolate-coffeeNew English Brewery is a cute little San Diego brewery that has created Zumbar, a most delicious Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout. It is a collaboration with a San Diego Boutique coffee roaster, Zumbar Coffee & Tea

(Commercial description)

This Imperial Stout is brewed with “El Mundo” a rich blend of Indonesian and Latin American coffee beans in the mash and also in the fermenter. As well as ridiculous amounts of whole bean coffee we added 2 Lbs per Barrel of 72% cacao Belgian Chocolate in the secondary.

The flavor – Delicious coffee, chocolate, a bit smokey, a bit nutty, not too sweet

Style – Imperial Stout

Scent – Dark chocolate and sharp fresh coffee

Pour-  Pitch black with a lovely tan head

Body – Medium body, smooth and chewy

ABV – 9.3%

Finish – Nice lingering coffee and chocolate flavor. Warming on the belly

Food Pairing – Cheesecake, Shortbread Cookies or Biscottis would be lovely

Awards
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Side note: I had this on Nitro and it was Fantabulous

http://www.newenglishbrewing.com/

4outof5