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Angel City Adds New Beer, Saazberry, to Year-Round Offerings

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Angel City Brewery has added a curiously-flavored ale to their lineup.

 

The new beer, Saazberry, is an interesting beverage, that is inspired by Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The first half of its name comes from Saaz hops, while the latter half comes from a trio of berries. And it stands out, visually, owing to a bright violet color from the berries.

 

The result is an interesting mix of earthiness from the Saaz hops, a very solid malty backbone, and a bright and slight tartness from the purée of raspberries, blueberries, and elderberries included. While it’s on the bitter side for a berry beer (25 IBU), it’s nevertheless a fascinating new beer for the year-round offerings at Angel City and fairly easy to drink at 4.8% ABV.

 

“It was about a year ago when we came up with the idea for SaazBerry without any real intention of making a big deal about it. We just loved the concept and loved the name” said Layton Cutler, head brewer at Angel City Brewery. “Not long after it was on tap at the Public House, we realized we had a total hit on our hands. We’re thrilled to finally be bringing it outside the brewery.”

 

The fifth beer to join Angel City’s year-round family, Saazberry joins Angel City IPA, Pilsner, LAger and Citrus Wheat. This fruity beer is now be available year-round throughout Southern California on draft and in 6-packs and will be available at most Ralphs, 7-Eleven, BevMo and Total Wine locations.

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A sample of Saazberry was furnished to the author for review purposes.

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