August 08, 2018
Last week we started a short series of blogs casting the spotlight onto each of our core cans. We kicked things off with Cwtch, our most decorated brew, and are turning our attentions this week to another of our can OGs - Cali!
Cali is the liquid embodiment of California Dreamin’. It’s the end result of wishing we were on a beach somewhere on the west coast soaking up the sun.
Think 90210 comes to NP10. The Golden State meets Goldie Lookin’ Chain. Rodeo Drive to Commercial Street. Newport Beach via Newport, Gwent.
It’s a Hollywood superstar designed to capture the best of the West Coast APA style. Underlying notes of sweet tropical fruits combined with the resiny pine notes of West Coast hops give you everything you’d ever want from a bold American Pale Ale - a restrained bitterness, bags of flavour and a finish that’s both satisfying and moreish.
Now some of you may remember how Cali came about. Back at the end of 2015, loads was changing here at Tiny Rebel. Cwtch had just won Champion Beer of Britain, we had just opened our Newport City Centre bar and we announced that we’d be moving - though we didn’t actually know where to at that point.
Another thing that was changing was taste. Our own preferences and the preferences of our customers were changing. So we decided to retire Urban IPA - one of the first beers we ever released that had been part of our core range ever since (though it did come out of retirement as a one-off special earlier this year!) The old-school British style bittering just wasn’t floating boats as much as it used to. Tastes were shifting towards fruity, juicy, tropical American hop notes. So we got to work replacing our core IPA with a new APA.
The foundation of this beer is a hop called Ekuanot. When we first brewed it, this hop was called Equinox, but a beer of the same name forced it into a name change. On top of the tropical and citrus notes from this hop, we pull lots of earthy, pine notes from Mosaic and Simcoe, delivering that signature combination of sweet fruit and dank woodsy resin that transports you to the mountains and redwood forests of the Golden State’s beautiful coastline.
Cali’s a beer that does all it can to make summer permanent. Grab your surfboard, rollerskates or your bike, or hop in to your top-down Chevvy Impala like Ice Cube in It Was a Good Day, and head down to the beach. Or just crack open a Cali. It’s the same thing really.
Don’t believe us? Head over to the online shop and we can prove it!
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