What can be harder than going from Home Brewing to starting your own brewery? Doing it in San Francisco! But that is exactly what Jamil Zainasheff has done as the founder of Heretic Brewing in Pittsburg, CA, which is actually about 25 miles east of San Francisco, but still within the greater San Francisco Metro region. My point is it can’t be cheap to start up a brewery in this neck of the woods.
Last week I enjoyed one of Jamil’s creations, Evil Cousin Ale. This is a Double or Imperial IPA and it boasts 100 IBUs and quite a bit of resinous hop flavor and aroma.
This beer poured a hazy golden color with a very piney nose. It was a very sticky and thick hops brew, but not at all unpleasant.
This is not a floral beer like some IPAs can be, but an aggressive, in your face kind of DIPA that pulls no punches and asks for no forgiveness.
This is the type of beer when I think of a beer that would satisfy a self described Hop Head. If you like your hops thick, bitter, and resinous this is the brew for you. Nothing floral or even very citrusy, this beer tastes like you are eating pine needles, but in a good way.
I matched this beer with an Arturo Fuente Cigar, and was in heaven. The hard pine flavor really accentuated the tobacco leaves and vice versa.
So dreams can become reality for home brewers. If you win competitions and get active in the brewing community you can make good things happen like Jamil did. And I for one am glad he is making his dreams a reality. It is a true win-win.