Abnormal Beer Company- San Diego (Rancho Bernardo)
Located in the light industrial section of Rancho Bernardo (the northernmost community within the City of San Diego; 26 miles from downtown) Abnormal Beer Company is part of The Cork and Craft.
Although Cork and Craft has 41 taps pouring some amazing craft beers and mead, right now there is only one house-brewed beer available, and it was actually brewed collaboratively at Monkey Paw Brewery.
I had just come off the road from a craft beer tour in the desert and was hoping to taste a brewery-fresh beer, but I’ll take anything brewed at Monkey Paw any time, anywhere. Once Abnormal gets their 10-barrel system up and running I’ll return, especially if they brew beers like this one– Monkey Paw/Abnormal Beer Co LABnormal Monkey, 6.5% ABV. Here’s my review of it:
Amber orange color, cloudy, with a sparkling white head and wet lacing. Fragrant aroma of tangerine zest intertwined with floral and spicy hop scents. Medium body, tangerine, spice, and cracker flavors. Medium-high hop bitterness. This brew has a clean, crisp finish, typical of San Diego IPAs.
I did not eat while visiting Cork and Craft, but if I had, I would have paired this brew with the Grilled Octopus, Carlsbad Mussels, Citrus Cure Salmon, Game Hen, or “Faux Gras.”