Twisted Manzanita Ales & Spirits- Santee
About four years ago I visited Twisted Manzanita when they were just starting out as Manzanita Brewing. Back then they were in a smaller space just down the street from where they are now. Manzanita grew quickly and after just a couple of years they needed more space to handle the rising tide of craft beer they were producing. Plus, Manzanita wanted to add a “twist” to their brewery in the future by craft distilling spirits, so they moved down and across the street to their new digs. Due to their expansion and delving into craft distilling, last winter they decided to change their name, and Twisted Manzanita Ales & Spirits was born.
Despite the name change, one of the brews that this brewery has produced from the beginning was an American Blonde Ale named Riverwalk Blonde, 5.4% ABV. The popularity of this craft beer led to it being bottled and now you can find it almost anywhere in the U.S. It happened to be in the cask when I visited the brewery recently, so I ordered a pint to taste.
Here is my tasting note for this lovely ale:
Hazy, copper color with some fine particles moving about, one-fingered white head, and adequate lacing. Subtle aromas of pear, white peach, honey, and bread. Tastes follow aromas. It’s a still beer, balanced, with a light-to-medium mouthfeel and clean, crisp finish.
Riverwalk Blonde is brewed with Kölsch yeast and kettle hops, so it reminds me of a Kölsch, but also a like a Hefeweisen. A great beer to drink on a warm spring or summer day, I would pair this beer with Monterey Jack cheese, smoked salmon, Mediterranean dishes, and a Greek salad.