Butcher’s Brewing- Santee
About two years ago Butcher’s Brewing moved into where Manzanita Brewing (now Twisted Manzanita) used to be on Prospect Avenue in Santee and has been producing interesting beers ever since. When I visited the other day the place was hopping with locals relaxing and enjoying the fresh brews or coming in to fill growlers of all sizes.
Perched at the bar I enjoyed seeing the action while admiring the brewhouse through the window behind the bar. Despite the busyness, everyone, including me, got great service from the knowledgeable and friendly bartender, Kevin.
Although there were more than a dozen craft brews to choose from on the menu board, the Rauchbier looked good at that moment, and Kevin encouraged me to sample it. Since the sample was tasty, I ordered a pint so I could properly review it:
Center Cut Rauchbier, 5.1%/26 IBUs, is clear, soft brown-amber in color. It has a thin cream-colored head with minimal retention. It has an appetizing aroma of smoke, bacon, and seasoned oak. Not much hop aroma or flavor, but still a hint of bitterness. The texture is that of a lager. Palate is a mellow smokiness at first, then smooth, sweet smoked meat flavors come through, developing into subtle roasty notes. Its finish is crisp, clean, and refreshing. It’s an interesting beer. I like this Rauchbier better than the German imports I’ve had in the past.
Pair this beer with barbequed tri-tip to emphasize the smoky notes. I would also pair it with any of the smoked meats, such as beef, venison, and even salmon.