Types of beer and descriptions brewed by Old Caz Beer in Sonoma County.
One way IPA
We took all of our favorite hops and rolled them into a crisp, dry, and brightly hop-flavored West Coast IPA. Although 2-row dominates the grain bill, we rounded out the malt character with a generous helping of white wheat and a hint of light crystal for some head retention and extra body. The lower mash temp provides for a drier beer, which allows little to get in the way of enjoying the full range of hop character. Furthermore, the lacking residual sweetness makes having more than one a breeze - your head will thank you tomorrow. As for hops, any beer lover with their head screwed on right will echo the praises of Mosaic, Simcoe, and Citra hops; for One Way, we used all three. These hop additions were primarily in the whirlpool and dry hop, which reduces outright bitterness and protects more of the juicy, aromatic qualities of the hop.
Style: Juicy Pale Ale
Grain: 2-row, oats, wheat
Bitterness: 50 IBUs
Hops: Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra
Free Craig’s Hazy IPA
Our brewery has saved countless, precious dollars by utilizing the power of the classifieds. Why buy new when there’s a zillion perfectly functioning items laying in wait all around the county? This mantra is exemplified most fittingly by the legendary Free Craigslist page, one of the few things we like as much as beer. For Free Craig’s, we wanted to step away from the crisp, dry character of our West Coast IPA, and make something a little softer and more tropical. To ensure this, we used a London Ale yeast strain to provide for a fruitier, sweeter, and beautifully hazy beer. To further these characteristics, namely haze and mouthfeel, a large ratio of oats were used in the mash, which work amazingly to soften out hop harshness and add some balance. Target hops were Simcoe, Amarillo, Centennial, and El Dorado, mostly added at the end of boil and in the dry hop. Lots of citrus with a bit of pine as well. Be wary: this beer drinks like a pale ale!
Style: Tropical Hazy IPA
Grain: 2-row, oats, wheat, light crystal
Bitterness: 42 IBUs
Hops: Simcoe, Amarillo, Centennial, El Dorado
RPX Juicy Pale Ale
RPX is Rohnert Park’s main thoroughfare and a perpendicular shot from US 101 to Sonoma State University. Our team is made up of SSU grads, and each one of us has spent numerous hours driving, cycling, and longboarding the RPX stretch. It is a major fixture of RP, which is happy home to our new brewery. For this pale ale, we wanted to focus on providing a smooth, juicy character that still delivers enough hop bitterness to meld with the oat heavy grain bill. This is a beer you can enjoy repeatedly, and we encourage at least a couple. Simcoe dominates, yet the Citra and Amarillo additions provide for further citrus pleasantries that play well with the round mouthfeel our London Ale yeast provides.
Style: Juicy Pale Ale
Grain: 2-row, oats, wheat
Bitterness: 35 IBUs
Hops: Simcoe, Amarillo, Citra
Bukovany is a small town in the Czech Republic; about an hour and a half from the most famous brewing city on earth - Pilsen. Our brewer’s family is Czech and has lived in the town for generations. They take beer very seriously; so much so their home was actually part pub in the early 1900s. The basement, packed with ice from a nearby river, provided year-round cooling to the prized beer. These rudimentary methods are impressive, but less so than the fact they were able to maintain a happy family amidst that operation. We’ve known certain homebrew setups that have caused their fair share of arguments...not gonna name names, though. That being said, this beer is near and dear to our hearts. Despite being hop fiends, there are few things as satisfying as a fresh Pilsner, and it is commonly known as the “brewer’s beer” due to its love within the industry.
Noble hops are critical to making a genuine pilsner, but choosing to use just one variety is like picking a favorite child. Instead, we added a few of our favorites, all in varying amounts based on their respective qualities. The result is a well-rounded, terrifically easy-to-drink beer. Pilsners don’t have to be made by Macro Breweries, and we hope you can make Bukovany Pivo a friendly reoccurrence for your palate.
Style: Czech Pilsner
Grain: Pilsner, Light Munich
Bitterness: 27 IBUs
Hops: Saaz, Tettnang, Hallertau
If there is one place in Sonoma County that is wilder than Old Caz Road, it would have to be Skaggs. This is the sort of spot that is so off the beaten path it looks like you are in a different state. The trees change, the animals seem bigger, and your cellphone becomes a worthless lump in your pocket. From the very first batches of homebrew we made, we always wanted to name a beer after Skaggs. This wouldn’t be just any beer; it would be dark, robust, and have some meat on its body. The kind of beer you could lean on when things got tough, and it would lean back with confidence. To accomplish this, we got to work on endowing this beer with all the attributes we knew it would need. For the chewy mouthfeel, a mighty heaping of oats was laced into the choice array of specialty malt; on the hot side, a bit of milk sugar to give it that extra oomph. IBUs and SRM were kept relatively low in order to preserve the sweet body, yet there is no question the stout offers generous notes of chocolate roast. Yes, that rhymed.
We love this beer, and hope you will too. Look out for future variations to include a wide range of adjuncts and barrel aging!
Style: Oatmeal Milk Stout
Grain: 2-row, Roasted Barley, Oats, C60, Chocolate Wheat
Bitterness: 32 IBUs