Rock & Roll Happy Hour Featuring Pariah Brewing

Think You Know What A Pariah Is? Think Again.

August 16, 2017

So let’s start with the brewery’s name: Pariah. In the common sense of the word, it describes a despised, social outcast. In the historical sense, it’s a name given to one of India’s lowest social castes. As for Pariah Brewing’s founder and brewmaster Brian Mitchell’s take on his brewery’s name, it indeed describes someone standing apart from the crowd…by choice. Brian has made it his mission to brew interesting, memorable beers that don’t simply mimic the latest crowd pleasing trend, and he is clearly succeeding at it. Want proof? Just take a sip…Holy $#!*, that’s good stuff! If you’re not lucky enough to have a pint in hand, get a load of this, Pariah Brewing was recently voted Best New Brewery of 2017 by San Diego magazine’s reader poll. For good reason.

Brian loves experimenting with flavors and draws much of his inspiration from culinary wizard Alton Brown and Dogfish Head’s brewing legend Sam Calagione. In fact, he and his business partner/better half, Christa, are so taken with Dogfish Head’s adventurous approach to brewing, they got engaged at the brewery itself! We’ll be chatting with Brian and Christa as we sample some of their outstanding, innovative brews, so get yourself to their tasting room in North Park and listen in while enjoying a pint along with us. Cheers!

  • Off White Wit For those of you who typically respond to the genre with a half-hearted “meh,” take swig of this incredibly crisp and aromatic refresher and prepared to be wowed. In keeping with its Belgian roots, it is indeed spiced with the addition of orange peel. That’s where the stylistic familiarity ends. The lively carbonation, clean flavors of green tea and lemongrass finish out with a chuggaluggable finish that make this one hard to put down. 5.4% ABV
  • Dorcha Extra Stout “Dorcha” is a given name based on the old Gaelic word for “dark,” and apt, if understated, descriptor for this rich, complex brew. Stylistically resembling an export stout, the beer has the sharp, smoky roastiness found in an Irish stout, but with much more body. The addition of locally roasted coffee, cocoa nibs and carob molasses give this deep drinking brew enough mystery and complexity to stand up to an imperial stout any day of the week. 7.2% ABV
  • Clearly Juice DIPA Brewed with Mosaic lupulin powder (yes, LUPULIN POWDER—Brian will enlighten us) Mosaic, Simcoe and Columbus hops. HIPSTER ALERT: There is no haze whatsoever in this amazingly smooth and satisfyingly bitter double India Pale Ale. This is a symphonic blend of familiar hop flavors and aroma that come together in such a way they will have you singing a new tune. 8.0% ABV
  • Erotic City Muscat grapes, grains of paradise and pixie dust. Just try to describe the flavors in this tripel-inspired wonder. We can’t. So there. 9.0% ABV