Bike Party Pilsner Release

Inspired by the Bike Capital of the USA (Davis, CA) and the local Davis community, Bike Party Pils was created to combat those hot summer days with its refreshingly clean and crisp taste. bike-party

The limited-release Bike Party Pils is a lighter, dry-hopped variation of Sudwerk’s top-selling beer, Northern Pilsner, which just won a silver medal at the California State Fair. Bike Party Pils is lower in alcohol (4.5 vs. 5.3% ABV). The Mandarina Bavaria, Huell Melon and Citra hops are added at the end of the brewing process, picking up their fruity aroma but maintaining the lager’s crisp, smooth finish.

While most of the mass-market American beers are pilsners, they are underrepresented in the California craft beer market, Sudwerk co-owner Trent Yackzan said. “High quality, California-made craft pilsners are hard to find. As a brewery solely focused on brewing craft lagers, pilsner is our favorite style and we’re working to draw as much attention as we can back to this amazing style.”

The new summer seasonal was launched in draft at the end of June and bottled in the beginning of July. The bottles reads “inspired by Northern California’s avid bike culture and dedicated to our hometown of Davis, Bike Party Pils celebrates a healthy, active lifestyle and giving back to your local community”. In the spirit of these words and the new release, Sudwerk Brewing partnered up with Bike Party Davis, a monthly fun and casual ride that allows cyclists to get to learn more about the City of Davis in a lively, interactive way. The two groups participated in the monthly ride that finished up at the Dock for an exciting post-ride party with plenty of Bike Party flowing from the Dock Store taps.

Find Bike Party Pils at Nugget Markets, Davis Food Co-op, Whole Foods, Raley’s, and other select merchants around California. Fans will find it on tap – in limited release – at the Dock, and at select accounts, throughout the summer.


Bourbonator 2015

Isudwerk_bourbonatorn this season of winter warmer beers, Sudwerk Bourbonator breaks the mold. The popular lager emerges from hibernation on Friday, at a free event at the Davis brewery.

The dark, potent lager is a barrel-aged version of its winter seasonal, the Doppel Bock Ultimator. But after brewing, instead of going into cold storage tanks for lagering, it’s stored in Kentucky oak bourbon barrels. The technique gives the bock a bourbon component, with flavor hints of vanilla, coconut, chocolate and toffee, without adding spices or flavorings.

It’s a beer for sharing, and is a great gift for a craft beer lover or party host, said Ryan Fry, co-owner of Sudwerk Brewing Co. Unlike the limited shelf life of most beers, Bourbonator will age well. It weighs in at 9 percent ABV and 40 IBU. “This brew definitely fits with the new brewery mission of redefining the American Lager. Like everything we do, it’s balanced, especially for as big of a beer as it is.”

What sets Bourbonator apart from other bourbon-barrel aged beers is that it’s a lager, not an ale. There are not a lot of bourbon-aged lagers, Fry said.

The Bourbonator comes in 22-ounce bottles in a limited release. Sacramento area consumers can find it at Whole Foods, Raley’s, Safeway stores, Nugget Markets, Davis Food Co-op, Total Wine and More, and other select merchants around California. Fans will also find it on tap – in limited release – at select accounts.

Free event: Join Sudwerk on Friday, Dec. 11 for the Bourbonator release party, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the brewery’s taproom, The Dock. Bourbonator will be available on tap and in bottles, and T-shirts featuring the logo will be for sale. Guitarist Ross Hammond will play his mix of jazz, folk, blues and world music.

Rye of the Lager

With crarye of the lager labelft beer shelves dominated by IPAs, some consumers are looking for something different. That’s why Sudwerk Brewing Co. created Rye of the Lager, an IPL it calls “a needle in the shelf stack.”

“It’s the first rye India Pale Lager available at stores on the West Coast that I’m aware of,” said Trent Yackzan, co-owner of the 25-year-old brewery that is redefining the American lager.

With ales, naturally occurring esters can at times compete against other ingredients, especially in the finish. That’s not the case here. In contrast, lager yeast provides a platform to let the other ingredients shine through. Stone fruit aromatics combine with lemon and pepper flavors, a pleasant blend of spice, and a bold finish. The fruity, subtle flavor from Simcoe and Amarillo hops balances with the dry spiciness of the rye. (7.0 ABV, 70 IBU)

Rye of the Lager is the culmination of more than a year of trial batches, in search of the perfect balance. Last fall’s small batch released at the Sudwerk taproom, The Dock, was so well received, “we knew this was the beer that should become our next year-round West Coast lager,” Yackzan said.

Sudwerk Brewing Co.’s Rye Imperial Pale Lager will be available throughout California, in 22 ounce bottles, starting in early August. Suggested retail price $5.99 to $6.99 per bottle. It’s also available in 15.5 gallon and 5.17 gallon kegs. Sudwerk will host a release party for the beer from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 31  at The Dock, 2001 Second St.


Farmers Market Citrus Gose Lager

Citrus Gose LagerFrom the depths of the cave emerges Sudwerk’s first ever summer seasonal: the Farmers Market Citrus Gose Lager. Gallivanting in at 6.0% ABV, this gose lager boasts a fresh citrus flavor squeezed from our neighbor, Rainwater Ranch’s navel oranges, providing a tangy twist to the traditional salty and sour gose. Flawlessly complimented by the fruity and citrus aromas of the mosaic hop and the lemony dill notes from the sorachi ace hops, this beer is sure to pack a party into your senses.

Inspired by our local Davis farmers market and tested in the trials of our brewery taproom, this beer has become a cornerstone in our tradition of Redefining the American Lager. Crisp and refreshing, this beer belongs in your hand this summer.

The Farmers Market Citrus Gose Lager will be available starting tonight in our taproom, The Dock Store, $12 for a 6-pack of 12oz bottles and for tonight only we will have limited release posters! Get a free poster when you pick up a 6-pack or get a poster by itself for $3.

Join us at the Dock for the release party tonight, the door rolls up at 4pm!

BIG DIPL: Double India Pale Lager


THE BIG DIPL debuted on draft and in 22-ounce bottles at a free, space-themed event, on Friday May 16, at The Sudwerk Dock Store, 2001 Second St., Davis.

We have continued our mission to redefine the American Lager, with a bold brew that is a super nova of hop bitterness and aroma. It showcases the coveted Galaxy hops, a hard-to-find variety from New Zealand that combines the tang of grapefruit, melon and passion fruit. IPA fans will enjoy this highly aromatic, intensely flavorful lager, colliding on the palate for the hoppiest beer ever bottled by Sudwerk.

Sudwerk co-owner Trent Yackzan said, “We’ve been experimenting with Galaxy hops over the past year, and our brewers are really excited to finally release this beer. It’s a flavor profile that you don’t often taste in the Sacramento region.”

Beyond the Galaxy, the UC Davis-trained brewers added Simcoe and Summer hops, topped off with two rounds of dry hopping. It orbits at 9 percent alcohol by volume and 90 IBUs. Because of the higher alcohol content, the taproom will serve it in 13-ounce pours instead of pints.

THE BIG DIPL’s label unleashes a double-headed California bear, surrounded by hop invaders. The Big Dipper is part of the Great Bear constellation, Ursa Major. T-shirts featuring the intergalactic lager’s label will be available at the taproom.

Spring traditions: Groundhogs, Leprechauns, Sudwerk Mai Bock

DAVIS, Calif. — Spring is almost here, and with it comes its many traditions and celebrations. Sudwerk Brewing Company is ready with its popular seasonal, the Mai Bock Spring Lager. The beer, which sold out quickly last year, debuts this week.

Bocks, like Sudwerk’s Mai Bock Spring Lager and Doppel Bock Ultimator (winter seasonal), are stronger lagers. The style originated in the 14th century, when Catholic monks in Germany wanted a beer with higher nutritional content and alcohol — as a substitute for food during fasting. [Read more…]

Coffee, Chocolate, and Vanilla are now 3 Best Friends

DAVIS, Calif. — On Valentine’s Day, Sudwerk Brewing Co. will release 3 Best Friends, a smooth dark coffee-infused lager that pairs perfectly with the season.

The balanced, dark lager gets its name from the ideal infusion of three ingredients: locally roasted coffee from the Pepper Peddler, Madagascan vanilla beans and cacao nibs. Sudwerk brewed a chocolate malt lager, the Dunkel, as its base beer. This brew is the second release in a series of Experimental West Coast Lagers, and is part of Sudwerk’s quest to redefine the American lager. The brew contains 7.0% ABV and 20 IBU. [Read more…]