1849 was a long time ago, but California is still full of gold.
These days, that wealth comes 16 ounces at a time, deposited in fermenters and kegs across the Golden State. California is one of the country’s largest and most diverse beer markets, and Alameda, California-based brewery Almanac Beer Company pays tribute to this legacy with its barrel-aged sour saison Sunshine & Opportunity.
Sunshine & Opportunity is a beer that combines everything great about craft beer in America today. It’s wild fermented, dry-hopped, and topped with pear juice. Even better: It now comes in tallboys and is available across the continent.
Sunshine & Opportunity is a golden promise. A tangerine-colored pool of beer perfection. Gaze into your tulip and see an ideal that anyone should aspire to when they combine hops, water, malt, and yeast.
The foeder is on full display in the aroma. The first gasp of the broken seal sets loose a flood of barnyard straw esters and pungent, overripe peach. It’s sharp at first, but a few seconds in the glass gives way to mellow scents of coriander and dried orange rind. Then you get that fabulous wet oak in the finish, encapsulating everything.
Sunshine & Opportunity embodies this spirit with its adventurous combination of fruit juice, wild yeast, and citrus hops, pulling off the near-miracle of a top-flight beer.”
The taproom version of Sunshine & Opportunity was 6.3% ABV, but Almanac dropped that down to 5.8% for the tallboy release. The lower gravity means that the booze flavors stay out of the way, letting the tartness lead. Sunshine & Opportunity’s flavor is somewhere between a candied peach ring and a golden raisin. The beer boasts Citra and Mosaic hops, though their main role here is to serve up juiciness to complement the peach juice.
Beer is a land of opportunity, and the more you explore, the more you find to like. Incredible things can be discovered when you combine the right ingredients with the right ambition. Sunshine & Opportunity embodies this spirit with its adventurous combination of fruit juice, wild yeast, and citrus hops, pulling off the near-miracle of a top-flight beer.