We did a big feature on San Luis Obispo’s original craft brewery last week. We gotta say, that story was the duck’s nuts. We suggest you read it right over here. In that editorial, we mention that SLO Brew (which is also an awesome music venue) will soon be distributing cans for the first time, and that happened last week.
On Dec. 15, fans of the Central Coast’s original craft brewery will be able to pick up a 6-pack of their favorite SLO Brew beer at select retail outlets throughout the region. With a history that spans over decades, SLO Brew is putting the finishing touches on their new brewing facility and tasting room, the SLO Brew Rock. With a Criveller rotary canning line and a 30-barrel capacity at The Rock, production of SLO Brew’s most popular and award-winning craft beers is in full swing.
“We are very excited about bringing our core beers to market and hope to expand distribution substantially beyond the Central Coast in the New Year,” stated Rodney Cegelski, co-owner of SLO Brew. “Our current focus is on cans as we are confident that they are the best match for the casual lifestyles of our customers — easy to take to the beach, for tailgating or camping — you can’t beat cans for portability, quality and sustainability.”
Beginning mid-December, SLO Brew‘s core craft beers will be available year-round in 12-ounce cans, as well as on tap at restaurants across the Central Coast of California. The lineup includes:
The Original. An approachable craft beer that showcases our passion for brewing. A perfect balance of malts and hops creates a refreshing, easy-going ale with a clean finish. ABV 5 percent; IBU’s 25; Gravity 11.8°. To honor one of its original investors, SLO Brew will be donating a percentage of every can of SLO Brew Original Ale that is purchased to the Tom Adamski Foundation, which provides design and technology scholarships that empower individuals to leverage digital media to amplify brands and their connections with people.
The Reggae Red — Red Wheat. This one-of-a-kind ale was born at SLO Brew amid the influential musical acts of California’s ’90s Reggae movement. A harmony of three types of hops and seven different malts, including wheat malt for body and texture, makes Reggae Red an earthy and layered crowd pleaser. But what really sets it apart is the dash of roasted hemp seeds that impart a unique nutty character. ABV 5.6 percent; IBU’s 30; Gravity 12.2°.
The Wave Wrangler — Session IPA. Influenced by the wave-catching Central Coast lifestyle, SLO Brew wrangled in its favorite hops, including Amarillo and Citra, to make this super sessionable IPA. Aromatic, hoppy and refreshing, The Wave Wrangler brings on flavorful bliss. ABV 4.8 percent; IBU’s 45; Gravity 11.6°.
Cali-Weisse — Wheat. Cali-Weisse can be considered a second cousin to German Hefeweizen. SLO Brew toned down the classic German banana and clove character and added a touch of bright hop flavor, giving it a smooth, distinctive California style. ABV 5.4 percent; IBU’s 15; Gravity 13.5°.