THE BEER

 

Our Celebration beers are the most limited of our beers, some you may see only once, others will come around once each year. Celebration beers will be available on tap at some of our favorite places around town. We will offer tastes, full pours and growler fills in the tasting room. These will be available on cask as appropriate.


River Rye - Currently available as our fall celebration beer. This Red Rye clocks in at 6.5%ABV, it is rich in color and flavor with a resiny hop profile that compliments the spiciness of the rye. It has a rich creamy body with full flavored rye character. Currently available on draft around town and in the tasting room for tastes, full pours and growler fills.


SAN DIEGO 71 - Look for this IIPA to make an appearance around our anniversary at the end of June. This well balanced IIPA’s 9.1%ABV can sneak up on you. Piney and fresh with an aroma that draws you right in. Look for this one on draft and cask around mid summer.


FEISTY FLEUR - Our Belgian Tripel will satisfy any Belgian beer lover. The Big Brother to our Table Beer was originally brewed to celebrate the first anniversary of Brother’s Provisions. 9.0%ABV with a candy sweetness and a dry finish this one is a celebration all on it’s own. Look for it on draft around mid winter.

 

The Trail Crew pilot system is meant to “Blaze the Trail” for all Benchmark Beers.  This is a 20 gallon system so all Trail Crew Beer will only be served on site in the tasting room, and will not be available for growler fills.  This system was used by our Master Brewer Matt Akin to refine his recipes in preparation for brewing on Benchmark’s 10 barrel system that arrived in in March of 2013. 

Now that the five standards are in full production, the Trail Crew system is used for experimentation and to develop celebration beers. All Trail Crew recipes can be found here.

 

These five beers make up our core lineup and are available year round on draft and sometimes on cask or nitro. We are working to get them into 16oz cans.


  1. TABLE BEER - A sessionable Belgian in the tradition of the Trappist brewer’s beers. This 4.0%ABV beer is citrusy, peppery, and refreshing. It pairs nicely with a turkey dinner or a sunny afternoon in the back yard.


  1. BLOND ALE - Low alcohol, light in color, and focused on a gentle malt flavor. Anyone can enjoy this easy drinking 4.5%ABV ale; it is clean  and refreshing with a touch more bitterness than your average blonde. The style has appeal for both beer enthusiasts and beer novices because of its highly drinkable character.


  1. BROWN ALE - Another 4.5%ABV beer, rich brown in color with a carmel and biscuit like flavor profile. This beer is refreshing and appealing, it pairs wonderfully with gooey mac and cheese or a sharp cheddar. Light toasty notes and a gentle hint of roastiness leave this beer dry at the finish making you want to take another sip.


  1. INDIA PALE ALE - Widely considered to be the benchmark of any San Diego brewery. Our IPA is focused on drinkability rather than on bitterness and with a 5.1%ABV you can enjoy a couple. The hop profile is citrusy with some pine undertones. A bright and truly hoppy San Diego IPA. 


  1. OATMEAL STOUT - Rich and creamy, this beer is a mouthful that can satisfy any beer lover. The flavor is chocolatey, roasty, and reminiscent of coffee with cream. The oatmeal provides a luscious body while the roasted character helps create a clean finish. This stout has been called “life changing” and at 4.8%ABV you can tuck in.

TRAIL CREW

In addition to our year round offerings we plan to release one of our “Occasionals”... well, occasionally. These are our higher ABV offerings. These beers will be available on tap around town, in the tasting room we will offer tastes, full pours and growler fills while it lasts. Current offerings can be seen by following our BENCHMARKTAPS feed on Instagram. Want to be among the first to know whats on deck? Subscribe to our newsletter.


HOP CHUNKS - This Imperial IPA is bright and citrusy - old school San Diego. Surprisingly refreshing considering it is 8.5% ABV. Look for it on draft and in casks.


DUBBEL  - Our Belgian Dubbel is full of dark fruit flavor and some brown sugar like sweetness balanced by a hint of alcohol warmth in the finish. It is 7.5%ABV with a warm reddish hue, a rich and satisfying Belgian style beer. Look for it on draft.


STARGAZER - Rich and boozy this beer is everything a Scotch Ale should be. Dark in color with some red highlights, at 8.5%ABV it will keep you warm on a cool night. Look for it on draft and in casks, we will also be cellaring some kegs from each batch. *Formerly known as Wee Heavy.

OCCASIONAL BEERS

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THE STANDARDS

CELEBRATION BEER

Master Brewer Matt Akin has a long history preparing beer for serving on cask. He is committed to traditional methods, naturally carbonating the beer and using the opportunity to dry hop or add ingredients only to enhance the flavor and character of the base beer.

CASK PROGRAM