Monkey Paw Pub Low & Slow Rauchbier

Craft Beer San Diego

In the BBQ world, “low and slow” is a mantra that pitmasters preach to deliver the desired succulence and smoke ring, depending on the meat. Monkey Paw Pub and Brewery owner Scot Blair, who also owns Hamilton’s Tavern and Small Bar with wife Karen in San Diego, appeared at 38 Degrees Ultimate Flight Night on September 26, and he brought four kegs: Low & Slow, Bonobos, I-5 Ale, and Cornelius IIPA. I enjoyed all four beers, but the standout was Low & Slow, which Blair described as “bacon in a glass.” The rauchbier, which follows in the German smoked lager tradition, clocks 5.4% ABV and incorporates cherry wood smoked malt, resulting in some especially savory sips. Low & Slow, which has enough malty sweetness to balance the copper-colored beer’s savory qualities, would go great with smoked meat, bacon, and undoubtedly some saucy chicken wings. Man, I’m getting hungry. Gotta go.

Address: 805 16th Street, San Diego, CA 92101

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