Written by Norman Miller for GateHouse News Service
Uncommon Brewers is certainly uncommon among California brewers. Unlike most West Coast breweries that feature hops in most of their beers, this Santa Cruz brewery does not.
Instead, they brew a pair of Belgian ales with uncommon ingredients, as well as a big, malty, Baltic porter.
Uncommon Brewers was founded in 2008 by Alex Stefansky and Reed Vander Schaaf. Both had been homebrewers.
The brewery was in the planning stages for six years, and the goal was to combine Belgian brewing techniques, while melding it with the creativeness of West Coast breweries.
The beer is also organic, which is good for those who care about organic products.
Uncommon Brewers has recently began distributing its three beers to Massachusetts. The beers are all available in 16-ounce cans.
Each of the three available beers are based on traditional recipes, but with unusual (or uncommon to fit with the name) ingredients. If you are someone who likes traditional beers, Uncommon Brewersâ€™ beers are not for you.
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