Original 40, TapRoom Beer Co. Collaborate on Hop Trial Releases

The Original 40 Brewing Company and TapRoom Beer Company have collaborated on Soo Breezy West Coast Pale Ale, a side-by-side trial beer from the North Park breweries that used the same recipe but with different Amarillo hops. Original 40 featured T90 Amarillo from Virgil Gamache Farms while TapRoom included Flowable Amarillo from Totally Natural Solutions.

Soo Breezy, which is 5.4% alcohol-by-volume (ABV), is available on draft at the two breweries that are 1.5 miles apart. Original 40 is located at 3117 University Avenue, and it also has the beer in four packs of 16-oz cans. TapRoom is located at 2000 El Cajon Boulevard.

Both batches used Gambrinus IPA malt supplied by Brewers Supply Group (BSG). The beer has tasting notes of grapefruit, orange, and citrus with a slight piney and dank aroma.

“We hope beer enthusiasts will head to North Park and try both versions of the beer,” said Original 40 Head Brewer Zack Kaplan. “We would love for everyone to give us feedback, something we as brewers are always looking for. We always want to grow and improve for our fans.”

Soo Breezy pours golden yellow with a light orange hue.

“We just think there is something so cool about Soo Breezy,” said TapRoom Head Brewer Dan Cady. “We hope everyone will be as eager as we were to try the two takes of the beer. We want to hear from everyone who visits San Diego’s great craft beer hub of North Park.”

Both Original 40 and TapRoom are dog friendly. Original 40 opens at noon Monday–Friday and at 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. TapRoom opens at 11 a.m. Monday–Friday and at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Original 40 also recently released OG Tropics, a Hazy IPA that is 7.0% ABV and brewed with Chinook, Mosaic, Azacca, and Citra Cryo hops. The beer has a tropical nose with aromas of lychee, stone fruit, and subtle pine dankness. It pours straw to yellow color with a creamy white head.

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