Personally, we're of the "more local beer, the better" mentality. We won't be satiated until every neighborhood has a brewpub, you can meet your neighbors for a pint on every corner, and the streets run golden with tasty, fizzy elixir. Until that glorious day, we'll be happy to see more and more industry vets and ambitious homebrewers striking out in new directions. In the last year we've seen many craft beer players trying on new projects. Whether it's Pete Slosberg (of Pete's Wicked Ales) working on a new line of session beers or Bruery alums working on an all-sour project, more diversity in our local brewing scene is always welcome.
The newest addition to the Bay Area craft brewing scene is Headlands Brewing Co., based right here in San Francisco. The company is a collaboration between Patrick Horn (previously of Pacific Brewing Laboratory) and Phil Cutti, head brewer at Southpaw BBQ. Named after the Headlands of Marin County, the operation aims to dial in traditional beer styles while also dabbling in experimental beer production. Its starting lineup consists of Hill 88 IPA, Pt. Bonita West Coast Lager, and Group G Belgian "RyePA." Horn and Cutti are both fans of outdoor activity and local exploration, and hope to tie that interest into their line of beers.
"Beer is a social and cultural thing, and part of our objective is to bring that concept to life by connecting people and maybe even playing a part in their new adventures," says Cutti. Cheers to that.