Beer Style History
As immigrants traveled from Austria to Mexico in mid-1800’s they brought with them strong brewing tradition and the original Vienna lagers. While brewing in Mexico, the classic Vienna lager yeast strain evolved to give us the flavors we know today in the Mexican-style lagers. Around this same time, cowboys were migrating from northern Mexico to California and would become known as the California Cowboys. As Californians, we have evolved the style once again by balancing the sweet/bitter flavors and added a big complimentary hop aroma as one would expect from a west coast craft brewery.
First impressions are a non-traditional big complimentary earthy, grassy and hay-like hop aroma. The body is best described as a soft, elegant maltiness that dries out in the finish to avoid becoming sweet. The malt is supported with a decent bitter backbone that gives an uncommon balance to this beer compared to its historical Vienna lager counterpart. Flavor balance and low-ABV give California Cowboy a drinkability seldom offered by craft breweries. Enjoy!