We've talked about CSAs for fish, coffee and even desserts, but here is a new one: a CSA for beer!San Francisco's Brewlab is a group of home-brewers who make their beers available to the public. As a Brewlab member, you receive an assorted pack of 6 or 12 craft beers made by Brewlab brewers about every five weeks. In order to remain legal, the CSA is donation-based, to cover the cost of brewers' supplies.
The beers brewed thus far cover a range of styles, from an India black ale to a bourbon-oaked IPA. A writer at CHOW sampled some of the beers and had this to say:
A few were punishingly hop-loaded for my taste; several were well balanced; and at least one—a Belgian yeast pale ale—was so good I'd pay to drink it again. Creative names, like Randy Savage Lite, are a bonus.
If you're lucky enough to live within San Francisco city limits, Brewlab will also deliver your beer to you.
Anjali is a former private chef who is currently pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition, with plans to become a registered dietitian. She lives in Los Angeles. You can read more of her health-focused writing at Eat Your Greens.
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