Both the beer and the herb boast big flavor, yet are restrained enough in effect to make the overall pairing a largely approachable combination.
RUSSIAN RIVER BLIND PIG IPA
LUCID BOTANICALS AFRICAN QUEEN
Blind Pig IPA
TANNINS | Russian River Blind Pig IPA
6.25% ABV – Hopped with Amarillo and Simcoe
Russian River is a world renowned brewery famed for setting the craft beer industry’s gold-standard of Triple IPAs, Pliny the Younger.
Founded in 1997 in Santa Rosa, this brewery has been producing standout barrel-aged sour beers and aggressively hopped ales to consumers in California for over two decades.
Russian River’s Blind Pig IPA is a full-bodied brew with medium bitterness and drinks with notes of citrus and wood, rounding out with a dry, resinous and dank finish.
With a relatively modest ABV for IPAs these days – clocking in at 6.25% – Blind Pig has just enough kick without going overboard.
This beer has stood the test of time, essentially unchanged for 15+ years in a brewing industry where the current hot trend is to throw anything and everything in the mash tun – making this accomplishment that much more impressive.
TERPENES | Lucid Botanicals African Queen
Durban Poison x Malawi Gold x Swaziland Sativa
African Queen is a landrace mashup of several well-known African cultivars grown from seed in the heart of Mendocino County in Willits, California. Lucid Botanicals is a fully licensed sun-grown farm utilizing organic growing practices, including planting in native soil and feeding strictly organic inputs.
Lucid Botanicals produces specialty narrow leaf strains that are rarely found, thanks to the significant difficulty in cultivating them.
African Queen is strongly aromatic with over 3% terpenes and a pronounced nose of decomposing oranges and lemon-lime. The flowers boast a bright green hue, with equally bright orange hairs and a visible coat of trichomes. The smoke is light and minimally expansive, giving way to a wonderfully euphoric, uplifting and heady high.
What could be better than bringing a couple classics together? We’re thinking not too much. The flowers lift and enhance mood, while the brew relaxes the tongue and diminishes worries.
The African Queen’s orange-y bouquet complements and enhances the citrus notes in the brew. Both the beer and the herb boast big flavor, yet are restrained enough in effect to make the overall pairing a largely approachable combination.
This pairing is worthy of busting out anytime – whether you want to wow casual consumers or your heady terp-hounding friends – this Russian River and Lucid Botanicals combo is sure to impress.
STORY by NATE WILLIAMS @NATEW415 | PHOTO by DANIELLE HALLE @SWEET.DEEZY