San Diego has a pair of new craft beers, one of them a 9.0 AVB (alcohol-by-volume) double IPA.
The Original 40 Brewing Company has released Big Tings West Coast Double IPA, along with a much more modest 5.2 Baja Negra Mexican Lager. Both are available for a limited time at the North Park brewpub.
Big Tings is brewed with Mosaic, Citra, and Centennial hops. It has aromas of orange, other tropical fruits and citrus, with a touch of pine for balance. It pours a light orange hue and has the highest ABV of any beer on tap. Baja Negra has a 5.2% ABV, and is brewed with Mexican lager yeast and a touch of caramel malt. It serves as a counterpart to Original 40’s lighter Baja Soul Mexican Lager, which is a core beer.
“Zack did a tremendous job with his latest round of releases,” said Original 40 Founder Steve Billings. “We expect big things from him, and he delivered with Big Tings. For those who prefer something on the lighter side, you’ll be happy with his Baja Negra and we invite you to compare it to our popular Baja Soul.”
Head Brewer Zack Kaplan. who joined Original 40 in May 2022, called Big Tings his “favorite West Coast Double IPA I’ve created here. It has big hop aromas and finishes very dry, even with a high ABV. We found a great balance of flavors and I couldn’t be happier to share this one. Baja Negra is easy drinking malt forward, but not overly sweet. It’s the perfect winter-time San Diego lager.”
Original 40 was voted as one of San Diego’s Best Micro Brew Pubs in The San Diego Union-Tribune’s 2023 Readers Poll. Only 10 made the list.
Original 40, which was named after the original 40-acre parcel of land that became modern day North Park, is located at 3117 University Avenue. The brewpub is open until 10 p.m. Sunday – Wednesday and until Midnight Thursdays thru Saturdays.
The brew pub will have New Year’s Eve festivities on December 31 and stay open until 12:30 a.m. Live music will start at 8 p.m. and there will be a champagne toast and balloon drop at Midnight. Special beer-pairing or wine-pairing dinners are also available. Its website is The Original 40 Brewing Company .