Visitors to Oxbow Public Market know well that tasty food abounds. There are so many options that pair well with all of the fantastic wine produced in Napa, although the folks at Fieldwork are biased and know how well delicious food pairs with a variety of beers.
Nowhere is this more apparent than with the aptly named “Sushi Beer,” which is an perfect accompaniment to the fresh, innovative, and delicious seafood offered at Eiko’s. Guests can peruse the fresh seafood, choose their favorite preparation and then order it to bring back with them to the taproom just down the aisle to try the pairing for themselves.
The tasting notes written by Fieldwork’s Head Brewer/Owner, Alex Tweet, really express the inspiration behind this beer and why it pairs so well with it’s namesake: “Few beer styles are more perfectly paired with food than Japanese rice lagers and sushi. Unfortunately for us pescaphiles, rice lagers have less variation and innovation than notebook paper; hence Sushi Beer Citra Rice Lager. A rice heavy grain-bill makes this Lager appear lighter and less malty on the palate combines with a pinch of specialty grain providing that trademark Rice Lager profile. Uncommon in the style traditionally, we dry hopped with a heap of Citra hops; providing a bombardment of orange zest, tangerine juice, mango, and slight ganja notes. A light bitterness keeps this beer respectful of your palate’s needs, not beating it up or shredding tastebuds; resulting in a beer that can complement the most delicate Ahi in the world without detracting from it like most any other craft beer would. We dream of one day putting back a pint of Sushi Beer Citra Rice Lager in Tsukiji with some fresh sashimi, but in the meantime we’ll gladly drink pint after pint at our favorite sushi joints in our great home of Northern California.”