Ruhstaller beer quintet gets UK debut

By Carina Perkins

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Ruhstaller beers are till made with California-grown hop and barley
Ruhstaller beers are till made with California-grown hop and barley
California brewer Ruhstaller is making its UK debut, with five beers to be launched next month.

Product details:

The Sauce: ​a 6.5% clear black coffee-infused porter, which uses beans grown from the highland cloud forest of Panama’s  Los Lajones Estate. 

Gilt Edge: ​a Gold Medal winner in the 2013 International Craft Beer Awards, is a 4.8% pilsner rated at 94 on Ratebeer. Ruhstaller describes Gilt Edge as: refreshing, flavourful and reflective of the sunshine that makes the Sacramento Valley America’s Farm-to-Fork capital.

Capt.: ​named in honour of brewer founder Captain Frank Ruhstaller and Gold Medal Winner in the 2013 US Beer Open, is a chocolate-coloured 7.6% IPA rated at 90 on Ratebeer. Ruhstaller notes that Capt. balances the bright citrus aroma and profile of an IPA with a surprisingly smooth, lightly roasted, chocolate malt body.

1881:​ a straw-coloured 5.6% Red Ale.1881 showcases the lively character and floral aromatics of California-grown hops. A mild caramel sweetness gives way to a fresh pine and grapefruit citrus note and balanced bitterness for a dry and refreshing, but flavourful, ale.

Hop Sac: ​a 6.0% Californian Wet Hop Ale which uses fresh hops picked at the height of ripeness and placed in the brew kettle by the end of the day. Hop Sac explores the concept of terroir – the specific combination of geographic and climatic factors that influence growing conditions at a certain place.


Ruhstaller was founded by pioneer brewer Captain Frank Ruhstaller in Sacramento in 1881. The company still partners with local California hop and barley farmers, with a focus on sustainability and quality.


Varies depending on order


The beers will be available in the UK from 1 March through Left Coast Distribution, for more information visit

Why you should buy it: 

Ruhstaller was recently named amongst the  ‘The 10 Great American Farmhouse Breweries’ by Bon Appétit Magazine.

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