Ruhstaller 1881 Red Ale
(Always drink responsibly. Seek help when alcohol affects your life and the lives of those around you. For readers of a legal drinking age.)
The history of Ruhstaller 1881 from the Ruhstaller Brewery is almost as old as the history of California as a U.S. state (and how appropriate is it that I have this tonight since we’re going to the state fair tomorrow!). The current day Ruhstaller Brewery is named in honor of Captain Frank Ruhstaller, who emigrated to Sacramento, California in the mid-1800s and helped to found the largest brewery west of the Mississippi River. His third brewery was entirely his own, established in 1881, fifteen years before the more widely recognized Anchor Brewing Co. The original Ruhstaller Brewery is no more, so this red ale I’m enjoying with 5.6% ABV and 35 IBU is not directly related to Captain Ruhstaller, but it is made in his spirit of Californian drive and passion, entirely with local ingredients. It is distinctly hoppy and dark but surprisingly smooth and not that bitter, which proves to be tasty and too easy to sip while I catch up with the DVR. I’m inspired to look for and store Ruhstaller’s limited editions for another DVR night.