Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: Outpost Brewing Co.’s Space Tiger IPA
One of the largest components of Tahoe’s nightlife is the mix of countless breweries, bars and restaurants that offer unique drinks difficult to find outside the basin. In our Drink of the Week segment, we’ll showcase one type of beer, wine, cocktail — you name it — to try around the basin.
This week’s drink, by name alone, is one of the coolest. Outpost Brewing Co.’s Space Tiger IPA blasts off just in time for the cool summer nights of the waning summer season.
Many American IPAs feel like there’s more hops than the Easter Bunny on crack, but not here. It lets you know it’s an IPA, but not to the degree where it feels over the top, like a Jim Carrey performance.
The malty backside of this beer dances about as well with the hops as Johnny and Baby in “Dirty Dancing.” The hops don’t get aggressive in taking the final bow, but they do let you know this is their show.
Much like the Michael Jackson song of the same name, this beer is a smooth criminal. Smooth as in it drinks like a Steph Curry layup: (spoiler alert) smooth. And criminal as in it steals your sobriety. Clocking in at 6.6 percent, it’s not something beer heavyweights would consider a knockout blow, but it’s sneaky like Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.
In full Lake Tahoe tilt, I’d recommend this beer after a long day of mountain biking. There’s something about the exposure to dirt, sweat and sunshine that when paired with this beer, make it the perfect cap after a day on the trails.
Outpost Brewing Company is located at 932 Stateline Ave., Suite B in South Lake Tahoe inside Basecamp Hotel. It is open Fridays through Sundays from noon to 10 p.m., and Mondays through Thursdays from 2-10 p.m. The establishment hosts happy hour daily from 4-6 p.m.
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