Lost Coast Brewery / Eureka, CA
One of the few breweries to be founded by women, Lost Coast began in 1986 when beer afficionados Barbara Groom and Wendy Pound wondered what it would be like to open their own brewpub. From its humble beginnings in Humboldt Bay, California, Lost Coast has grown exponentially and is now the 49th largest brewery in the United States and 36th largest craft brewery in the nation. This wheat beer pours a beautiful burnt orange honey color. Its aroma is anything but subtle and will remind you of a freshly peeled tangerine. Upon tasting, this beer makes a transformation, with an initial flavor delivering a mild tangerine sweetness that, after swallowing, leads to a tangy finish. Both flavors blend well with the combination of wheat and crystal malts and Perle finishing hops. Tangerine Wheat is one of Lost Coast's two fruit beer offerings, the other being its Raspberry Brown.