Celebrating 25 years of Bremerton-brewed punk rawk, Secret Weapon commemorates the anniversary milestone of renowned punk band MXPX. A “left-coast common” beer that incorporates a lager yeast with seven different malts and a clean hop kick, Secret Weapon is a refreshing blast of flavor that will keep you rocking all night… at the show.
“You are your own secret weapon, It’s all up to you to come out swingin’. It’s all up to you”. Some, if familiar to the punk rock music scene, may know these lyrics from legendary ‘Left Coast Punk’ band MxPx. No stranger to innovation as the band had broken through several barriers and stereotypes by bringing their ever evolving music to as many people possible over the last 25 years have teamed up with their hometown’s Silver City Brewery in Bremerton, Washington to celebrate with a custom beer inspired by the band.
Now I must admit, at first I really just wanted to try the beer because MxPx was such a huge part of my life as an adolescent so when I heard they had created a beer for their 25th anniversary, I knew I needed to try it.
The “Secret Weapon Beer” is a California Common, or in this case ‘Left Coast Common’, is a smooth 5.7% ABV beer that is sure to keep you wanting more. To be completely honest, I wasn’t entirely sure what a California Common was so with a little help from my Google search bar I’ve come with this brief description from BeerAdvocate.
“The California Common is a unique 100% American style lager. It’s usually brewed with a special strain of lager yeast that works better at warmer temperatures. This method dates back to the late 1800’s in California when refrigeration was a great luxury. The brewers back then had to improvise to cool the beer down, so shallow fermenters were used. So in a way, the lager yeast was trained to ferment quicker at warmer temperatures. Today’s examples are light amber to tawny in color, medium bodied with a malty character. Mildly fruity with an assertive hop bitterness.”
While even though I was only trying the beer because of the nostalgia factor linking myself to the band, I was pleasantly surprised to find the beer itself was really quite tasty. This is the first beer I’ve tried from Silver City Brewery but it definitely will not be the last. So get online and find your nearest retailer or hit up your favorite bar and ask them to get it on tap, because this is the perfect beer for summer. Punk rock music blasting and a Secret Weapon Beer in hand.
[Guest Writer] Zack Jeffrey
Zack, avid beer lover, and talented musician plays bass in multiple bands Ghost Heart and The Hallows. Zack will be a guest writer off and on with Hop Central helping grow our ever expanding portfolio of beer reviews and offering his unique insight to each article. Make sure to check out Zack with his bands and follow them everywhere they may be on social media.