It will be the ”very first tap takeover” for the Pasadena joint and Owner Gabe Gordon, Head Brewer Julian Shrago & Creative Manager Jarred Ekstrom will be in attendance with the following on tap:
Foam Top – American Cream Ale – 5.5%ABV (GOLD Award 2012 World Beer Cup – Blonde or Golden Ale) Hef Leppard – Bavarian Style Hefeweizen – 5.1% ABV El Verano Saison – Belgian Style Saison – 6.7% (Bronze Medal at 2012 Great American Beer Festival® French/Belgian Saison) Street 3, Block 2 – American Pale Ale – 5.5% ABV – 70 IBUs Hops of Brixton – English Special Bitter – 6.1% ABV Knuckle Head Red – American Red Ale – 5.7% ABV (Bronze Award at 2012 San Diego International Beer Competition) The Falcon – West Coast India Pale Ale – 7.1% ABV – 99 IBUs Full Malted Jacket – Wee Heavy Scotch Ale – 9.2% ABV Still Life – Smoked Double Oat Stout – 8.8% ABV – 69 IBUs Beyond a Reasonable Stout – American Imperial Stout – 10% ABV – 85 IBUs
Los Angeles is a tough town to navigate if you want to build a brewery from scratch. And to try to do it on the Westside would seem close to crazy considering the cost of a large amount of space would cost.
But according to the L.A. Eater, “someone” is trying to start one up in Santa Monica. That would be big news and a large step forward for a brewery to open there.
When/If more news develops, you will here it here.
Here is my thumbnail review of my first ever beer from San Diego’s Saint Archer, their pale ale…..
“Pours a light orange. Has almost a Nelson Sauvin aroma and taste. Some herbal dankness as well. Almost a white wine set of notes. Bitterness is medium. A bit sharp. I am a bit conflicted on how to rate this.”
Here is the description from the brewery, “Balanced toward the hoppy end of the spectrum, this straight-foward, California-style pale is eminently sessionable. Crystal and Munich malts provide a backbone to showcase the bright, citrus, piney notes of Cascade, Chinook, and Simcoe hops.”
This week’s Beer of the Week over on Food GPS is from California’s Brouwerij West. And instead of giving extra tasting notes or talk of ingredients, I thought I would focus on the odd but endearing labels that they have on their bottles….
My bier buddy Richard aka Cap’n, recently went to San Diego and he brought back the new, canned version of the iconic Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point.
Here is what I found when I opened the cans….
Pours a lovely orange color. I am a little dubious about the variety of fruits listed on the label but I am surprised to get quite a bit of apricot balanced out by a charming hit of hops. The bitterness isn’t super big but it adds a nice punch akin to sea salt too caramel. Just tastes more frutier than I remember and I like it.
And here is the website info from the brewer, “The Sculpin is a testament to our humble beginnings as Home Brew Mart. It showcases bright flavors and aromas of apricot, peach, mango & lemon. The lighter body also brings out the crispness of the hops.”
West Seattle Brewing is still fermenting, so there is not much information to cut and paste but all that means is that you need to put this on your near future radar because I have a feeling this one might be worth a visit to try a sampler of the pale ale, porter and the intriguing bourbon barrel bitter.
Blue Palms continues to hatch new plans to get people to keep returning to the venerable Hollywood beer destination, as if the beer wasn’t enough. But one of the most intriguing option is Brian’s Cellar.
You can follow which beer will be making it’s way topside to the bar HERE. Maybe you will see a rare beer that you have to try.
If you head to the Atlantic Farms website, you will be confronted with a choice of which hoppy lip balm to buy. I have seen hops in lip balm as swag from Sierra Nevada at some beer events but this is the first that I have seen Double IPA and grapefruit. Grapefruit works well with beer so that would be my choice.
Now that we are firmly in spring and May, it is time for “Maibock, it is the last beer of Germany’s Starkbier (strong beer) season. It is the transition beer from the Bocks, Porters, and Dopplebocks of winter to the Pils, Helles, and Wheat beers of summer.”
Lenz Bock is one of the many great German style beers that Heater Allen from McMinnville produces and I can’t wait to get my hands on one.
I am currently looking to add to my craft beer skill set and get out from behind the computer screen and work at a brewery or a distributor. I am willing to learn any new task that needs doing but I can bring my beer knowledge to bear in social media, events or to brainstorm ideas that will bring more craft beer into the glasses of people new to craft beer.
~ Mother Earth Kismet IPA
~ Monk's Ale
~ Sam Adams Longshot 2013
Beer Flower Wheat, Magnificent Seven IPA, Strawberry Lager
~ Black Market 1945 Berliner Weisse
~ Anderson Valley Summer Solstice
~ Mother Earth Auld Knuckler IPA
~ Deschutes Jubel 2010
~ Sierra Nevada XXX - Ken & Jack's Black Barleywine
~ Bell's Batch 9,000
~ Chimay Grande Reserve
~ Deschutes Abyss 2009
~ Russian River Supplication
~ Anchor Christmas '08 - '12
~ Sierra Nevada XXX - Ken & Fritz's Ale
~ The Bruery Melange # 3
~ Hangar 24 Barrel Roll # 3 Pugachev's Cobra
~ Sierra Nevada XXX - Ken, Fred & Charlie's Bock
~ The Bruery Black Tuesday 2010 & 2012
~ The Bruery Three French Hens
~ Widmer Bourbon Barrel Brrrr 2010 & 2011
~ Firestone-Walker 14th Anniversary
~ The Bruery Four Calling Birds
~ Sierra Nevada XXX - Grand Cru
~ Trader Joes Vintage Ale 2010, 2011 & 2012
~ Oskar Blues Gordon
~ Mission Street 2011 & 2012 Anniversary Ale
~ The Bruery Cuir
~ Widmer Galaxy Barley Wine
~ Firestone-Walker Parabola 2011
~ Deschutes The Stoic
~ Firestone-Walker 15th Anniversary
~ Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws 2011
~ Avery The Czar Imperial Stout 2011
~ Brouwerij Lindemans Faro
~ Brouwerij Lindemans Cuvee Renee
~ Cismontane Black's Dusk
~ Eagle Rock Deuce
~ Eagle Rock Threes
~ Fort George North V Strong Ale 2011
~ Alesmith Old Numbskull
~ Alaskan Pilot Series 2011 Barley Wine
~ The Bruery Fruet
~ Alaskan Perserverance
~ Full Sail Old Boardhead 2010
~ The Bruery White Chocolate
~ Deschutes Black Butte XXIV
~ Russian River / New Belgium Brux
~ The Bruery Grey Monday
~ The Bruery Five Golden Rings
~ El Segundo Standard Crude Imperial Stout