Three Weavers Brewing Company has been busy and will be getting busier as it prepares to open sometime this year.
They (Lynne and Alexandra) have participated in three collaborations: “Two with Golden Road Brewing, one exclusively for the United Kingdom in a series that brings the best craft beers from America and the second, a Stateside version called Cross the Pond. The third collaboration (The Messenger) was with Noble Ale Works to celebrate their anniversary earlier this month.”
And on March 6th (That’s TODAY!), Three Weavers’ Kickstarter campaign launches.
If you haven’t tried their collaborations yet, they will be at the Glendale Tap on March 6th and tentatively at Cinco (Playa del Rey) March 7th to celebrate kicking off the Campaign.
PS – I am now waiting to try the beers and will report back in a PSS.
Yet another first! Thanks to the still giving in February generosity of Christmas past, I had my first ever Highland Brewing Company Beer! And since, I had written a piece on coffee beer for a past edition of Beer Paper LA, I thought I would give their coffee beer done in collaboration with Dynamite Roasting a whirl.
There is a medium hit of light and silky coffee on the nose but that is then replaced with pure, straight up milk chocolate. And that flavor dominates the rest of the 12oz. And I mean that in the best possible sense. The coffee flirts underneath and as it warms a bit more coffee ground bitterness does rear its head but primarily this is like hot chocolate and I liked it.
And for a first beer, it does intrigue me enough to try more from this North Carolina outfit.
The first beer out of the gate (as it were) of Barrelworks in Buellton will be The Feral One on March 8th.
According to the press release, “The Feral One is a blend of Sour Opal, SLOAmbic, Agrestic and Lil’ Mikkel, all aged for an extended period in American and French oak barrels. Only 500 cases of 375ml bottles were produced.”
You will only get it at Barrelworks or in Paso Robles starting the 9th. And it will probably cost a pretty penny. But it will be good and one of those whales that people will proudly name drop in beer circles.
Uh-Oh. Now it’s getting serious, Beachwood Brewing is releasing 8 Buffalo Imperial Stout.
It is the kick-off for the 2014 series of barrel-aged Beachwood beers.
As Brewmaster and co-owner Julian Shrago explains, “We are so excited to finally release our first large scale barrel aged beer! It’s been amazing to taste 8 Buffalo along the way, we are very proud of the final blend.”
The limited edition 8 Buffalo Imperial Stout will be released on March 4th at 5pm at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.
Love the neon green pull tab on the can as well as the directives, “drink”, “tote”, “share”, and “rotating around the top of the can. Crazy to think of how many breweries are in Bend along with today’s beer from Worthy Brewing. This American pale ale pours a bright orange with a thin head. At first it tastes more of the XPA mold than pale. But with the fluid (pun intended) way brewers pick styles that is not a big shock. Wheat and small citrus aroma here which follows through to the taste. As it warms though, more tangerine notes start plucking my tastebuds. There are some bread notes at the back too.
Big thanks to my mom for providing this can to me. Always good to have a source for Pacific NW beers in SoCal.
Hard to believe but Valiant Brewing Company has been around a full year and the last time I was there was at their opening. So myself and beer compadre, Rich drove through the much needed rain to Anaheim.
And I started with the first anniversary offering which pours a golden orange red. A pretty decent strong ale for a stormwatch Saturday. Some Belgian notes to it. A little too viscous for me but the alcohol is well hidden making for a good sipper.
While Rich did recon with a 10 taster package, I next chose the hybrid Lager Barleywine which was a little underwhelming. I didn’t know what to expect but it was thin and a bit watery which is not good for me in a lager yet alone a half & half version. I also had sips of the Guava Cream which gets classified as a game effort. My favorite was the dry hopped Crescendo. A blonde lager that I bought a bottle of on the way out
There was quite the big crowd but the lines were manageable. They had a Pizza truck outside that was doing brisk business. But I felt like the beers hadn’t grown much from that first time I sampled. Some really nice beers like the Mounds of Grounds but more that seemed a few recipe tweaks away from being great.
…can be found in this month’s Beer Paper LA.
I have a “news” bulleting on Ladyface Ale Companie and a longer piece about the Doug King Memorial Home Brew competition. Check them both out as well as the rest of the news from the stable of writers here in LA.
Later this month, I will (video) review two stouts from Terrapin Beer Company. But to kick things off, I will tackle the Tree Hugger Ale. Which is labeled as an “Altcentric” ale. Proceeds from this beer also help the Dogwood Alliance which works to save Southern forests. This is one of my first Terrapin beers in a while. Not much Georgia beers make it to LA which is fine. Makes each one more of a special event. Something to look forward to. Tree Hugger pours a garnet color. Quite pretty and opaque. The taste is a duo of mineral and nutty notes which is different from the slightly sweet caramel notes in the aroma. Some toast and malt notes round out the flavor. It’s fairly thin but it isn’t insubstantial at all.
As threatened, here are a few more pictures of the lace this time with extra foam. Maybe a bit of a Rorschach test. What do you see?
So I was reading the Glendale News Press last month whose restaurant reviews are a little too homey for my personal taste when I ran across this about The Elbow Room in Montrose (just north of me toward the mountains).
Love it. I mean it. We need as many local (i.e. non threatening) places with beer as we can get. It is what will fuel the next stage of growth. So “Homey pub with good food and craft beer.”, I can’t wait.