Christmas in a Barrel

by Sean on November 15, 2017


I have always wondered why Anchor never had multiple variants of their Christmas Ale. Maybe they thought that recipe tweaks were enough.

Now they have gone and aged the 2016 version in “whiskey and wine barrels for a year, and then tasted all of the individual barrels to select this very special blend.”

What really perks up my ears is that combo of wine and whiskey barrels enough to talk Christmas beers before Thanksgiving. I really think a strong red would add so much to this beer.

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Sean Suggests for November 2017

by Sean on November 15, 2017

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Christmas beers are coming but let’s sample some of the diversity of beer styles this month, Sour-Spicy and Fiery.

~LIGHT
Ska Brewing/ Sour Apple Gose5.1% ABV
“The scent of sweet apple blossoms give way to honey and a lemony tartness from the Citra hops and souring. Tastes like you’re sipping on a crisp apple juice with a bright tartness that’s refreshing, not drying.”

~MEDIUM
SoLArc/ Sunset Cleanse6.4% ABV
“Hoppy Pale ale with lemon, Cayenne pepper, and ginger. Brewed in celebration of 6 years of Sunset Beer Co.”

~DARK
Firestone Walker/ Leo vs Ursus Inferos8.2% ABV
“Inferos is a rye imperial IPA that is fiery in color, hellacious in hoppiness and bursting with spicy rye goodness. Forged with 25 percent rye grain and loaded with more than four pounds of hops per barrel, Inferos is ultimately a big, lively beer that will keep the soul warm as summer transitions to fall.”

All of these beers can be found at Sunset Beer Co. (unless they got bought up real quick)

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From the Orchard

by Sean on November 14, 2017

Bruery Terreux is opening up their orchard (and their raspberry bushes) for a new sour spiced Wit.  SSW is catchy right? This sounds like a nice mix of flavors. Could be an excellent Thanksgiving beer.

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A Quote & A Beer – November 2017

by Sean on November 14, 2017

This month, it is time to make the connection of brewing as art form with a quote from Jackson Pollock…

I continue to get further away from the usual painter’s tools such as easel, palette, brushes, etc.

I am not saying that brewers need to stop using mash tuns, whirlpools and hop torpedos. In this case, tools are the ingredients. And maybe instead of looking for the next hot hop, maybe change up a yeast strain, spring for the malt from a small farm that will add something different to a tried and true recipe.

It doesn’t have to be wild ingredients but just take a look at the palette and see if you are tied overly much to a way of doing things.

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Belgian with a B

by Sean on November 13, 2017

Eagle Rock Brewery has a Belgian Stout up it’s sleeve with the release (tomorrow) of brewer/founders Jeremy’s old home brew recipe is coming to taps.

“B Stout is a Belgian stout with late kettle additions of corriander, grapefruit zest, and orange blossom water.”

Small batch and no bottles (or cans) so get it early.

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de l’Enfer

by Sean on November 13, 2017

Unibroue Introduces 25th-Anniversary Blonde de l’Enfer.

Here is the description of what looks to be a perfect winter beer for when you are feeling a bit devilish…

“Blonde De L’Enfer (Blonde from Hell) is brewed to celebrate Unibroue’s 25th anniversary. Staying true to our tradition of Belgian style inspiration with a touch of Québécois culture, we crafted a nonconformist take on a classic style, the Belgian Golden Ale. These ales are traditionally named after hellish demons due to their lust for power and in reference to the beer’s deceitful drinkability. Our golden 25th anniversary ale is such a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Brewed with a unique Belgian yeast strain, this sinfully smooth refermented specialty ale is artfully crafted for a delicate balance of spice, malt, and hop flavors with a fine Champagne-like effervescence.”

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Lincoln on Lima – Opening Soon

by Sean on November 12, 2017


Lincoln Beer Co. will be throwing open the doors for their Burbank Taproom Grand Opening on Friday, 11/17 from 5-10p and again for an encore on Saturday, 11/18 noon-10p. There will be giveaways every hour but this will be your first chance to really check out the full flight of their beers.

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A More Beer-y Union

by Sean on November 12, 2017

Cedd Moses and Eric Needleman and their 213 Hospitality Group look to be closing in on adding to their roster of bars with a brewpub in the Harvey House section of the iconic Union Station.

This follows on the heels of the success of Arts District Brewing and the long simmering project will also has chef David Lentz of the Hungry Cat watching over the kitchen. That means seafood and beer pairings may be the norm plus The Varnish style cocktails.

The venture will probably not be up and running until late next year but it would be great to have a top flight taste of L.A. beer at this entry point as well as LAX.

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Divinity

by Sean on November 11, 2017

November 18th and another HenHouse (kind of) collaboration.
Father Divine” Dunkel Weizenbock comes from Craftsman Brewing Company and certified cicerone®, Sayre Piotrkowski of HenHouse Brewing Company.

Here is the beer description: “Divine” a stronger, darker take on the Hefe style. The beer is brown and hazy, with aromas of chocolate, dark fruit, bananas foster and allspice. It is about 7.5% ABV.

The beer will be pouring at Barbara’s at the Brewery along with….

“Winning Team” Adjunct (Jasmine Rice) Lager, brewed as a collaboration between HenHouse, Temescal (Oakland, CA) and Eagle Rock (Los Angeles, CA)

“Frozen Envelope” NE-Style IPA, HenHouse

“Saison” Farmhouse Style Ale brewed with Spices, HenHouse

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The Ocho for Strand

by Sean on November 11, 2017


Strand will be celebrating 8 years of Torrance brewed beers on November 18th.

If you haven’t been to there now, not as new, digs, well you are in for a treat because it is a lovely space. Might I suggest a 24th Street Pale be the first beer to toast with.

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