Mycoadaptogens

I have a mushroom beer before but never this science-y.

Fungtn is a premium alcohol free craft beer, brewed for flavour with 0.5% ABV. We have harnessed the ancient wisdom of mycoadaptogens to deliver a beer that not only saved us from hangover hell but contributes positively to our every day ceremony.

Adaptogens are a class of ingenious plants and fungi that help balance our bodies and keep them performing at their best. Mycoadaptogens (the fungi variety) used in Eastern and traditional medicine for centuries, are now gaining momentum in the West as a natural solution to help combat the stresses of our hectic modern lives. Aiding our bodies natural ability to restore, recover and repair natural balance.”

Lion’s Mane IPA, Chaga Lager and Turkey Tail Pale Ale are the main offerings currently from this UK brewer. Don’t know if this will com3 to the US but maybe someone here is plotting the same thing.

Fresh Squeezed Soap

Duke Cannon is quite the manly man name for a company. Now you do have to scroll past, Busch, Budweiser and Old Milwaukee soaps to find the one craft brand, which is Deschutes Fresh Squeezed branded soap. Sounds intriguing if expensive at $9.50 for a bar. More of interest to me was the Buffalo Trace version.

A Dent in 2021

Remember when we thought of years I noticed terms of the special anniversary beers and not ranked them as better or worse than 2020? Hopefully, the new Bruery anniversary beer will put our heads back into nicer thoughts. Plus, if you still have a Black Tuesday or your tasting notes on them then you can see which you like better.

Sean Suggests for January 2021

Welcome to 2021 everyone! Never thought we would get here, did ya’? To kick off this new year let’s stay a little bitter, OK, a lot bitter at 2020. It will be easier to move on with these great IPAs.

LIGHT

Boulevard / Athletic Flying Start N/A IPA – 0.50%abv – “Dry January doesn’t have to mean deprivation. Embrace those New Year’s resolutions and get a Flying Start on your goals with this innovative, N/A IPA made with our friends at Athletic Brewing Company. It’s the real deal – juicy hop flavor and crisp malt balance – minus the alcohol and many of the calories.”

MEDIUM

Casa Agria Room with a View IPA – 7.4% – “Room with a View is a decidedly West Coast India Pale Ale brewed with a base of Maris Otter, malted wheat, a little dextrin malt and sugar. Hopped in the kettle with Mosaic and Cashmere and fermented with everyone’s clean yeast strain providing a clean neutral profile to let the hops take center stage. A huge dry hop addition of Mosaic and Enigma who are backed up with Strata and just a kiss of Nugget, the aroma bursts with dank blueberry, fruity-pine and a light hint of passion fruit/guava. Pouring a brilliantly clear light-straw color, the flavor is filled with delicious hop derived fruit and dank pine with notes of honeydew melon.”

BIGGEST

Pariah Well That Was Fun, Said Nobody IPA – 8.2% – “Hazy Double IPA brewed w/Riwaka, Strata, Simcoe and fermented with our house yeast. Because f**ck this sh*t.”

Arigato

The cat puns continue at Party Beer Co. with their new Ariosto a 5% ABV Japanese lager describes by the brewery as “Crisp and ultra-dry, hopped with Slovenian Celeia.”

Though cats are dangerous enough without giving them weaponry.

A Powerful 2021

Usually the Power Plant rolls in in keg form and you get a fancy glass and a half pour of this truly big TIPA. Things haven’t been usual so instead we get it in 16oz cans from El Segundo this year. It will be worth it but make sure to take your time enjoying it.

Wishes Delayed

One of the fun points in the LA beer calendar is being delayed a bit for safety reasons which I applaud. Here’s are the details on the coming Infinite Wishes release from Smog City.

“One of the best parts about Wishes Day is getting to try all the variants, talk about your favorite variant (or the OG) with you, which one you’re most surprised by, and which one you’re going to buy a whole case of. Since we can’t share that experience with you if we can’t serve beer onsite, we’ve decided that delaying the release was the best thing to do right now. Also, Wishes day always draws a huge crowd (yay!) and we all know that now is not the time for crowds, even if it’s for an amazing beer. 

What we can tell you is that we are concocting 4 delicious variants in addition to the straight IW release and no matter what, the day is going to look different than it has in the past. Rest assured, we are working on creative ways to encapsulate the excitement and thrills of Wishes Day while still keeping our community safe!”

Go Back

Now, if a delivery truck could go back in time think of the possibilities. For now, just be aware that two cool Ventura County breweries have teamed up on an IPA that is not hazy or West Coast. Maybe East Coast Clear is the next thing. And we would have Topa Topa and Casa Agria to thank.

Oh, Snap

One resolution for 2021 is to sample other pursuits coming from breweries. Be it cider, seltzer or coffee. Mostly the first and third items on that list. Which is why, I was excited to see this new coffee from Chapman Crafted. I will be interested to see how snap chilled compares to cold brewed which does not fit my particular taste.