I found two different IPAs from Anaheim’s Unsung Brewing at one of my bottle shop haunts (Talon) and thought it time to review their new hoppiness with a bit of a spooky season theme to the beer names.
Strange Tentacles – lot of hops going on here. Simcoe, Mosaic, Chinook, Amarillo and New Zealand Cascade. New and classic together. pours a dark yellow color. fruity on the nose with a pine accent. medium to low bitterness and light on the palate. summer IPA vibes here.
Alter Ego – into the haze, a light orange one nowhere near murky. super big coconut here which I blame on the Talus hops which are paired with Citra and Strata. a vinous mouthfeel on this one. bit of a milkshake quality as well. falls firmly into weird territory.
Untappd, your home away from home for ticking has recently released the second in their Next Exit video series. This time the town is Baltimore where I spent some time when I was younger. Hop Culture’s Kenny Gould takes a ride with City Brew Tours to search the city for craft beer.
Episode three – Brooklyn is also available too. Episodes seem to be dropping quicker now.
Russian River Brewing and hops go together like peanut butter and jelly. You may have seen their posts on social media from the hop fields and timed to that are two hoppy options that others may have seen but are brand new to me. Mosaic Stack and the metronomed Tempo Change.
The Bruery is starting a supper club and they have chosen the highly regarded and much written about Oaxacan fare at Guelaguetza as the first restaurant in the series.
As you can see from the menu, this was a wide ranging set of foods and beer. I have to start by saying that the Moles were as advertised. Really flavorful and really a festival. It was great on the chips at the start of the night as well. The Chiles Rellenos were also quite good.
The beers, as expected, were well up to the high Bruery standards. Many were beers that I had not tasted in a long time and it was great to be reacquainted with them. Especially Or Xata and Mischief which seemed quite hopped up to me.
Strangely though, despite both sides being excellent, the pairings didn’t really fly. The Helles with the ceviche was the best of the bunch but even that was a bit dull. The tequila barrel-aged Siesta Saturday with the beautiful looking corn dessert, Nicuatole was a complete mismatch. The big burly beer ran over the delicate and subtle texture of the dessert. I would have paired the Helles here or the Gose.
Do not let that stop you from following along to see when and where The Bruery will supper with next. Food and beer pairings is an art and a science and sometimes it clicks and sometimes it just misses.
Each year, I give my royal blessing for the beer loving masses to drink pumpkin beer now that we have reached October. So run and buy a pumpkin, hollow it out, pour a pumpkin beer or three inside and put a tap on that gourd.
~ e-visits to (3) breweries from around California
~ special featured reviews of Autumnal beers
~Heads-Up on Los Angeles Beer Events
~ Three suggested beers to buy this month. One light, one medium and one dark
~ A Book & A Beer reads Less by Andrew Sean Greer
~ A Podcast & A Beer listens to Scam Likely
~ New Beer Releases and Best Beers of the Month
~ I will tap the Firkin and give my no holds barred opinion on the craft beer world.