Sean Suggests for October 2021

IPA is ubiquitous. Cannot avoid it’s shadow of many sub-styles. With Halloween approaching, let’s get spooky into hops.

Indie BrewingPowerful Arrangements IPA – 6.5% “Our new Pink Boots society West Coast IPA. This Dank, fruity, and floral IPA is citrus forward with some dank undertones for your enjoyment on any day. Don’t miss out on this Pink Boots brew!”

Kern River Brewing Camp Nelson IPA – 7% “Tucked away in the Southern Sierras is a small enclave called Camp Nelson. Here you can ride your bike through Giant Sequoia trees, relax along the Tule River and forget about your troubles for a while. In the Fall, when things slow down, there is nothing quite like te sounds and smells of this place. We brewed this Nelson Sauvin hopped beer as a tribute to this bold, yet delicate place. Enjoy this limited release beer and make time for the simple things in life!”

Barrel HouseBig Sur DIPA – 9% “Big Sur, a masterpiece of colossal redwoods, treacherous cliffs, and dangerous surf breaks. With nearly 70 miles of rugged coastline and frigid sharky waters, adventure here isn’t for the faint of heart. Introducing BIG SUR Double IPA, brewed big to stand up to life’s most rewarding adventures.”

Why is Curiosity Bad?

If there was enough content, this blog could be devoted to the Red IPA, one of my favorite styles, and in time for scary season, Trademark Brewing has one for us.

I like the touch of having a cat on the label for a beer that has curiosity in the name. Head down to Long Beach or wherever you buy Trademark beers for this Halloween treat.

Review – Unity 2021 Hoppy Pilsner from Common Space

Unity is back! After a forced hiatus, there is a new Guild beer. Loaded with Talus and two forms of Cashmere hops, Common Space with help from others, of course has chosen a hoppy pilsner.

Guava, white nectarine and Asian pear are the adjectives summoned by the brewery and, to me, the pear notes come through the strongest. Unity pours a super clear yellow and has what I consider a “wet” character. Not slick or bubbly. It seems more lager than pilsner to me. A little more filling. Naming aside, this beer has a really good bitter to beer style balance.

Review – Fall Seasonal Black DIPA from Institution Ales

My love / hate relationship with Black IPA’s continues with the 2021 Fall Seasonal from Institution Ales.

It pours a dark brown, near black with a light tan head. It has a spiced coffee latte aroma. Not PSL but nice. The balance is tilted more to the malt side. Quite bready and filling. The bitterness is more of a counterpoint. I like the re-emerging trend back to this style but I just wish the hops would be more assertive.

Beer Podcast – Bigger Than Beer

Yakima Chiefs has embraced media in the last few years and this year the theme is Women+ in the Industry.

“Yakima Chief Hops will highlight and explore a new topic each year that focuses on the larger picture of the craft beer community’s impact. This includes social, environmental and sustainability initiatives with the ultimate goal of discovering solutions for change. This year’s Bigger Than Beer series: Women+ in the Industry will shine a light on some amazing women and share their different perspectives in the hopes of inspiring meaningful conversations and positive change on this important issue.”

I have downloaded a couple of episodes and will be listening.

Adam and his Beer

Adambier does not get the likes that other popular beers get. Gose is far more of fan favorite. But this style attributed to Dortmund, Germany pops up rarely so you should seek it out fir your beer style bingo…

And here in L.A. Angel City has their take on it, Devil’s Gate. Quite appropriate for the scary season.

Beer Book – 26 Years of Off-Centered Adventures

Looking for a beer-y Christmas idea? Then read on…

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery proudly announces the publication of The Dogfish Head Book: 26 Years of Off-Centered Adventures, a celebratory chronology of the offbeat escapades that propelled Dogfish Head to become the beloved craft brewery, distillery, hotel and culinary hub it is today. Written by Dogfish HeadFounder & Brewer, Sam Calagione; Dogfish Head Co-Founder & Communitarian, Mariah Calagione; and longtime co-worker and Dogfish INNkeeper, Andrew C. Greeley, this heavily-illustrated, lovingly-told page-turner provides a detailed account of the brand’s history told through heartfelt stories from the authors, a timetable of Dogfish Head’s off-centered beverage releases AND a plethora of co-worker-told tales. The Dogfish Head Book: 26 Years of Off-Centered Adventures hits shelves and web stores nationwide on Tuesday, October 19.

I will get my hands on a copy and might even review it for Beer Paper LA.