I finish the Smoothie brewery month with what I consider the grandfather, progenitor of the style. Omnipollo. I remember seeing them tap out of their wild creations at the Firestone Walker Invitational at least twice and wondering what was driving the interest. The following beers might answer that question.
Pleroma Blackberry Blueberry Lime Crème Brûlée
“Blackberries, blueberries and a dash of lime crème brûlée sour ale brewed with berries, lactose sugar and lots of finely ground vanilla. The creaminess and notable flavors of berries are balanced out with the bite from the gentle amount of lime.”
Tropical Smoothie Hard Seltzer
Pineapple Peach Passionfruit Tropical Smoothie Hard Seltzer brewed with our friends at Untitled Art blends our favorite juicy, tropical fruits with a dash of lactose sugar and our finest ground vanilla pods.
Bianca Guava Lychee Passionfruit Lassi Gose
Tropical, fruit heavy gose containing some of our favorite fruits of the season. Brewed with rock salt, lactose, guava, lychee and passionfruit. 5
Athletic Brewing is my personal choice for N/A beers and now they are nodding towards their second home of California with a West Coast IPA using malt from Admiral and hops from Crosby.
We don’t get any Cincy Made Rhinegeist beer here in the Southland so this collaboration with Karl Strauss is as close as you can get unless you have Midwest travel plans coming up. The label is a little too colorful for me but a citrusy IPA sounds good.
One of the favorite of the summer beer events for both the breweries and fans alike has been the Mammoth Bluesapalooza. It is still on my bucket list. Maybe 2022 for me. But this year is a milestone, # 25!
And Mammoth Brewing is releasing a 10% TIPA to mark the occasion. In bombers no less.
Next up in “News from the NAGBW” are my notes from last nights talk on whether or not a reckoning can become a revolution as the industry confronts sexism.
Here are some takeaways from the discussion with host Jessica Infante and panelists Beth Demmon, Jess Bautista and Paige Latham Didora.
- hard to rehash these atrocious stories
- workers are at a disadvantage bur female workers are often more so
- career development is stunted
- toxic gratitude where you have to be happy despite the bad environment
- even job descriptions raise red flags
- maybe reporting incidents to the local brewers guild could help
- change the imperative from moral to either financial or legal
Kudos for creativity on this label from Bolton Landing Brewing Company.
But it makes me question the following paragraph from the NY Post…
““Like most businesses this year, we are looking for help in our taproom,” says the ad from the brewery, which is located less than a mile from Lake George and about a 20-minute drive from the popular summer resort’s main drag.”
My guess is that summer vacation tourists might be the bigger driver when it comes to jobs not being filled. You can read this NPR piece HERE where that comes through loud and clear.
News from Beachwood….”In the beginning… Beachwood’s beer was written on small chalkboards and hung from behind the bar. It’s a tradition we continue at our original brewing location in Long Beach. As a tribute to that, we’re launching “Chalkboard Series,” a rotating selection of small-batch canned beers, available only at Beachwood’s own locations.”
The series started last week with a classic pale ale. Their first-ever pale ale in cans.
I am not one to sign up for grocery delivery. I like to pick my own stuff and I stare at screens too much as it is. But I was intrigued by a company that was selling the not pretty but still perfectly fine food.
Now that company, Imperfect Foods has a beer made with New Belgium, a citrus IPA. No googly eyes included.
I am a big proponent of farms getting some recognition from brewers. CLS Farms is getting some El Dorado hop love from Three Weavers Brewing with their new All Dorado IPA.
Fill the wordspace with odes to farmers!
No tension, just Ten as in Zehn at Enegren Brewing. August 21st
“It has been 10 years since we started this journey in a 1000sqft a 3 barrel brewery serving only 4 taster glasses of beer to each confused individual that stumbled upon our door. Things have changed! And it’s time to celebrate! Mark your calendars and grab your lederhosen because we’re throwing an epic ZEHN FEST complete with German Music, German Food, a ferris wheel and our 10TH Anniversary Zehn Fest Pilsner served in one of a kind Maximilian Steins!”