The “10 Great California brewed” series continues tomorrow over on Food GPS, with pale ales the topic of conversation.
Today’s tease though is that I want to run a different list by you good readers. 5 Underappreciated Craft Beers from California.
I would start with Scrimshaw Pilsner from North Coast – You see it everywhere but it gets no beer geek love. Then follow it with Craftsman Poppyfields a British style pale that is chewy and malty but geeks either talk (and deservedly so) about 1903 or Triple White Sage. Third up would be Anchor Liberty Ale. A really pleasant beer that never fails to make a good impression. Next would be Bear Republic Racer 5. Everyone seems to try all the different variants but not the original. Lastly, Kellerweis from Sierra Nevada is a great Hefeweizen and should get more cred.
What beers do you think people should be talking about more?
Food GPS tomorrow will reveal what I thought about some of the events so far this week. (And add some events to see in the remaining days as well). I thought I would use this space to review the L.A. Beer Week beer, Unity 2013 with honey and hibiscus from Eagle Rock Brewery.
Unity 2013 pours with a lovely red tint to it. I get a slight aroma of hibiscus on the nose as I tip the bottle towards me. The taste is very light on the tongue. I get mostly wheat and malt at first followed by a good amount of hibiscus. But not so much that it takes over which hibiscus is wont to do. There is some residual sweetness to it but the bubbles really do their work and scrub it away before anything cloying happens. A really nice beer for the late summer / early fall heat wave that L.A. is fond of having.
Tomorrow on my weekly post on Food GPS, I list up 10 spots to visit for beer in Hollywood. Hopefully handy when you have seen a movie at Arclight or been to a show and what a beer after. But one thing to notice about the beer scene in Hollywood is that there is no brewery with a taproom open to the public in this historic part of Los Angeles. And that is a shame.
I know that rent is a high barrier to entry in Los Angeles. (Amongst other reasons) And that Hollywood with the current uptick in condos and development is probably higher than the high average already set, can make basing a labor and equipment and ingredient intensive business even harder than in other spots but count this post as my “cry into the void” for someone with deep pockets and a love for good beer to come to the rescue.
Because there is a community there in Hollywood that would probably warm to the idea of a local beer that they could walk and get when Highland is shut down for parades and Oscars and such.
Tomorrow’s post over on Food GPS is cut right down the middle. 1/2 about the recently opened Pacific Plate Brewing and the second 1/2 about some of the events on tap for L.A. Beer Week.
This teaser does the same.
First up a review of the tap room at Pacific Plate. As craft beer fans know, breweries tend to be tucked into industrial parks and other odd spots. This locale is not different. At the back of part of a bigger complex off of Myrtle in Monrovia, the space is fairly roomy for a start-up. I have seen and been in smaller. Nice amount of blue barrel tables to stand at and a couple of picnic benches as well. The best seats are the ones at the cut out window that looks at the taps and gives a birds eye view of everyone that comes in. The big thing is that the people at the taps are very welcoming. And the beer is good, but I leave that to tomorrow.
Second, here is an additional event to consider attending. Then check my post tomorrow for others and decide which (or all) that you will not want to miss.
Beer vs Wine at at The Local Peasant
Monday September 23rd 2013 6:30 pm-10:00 pm
5 course menu of our Chefs creation. Each contender ( One Beer Guru and One Wine Guru) are presented with the menu. Pairing begins and the challenge is to vote on which libation works best with each dish…Who will win… Beer or Wine?
A few weeks back, I chose some of my favorite IPA’s for Food GPS, and tomorrow I have selected 10 of my favorite sour beers.
I fully expect to hear howls of protest. How could you leave this beer off the list? Why did you pick this beer? You are just choosing beers based on internet rankings. Your probably haven’t had these beers. You get the idea.
If you want to start a discussion, then please comment. I may not respond super quickly. But I try to. I certainly hope that someone directs me to a beer that I haven’t had. I may find a new favorite sour because of that.
But if you just want to scream or have your voice heard then please go out on your patio or back yard or balcony and do it. If all you want to do is say, “you are wrong and stupid” tell that to the wall. Because that would accomplish the same thing as trolling a list of beers.
That is because we live in a time of plenty when it comes to craft beer. 10 different bloggers could come up with 10 equally great lists of sour beers. And most readers would probably do as well. There is no wrong list. There is no right list. It is just a list from one perspective as of this day. Totally subject to change.
Congregation Ale House has begun brewing operation!. Caleb McLaughlin, formerly of Rogue Brewing is at the helm. I set out to Azusa to try some of the new beers and take some photos, since I can’t share beer over the interwebs, here is the latter….
The lovely brick building in Azusa is easy to get to and plenty of parking.
Your two Congregation brewers!
The beers on tap.
Tomorrow on Food GPS, I will present my 10 choices for where to go for craft beer in Downtown Los Angeles. And no, #1 doesn’t mean it is the best. But if you want to express your anonymous interwebs opinion and spout off on how wrong I am. Do it somewhere else. This is for serious discussion only.
Tomorrow on Food GPS, I will be re-capping the happenings at the recent Blue Palms Anniversary bash. Brian Lenzo presented a craft beer list that would make many beer geeks very happy.
Here are some photos from the day….along with the beers that I imbibed…
Almanac Flowering Gose
Green Flash Flanders Drive
Founders Double Trouble DIPA
Rhinegeist Cool Truth IPA
Beachwood Hop Tub IPA
Phantom Carriage Muis
Tomorrow, the first in a series of California-centric postings on Food GPS. With the recent passing of the 2013 IPA day, I will select 10 bitter bombs brewed in California. Beer Styles will alternate with best beer spots in different parts of the vast and sprawling mega-plex that is Los Angeles. Starting with Downtown L.A.
I fully expect and encourage comments and rants about what was included and what was left out. Mostly I want people to know that you can come to Los Angeles and find the best in craft beer.
Before the main event at the Brewbound – Brew Talk at Golden Road. A diverse panel of speakers covering three sectors of the craft beer ecosystem were called to the podium to talk about the State of Beer in Los Angeles.
Included were Anne Conness the chef for Simmzy’s, Jace Milstead the beer guru for Ace Distribution and Jeff Sapsford from Sunset Beer.
Here are some tidbits from their talk (in no particular order of importance).
You have to “earn” the privilege of pouring special beers. You don’t get the uber rare beer if you don’t support the rest of a breweries beers.
It would be great to go to signature L.A. landmarks and see signature L.A. beers served there.
You have to have IPA’s on at least 1/3 of your taps.
If you are brewing beer, two key things: Consistency and Availability.
Seems like anyone who gets fired decides to open a brewery.
Be a part of the market.
On Food GPS tomorrow, what I took away from business discussion between The Bruery and Golden Road.