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.
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.
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.
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!
Wine grapes are practically everywhere in beers. Maybe a side effect of the fruit beer craze that we are in. But this recent quad of Lambics from Tilquin looks great. The Pinot Noir version would be my top choice.
Next up from the prolific AleSmith is a hazy IPA that is a jam.
Well, actually a marmalade.
This new release from San Diego pours a light yellow color with not much in the way of haze on view. Getting mango and pineapple on the nose, so checkmark for tropical.
Very light body with a solid kick of bitterness that does linger a bit. Getting a bit of raspberry and orange flavor after the bitter. The end brings a touch of alcohol heat mingling with malt character.
There is a nice juicy mouthfeel and indeed tropical but the haze and the softness I associate with it are not. Nix that word from the label and this beer is spot on.
This sounds like a summer refresher from Brewyard – “Fresh tropical fruit aromatics with a light hint of clove make way to bursting flavors of fresh pineapple, passionfruit and citrus spice. This Belgian Blonde is an incredibly delicious combination made specifically for hot summer days and warm nights at the beach or next to the pool.”
Hermosa Brewing has a lovely seaside adjacent taproom but they share space with R6 Distillery up in El Segundo and Hermosa is taking advantage of the nearby barrels. They are putting beer into “fresh oak barrels from their awesome line of craft whiskeys. Last year we took the first steps in our collaboration and planted the seed for our barrel aged beers.”
The first two stouts on Friday July 23rd at our El Segundo brewery.
I an just going to let the press release do the talking for this new IPA from Smog City...
“We are SO excited and proud to be releasing the Women of Smog collaboration beer, Total Boss Red IPA, this Friday, 7/16, in 4-pack cans & draft. This beer is more than just a delicious libation. It’s a statement about how we at Smog City feel about women in the beer industry- they are Total Bosses! We think women deserve respect and a place on the brew deck and are a driving force in making the craft beer industry a better, more inclusive & creative space for all. Over half of our leadership team is female, including our owner Laurie, and we demand respect for all the amazing ladies on our team.
To make Total Boss, all of the Women of Smog worked together to form the recipe (with the support of our brewmaster) and then they hopped on the brew deck to make the beer. It’s been a fantastic and uplifting process for them to come together and create this brew out of solidarity for all the hardworking women in our industry that are overlooked & mistreated far too often.
The beer is a bright, citrusy red IPA brewed using Red X malt for a beautiful ruby hue. It comes in at 6.3% and will be canned the same day we release it, this Friday! And special thanks to @mrdavidruano for this amazing label! Swipe left to see the copy up close and the original photo of the ladies on brew day.”