Hollywood Bottles

Thanks to a certain virus, I don’t think I have been in Hollywood in over a year, but now there is a reason to visit…

…yup, Stout has created a bottle shop next to their Cahuenga Boulevard restaurant. I checked their online store and they have quite a few aged bottles to buy.

1st Visit – Radiant Beer

I made a trek down to Radiant Beer Co. on a sunny day in early May to get a feel as to their range of beers. I have has a few Radiant cans up to this point but I wanted to sample a hazy IPA made with Phantasm! powder which is a grape product akin to hop powder.

Before that, I started with the Light and the Crispy. Blank Slate witbier and Sun Spangles amber. The wit has chamomile but it was a little too faint for me. The amber was solid which is a good indicator that attention was paid.

Then it was on to the hoppy portion of the taster tray. Hazy pale, Secondary Motion was a strong contender for best beer. Spoiler, it kept the #1 spot Super soft with a citrus smoothie taste to it. Then it was on to the Sounds Phantastic! which was another well done hazy. Both the pale and the IPA have the haze but didn’t have that ugly brown unfiltered cider look. They were colorful yellow in keeping with the brewery name . Lastly was the On Chill IPA (yes, i stayed away from the pastry stouts on purpose), it was my least favorite of the group. The combo of hops used ended up being a muddle to me

The location is right up next to a railroad track on busy Lincoln Ave. so when safe, I would recommend staying indoors which is a lovely space. I like the bright colors too. Visually makes one happy. And the staff was super friendly and helpful which I appreciated.

Certainly add this to any Anaheim brewery adventure.

The Fields are Wild

Traveling to the SLO / Paso Robles region just got a little more exciting with…

Wild Fields has Ryan (wait for it) Fields Brewing In Atascadero. If that name is familiar, he was at Beachwood as well as Pizza Port so that bodes well for the beer.

NoHo to Bur

Looks like the corner property that was once the brewing operations for Simmzy’s is staying in the beer family…

Brews Brothers who have a spot in the North Hollywood Arts District are taking the Media District location. I do not see anywhere in a cursory internet search if they will brew or not there but they have a pretty good amount of taps to fill.

Mc is Back

From the ashes of the Green Flash / Alpine Brewing deal of a few years back comes…

Son and Father Brewing duo of Shawn and Pat McIlhenney will be Brewing again in Alpine, CA!

You can read the full story from the excellent Brandon Hernandez HERE.

Beer History Week

The Chicago Brewseum dropped the following press release recently…”We are pleased to announce that, in collaboration with our friends at Colonial Williamsburg, we will be hosting the first ever Beer History Week, November 4 – 14, 2021!
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The week kicks off with our #BeerCultureSummit (November 4-7) and concludes with Colonial Williamsburg’s Ales Through the Ages (November 13-14). Peppered in between the two unique conferences will be an array of other beer history content from various partners across the globe.⁣⁣
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Information about Ales Through the Ages is out now. Details about the Beer Culture Summit and other Beer History Week related events will be released this summer. Whether you join us in person or online, we hope to see you as we roll out the (beer history) barrels this November!⁣”

Erosion Wine AND Beer

Patrick Rue May have left Orange County for St. Helena to open Erosion Wine but he hasn’t left beer behind.

Now, he is in the planning stages for a small brewery, also named Erosion. And they will be next door so your wine friends can have their place and the beer friends will have their hang out.

Read more about it right HERE.