If you are in Los Angeles and you venture to the east side, then you must visit the Verdugo Bar. Great, concentrated beer list. Exactly what I would have in a bar. The owner, Ryan knows beer, you can’t go wrong with his list. Corsendonk Apple. Pliny the Elder.
This is one of two breweries that I wish had beer here in Los Angeles. I have had the Belgian Red and the Raspberry Tart and both were beyond excellent. To give you an idea of the styles they have, here are their “unplugged” beers for 2009….Iced Barleywine, Imperial Saison, Eisbock and an Olde English Porter. Makes you want to go to Wisconsin.
1. Widmer Drifter – I generally like Widmer’s special releases better than the Drop Top and Hefe. But this Drifter is smooth with taste. To get the grapefruity taste that this has you usually have a lot of hops like Pliny the Elder but somehow Drifter gets both. Excellent summer beer.
2. Urthel Hop It – I had this on tap at the fabulous Lucky Baldwin’s and it has such a floral smell and taste. The bottled version doesn’t capture that magic as well but this is the best Belgian/Hop mash up around.
3. Brew Dog Punk IPA – I love the logo and the design but I must say this was dissapointing. Not very hoppy. It tastes like a generic British bitter and to me that is the most boring of styles. Give me a Belgian or American micro any day.
This is a great blog. http://eaglerockbrewery.wordpress.com/
It is all about the building of a brewpub. It is both fascinating and frustrating. But the end of story will be great beer in Los Angeles.
Thanks to my Oregon beer hook-up, I have a bottle of Rogue’s latest special offering. Oregon Sesquicentennial. Say that five times fast. I will review as soon as I have the heart to open the bottle.
Apart from the fact that BIG BEER abbreviations are getting more baroque, it is interesting to hear that Anheuser has tumbling profits according to the Wall Street Journal. You would think that the cheap beers would be flying out of stores. But because they buy in bulk and hedge its raw materials purchases means it is locked in to old, high hop prices while the small brewers are making less but better beer at cheaper prices. I say it too much but your local small brewer always seem to do more with less.
As promised, I uncapped the Espresso the other day. Very dark pour. Great foam. Very picturesque. Since I have Portland roots, I have had a few coffee porters and this one is just as good. Rich and malty without an alcohol bite. Perfect for a cold night or a nice cut of steak. It is expensive but it will not dissapoint.
Not to far away from Belmont Station (heck, Portland is a small big town, everything is close), is the enviromentally friendly Hopworks Urban Brewery or HUB. Really cool space. The bank vault from the building before is now a little snug table. They have a plethora of regular beers and even more specials. I had the Abominable Winter Ale and the Belgian Apple. Both very good.
Belmont Station. What can I say. Great selection of beer. Just great. Saw Heater-Allen for the first time, ever. Every time I go in, I see something new. Plus, they have a beer bar next door with amazing taps. If you are anywhere in Oregon, find Belmont Station.
I have got my hands on a bottle of this beer and will tell you later what it tastes like.