It has been some time since I had a beer from Fullerton’s Bootleggers Brewery. But I found a nice, big beer to break that bad streak on…
This beer comes across first and foremost as strong. Big pine and earthy bitterness dominate. When first opened, I did get an initial grapefruit nose but that faded off quickly. Getting a tiny touch of menthol here too. Quite a different DIPA than the current fruit forward styles but not really to my liking to be honest.
The Bruery is now at the 15 year mark and that means a special barrel-aged beer of course.
“Le quinzième anniversaire of The Bruery brings another celebratory ale true to tradition. We bring you Cristal: the 15th edition of our annual Anniversary ale, meaning it has 15 years of Bruery history blended right in— and you’ll want to savor every drop.”
The Full Pint blog has hit year 15 and they teamed up with Radiant Beer Co. for not a session IPA, not an IPA or a DIPA but an XPA filled with New Zealand hops like Nelson, Motueka Cascade hops from New Zealand.
Here is the brewery rundown, “Aromatics of melon, Sauv Blanc, citrus zest, and lemongrass open up into flavors of white peach, passion fruit, and delicate lychee balanced with a hint of crackery malt and superbly high carbonation.”
All day today, BELMONT STATION will be celebrating it’s 15TH ANNIVERSARY.
And here is what they are going to do to celebrate, “Yep, it’s been 15 years since the founding of Belmont Station as the first specialty beer store in the Northwest. Thanks to you we’re still here so we’ll be breaking out some vintage bottles to sell and have a few surprises on tap. Ted Sobel of Brewers Union Local 180 is bringing us two firkins of his unbeatable genuine cask-conditioned ales, including one brewed just for our 15th, with 15 malts.”
I wish I could take the day off, fly up to Portland and stay there all day if only to have Brewers Union beers.
If I could be in two places at once, I would be at the Beer Bloggers Conference and here at the Lompoc too.
“The New Old Lompoc brewery will celebrate its 15 anniversary later this summer in a big way: 15 Beers for 15 Years! A Northwest institution, the New Old Lompoc will host a one party on August 20, the first official day of Portland Beer Week, serving 15 unique and specialty Lompoc beers in addition to its mainstay lineup. Organizers anticipate nearly 30 different beers will pour throughout the day.
The party will start at 11 am in the parking lot of the New Old Lompoc at 1616 NW 23 Ave. The event will also feature a toast to the memory of Don Younger, who was part owner of the brewery since 2000.
Some of the specialty beers scheduled to be on tap include Saazall Pilsner, Pale Ryeder, two vintages of Old Tavern Rat, Vintage Batch 69, 2009 Pre-Dawn Imperial Stout, a few barrel aged beers, additional vintages, at least one firkin, and many more offerings.”
Escondidian? That’s going to trip up the bad spellers among us. Seems like a little swipe at Cascadian but if it is as good as last years anniversary IPA then I will let it slide.