Last weekend, I trundled up to Agoura Hills to check out the Ladyface Invitational for 2017….
What a difference a day makes. Saturday was bright an chilly with a blue sky above. On Sunday, as I drove up the 101 to Ladyface, it was grey and rainy and you could barely see ahead of you.
The whole party was forced inside due to the rain which changed the dynamics a bit but I gotta say that Cyrena and crew improvised well. Tucking tables into the brewery and adding signage to help the fest goers navigate in tight quarters.
The beer list was quite the different beast from other festivals that I have been at. It was quite stout heavy and sour heavy. If you were looking for hops, you had two full throated IPA’s but past that, old ales, sour stouts and saisons were in force.
I quite liked the anniversary beer, The Shepherdess. It was strong but not warming. Good solid beer with some spice hints. Perfect for a rainy day. Other standouts were the Saison Bernice from Sante Adairius and the return of The Messenger from Three Weavers and Noble Ale Works.
My only quibble is the amount of pours allowed. The wristband allowed for 20. On a rainy day no less. 10 pours tops though I prefer 5 personally. It forces you to slow down and enjoy more rather than racing from beer to beer. And there was plenty of good beer to choose from. Beer that is normally sold in larger format bottles for over $20.00. Much better to try a small amount and see if it blows you away.
Next year, let’s hope the rains waits until Monday to come down.
Agoura Hills (and L.A.) favorite, Ladyface will be celebrating their 4th year this month with a week’s worth of festivities.
January 20-25, 2014
4th Anniversary Ale & Glassware Release
MON, JAN 20 @ 11:30AM
Our regulars wait all year for this day. Sales of 4th Anniversary glasses begin at 11:30am. For $30, you get a very limited edition Flores et Fructus glass; bring it in any day for one year to receive special pricing on all Ladyface ales. Limit two per person.
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MON, JAN 20 @ 6PM
The Ladies at Ladyface, our women-only beer and social club, will be doing a beer and cheese pairing. New members always welcome! (Usually meets the 3rd Monday of the month. Let by Proprietor Cyrena Nouzille and founding members. More on the Ladies Facebook page.)
WED, JAN 23 @ 6pm
Taking inspiration from our 4th Anniversary theme of fruit and flowers, Chef Adrian is pulling out all the stops to prepare 5 worthy courses to be paired with 5 delicious ales by Brewer Dave. $75/pp (includes tax & gratuity). Tickets are available online only.
THURS, JAN 23 6-7:30 PM
We’re setting up tables in the brewery. Come hang out with Brewer Dave. He’d love to answer any of your brewing and beer questions and may have some special stuff for you to sample.
Barrel-Aged Beer Night
FRI, JAN 24
Barrel-aged beer fan or just curious about all the fuss? Be sure and drop by to enjoy a number of Ladyface barrel-aged beers, some new, some coming out of the vault.
Birthday Party Finale
SAT, JAN 25 @ 9pm
Join us for birthday cake and the music of Other Mother Brother Band from 9pm to midnight.
BUT, the highlight will be the new celebratory beer! Flores et Fructus – A Belgian Quadrupel
It appears that Wades Wines (near Ladyface Ale Companie) has set up taps in their shop! The new Malibu Sundowner Tasting Room.
The initial taster flight was: Coronado Idiot IPA, Flying Dog Gonzo Porter, Bear Republic Racer 5 and Lady Face IPA
We have 32 different beers on tap for you to try. We’re sure you’ll find something you like!!!
Call the store for tasting hours and then check out their extensive bottles for sale as well.