Deer in the Barn

Angel City has a new sour with a bit of a barrel twist, Fawns in the Farmhouse

Here are the interesting beer details: “We took a farmhouse saison and aged it in 2nd use Cognac barrels for 7 months to develop some sour and funky flavors with sour and wild yeast cultures. Then we crushed fresh Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Twin Fawns Vineyard in San Miguel, CA and fermented the must and skins with Brett Lambicus and natural yeast on the grapes. Finally, we added the fermenting grapes to the farmhouse sour in barrels and let it age for another 5months.”

Queer in Beer

Angel City Brewery has another discussion coming up…

Here are the details…

Pride Month is here and so is the 3rd panel in the Crafting Conversations series. Moderated by Angel City Leader of DE&I, Carissa Sweigart to discuss the significance of the month, her take on Pride, and which is slated for June 24th at the Public House and streamed on YouTube.

Art Share LA #2

If you need a couple boosts to your IPA, then Angel City Brewery has a new beer for you, Mango Chili IPA with artwork from a collaboration with Art Share LA. Now I am not a big spice fiend but a little fire with bitterness is a sneaky good combo.

Weighty Topics

Angel City Brewery is using their platform today start some discussions. Those are the things where people converse and sometimes disagree but still remain cordial.

The DTLA brewery “will kick off a new quarterly panel series, starting with Crafting Conversations: Black in Beer, live on February 21, 2021 at 2p PST. This hour-long conversation is designed to spark and continue a greater discourse around intersectional diversity in the beer industry, as well as showcase the amazing ways each panelist is making the L.A. scene that much stronger in their own way. The discussion will also cover the past, present and future of diversity and inclusion within the industry, as well as improving community allyship. The panelist line-up will include:

That is a cool line-up of L.A. beer people so we aside some time on Sunday.

Extra Featured Review – Avocado Ale from Angel City

New label design for the 2020 Avocado Ale. Angel City won’t be able to hold their popular Avocado Fest this year but you can enjoy the beer with you’re favored pairing at home.

Pours a slightly green tinted orange. I wish the lime and cilantro were more pronounced. Aroma is muted. There is a nice extra slickness which must come from the main attraction, the Avocado. The grain bill gets more of a starring role. The label claims more Avocado in this year’s batch. 

Review – 2 from Angel City

Thanks to the kindness of Angel City, I got the chance to try two new lighter beers from the DTLA brewery. Here are the quick reviews…

To Live and Thai in L.A. – I expected a little more lime zing or a bit something extra from this pilsner. It is solid, I would have liked it a bit more crisp and less bready but mostly was looking for the Thai part of it.

L.A. Blonde – First off, I am a Timbers fan so this beer, clothed in LAFC colors needed to win me over, and it did. It had the easy drinking blonde ale down. Looked a very pretty, bright yellow and hit the malt notes and mouthfeel that I expected.

Featured Review – Pineapple Saison from Angel City

After skillfully handling the sugar from strawberries, Angel City took on another challenge with another sugary fruit in pineapple. How does this Saison fare…

When a fruit is in the beer name, it is either way to over the top and cloying or it is not there at all.  In between is rarely seen.  The Angel City Pineapple Saison which could be a sugary tiki bomb is the rare beer that emphasizes the style first and foremost and then brings the fruit in as a guitar solo or special effect in an action movie.  This has those swirling Belgian yeast esters and slight toast malt notes with the addition of just the right amount of pineapple. 

Featured Review – Avocado Ale from Angel City

It takes guts to use an ingredient that is in high demand and short supply and is thus expensive but Angel City has come back with multiple versions of their yearly Avocado Ale. Here is my review of the basic 16oz canned version…

Maybe this is the beer equivalent of avocado toast?  Pours a medium yellow color. Lots of grain character.  Neither the taste of avocado or honey comes through but the consistency of both is there.  This is very silky and almost oily. No cilantro or lime at all.  That could use to be amped up.  In, the end, this is a pleasant beer to have alongside something with wilder flavors as a counterpoint.

‘Cado 19

Avocado August is almost upon us.

Angel City Brewery keeps upping their game with this year’s (4) avocado ale variants:

The day will feature specialty pours including:

  • Classic – Avocado Ale
  • Guavacado Ale – Guava and Avocado Ale
  • Lavacado Ale – Spicy Avocado Ale
  • Javacado Ale – Coffee and Avocado Ale

There is also…”a special cask ale only available on tours: Avocado Grapefruit Ale made with local grapefruits from their non-profit partner Food Forward.

The festivities run from August 2nd to August 4th.