Sean Suggests for November 2022

Three beers that will have you traveling all over SoCal. But each of these three beers would work well with your Holiday meal choices.

Malibu Brewing Company Railway Rye Pale Ale – 5.6% – “This gorgeous ale boasts rye-spiced richness and balanced bitterness, the perfect transition from Summer to Fall.”⁠

Trademark Brewing Get Toasty Hot Chocolate Porter – 5.8% – “Get warm and toasty with this Hot Chocolate Porter made with Letterpress Chocolate cacao nibs.  A roast-toasty body and silky smooth finish will carry you away.”

Radiant Beer Co. Home With You Hazy IPA – 6.8% – “This fresh & fruity hazy will bring cheer to any table.  Featuring a lush combination of Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, Amarillo & Cashmere hops, this juice bomb hugs you with notes of mango, tangerine, peach and a hint of strawberry.”

Sean Suggests for October 2022

Staying in Los Angeles this month with three pretty big beers.  One is the definite outlier but fits the spooky season for sure.

Angel City Saisonic Ritual – 7.2% – “Featuring 1,000 pounds of Pinot Noir grape must and skins fermented with a demonic farmhouse saison that is just in time for Halloween. We aimed to blend beer making and the dark arts to bring about a dry saison with just enough wine grape flavor to keep the ritual going.”

El Segundo Octo Brew Hazy DIPA – 8% – the final beer in the Octo series is a hazy DIPA loaded with Citra, Simcoe and CTZ Cryo hops.

Common Space Hey Big Guy Triple IPA – 10% – “lemongrass, kiwi, dank.”

Sean Suggests for September 2022

Hopefully, by now, you have partaken of a few Oktoberfest styled beers.  For those here in Los Angeles, I have two more suggestions for your boot steins plus a further afield beer that has BBQ involvement. 

Societe BrewingOktoberfest Lager – 4.6% – “Inspired by the famed light brews of Munich, this festive lager is crisp and clean with floral and mineral notes, plus a touch of lemony citrus zest.”

Far FieldOh! So Smoky Smoked Porter – 5.3% – “Smoked Malt + Chocolate + Coffee and malts smoked by Osos BBQ.

Paperback BrewingDoctor Octobock – German Fest Bock Lager – 6% – “pale, malty lager beer designed to distinguish between blandness and too much color.  The hop character is balanced with toasty malts and spicy notes from the hops.”

Sean Suggests for August 2022

Thanks Climate change!  Time to go a little lighter this month to compensate what we humans have done to this planet.  Let’s drink some lighter beers and also help, just a little while we are drinking.

Arts District Brewing Summer Crush – 4.3% – “Crafted on a bright and tart sour wheat base, our brewers go all out pulverizing Meyer Lemons into our own purée to double down on that acidity, and then toss in heaps of raspberry and blackberry for a mega jammy and sweet tart experience.”

Unsung Wormhole Pale Ale – 5.5% – “Hoppy west coast pale ale with strata & simcoe hops.”

VNBC Hair We Go Hazy IPA – 6% – A mixture of Cascade, Saaz, Calypso and Citra Cryo.  Proceeds from the sales will be donated to Wigs for Kids.

Sean Suggests for July 2022

Summer might be the time for pilsners and lagers to shine but there are still a lot of IPAs out there with almost all the hops you can imagine.

Smog City Squall Line IPA – 6.4% – “the next beer in our Smog Days IPA Series. This is one bright & crushable West Coast IPA, coming in at 6.4% and featuring Azacca, Veteran’s Blend, & Simcoe hops. It’s got wonderful flavors of mango, pineapple, & stone fruit.

Fremont / Bale Breaker Cultivision Cold IPA – 7.5% – “we used Yakima Chief Hop’s 301 Mosaic Fresh Cryo Hops. Just because it’s not fresh hop season, doesn’t mean we can’t bring you a fresh hop beer. By using fresh hops it really accentuates the pine, grassy and fresh floral aromas.”

Societe Brewing Glorious Odds Hazy IPA – 7.5% – “a playful hazy with a boat load of stone fruit notes. Adorn your senses with aromas of peach, tropical fruits and lemon followed with some orange & sweet aromatics. Crafted with Idaho 7, El Dorado, Mosaic, and Azzaca hops, this spunky brew is mildly bitter with a heavy haze.”

Sean Suggests for June 2022

This month it is easy to be green in Los Angeles as a bevy of heavily hopped beers are out there waiting for us to experience the loudest bitterness.

BIG

Ogopogo / El Segundo Hop City Express 2: Double Trouble – 8.5% WC DIPA This San Gabriel meets El Segundo collaboration is hopped with Incognito Mosaic, Incognito Chinook, Michigan Chinook, and Mosaic Cryo. 

BIGGER

Beachwood Brewing Greenshift DIPA – 10% – West Coast Double IPA from hopped with a lot of the green stuff.   Citra, Amarillo, El Dorado, Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy, and Warrior too.

JUMBO

Highland Park Brewery Jumbo Timbo IPA – 7.5% – “Timbo Style IPA hopped with Mosaic & Citra hops, just like Timbo Pils, but we bumped it up a notch or two. This crisp, clear, hoppy beer explodes with notes of dank blueberry kush, flamed orange peel, & zippy blueberry razzzz. What a crop of aromas, what a crop!”

Sean Suggests for May 2022

This month is all California with a leaning to styles not normally seen or ingredients not as often used.

Firestone Walker / Green CheekParrotphrase – 4.5% “We teamed up with Green Cheek Beer Co. to create Parrotphrase, a limited-edition Dry-Hopped Grisette with crisp flavors of passionfruit and guava. Parrotphrase will be the Welcome Beer at the Invitational Beer Festival.”

Cellador AlesGolden Healer – 5% “an intensely aromatic, and reminds me of the perfumey quality of walking by a guava tree in Southern California in the fall. The base beer has lots of depth, with classic Farmhouse beer character, which plays well with the slightly herbal note of the guavas.”

Beachwood BrewingBarrel Aged Full Malted Jacket Scotch Ale – 12% – “Bringing back our two-time GABF award-winning Full Malted Jacket Bourbon Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale. With its NEW partner in crime, Full Malted Jacket RYE Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale. You’ll taste accents of vanilla and toasted oak that meld seamlessly with notes of toffee and caramel.

Sean Suggests for April 2022

Let’s dive into as many hops as humanly possible. Here are three recent lupulin releases. Two from Cali in cans and one DIPA in limited release on draft.

Three Weavers Hops There and Everywhere IPA 7.2% “Featuring the hops Talus, Simcoe and HBC586, expect notes of mango, orange zest, grapefruit, passionfruit and pine wrapped in the tight, crystal clear embrace that we know and love as West Coast IPA.”

Radiant Brewing Another Surprise IPA 7.3% “a sparkling showcase of the many faces of the beloved Citra hop! Aromas of peachy ring gummies, big tropical guava and mango, and a touch of tangerine kick off this multifaceted experience and carry through into its delicious flavor, along with notes of white peach and pina colada. Its flavor is big, while its bitterness is not. The dry finish makes for a very drinkable 100% Citra hopped IPA despite its slightly higher ABV.”

Outer Range Brewing In the Deep Steep DIPA 8.5% “Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy. creating flavors ofGrapefruit, Peach and Mango.

Sean Suggests for March 2022

Let’s do a Belgian post (with a side trip to Van Nuys). I need to get busy buying more Belgian and I guess the IPA fans need to as well.

Gueuzerie Tilquin Gueuze Tilquin a l’Ancienne 6.0% – “Oude Gueuze Tilquin à l’Ancienne is a spontaneous fermentation beer, produced from the blending of 1, 2 and 3 years old lambics. It is unfiltered and unpasteurized, and refermented in the bottle for at least 6 months. The lambics used were fermented and oak aged in our installations. These lambics are coming from worts brewed by Boon, Lindemans, Girardin and Cantillon breweries.”

Cellador Ales Vine of the Dead 7.0% – “This beer is straight fire. So beautiful and so complex. Aged on a massive amount of Cabernet and Charbono wine grape skins for 2 months, Vine of the Dead has a complex aroma profile dominated by berries and vanilla with hints of baking spices. The mouthfeel is full and the acidity perfectly balanced, laying a pristine backdrop for flavors of blueberry, cranberry, and oak. A nearly perfect beer that can only be done justice by trying it for yourself.”

Brouwerij Het Anker Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van de Keizer Blau 11.0% – “Every year on the 24th of February, the birthday of “Charles the fifth”, the Brewery brews the Gouden Carolus “Cuvee of the Emperor” in a limited quantity and with an eye on the highest quality and tradition. This unique brewing, with only extra fine Belgian hops and with a higher alcohol level, guarantees a better evolution in the time, than the already known Gouden Carolus. This beer, as all our beers, is 100 % natural, with no preservatives, no adjuncts and no chemicals. We bottle it in bottles of 75 cl and closed with a quality cork. Excellent to store several years. Every year the public is invited to assist to the brewing process.”

Sean Suggests for February 2022

Pour Some Space in Your Face as this month choices hail from Ecliptic Brewing of Portland. Two locations in the Rose City to serve you. Mississippi Ave. and their still kinda new Moon Room. Plus we get drops here in L.A. too.

Ecliptic Capella Porter 5.2% – “Capella Porter is named after a bright star in the constellation Auriga. Sweet dark malt aromas are followed by a nice medium body. Flavors of chocolate and caramel meld with just a touch of roast. A collection of American hops (Nugget, Chinook, Centennial and Cascade) brighten this lively porter.”

Ecliptic Pyxis Pilsner 5.5% – “Noble hops complement this balanced pilsner. Finishing crisp & refreshing, Pyxis is our spin on this classic German-style lager.”

Ecliptic Phaser IPA 6.5% – “Juicy and unfiltered, Phaser Hazy IPA stuns with a lively array of fruity hop notes. Phaser features Citra, Azacca, Mosaic and El Dorado hops.”