And surprisingly, I found the shandy to be the better beer by far. I have never eaten at a Hot Dog on a Stick so no fond recollections of days at the mall cloud my memory. It was a nice sugary lemonade balanced out by the 310 Blonde Ale. I would have up the beer percentage a skosh but it was refreshing.
The stout was OK but it had no life to it. It was neither rich and viscous nor light and bubbly. No chocolate or coffee notes jumped out at me either. Had a bit of a metallic note to it as well. An addition of something else to add a secondary flavor might have helped here.
Before we close up the books on August, I have another Black is Beautiful beer to review, this one from Indie Brewing Co.
Dark and toasty. Getting that bitter New Orleans chicory / coffee taste. Pretty one note overall. On the plus side, has a decent smoothness to it. Also has a bit of a perfume aroma that I like. Like a cafe mocha that was light on the chocolate.
Thanks to the Glendale Tap who have been killing it as a to-go spot, I picked up the Crowns& Hops version of Black is Beautiful, Pecan Pie Stout.
Right in between silky and robust. Good strong taste here. Pecans are a light touch, have to dig a little to taste. Lactose seems light as well. But overall it comes together as a real nice robust Porter edging into stout territory. Would have liked to ge5 a little sweetness for a version labeled as pecan pie. Don’t need pastry stout levels of sugar but a touch would be nice.
First and hopefully not last of the multitude of beers in Los Angeles under the Black is Beautiful banner of stouts that I hope to enjoy. . The Smog City version has a slightly burnt / roasted caramel aroma. Really nice chicory and chocolate mix of flavors. Nice balance of the two competing flavors. Has a campfire smokey essence to it as well as being ver smooth. Would pair really well with a sweet, milk chocolate.
We just had the All Together nationwide collab and now, we get another one, this time due to the work of Weathered Souls Brewing’s “Black Is Beautiful Initiative.” The goal of the San Antonio brewery “is to create a collaborative effort among the brewing community and its customers, in an attempt to bring awareness to the injustices that many people of color face daily. The mission is to show that the brewing community is an inclusive place for everyone of any color.”
Be on the lookout in July for local Los Angeles versions. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this beer will be going to the Black Visions Collective, Campaign Zero, the Innocence Project, and the National Bail Out. ⚒️????