Review – 2 from Brewyard Beer Co.

We start this Brewyard Beer Co. two-fer review with Kalinga Pilsner which is really crisp with a lovely balanced flavor of the Calamansi. Citrus with a twist. Pours a super clear dark yellow. The malt and fruit take turns as the lead. Plus the label design is excellent.

Next onto the Star Wars inspired Ube Wan and boy that is a strange color of beer.  Has a Kool-Aid quality. This beer has me divided. There is a candy, milkshake quality that is good in small doses which this beer has in not small doses but there is just enough bitterness here to cut it back a bit. 

An Affair to Remember

It has been a scorching few days here in Glendale, thankfully our local brewery, Brewyard Beer Co. has a refreshing Wit being canned in a limited run this weekend. Now I just need to set up the camera just right to get me sippin from the can just like the classy gent on the label.

On an Island

It isn’t only IPA’s that are getting hazier. Brewyard in Glendale has a new canned DDH lager in cans. Now you just need to find some surf and sun for the New Zealand hops. I have already picked up my 4-pack and will review later on the blog. Speaking with the brewers, they were quite happy with the haze retention on this new beer.

Use Your Outdoor Stein

Two special beers will be released at Glendale’s Brewyard for their Outdoor Oktoberfest Celebration. First is the Bourbon Barrel-Aged Black Common in bottle release form and second is their special Pumpkin Spice Rye Lager on tap.

After a recent visit, I noticed a definite uptick in the beers. I was fond of them already but a Stein Member cryo-hopped beer was amazing in aroma in taste, more so than a lot of IPA’s, and their Cali-Pino with calamansi fruit was excellent. A perfect summer quencher. So expect some great beers and pretzels too.

Finish #LABW10 Strong

It’s Friday, and you only have 3 days left of L.A. Beer Week.

Make the most of it, maybe in my hood of Glendale….

the Glendale Tap tonight as they BBQ and have a few beers on tap: “We’ll be in full Backyard Boogie mode w/ Bart’s BBQ smokin’ brisket, and Burnt Ends all-day. We’ll be pouring a ridiculous lineup of treats from the homies at Beachwood, Bottle Logic, Cellador, El Segundo, Highland Park Brewery, Homage, Moonraker, Pure Project, State and Unsung.”

tomorrow, Brewyard will mix art and beer: “The 2nd Annual Brewyard Art Festival is a craft brewery/beer themed art show with local artists, vendors, photographers, musicians, live painting, face painting, live auction, and more. The purpose of this event is to highlight local artists. Last year, we had over 400 attendees and this time around we’re doubling the outdoor space for artists. This year will be even bigger and better!”

and/or you could head to nearby Eagle Rock and Dope & Dank team up with the Craft Beer Cellar for “This is L.A.merica”

Finish strong!

16 To Go

photo from the Brewyard Facebook page

I am all about the smaller sized to-go option. As much as I love crowlers, 32oz and some of the prices are too steep for me to pull the credit card trigger.

But Glendale’s Brewyard Beer Co. has started testing a new 16oz canning machine. And now, you can order up a pint of their selected tap beers for the road.

Review – Super Bowl Beers

Instead of talking about the final score of yesterday’s really good game, instead let’s talk about the score of bottles and cans that were had while waiting for play to resume on the field….

Beer buddy Richard and I started with Bell’s seasonal Hopslam. Go big or go home. The smoothness of the honey really works with the hops. It’s been a while since I had this beer and it was really good.

That was followed by KSA from Fort Point. You can’t drink big hops all game long especially a game with so many interruptions (though this year, not too many flags from the officials) and KSA was a good palate cleanser.

On to the third can of the day, this one from Pizza Port, their new Surf Stop Pale Ale, which seemed more IPA, maybe session IPA.

Next came yet another can, this the first cans ever from Brewyard Beer of Glendale. They put their Blonde Common Lager, Sunday Morning into 16oz cans and it was probably the winner of the day by a field goal over the crowler of Fortunate Islands that I had picked up from the DTLA Dankness Dojo earlier in the day. This was the grapefruit version and it was brewed here in Los Angeles.

As confetti rained on the Eagles, the final beer was opened from Yo-Ho Sorry Umami IPA made with bonito flakes. It wasn’t super savory. Was actually more like a saison and though not an IPA it was quite good.

P.S. Thanks to the Metro Expo line for getting me to the party and back in one piece!