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!

New in Cans Today!

Thanks to a test run and the artwork of Jacqui Smith, the first canned Brewyard beer is available today!

Sunday Morning – Blonde California Lager 5.5% abv.
The easiest, most drinkable yet flavorful beer you will find. The clean crisp lager finish truly serves as a canvas to bring out the 100% malted barley grain bill and our unique “common” flavor profile.

16oz Can 4-Packs sell for $12. No Singles. No limit. Only 30 Cases available.


Brewyard of Glendale has a holiday anniversary to celebrate. The Western Avenue brewery will be hitting the 2 year mark and will have what they call an “extremely potent Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian Dubbel” on hand on December 9th.

The Bottle release and party will have outdoor drinking, live music, DJ’s, Food, Raffle Prizes & a Silent Auction.

Two New from Brewyard

Brewyard of Glendale keeps on with the new beers and this month two hoppy offerings are dropping.
India Pale SMaSH (Single Malt Single Hop) Common
This experimental pilot batch uses Meccagrade floor-malted 2 row and Ekuanot Cryo Hops.
EXPECTED – Mid October

Bavarian White Melon IPA
We’re brewing up a new IPA to replace our Juicy Lies IPA. Why? Just cuz. It will use the same hops but will be closer to an actual IPA in terms of color and body. The Mandarina Bavaria, Hallertau Blanc and Huell Melon hops give this light IPA a refreshing citrus flavor and pronounced hop finish. Perfect for the hot Los Angeles climate.
EXPECTED – End of October