In the Tap Lines for April 2018

I hope you are on the lookout for Fool’s today. Lot’s of social media hijinks will be afoot. Maybe even some Russian ones. So break out an RIS and find the funniest April Fool / Easter memes.

~ e-visits to three breweries from flyover country.
~ special featured reviews of new canned beers.
~ Heads-Up on Los Angeles Beer Events
~ Three suggested beers to buy this month. One light, one medium and one dark
~ A Book & A Beer reads Legacy of Spies from John Le Carre
~ I will tap the Firkin and give my no holds barred opinion on the craft beer world.

Here are two events to get your April started in the Los Angeles craft beer world:
1) April 2nd – Bluebird Brasserie Grand Opening
2) April 7th – Wolf Creek’s 21st Birthday

Barrel Aged and Canned


Now that Ska Brewing is in L.A., it is time to work on getting another Colorado brewery over here.  And that means Upslope to me.  And they have given me another reason to want their cans on shelves here in SoCal…..

“Our original North Boulder brewery at Lee Hill has been a hotbed of creativity lately, crankin’ out some killer small batch brews for our tap rooms, and is now the home of the Lee Hill Series – a quarterly, limited release series celebrating experimentation and creativity. This Series, served up in 19.2 ounce cans, offers new and innovative styles that are sure to be cellar keepsakes.”

Yup, cans to cellar.  Barrel aged then put into cans.  Brown Ale.  Daring choice in a time of hopped madness but this beer spent “four months in first use Maryland Rye Whiskey barrels from Leopold Bros. ” I have had the pleasure of a few beers aged in that spirit makers barrels and they were excellent so I expect nothing less from this one.

Cannery # 1 – Golden Road

Since this is CanFest month, my featured breweries don’t come from just one state or region but share the commonality of canning!

And I will start with the one that is literally a 25 minute walk from my home…Golden Road Brewing.

They will be canning their Point the Way IPA (see above) as well as their Hefeweizen to start. You can also get two different sizes of growlers filled as of now and their tasting room will be open sometime in the near future and you will be able to watch the trains zip by as you sip your ale.