I am on record that I will not be watching/following the World Cup this year, but on the 19th, I just might follow the Whirled Cup at Arrow Lodge Brewing.
The Covina (and coming Arts District) brewery has taken a Cruyff Turn to a session IPA for their 6th Anniversary beer.
Old time L.A. beer fans might remember Sanctum Brewing in Pomona, well that space is now the home of Neon Bear Brewery. The owner/brewmaster is Ryan Walton, who last worked at Last Name Brewing Co. They are now open and showing off neon signage because, for some strange reason, the City of Glendale’s Museum of Neon Art, has a storage facility not in Glendale. I digress, the brewery is now open and is on my to-visit list.
Coming later is Campsite Brewing settling in Covina and a planned opening date later this year. More info to come as they get closer to opening the taps on what should include a rauchbier or s’mores stout.
Arrow Lodge will be splitting time between gazing at their beautiful beers and fawning over classic cars when the mark their 5th anniversary next month.
So follow their feed for further details and maybe anniversary beer news.
A taster tray is 6 strong here. I got all 4 of the Ginjo 7 beers made with Sake yeast plus a smoke beer and an IPA. Thankfully the gate was open, so I didn’t have to call with password to get into the semi-industrial area. Inside it is a spare, multipurpose taproom. Seating truncated by empty kegs and boxes on one side plus a cooler and small microwave in between sparse shelving units. It was a bit warm inside. I got tagged by a mosquito while drinking so session moved faster than I might normally do because two large itchy bites is my limit.
Starting with the sake yeast beers which is quite strong in the White, masked a little more in the Red. But the Blue had a nice double hit of saison and sake mixed. The Black has a bit of wine barrel to it tending towards sour. Red and Blue clearly were better to me because the balance was better because damn that Sake yeast is strong.
The Horizon IPA was different but good, maybe the different made it stand out. The smoke beer was my favorite, it had really nice wood note that you lose sometimes in smoked ales. This was softer than a traditional rauchbier. No smoke in your eyes at a campfire and more BBQ.
Overall, not my favorite beers, maybe the Sake is stronger but I will leave that to Sake Search Party for that review.
Next up in the holiday beer parade is Arrow Lodge and their first ever 22oz Bottled Stout. “Mallow Dramatic is an Imperial Stout with Cocoa Nibs, Toasted Marshmallow and Vanilla coming in at 10.5% ABV.”
Arrow Lodge can branding has been a bit hit or miss for me. One can is all green and the next is a wavy psychedelic unicorn. But I could not pass up on such a sassy beer. The Mavhine oours a hazy lemonade ice tea color. Very soft and pillowy mouthfeel, bitterness is there but a couple blocks away. There is a tropical fruit aroma. Pineapple and banana to me. I wouldn’t call it sassy. Getting some citrus flavor notes as it warms. Almost sorbet like in the flavor. I noticed that Untappd has an entry for a peach version which might be even better.
Looks like the greater L.A. craft beer map is filling in a little more.
Out in Covina, Arrow Lodge Brewing (formerly Barley Lodge) is up and going….
Beers that seem to be getting name checked most are the Pale To the King, Happy Cal Milk Stout Stout and the intriguing Lavender Vanilla Cream Ale
Next up is Sour Cellars, way out in Rancho Cucamonga. Still not as far as Hangar 24 though.
The all sour brewery opened up just as 2016 ticked away for good. They are “specializing in newly isolated wild yeast strains.” Maybe a Cucamonga Quake Coolship is in the future.
Well, that was fast. It didn’t take long for Rev Brewing to rev up. (OK, no more use of the word Rev).
It will be fun to see what new twist this new brewery brings to the L.A. table. The organic niche is one that could be really exploited (in a good way) here in Los Angeles.
The wine country of Covina. Let’s just say that is not on the tips of peoples tongues but Rev Winery is making European inspired wines from Temecula grapes. And now they are branching into our favorite beverage, craft beer.
They have hired Erick (Better known as Riggs) Villar of Ohana Brewing to join Patrick Bustos and Adam Jaime to work a seven barrel brewhouse. This had flown by my beer radar to the point where there beers will be coming out fairly soon. No waiting for this permit or that review. They will be joining with Alosta Brewing to fill up the pint glasses of beer fans in the San Gabriel Valley.
More news to follow when I have had a chance to try their beers.