A Highland Park Craftsman

Highland Park is close to Pasadena, so it seems right to have Craftsman Brewing do the team up thing with Highland Park Brewery. Below is the newsletter news…

“Earlier this year we inherited a wine foudre from Craftsman, so obviously we wanted our first brew into it to be with Mark & the gang! We brewed a beer & then transferred it into the foudre to ferment away fora while. In that foudre we used wild yeast propagated from acorns that came from Mark’s backyard!”

This news will keep me searching for when it gets tapped or bottled for sure.

Shall Not be Named

Whenever I see a post regarding Craftsman Brewing, I stop and screenshot it. They don’t get out on the interwebs often. Here is another anti-trend style from the Pasadena brewery that you should look for.


November 18th and another HenHouse (kind of) collaboration.
Father Divine” Dunkel Weizenbock comes from Craftsman Brewing Company and certified cicerone®, Sayre Piotrkowski of HenHouse Brewing Company.

Here is the beer description: “Divine” a stronger, darker take on the Hefe style. The beer is brown and hazy, with aromas of chocolate, dark fruit, bananas foster and allspice. It is about 7.5% ABV.

The beer will be pouring at Barbara’s at the Brewery along with….

“Winning Team” Adjunct (Jasmine Rice) Lager, brewed as a collaboration between HenHouse, Temescal (Oakland, CA) and Eagle Rock (Los Angeles, CA)

“Frozen Envelope” NE-Style IPA, HenHouse

“Saison” Farmhouse Style Ale brewed with Spices, HenHouse

BBQ Craftsman

My top three foods to pair with beer starts with burgers and pizza but BBQ is right there too. And you can sample two venerable Pasadena institutions beer and BBQ on October 18th starting at 6:30pm.

Craftsman Brewing and Brewmaster Mark Jilg is the beer half. The five-course dinner will be curated by Gus’s BBQ. The food will be paired with five Craftsman beers. Jilg will talk tasting notes, style, history and more for each beer.

Seating will be limited and purchasing advance tickets is advised.

Craftsman at the Cellar

Tonight! Saturday, November 12 from 5 to 9 p.m. the Craft Beer Cellar in Eagle Rock will host their Second Saturday Session featuring the beer of Craftsman Brewing Company, the longest standing independent small brewery in Los Angeles!
Outside of Maximiliano restaurant which has a long Craftsman list, we don’t usually see lists of Craftsman so take the opportunity for a flight special, LA Wing Co foodtruck will be in the parking lot and their will be merchandise giveaways!

Craftsman @ Eagle Rock


Eagle Rock’s taproom has a special guest for this month’s “Hangin’ with Our Homies” on the 24th starting at 7pm, Craftsman will be in the house!  Now you can sample the two pioneers of the brewing scene in one spot!

More info from the brewery:

“Pop on down to the taproom and check out our homies from Craftsman. You might recognize them from beers such as 1903, Triple White Sage, Summer Sumac, Sourdough and many more!”

#LABW5 Pick of the Night – Wednesday 9/25

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OK, this is a ticketed event and it will be a bit on the spendy side.  But just like no L.A. Beer Week is complete without Eagle Rock, it is really not complete without Craftsman.  The original trailblazer of the scene before there was a scene.  And Maximiliano is THE place to get their beer.  Plus the food is awesome.

Craftsman Beer Dinner at Maximiliano

And as a bonus you can check out The Hermosillo and see where a future L.A. brewery will be.

Craftsman in bottles?


For those of you who thought they would never live to see the day that a Craftsman beer was bottled and put on sale.  Well, it has happened.  Just not in Los Angeles.  St. Vincent, a bar in San Francisco, has collaborated with Mark Jilg to create “Sumac Summer Ale,” Belgian Style Wheat Beer with Sumac and Coriander Matured in Oak.

Here is the full description from the press release, “This was the beer that Craftsman brewer Mark Jilg collaborated on with our in-house Cicerone, Sayre Piotrkowski.  It is a Belgian Style Wheat (not white) Ale, spiced with hand-ground Sumac. The beer’s primary fermentation in steel with a blend of Belgian yeast strains. The beer then spent 9 weeks in a large oak fermenter. The result is not an overtly sour beer.  With “Sumac Summer” The boys set out to make a beer that scratched the same itch as a cold glass of lemonade. The result is fruity, a little sweet, a touch tart and just a bit funky.”

Unfortunately, there was only 15 bbls of this beer were brewed and only a limited amount was put on sale in 375 ml bottles.



Beer Storytelling is the focus of Beercentricity a new event on the Los Angeles craft beer scene to be held at Barbara’s at the Brewery on May 19th at 6pm.

“Four local brewers will come together in one night to share the stories behind the beer they make.It will be a fun, conversational way of getting to know the inspiration behind some of the best beer in California. Participants will enjoy four complimentary beers created by these brewers and enjoy a selection of carefully-curated food pairings, all included in the ticket price.”

And the line-up for the initial event is a quality mix.  New and established.  Local and out of town.  Plus Automatic does not make it up here so this might be a rare chance to try beers from a true craft beer pioneer in Lee Chase.

Mark Jilg – Craftsman Brewing Co., Pasadena
Alexandra Nowell – Kinetic Brewing, Lancaster
Jeremy Raub – Eagle Rock Brewery, Los Angeles
Lee Chase – Automatic Brewing, San Diego

$20 – Tickets on sale HERE