Real Smooth

Jameson Irish Whiskey has collaborated with breweries across the U.S. for their Caskmates program. We here in L.A. have only been able to taste the Angel City beer that was aged in those magical Irish barrels.

Now we might see another (since we get a fair share of Great Divide beers here in LA)

Sean Suggests for August 2013


For August, I am mourning the loss of one of my local beer buying haunts, Red Carpet here in Glendale, CA.  They are moving east to Monrovia which means I probably won’t get out there as much as I used to.  But here are 3 beers taken from a recent e-mail of what they have in bottles.  All three have weird ingredients as a secondary theme.

Dogfish Head / 61 Minute IPA with Syrah Grape Must 6.5% ABV

“The name Sixty-One is a reminder that this beer is Dogfish Head’s best-selling 60 Minute IPA plus one new ingredient: syrah grape must from California. ” An interesting hybrid that is more wine forward than hops to my palate.

Brúton / Stoner Blonde 7.5% ABV

Pours a golden yellow. Really odd aroma on this one. A lot of fruit flavor to this one. More than I can recall having had in a beer. Mango. Passionfruit. Pineapple. Does not get sweet and the 7.5 abv is completely hidden.

Great Divide / 19th Anniversary Ale 10.2% ABV

“Brewed with pure birch syrup and aged on birch wood, this beer embraces reverential tradition and revolutionary innovation”.  Good to see an anniversary ale that is not only not an IPA but uses different cooperage as well.”

Great Divide in LA

If you want to get a craft beer geek salivating then just say the word Yeti. To the normal population, it is just a creature of myth. To the beer nerds it is a beer with many different spins from the Great Divide Brewery in Denver. A favored stop on the GABF tour.

Limited amounts of their beer would make it here to LA but now the bounty increases! And the place to be is Blue Palms on Hollywood. (With their new parking system). You can try out some Yeti and other delightful Divide beer.