Let’s go straight to the top, my favorite beer of the month is Natural Born Shredders from the combined talents of Beachwood Brewing and Highland Park Brewery. This IPA has a Wonderful aroma. Bright with dried fruit and pine. As it warms sone cat pee notes creep in. Loads of tangerine flavor. Overall light mouthfeel. Nice bitterness bite that lingers.
So let’s update the IPA rankings before mentioning a couple honorable mentions.
3 – Crooked Stave Idaho 7 IPA
2 – Offshoot Beer Co. DDH Visions
1 – Beachwood / Highland Park Natural Born Shredders
Two other really great beers wowed me this month. Total Boss Red IPA from Smog City was malty and hoppy and filling in equal measure. Radiant Beer Co. and their Can Down By the River Motivational Lager which from can design to flavor was great.
Here are the details: “a whole week dedicated to our beloved Timbo Pils! We’re gonna be celebrating this west coast Pilsner for a whole week with special releases, merch (yes, Timbo Pils glassware! Yes, Timbo Pils shirts!), Timbo inspired food specials, 4 different canned Timbo style beers, one off draft only Timbo style beers, & even a Timbo cutout so you can be a can of Timbo! Woo!
Timbo Week kicks off Friday July 16th with a can release of what else… Timbo Pils! We’ll have special releases each day that you won’t want to miss.”
Whichever High Seven reaches higher? Let’s dig into the two anniversary IPA’s from Highland Park Brewery.
H7 – pours a darker yellow color. Spicy and grassy aroma. Light and lively for 7%. Grapefruit pith is the first flavor identified. Getting a rye character as well. Has a medium hop bite to it.
DH7 – this was a gusher. I set the can down, turned away and eruption. After the cleaning, the beer was super hazy. Sweet tart and lactose. Soft with a fruit punch spike. Tongue scrape action like in my first hazies.
#1 – “High 7 IPA is a 7%ABV hazy west coast IPA hopped with Chinook, Riwaka, Citra, Simcoe, & Citra Cryo. Popping with big aromas of grape Big League Chew, mixed berry Skittles, & giant tropical fruit aromas. Four packs of High 7 IPA are $19 & will be available for pickup or delivery this Tuesday through the link in our bio.”
#2 and 3- “Keep an eye out for more releases this week, including High 7 DDH Hazy DIPA & High 7 Blended Barrel Aged Anniversary Ale.”
Here are the details including a worthy cause associated with the beer –
“Jimbo Pils is a 5.5%ABV wicked hoppy Pilsner hopped with Strata, Mosaic, & NZ Cascade. This beer explodes right from the can with aromas of juicy mango, fresh pineapple, citrus zest, & big passion fruit. Jimbo is very similar to Timbo Pils but has a lighter body with a lighter malt presence & lower bitterness. Our brewer Keenan describes Jimbo Pils as “a tropical crispy boy!”
A portion of the proceeds from Jimbo Pils will be going to an organization that is very important to James, @hemosocal. This organization helps families & people with Hemophilia, or other bleeding disorders, get the resources they need & have been helping the SoCal community since 1954. Check out the Hemophilia Foundation of Southern California’s page for more info & to see how you can help support. “
Breweries and coffee companies go together like siblings. When in sync coffee in a beer is sublime, one great local example is Trystero Coffee with Highland Park Brewing in the beer Griffith J. Griffith.
Now you can get both beer and beans at the Chinatown location.
Once of my pet peeves are label designs that use unreadable fonts but I like this beer name, How’s Your Day. The collaboration between Modern Times and Highland Park Brewery is another West Coast-style IPA, this one “loaded with Strata & Mosaic for a wildly successful intermingling of passion fruit, mango, citrus, and piney notes.”