Indie Brewing in south DTLA has a new entry into their Tiki Style IPA with Catapult “A hazy IPA with pineapple, honeydew, banana, coconut and tangerine.” Sounds like a fruit explosion.
Indie Brewing has been hitting an IPA stride but today gonna focus on their Belgian side : Voilá. A combination mixed fermentation tart ale plus tropical Saison. Keep in mind the lesser sold styles when you support your local.
Before we close up the books on August, I have another Black is Beautiful beer to review, this one from Indie Brewing Co.
Dark and toasty. Getting that bitter New Orleans chicory / coffee taste. Pretty one note overall. On the plus side, has a decent smoothness to it. Also has a bit of a perfume aroma that I like. Like a cafe mocha that was light on the chocolate.
Let’s do some back and forth traveling. Starting west, then east and then back for a style-mashup.
Indie Brewing Beverly Pils – 5.00%
“Clean, crisp, Bohemian pilsner brewed with 100% Weyermann malt. Light and delicious!”
Allagash CrossPath Golden Ale – 5.50%
“To celebrate the versatility of Maine’s grain, we teamed up with GrandyOats to create this Organic Belgian-style golden ale. It’s brewed with all-organic, Maine-grown oats, buckwheat, base malt, hops, and GrandyOats Granola. Allagash and GrandyOats both owe much of their success to the bounty of their home state. We hope you enjoy this refreshing tribute to Maine’s agricultural renaissance. A portion of this beer’s proceeds goes to MOFGA, to help farmers transition to organic crops. ”
Stone Peak Conditions – 8.10%
“West Coast hops. East Coast haze. Passion fruit, orange and guava juice inspired by the popular Hawaiian drink. This ridiculously tasty double IPA combines influences from across the country into one of the most flavorful beers we’ve ever released. One could call it a perfect storm, we’d say it’s Peak Conditions.”
Some classes in college would have improved with a beer in hand and some classes, well Physics for Poets tried but I still was not going to understand it all that well.
Now if you are in Los Angeles, you can pick an interesting topic or pick an interesting brewery thanks to Urban Elective. Both Boomtown and Indie Brewing will be hosting a six week course.
You can learn: The Dark History of Los Angeles at Boomtown Brewery from Joan Renner or The Skeptical Cinephile: Investigating Science in Cinema at Indie Brewing Company from Dave Farina.
The Fall Quarter starts on September 9th.
I could not settle on 1 solitary theme for this month’s beer picks, so two are big and boozy and the light one is still at least a brown ale for the random hot days we encounter in SoCal October.
Indie Brewing / Embers 5.50% ABV
“A sessionable brown lager that’s perfect for the fall!”
Fremont / Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Star 13.60% ABV
“This year’s release is a blend of 24, 18, 12, and 8-month Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Star in 7-12-year old Kentucky bourbon barrels. The roasted and chocolate malts complement the smooth oats to bring you a stout delight wrapped in the gentle embrace of bourbon barrel-aged warmth. A touch of sweetness dances in balance with the hops to finish with a wave, and then she’s gone.”
Dogfish Head / Fruitfull Fort 15.00% ABV
“A twist on our beloved Fort, Fruit-Full Fort is brewed with four types of berries – Raspberry, Blackberry, Boysenberry and Elderberry! This juicy blend of dark berries creates depth and complexity reminiscent of a jammy red wine. “
All of these beers can be found at Sunset Beer Co. (unless they got bought up real quick)
I have a healthy supply of beer shirts and beer hats, but what I don’t have is stylish Dodger Blue socks that shows off my love of DTLA beer.
Enter Indie Brewing….
Better than anything on a fashion catwalk for sure.
Yes, there is a “big sportsball game” this weekend. Though that seems less fun when we ponder that the New England Trumpriots will probably win and SABInBev will try to seem cool and relevant with a thirty-second commercial.
Better, perhaps to head to DTLA for the Boomtown Brewing official anniversary party on Saturday, February 3rd. Where they will be better beer talked about and everyone having fun, not just one team’s fans.
The brewery has gone from their temporary cavernous room (now event space) to one of the coolest taprooms with a great mural outside and have recently added canning as well. Most importantly to me, Mic Czech. My personal favorite.
The brewery on the northern margins of the Arts District celebrates their paper anniversary with special beer releases, guest DJ’s, food vendors, burlesque dancers after 10:30 and a raffle for prizes.
See you there!