Leaping

Never got into the Scott Bakula show, even though I like the time travel. So let’s look past to the Leap Year part and to the hops in this Feb. 29th beer from Los Angeles Ale Works. This new West Coast Triple IPA has your Cashmere, your Azacca and Bru-1. It should put a little spring in your step if not leaps to your bounds.

Ales for ALS

One of the many great charity campaigns is the Ales for ALS. You will mainly see these beers on draft but some, like this from L.A. Ale Works

…is canned. This year Yakima Chief has a new hop blend that features Mosaic, Simcoe, Sabro, Loral and HBC 630. Be on the look-out to support this cause.

Aquanut

The latest IPA craze is yeast based with Norway being the source. L.A. Ale Works is on v2 of their Aquanut that comes out today and this is what they say about it, “This yeast produces intense tropical and citrus fruit flavors, and mild acidity. We double dry-hopped this beer with Idaho 7 and rare Sabro hops. The beer pours bright and hazy and immediately throws off intense pineapple, coconut, grapefruit, and stone fruit aromatics. The body is full and there is a touch of citrus pith on the finish.”

You won’t miss the blue feather adorned can.

The Orange Tile

If you haven’t watched either Fyre Festival documentary or read about it then the following beer from L.A. Ale Works might not make much sense (except for the hops, of course)

I am sure that this beer will stand on its own but a little backstory never hurt. Orange Crushed Dreams will release on 2/9/19.

A Podcast & A Beer – Song Exploder


There are plenty of podcasts that go on forever. The kind where you decide that you won’t start one because it is better to listen to the full hour and not in snippets. But when you find a podcast that is 10-15 minutes and is really cool, that is bliss.

Song Exploder in that short time frame has a musician, member of the band, producer talk about one song. They explain the genesis of it. You hear the separated tracks (stems) and you basically hear the entire song taken apart and then played at the end.

The host and creator is Hrishikesh Hirway and he is not front and center. I would call him more of an editor. You hear from the guests which have included Björk, U2, Metallica, Solange, Spoon, REM and even composers.

For the beer, go out east to Homage Brewing and pick up some crowlers of Sound Dust or Ride the Fader. Or you can scan your beer shoppe shelves for beers that have musical names to them. One other option is the recent L.A. Ale Works L.A. Phil Brut IPA.

#LABW10 Unity Beer(s) review

For 2018, LA Beer Week has sibling IPA’s. Here is the official BSP reviews:

Juicy IPA
Pours a pretty and barely hazy orange. This one has Mandarina over the west coast Simcoe. Has a full, fuzzy mouthfeel to it. Aroma is piney and dank to me. Little tingle on the mouth. I did not store the can upside though so maybe that is the issue. Getting a bit of mango and pineapple but not in heavy doses.

West Coast IPA
Pours a super clear and very light orange. Has a lovely floral meets citrus aroma. Honeysuckle maybe. Smooth and medium bitter. Getting orange zest notes. Very easy drinking. Hops coat the roof of the mouth.

The Verdict – Go for the yellow orange can.

In the Tap Lines for May 2018

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Lots of good stuff on tap for May (now that the blog is back up and viewable). There will be weekly nods to the upcoming Firestone Walker Invitational as well as a report from Oregon where I will be heading back to the alma mater.

~ e-visits to three breweries from the New England area.
~ special featured reviews of two new cans from L.A. Ale Works
~ Heads-Up on Los Angeles Beer Events
~ Three suggested beers to buy this month. One light, one medium and one dark
~ A Book & A Beer reads whatever the library finds for me from my long list!
~ I will tap the Firkin and give my no holds barred opinion on the craft beer world.

Here are two events to get your May started in the Los Angeles craft beer world:
1) May 4th – System of a Stout Release at Beachwood
2) May 13th – Mother’s Day at Boomtown Brewery

In the Tap Lines for February 2018

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We are back around the horn to birthday month! Time to decide what beer I want to imbibe as a special treat to me. While I do that, the blog will keep going with…

~ e-visits to three breweries from Canada
~ special featured reviews of beers NOT IPA’s (except for one)
~ Heads-Up on Los Angeles Beer Events
~ Three suggested beers to buy this month. One light, one medium and one dark
~ A Book & A Beer reads The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
~ I will tap the Firkin and give my no holds barred opinion on the craft beer world.

Here are two events to get your February started in the Los Angeles craft beer world:
1) February 6th – Bruery, Bruery Terruex & Offshoot Beer Co at Tony’s Darts Away
2) February 10th – L.A. Ale Works 1st Anniversary