Featured Beer Review – Iron Lady from Ladyface

Iron Lady is the last beer of the trio of local beers that I hauled up from the cellar to review.

How did this Ladyface beer fare with age?

Iron Lady is a mere 2+ years old. Bottled in January 2016. This is tilted more to wine than beer. Viognier must is quite powerful. The strong Belgian Golden is muted by the white wine. Not super dry but a combo of grape and dry. Aroma is close to cider. Does not taste over 10% at all. I would have liked to see a more ester-y beer to make this more 50/50 wine and beer.

Bearing Fruit for a 4th Anniversary


Agoura Hills (and L.A.) favorite, Ladyface will be celebrating their 4th year this month with a week’s worth of festivities.

January 20-25, 2014

4th Anniversary Ale & Glassware Release
MON, JAN 20 @ 11:30AM
Our regulars wait all year for this day. Sales of 4th Anniversary glasses begin at 11:30am. For $30, you get a very limited edition Flores et Fructus glass; bring it in any day for one year to receive special pricing on all Ladyface ales. Limit two per person.

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MON, JAN 20 @ 6PM
The Ladies at Ladyface, our women-only beer and social club, will be doing a beer and cheese pairing. New members always welcome! (Usually meets the 3rd Monday of the month. Let by Proprietor Cyrena Nouzille and founding members. More on the Ladies Facebook page.)

Brewmaster’s Dinner
WED, JAN 23 @ 6pm
Taking inspiration from our 4th Anniversary theme of fruit and flowers, Chef Adrian is pulling out all the stops to prepare 5 worthy courses to be paired with 5 delicious ales by Brewer Dave. $75/pp (includes tax & gratuity).  Tickets are available online only.

Keg Love
Brewery Hangout
THURS, JAN 23 6-7:30 PM
We’re setting up tables in the brewery. Come hang out with Brewer Dave.  He’d love to answer any of your brewing and beer questions and may have some special stuff for you to sample.

Barrel-Aged Beer Night
Barrel-aged beer fan or just curious about all the fuss? Be sure and drop by to enjoy a number of Ladyface barrel-aged beers, some new, some coming out of the vault.

Birthday Party Finale
SAT, JAN 25 @ 9pm
Join us for birthday cake and the music of Other Mother Brother Band from 9pm to midnight.

BUT, the highlight will be the new celebratory beer!  Flores et Fructus – A Belgian Quadrupel

Battle of the Barrel

(I am sneaking this post in despite my hiatus because I love Ladyface so much…)

The Battle of the Barrel  2013 at Ladyface is coming up!

Kick-Ass customized van photo from the Ladyface Facebook page.
Kick-Ass customized van photo from the Ladyface Facebook page.


“It’s wine versus beer as Semler Wines puts their 2012 Viognier up against Ladyface Ballista, an imperial grisette aged in Semler Viognier barrels.

The battle will rage from June 22nd through the 30th at Ladyface, Malibu Family Wines and, new this year, Kings Row Pub in Pasadena.  A music and fun-filled finale will take place Sunday, June 30th at Malibu Family Wines’ outdoor tasting rooms where picnicking is welcome. We’ll be calling on all craft beer fans to help us invade and bring the golden barrel trophy home to Ladyface! ”

And for the record, a Ballista is kind like a trebuchet.  It shoots things.

Coffee + Beer + Dad


Los Angeles Craft Breweries & Coffee Roasters Team Up with Leading Chefs at Lot 613 on June 16 Los Angeles, CA—Even the gnarliest of old-school dads needs an occasional change of pace from instant coffee, industrial lager and $5 breakfasts… That’s why you’re going to treat your dad to the Father’s Day “Collabrewtive” Brunch on Sunday, June 16 at Lot 613, where his taste buds will be tantalized by leading Los Angeles craft brewers, coffee roasters and chefs—including coffee-flavored beers created specially for the event by each brewery and roaster.

Presented by Firestone Walker Brewing Company and Food GPS, the Father’s Day “Collabrewtive” Brunch will feature six stations showcasing brewery-roaster duos, as well as six food stations helmed by several of L.A.’s most talented chefs. Seating will be communal, with guests free to chart their own culinary adventure, at their own pace.

Brewery + Coffee Roaster Collaborations

· Firestone Walker Brewing Co. + Intelligentsia Coffee

· Golden Road Brewing + Handsome Coffee Roasters

· Eagle Rock Brewery + Tierra Mia Coffee

· Beachwood BBQ & Brewing + Portola Coffee Lab

· Cismontane Brewing Company + Caffe Luxxe

· Ladyface Ale Companie + LAMILL Coffee

with Featured Chefs · Genevieve Gergis & Ori Menashe (Bestia)· Daniel Mattern & Roxana Jullapat (Cooks County)· Zoe Nathan (Huckleberry + Milo & Olive)· Jason Travi (Littlefork)· John Sedlar (Rivera)· Steve Samson & Zach Pollack (Sotto)

The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and isn’t limited to fathers. The cost is $50 ($60 at the door if available). Children 12 years and under are admitted at half price. A portion of the event proceeds will go to Share Our Strength, an organization that’s dedicated to battling childhood hunger.

A Belly-ful of ales from Ladyface

This doesn’t sound like a one night stand for Beer Belly. 12 Beers plus one cask ale! All from Agoura Hills and Ladyface Alehouse. Just look at this list……
2010 Blue-Belly Barleywine
Ladyface Weizenbock
Reyes Adobe Red Ale (Imp. red)
La Trappistine (Belgian dark strong ale w/ syrah grapes)
Derailleur Biere de Garde
Picture City Porter (nitro)
Chesebro IPA
Ladyface IPA
Trois Filles Tripel
Blind Ambition Abbey
La Blance Wit
La Blonde
BONUS CASK: La Trappistine w/ Joie de Vivre (dried fruit tea)

I will be getting the barleywine and the Joue de Vivre. But it will be a chance to try this year’s Derailleur and some nitro porter too.

Let the Voting Begin…

I love these beer vs. wine competitions. Not because craft beer usually wins, though that is nice but because it gives both sides a chance to enjoy the other side of life and gain converts. Here is your chance to appreciate some wine and see the effects of wine on a great beer too.

But first the backstory and the scoop on what is going down in Agoura Hills, “It all started when someone suggested putting Ladyface beer in Malibu Family Wines’ barrels…

Ladyface triumphed in the 2011 Battle of the Barrel, but Malibu Family Wines was determined to win the war. The local estate winery presented their 2009 Semler Merlot for the challenge. Ladyface responded by creating Beffroi, aging their Picture City Porter in those same Semler Merlot barrels.

With neither side conceding, the final verdict is again being left up to retail consumers. From July 14th to July 24th, guests at both establishments will be able to purchase sample tasters of Malibu Family Wines’ Semler Estate Grown 2009 Merlot and Ladyface Ale Companie’s Merlot barrel-aged Beffroi and cast their votes.

The winner will be announced at the Battle of the Barrel Finale on Tuesday, July 24th from 5:00-7:00pm at Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie. You must be 21 or over to cast a ballot. There’ll be music, voting and, no doubt, a lot of last-minute campaigning by both sides. Reserve now; ONLY 150 tickets available for the party!

Samples of both the wine and beer as well as ballots* will be available July 14-24th during normal business hours at both locations. “Vote early and vote often!”

*Ballots at the Finale Party will be $15 and includes entry to the party, one ballot, a sample of each beverage, plus one full pour of your choice. Ballots all other days will be $5 (sample tastes only).”

Two events for the short week – Los Angeles

at Far Bar in Little Tokyo:
“We welcome our friends from the beautiful Agoura Hills of North LA County for a eclectic Five Course and Beer Dinner and Meet the Brewer night.Ladyface is currently brewing some of the finest Craft and Belgian-Inspired style ales in Southern Ca and they’re still in their infancy mind you! (Under 2 years old). Come out and meet Co Founder/Brewmaster Dave Griffith and Co-Founder Cyrena Nouzelle for a night of great company, delicious food and outstanding beer!”

at the Library Alehouse in Santa Monica
“Put down your pencils and put on your drinking hats! Over here at the Library Alehouse we’ve been quietly building up a serious archive of Dogfish Head beer and with our recent receipt of a certain continuously-hopped, extremely high-ABV IPA, we thought we’d throw a party and put them all on at once!”

LA Beer Week – Report # 2

The 2nd Beer Float Showdown presented by FoodGPS and held at the Verdugo was a rousing success with a bunch of people taking the leap into the realm of beer and ice cream.

Four competitors created really original floats with most involving fruit beers. Here are the four floats in pictorial form.

# 1 from Ladyface Brasserie

# 2 from Simmzy’s

# 3 from Boneyard Bistro
Here is the description of the winning float, “Boneyard Bistro bar manager Rory Snipes made a float using Floris Apple, Bourbon-salted caramel-cinnamon ice cream, and a garnish of green apple coated with caramel cinnamon crumble.” Since it was such a hit, it may end up on the regular menu.

# 4 from Tony’s Darts Away

float photos courtesy of the Rosen Film Institute

Since there is no such thing as too much ice cream or too much beer, next stop was Scoops on Monday night for some incredible artisanal ice cream made with beer as a highlighted ingredient. I had the apricot/Chimay which was really good. You got a both fruit and beer solidly. The Hazelnut Lost Coast combo also worked wonders.

To further tempt you to go, here are some photos of the deliciousness… (Double click the photos to see the combinations)