Wooden L.A.A.W.

Los Angeles Ale Works will arrive at their five year celebration this year and have events starting the 17th all the way through the 29th with the signature event being on…

March 19th – “THE BASH. 5 years is the celebration of wood and we’ll have lots to celebrate. Beer and glass releases, merchandise, food, music, expect the usual fun and festivities of past anniversaries!”

Three L.A.A.W.s

Ivy Station, the second location for Los Angeles Ale Works is still in the “works” and now the Hawthorne brewery that is celebrating five years has announced their intention to take over the Boyle Heights location where Indie Brewing recently left.

The former Indie space has a good sized footprint, plus there is a nice courtyard that might be put to use (permits permitting). It could use a bit of sprucing up and a better entrance to the taproom but the bones are there. And with the 6th Street bridge/viaduct opening mid this year and large park nearby, this could be a real smart play.

Hopefully they can brew a beer in homage to the previous brewery to keep a connection to the history of the L.A. beer scene.

Not That Westy

Double Westy (West Coast DIPA, 9.0%) is easily one of the cleanest, hop forward doubles we’ve brewed. Mosaic, Nelson, Citra and a sprinkling of Sabro come together with notes of cantaloupe, resin, stone fruit and some serious hoppy dankness. Available in cans and on draft THURSDAY.

Featured Beer Review – LA – In the Fronds Tropical IPA from Los Angeles Ale Works

I really like the plant shop vibe from this Los Angeles Ale Works can label. The shimmery silver and the greens are popping. Plus the name is spot on for a tropically tinged beer.

This beer is bursting with pineapple. I cracked the can and it was rushing with that distinctive aroma. That pineapple follows through into the taste but interestingly there is a significant hop bite here. Very West Coast IPA in temperament. It is a super light yellow color though. Contradictions aplenty but it is a really fine IPA.

The Alt-everse

In a different corner of the multiverse, alt-biers might be the style to brew. It is a bit of an odd duck fermentation wise which is part of the reason it is not often seen.

But Los Angeles Ale Works is here with their Alternate Universe Alt-Bier.

Here is the brewery description- “Originating from Düsseldorf, an Altbier is a traditional German beer fermented at lower temps with a cold aging longer than an ale but shorter than a lager. We went 100% German malt, adding a twist with an American Style dry hop of Simcoe and Cascade. The balance between hops and malt on this is incredible. Copper in color, fruity, light bodied with a crisp and bitter finish.”

Plant Life

Los Angeles Ale Works has one last can release for 2021. And, yes, I am posting about it in 2022.

“In the Fronds (Tropical IPA, 7.5%) has all the hazy, juicy, characteristics you love – mango bubblegum, papaya, Sauvignon Blanc grapes, a hint of citrus – without the haze.”