The Birthday Beer of 2018 – Part 2

In addition to the Mikkeller birthday beer from a couple days ago, there is also the matter of the beer that my Mom sent me as a present from Oregon….

It is the return of Cocoa Cow from Sunriver Brewing.

Will it be as good as the first bottle that I brought back from Oregon? Short Answer? Yeah. For sure.

I preface this re-review with this info that I can barely keep up with all the new beers, so to drink a repeat beer is new for me. AND it means the beer must have been really good. Here is the 2018 review…

I remember the chocolate now. Milk chocolate for sure. Nice tan head that dissipates quickly. Still has a little bubbly character to counteract the sweet. Sticks to the roof of the mouth pleasantly. A touch of dark malt but nothing bitter at all. There is a faint note of coconut here too that lends to a comparison to Girl Scout Samoa cookies of old. I can imagine all sorts of chocolate desserts to have with this beer but I could also see a great float with straight up vanilla ice cream.

LABW7 with Mom

Father’s Day falls at the start of this year’s L.A. Beer Week but what about Mom.  Mom likes beer too. Well, my Mom does and she will be in town for 1/2 of beer week and I have been scouring the interwebs for something that she will enjoy.

All that research shouldn’t go to waste so here are my suggestions for mom  and you…..

It would be easy to drag Dad from pretty much any event to the next one as a thank you for Father’s Day but thankfully this year, it is also pretty easy to show Mom a good beer time as well. Starting with….

The Los Angeles Chapter of the Pink Boots Society at Three Weavers Brewing in Inglewood on Monday, June 22nd.

Then on June 24th at the Angel City Public House in DTLA try Desert Dreams! The winner of the Angel City, “What Would You Brew?” Contest whose recipe includes “organic black Mission figs, buckwheat honey, orange peel, prickly pear cactus juice and dry spiced with just a touch of desert sage”

Next, on the 26th at Public School 818, the brew focused gastropub chain plays host to THE Lady of Ladyface Ale Companie, Cyrena Nouzille at 7pm.

The very next day, the Girls Who Like Beer blog hosts the Ladies of L.A. Craft Beer at Mohawk Bend at 4pm. $35 gets you a seat at the table to listen to the wisdom of Alex Nowell of Three Weavers, Devon Randall of the soon to happen Arts District Brewing and Lauren O’Neill the beer buyer for Mohawk Bend plus pizza and beer. A special flight to be more exact and vague.

Find the details and the ticketing information here at L.A. Beer Week!


Drinking with My Mom

In this “every once in awhile” series, I either send a bottle to my mom and get her review or she sends me a bottle and we both review it. That way, she gets some L.A. beers and I get my Portland beer fix.

This time around, I sent her cans. 16oz Golden Road cans of their Point the Way IPA and Hefeweizen. And to add another twist, she grabbed some friends to get their reviews. Mom was partial to the IPA. Though she thought it was more a pale. Name aside, she liked it.

The Hefe got good marks. “nice light summer beer” and “very mellow” The citrus did not come through but the cloudy banana that are hallmarks of the style certainly did.

The IPA impressed at first but the vibrancy and flavors faded as it warmed. But the balance was done well.

As a bonus, the Ninkasi / 21st Amendment collaboration was also sampled. The dates didn’t shine through, in fact a creme brulee taste was noted as well as barley wine notes to it. Certainly an interesting addition to a tasting.

Now I have to decide what next to send to my Mom.

Drinking with Mom – Eagle Rock Equinox

A new (occasional) feature on this here blog is what I’m calling “Drinking with Mom”. I will be sending beers to her in Portland and she will send some to me in Los Angeles. Or we will pick a beer we can both get and we will compare notes on the beer. The point being to get a different perspective on the craft beer revolution. One beer at a time. A little background. My mom is primarily a wine drinker with a particular soft spot for champagnes. When it comes to beer she prefers the porter/stout style. But not the imperial stout.

First up is Equinox from Eagle Rock Brewery.

It is a sour blonde ale with Brett yeast. Now this was a reach on my part. This is out of my mom’s comfort beer range for sure. Back in 2010, my review of the beer when it first came out was as follows, “pours really yellow. aroma is faint but a little fruity. sourness is minimal but the acid does leave its mark. very refreshing. one of my favorite sour ales so far because it doesn’t try to pucker your mouth into a grimace” I gave it a 3.7 out of 5.

My mom was “pleasantly surprised” despite not being a sour fan. She found it refreshing, easy to drink and effervescent. She appreciated the light touch on the sourness. She explained that it was similar in many respects to champagne. The Brett didn’t register as too big either because she didn’t even mention it. Maybe the cage and cork played into the wine aesthetic?

On a final note, my brother in law tasted as well and with he gave it a thumbs up too. So there you go, three different enthusiastic reviews! Check Eagle Rock’s taproom to see if any bottles are left of that or their second anniversary beer, Deuce.

for Mother’s Day

Bring Mom Out for a Beer on Mothers Day
May 9, 2010

Mom’s like beer, right? You like your mom, right? Brewpubs won’t be as crowded as the Sunday brunch houses so it’s a win-win!