A Bit

Why collaborate with just one or two breweries when you can bring 8 to the table.

BrewDog has done just that by gathering Cloudwater, DEYA, Magic Rock, Northern Monk, Stillwater, The Bruery and Seventh Son to brew a New England-style IPA (in Scotland).

“…each of the eight breweries selected a hop to go onto the brewsheet. Magnum, Mandarina Bavaria, Chinook, Hallertaur Blanc, Citra, Nelson Sauvin, Mosaic and German Comet.” and the brew comes in (somehow) at 8% ABV.

This one you will have to hunt for.

HUB and Bob

Los Angeles has been getting a low flow of beers from organic brewers Hopworks of Portland. And though the excellently named Chill Murray is way too limited to reach us, maybe this beer will…

“Love Letter NEIPA is the third beer in our new Win-Win Partnership Series, which highlights ingredients from fellow eco-champion businesses. The beer truly is our love letter to Bob’s Red Mill, as it features Bob’s haze-inducing organic oats, organic wheat, and organic spelt for a velvety, fluffy texture. It is dry-hopped with citrusy and fruit-forward Jaryllo, Mosaic, and Denali hops.”

Why? Because we get Bob’s flours and other sundry items down here just like they do in Portland.

Less than Zero

One of my favorite beer names of the year comes from Angel City, Zero Flocs Given. Both timely and profane.

This LA via NE IPA is the latest can release from the DTLA brewery. ZFG will arrive on Friday, October 20th, available exclusively at the Brewery. The beer will also be on draft at the Brewery’s Public House while supplies last.

Here is the brewery description, “A New-England Style IPA with 7.3% ABV and 50 IBU, Zero Flocs Given catches the eye with a cloudy golden orange appearance and awakens the senses with aromas of ripe tropical fruit, citrus, pine and resin. A slightly stinging bitterness balanced by juicy malt sweetness…”

There will be a Can Release party ,starting at 4pm, where the first 50 in line will receive a free Zero Flocs limited edition art poster and sticker.

Featured Review – Magic Flute NE IPA from SoLArc

Sneaking in one more review before July gets completely away with a new canned offering from the wild and crazy crew at SoLArc.

Magic Flute is their gruit filtered take on the NE IPA. And it certainly looks the hazy part, orangecolored with a fruit juice look. This beer has a strange metallic aroma to it and the taste has some of that aspect too. The lemongrass comes on loud and strong which leads the bitterness to be low and underneath that spice. Some grain notes lurking too. Not sure that I am digging the label design kinda has a Pied Piper old-timey look with too vivid colors.

Featured Review – One More NE IPA from Indie Brewing

We start the grab bag of random featured reviews with DTLA’s Indie Brewing and their 16oz can of One More NE IPA.

This NE IPA is just a bit muddy orange particulate looking. There is a green hop pellet and apricot aroma to this one. Bitter hit up front comes on strong that is somewhat lessened in strength by the cream like texture. Some floral notes underneath as well as it warms up. Between Mumford and Indie, the NE IPA is being well covered here in Los Angeles.