Three beers that will have you traveling all over SoCal. But each of these three beers would work well with your Holiday meal choices.
Malibu Brewing CompanyRailway Rye Pale Ale – 5.6% – “This gorgeous ale boasts rye-spiced richness and balanced bitterness, the perfect transition from Summer to Fall.”
Trademark BrewingGet Toasty Hot Chocolate Porter – 5.8% – “Get warm and toasty with this Hot Chocolate Porter made with Letterpress Chocolate cacao nibs. A roast-toasty body and silky smooth finish will carry you away.”
Radiant Beer Co.Home With You Hazy IPA – 6.8% – “This fresh & fruity hazy will bring cheer to any table. Featuring a lush combination of Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, Amarillo & Cashmere hops, this juice bomb hugs you with notes of mango, tangerine, peach and a hint of strawberry.”
This month, instead of a style or loosely tied together theme, I will pick three beers from one brewery. The new Wagon Wheel Brewing in Oxnard.
LIGHT – 6%
Salsera Sour – “A bright, sessionable fruited Gose. This sour ale is packed to the brim with Strawberry, Raspberry and Lime for a huge juicy kick. Finished off with sea salt to create the ultimate beach beverage. This fuchsia drink is ideally served in a glass. Tajin and Chamoy on the rim are encouraged.”
MEDIUM – 6.5%
Swanky Bear Hazy IPA – “Swanky Bear is our first Hazy Single IPA featuring Simcoe and Citra hops. Soft citrus and stone fruit flavors pair well with the silky mouthfeel of this crushable Hazy IPA.”
BIGGEST – 6.7%
Switchback West Coast IPA – “This West Coast IPA is light, pale and dry. Nelson, Simcoe and Chinook hops leap from the glass with pineapple and grapefruit aromas balanced with a crackery malt backdrop. This IPA is fruity and dank with a lean but expressive bitterness.”
The penultimate month of the year. We will start the month with some Central Coast beverage coverage. And as we slowly dig out and start to holiday like it is 2019 again, let’s ramp up the festive beer coverage to close out the month.
~e-visits to (3) breweries that won in the fresh hop competitionat GABF ~ special featured reviews of beers from the Central Coast of California
~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 Normal People by Sally Rooney ~ A Podcast & A Beer listens to Jacked Ramsays ~ Great Beer names and Best Beers of the Month ~ I will tap the Firkin and give my no holds barred opinion on the craft beer world.
Brewyard is the winner of the month! Best beer two weeks running with the Bourbon Barrel- Aged Pumpkin Spice Dark Wheat which worked really well as an antidote for pastry or other barrel beers that are just too big. The other beer was Kalinga Pilsner which went for adding Calamansi fruit to the mix instead of doing a hopped version. It went against the grain like the pumpkin beer.
Special mention to a classic of Christmas which was my last beer of the month. Literally still drinking it now, the St. Bernardus Christmas ale which is just a wonder of holiday spice. So nice when the weather is cold.
November is a perfect month to crack open some stouts. Here are three to warm up your fall.
AleSmith Black Velvet Nitro Stout – 5.2% – “This velvety, nitro-infused oatmeal stout abounds with notes of chocolate, coffee, and cream. Its smooth body and luscious finish make it eminently drinkable on any occasion.”
Allagash North Sky Stout – 7.5% – “Like a clear night lit by stars, this silky Belgian-inspired stout balances light notes of fruit and sweetness with roasty malt. Inspired by late evenings spent around a crackling campfire, North Sky is brewed to merge lightness and darkness into a super-sippable stout.”
Beachwood Sadie Stout – 13% – “Bourbon barrel aged Dark Ale. Perfect for this weather, Sadie tastes of vanilla, oak, caramel, and oats.”
Only two months left in this dreadful year and maybe the twin holidays of a Thanksgiving and Christmas will raise the spirits. Speaking of the latter, as per BSP tradition, I will begin posting Christmas beer labels after Turkey Day. Have a great month!
~e-visits to (3) breweries from GABF medal winning breweries ~ special featured reviews of the (3) Black Tuesday variants in their virtual tasting box. ~Heads-Up on Los Angeles Beer Events (Far in the future events) ~ Three suggested beers to buy this month. One light, one medium and one dark ~ A Book & A Beer reads The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford ~ A Podcast & A Beer listens to You’re Wrong About ~ Great Beer names and Best Beers of the Month ~ I will tap the Firkin and give my no holds barred opinion on the craft beer world.
The only constant is change. Nothing stays the same. Your favorite beer or local brewery may not be the same next year.
And we as beer consumers need to lean into that. We need to be pro-active and not get stuck in ruts just because they are easy and safe. If you stay in the rut, you will soon not be impressed by anything and you will miss out on beers that you really should be trying.
The rut might be of chasing hazy IPA or eschewing new beers for classics or just being loyal minus critical attention. Whatever path you are on, you need to add more paths to your repertoire. Hike them all and store that knowledge for later.
If you are the same beer drinker in a year as you are today, then all of this beer plenty we have will have been for naught.
I am thankful for all the choice and all the beers that I have had (even the bad ones) and I hope that #independent keeps on changing and evolving with me.
This month, the focus is on chocolate, vanilla and coffee and if you drill down a level, big ABV beers. Maybe I am trying to will winter weather into existence with these three choices.
~LIGHT Almanac / Boost Coffee Stout 9% ABV
“BOOST is a bold and decadent stout turbocharged with coffee and vanilla beans. We partner with a new coffee roaster for each batch. You can check the canning date on your can to learn more about our awesome coffee partners!”
~MEDIUM Beachwood/ Mocha Machine 9.2% ABV
“Mocha Machine is a well-engineered endeavor in massive aromatics and rich flavors. Brewed with an array British and German malts, this burly brew is infused with masterfully roasted coffee from Portola Coffee Lab in Costa Mesa, CA. It is then aged on cacao nibs from Equador, adding an awesomely deep dimension of fudge.”
~BIG Dogfish Head / Vanilla Worldwide Stout 16% ABV
“Rare and often rumored about in the darkest corners of the beer community, World Wide Stout is dark, rich, roasty and complex, and lingers somewhere beyond the limits of the average beer. Brewed with a ridiculous amount of barley, we’ve now taken this Dogfish Head classic and aged it on oak with real vanilla beans! With a little tender love and care we foster this beer from smooth, sweet wort into the big, bad blackend stout it always longed to be. Its bold, port-like complexity goes great with (or as) dessert.”
All of these beers can be found at Sunset Beer Co. (unless they got bought up real quick)