Reaching year 8 is great. Pacific Plate Brewing has notched that level now and have released a big Saison in honor of it. Let’s review it here….
Very barrel. Oodles of wood notes. Idaho 7 and Cashmere hops? Sure. The barrel crushes them. Some Saison spice notes escapes the rum barrel vortex. But when I think anniversary beer, I want something big. This is big. It is only 8.5% but it stops you in its tracks.
The Monrovia based (with Glendale taproom) Pacific Plate is turning 4 this month. And after an exclusive Mug Club Night on Friday, they will roll out the carpet for the rest of the fans..
MAIN CELEBRATION – Saturday August 26th Noon to 10pm
Outdoor Beer Garden – Noon to 10pm
4th Anniversary Tropical Triple IPA Release @ Noon
Charity Raffle – 9:00pm
Food Truck – Noon to 9:30pm
Classic Cars – Noon to 4pm
Live Band – The Lance and Gary Show 6:00pm to 9:00pm
THE NEXT DAY – Sunday August 27th Noon to 10pm
Outdoor Beer Garden Noon to 9pm
Live Band – TBA 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Craft Beer Trivia Night 7:30pm – Prizes!
Test your knowledge on Craft Beer styles and brewing
Pacific Plate hosted a holiday weekend, IPA 4th of July. I arrived via the Gold Line which drops you off a mere 4 block from the brewery without the hassle of traveling the increasingly worsening traffic of the 210 East. And I had my beer in time to catch the pk’s of Germany vs. Italy in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Euros. Worst penalty kicks I have seen in a while. Buffon did all he could do in goal for Italy but I have seen grade schoolers do better.
I settled down with the 6 beer flight and jotted down my notes: Mango IPA – lighter orange not as cloudy as guava. Potpourri a bit. Bitter first. Guava IPA – wins the fruit IPA cup. Cloudy. Grapefruit. Fruit first. San Andreas IPA – grassy and a little weird. Not as good as the rest. South Pacific Smoked IPA – Very smoky. Good balance even though the burnt notes take over. Widowmaker DIPA – caramel. Sugar. Bitterness comes in at the end. Black Widow Black IPA – British at first then the hops kick in.
Overall, the Guava is the leader for me with the Black IPA coming in second. With more hop bite, the Smoked South Pacific could sneak into the top three.
Next anniversary for the Monrovia brewery is in August. Number three.
On occasion, I also write for the great BeerPaperLA. Yes, it is on actual paper! (online too, yes)
And this month, I have a small piece and a larger one tucked into the pages. I give a quick shout out to my friends at Pacific Plate Brewing in Monrovia in one and go on a ride-along with a craft beer rep from Artisan Ales in another. Let me know what you think and if you have ideas for what I should write about next.
You can find it in better beer stops around the L.A. area!