The low gas light pops up on your car’s dashboard, you turn into a gas station to fill up and decide to get a snack too, when what do your beer eyes see? An eclectic selection of craft beers.
Yes, you should follow Arroyo Shell on Instagram. And you should visit as well. Is it an exhaustive selection like the standard bearer for LA, Sunset Beer? No. It covers three cold cases total, most of which seem dedicated to Bottle Logic Brewing. Making this Pasadena spot, near the Del Mar stop of the Gold Line, a de facto second tap room for the Anaheim brewery.
If you visit, expect IPA but that is secondary to stouts, smoothie beers and even craft seltzer. And don’t come looking for a sampling of LA beer, no. You are going to find Great Notion, Brewery X, Barrier, Drekker and frankly a a different curated list than in most places.
You can buy singles, they have holders at the ready and the prices are better than fair. I bought a Great Notion stout for under $7. Cheaper than gas.
Add Arroyo Shell to your beer buying stops.
On Tibet the fourth and final CdP beer to be reviewed this month, and it is a tart fruited Ale, Curuba. This beer pour some a hazy IPA orange color. Tartness is at a really nice level. Nice zing but the fruit notes which are mostly berry, do not get overwhelmed. Balance is there. Getting strawberry, almost Starburst notes. Pretty close but this slides into a second place finish to the Gaviota coffee beer.
A few days ago, I showed a some photos from inside the CPB and now time to taste test the beers….
Kolsch – this is a tricky beer because it can drift closer to other styles that are close to it. I prefer it to be more akin to a blonde ale than pilsner and this beer does that. Though I do get a bit too much hefe to it. Some mineral notes to but overall I quite like it.
California Common – clocking in at 4.9% this is quite flavorful for such a low alcohol beer. Lots of malt taste mixed with a touch of sweetness. This one tastes a touch green to me and finishes a little too heavy on the mineral side.
Pilsner – if blindfolded, I would not have said pilsner. Much like the Kolsch, I am getting that hefe yeast note here. The snap and bubble that I expect is not there either. It even pours a little to dark yellow for my liking.
Wheat – perhaps a little tilted in the sour direction. Lots of wheat character here. Nice and light. Watery citrus note as well. Has a fluffy mouthfeel as well.
I would return for the Kolsch first of the four. There is some room to grow d I hope to taste some of the beers that explore the heritage of the brewer because I think some extra ingredients would bump up the ratings of these beers.
Pasadena was set to get a new brewery in May, but now Cerveceria del Pueblo is soft opening with to-go sales of their (4) core beers including a variety pack that allows new customers a taster tray of sorts.
I drove the much quieter streets over to their location on Bellevue to pickup some beers but also to take a safe peek into their little but brightly painted space.
The next post will cover capsule reviews of the Kolsch, California Common, Pilsner and Wheat beer but you should check out this L.A. Times piece that talks about the brewery as the opener and closer to the article.
In looking up some information on the Los Angeles County Guild website, I came across an unfamiliar logo. The one you see above. Never heard of this brewery so I assumed that Cervecia del Pueblo was far away, but lo and behold it is in Pasadena. Dig further I will and report back when more information is found.
One of my favorite bookstores to just wander through. Making loops to make sure that I don’t miss anything is Vroman’s. And now they are adding a bar! Up 1894, named after the year the bookstore opened, will serve wine, cocktails and of course beer. Now that a few days have passed since serving, most of the kinks should be worked out. Time to sip and read.
Naja’s Place has their successful IPA festival but for those in the valley who can’t make the trek to Naja’s have their own alternative at one of the multiple locations of Lucky Baldwin’s….
If you can’t get enough IPA, here’s an opportunity to try a lot.
Pasadena may be adding more beer to its future. Thanks to a Food GPS tip, I heard about First Water Brewing. I didn’t see tap room or opening information but I did find a beer list….
India pale ale
“A true west coast style hop explosion with a massive floral aroma. This hop bouquet of citrus and tropical fruit notes is supported with the earthy bitterness of chinook and warrior hops.”
P-22, Pale ale
“True to style and California tradition this pale ale is a great session beer full of malt and hop character.”
Trouble makers descendant, Honey Porter
“The union of chocolate, roasted barley, honey and coffee flavors are supported by a creamy full body that finishes with a robust profile.”
“A refreshing farmhouse style ale with a subtle citrus aroma that will quench the parched.”
Fire Breaker, Amber
“Full of biscuit and malty characteristics , this barley driven ale also provides a great hop aroma.”
Sage & Rye IPA
“The fragrant, herbal aromas of local sage, hops and pine take over the nose and palate which delicately balance with a rich malty sweetness.”
The Honey Porter and that final entry of Sage & Rye intrigue me the most.
My top three foods to pair with beer starts with burgers and pizza but BBQ is right there too. And you can sample two venerable Pasadena institutions beer and BBQ on October 18th starting at 6:30pm.
Craftsman Brewing and Brewmaster Mark Jilg is the beer half. The five-course dinner will be curated by Gus’s BBQ. The food will be paired with five Craftsman beers. Jilg will talk tasting notes, style, history and more for each beer.
Seating will be limited and purchasing advance tickets is advised.
My wife and I ducked into Harlowe’s French Dip a couple months back. We split a sandwich before continuing on with our weekend but I marked down that I would need to re-visit when I could try some craft beer with the food. Because if it is a Tony Alcazar restaurant, that HAS to be done.
So with some State Brewing and Craftsman beer on the table, I settled into some great food that my photos do not do justice to like this salad with edible flowers, avocado and cucumbers
and this asparagus starter
but the best was the pastrami French Dip. Simply done, with great meat, cheese and bread.
There is a fancy burger list as well to complement the tap list that rotates quite a bit but always has a little bit for everyone. Harlowe’s is a great little spot on Union Street.