Review – Shackmeister Ale from Brooklyn Brewery

My adopted residence of Glendale recently opened up a Shake Shack. The 2nd in Los Angeles and with it comes their house beer brewed by Brooklyn Brewery.
This is the only beer from the borough that you can get west of Las Vegas. Here is the review of Shackmeister Ale (along with commentary on the burgers).

I have now had the special bacon burger and the regular ShackBurger. Both of which are really flavorful though the cheese sauce on the special was no great shakes. They are small for the price and won’t give In-n-Out a run for speed + flavor. The surprise was the really good chicken sandwich. Nice kick of spice and really tasty. Shakes and ice cream will wait for when the heat and crowds die down.
Onto the Shackmeister Ale courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery. It is a rather plain ale. For a bit, I thought I may have mistakenly got the Oktoberfest that was also on draft. There is a tiny bit of hops but this is much ,ore a light malt beer. More Helles/Blonde than Pale Ale. Fits well with the burger but doesn’t really add much to it. But the $5.69 price makes it a better deal than the food.


When my wife and I heard that Shake Shack was coming to LA, we were excited. Years past, on a visit to NYC, I went to one which was so crowded that I was forced to find food somewhere else. Then our excitement was doubled when we learned that the franchise was not only coming to West Hollywood but also, literally a ten minute walk from BSP HQ in Glendale!

Yeah, I will be trying the LA specific burger cooked with beer but the other exciting news is that beer is available at Shake Shack along with Concretes and fries. Firestone Walker, Ballast Point, Figueroa Mountain and Angel City along with the Coasts (Lost and North). Now I just need to get Brewyard on tap there.

(Oh wine will be there too, but this is a beer blog)