Waiting Tables

The 2nd in the Broadway series of collaborative beers heads to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre and the musical, Waitress.

The new charitable beer is part of The Broadway Brews Project. Mark Aldrich and Jimmy Ludwig, The Happy Hour Guys previously worked with Hamilton and Gun Hill Brewing Company followed by the School of Hops beer for, you guessed it, The School of Rock musical.

The new beer from Sixpoint is described as “a lively cream ale bursting with the essence of cherries, Its for Adrienne Cream Ale will only be available on tap at select bars & venues throughout NYC.”

A portion of the proceeds benefits The Adrienne Shelly Foundation, a NY-based charity that supports women in film. Plans for future Broadway Brew collaborations are already underway.

In the Tap Lines for September 2016

This month I make my first trek to Sacramento for the California Craft Beer Summit. I will be sitting in on seminars, learning about food and beer pairings and much more. Including some tiny amount of beer drinking. Look for that coverage and the following in the blog this month…

~ e-visits to Sacramento breweries
~ special featured reviews with one caveat, blind tasting, one vs. another.
~ 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 Between the World and Me
~ I will tap the Firkin and give my no holds barred opinion on the craft beer world

Here are two events to get your September started in the Los Angeles craft beer world:
1) September 10th – Sixpoint Ales tap takeover at Barrel & Ashes
2) September 15-18th Peachapalooza at Beachwood BBQ

…and here is the beer photo of the month…

Review – Jammer vs. Puff

Today’s taste-off is between two wildly different beer styles but by the same NY brewery, Sixpoint.
Jammer – “Bygone brewers, repping the Sixpoint star, provided the concept and our friends at Jacobsen Salt hooked us up with the key ingredient. It’s salty, it’s sour, and it’s slammin’. It’s Mad Science.”

Pours a light and clear orange. Good balance of an almost jello powder fruit with a really nice savory taste complimented by a solid sour tang. Very sharp on the palate initially but that fades off quickly.

Puff – “If you love Resin, try tasting it straight from the tanks. That’s PUFF – a hazy, unfiltered pour with an extra dose of dry hops… a new blend devised just for Puff.”

Hazy orange colo. Very dank in aroma. Some pineapple notes. A bit harsh on the tongue before a malt hop one two punch takes over. Harshness begins to grate as it warms. ABV shows up. Too much.

The Result – Jammer in a landslide.

A harbinger

I know that I seem to be pushing Sixpoint hard of late, but I really like both their beers and their marketing. And I am not the only one.

It is one of the fastest growing breweries in New York. And they are sending out more and more beers in their modern, yet traditional looking cans. I have been fortunate enough to have had a couple different selections from them and now they are bringing out more like Diesel and Harbinger to put on my wish list. Seeing a saison in a tallboy just brings a smile to my face. It really blurs the boundaries for people who still see cans as just lager receptacles.