Tiny Bubbles

Lost Abbey is no stranger to spin-off lines.  Hop Concept is their IPA offshoot and now they are launching Tiny Bubbles in 2020 with 4-packs of slim 12oz cans starting with two flavors, brut and rosé.  I applaud that Tomme Arthur and crew have not bowed to the seltzer whims (which will come back to bite some, methinks) and have taken their core competency and put a spin on it.

Sour Provisions

If you are sour because it is Monday then maybe, Provisions Market’s 3rd Tart & Funky Sour Fest Which begins today might help. Not only with today but for the next four days!

Below are the lists for each day. Cascade might be the most known and popular but Thursday’s Line-Up looks excellent. My picks are bolded.

Monday, October 17th:
Rodenbach Alexander
Rodenbach Foederbier
Boon Kriek
Mikkeller Spontansourcherry
Mikkeller Spontanpassionfruit
Mikkeller/Three Floyds Bla Spogelse
The Rare Barrel Sabertooth Tiger
Highland Park Cherry Spazz
Allagash Farm To Face
Allagash Tiarana
Drie Fonteinen Flight:
Intense Red
Oude Kriek
Oude Geuze
Golden Blend

Tuesday, October 18th:
A Day of Sours from Cascade:
Sang Noir
Pumpkin Smash
Fodure #1
Pumpkin Smash
Bourbonic Plague
Cerise Nouveau
Apricot Ale

Wednesday, October 19th:
Cantillon St Gilloise
Cantillon Kriek
Almanac Farmers Reserve Strawberry
Almanac Pluot
Almanac Dogpatch Sour
Almanac Wakatu Sour
Almanac Citra Sour
Almanac Pumpkin Sour
Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Citrus
Almanac Lavender de Brettaville
Almanac Amarillo Sour
Lost Abbey Cuvee De Tommee
Lost Abbey Framboise De Amorosa
Lost Abbey Madonna & Child
Bear Republic Tartare Rouge
The Bruery Terruex Les Ronces
Modern Times Neverwhere

Thursday, October 20th:
De Garde Bu Weiss
Logsdon Peche N Brett 2014
Logsdon Peche N Brett 2015
Tilquin Quetsche
Cisco Peahish Woods
Beachwood Blendery Careful With That Apricot, Eugene
Grimm Super Spruce
Cellar 3 Flanders Drive
Cellar 3 Oculus Sauvage
Cellar 3 Natura Morta
Good Beer Siesta
Good Beer La Vista
Avery Expletus
Avery Insula Multos Collibus

Don’t Get Lost

If you have ever been to the massive New Belgium complex, you may have seen what they call their “forest”. Made up of foeders filled with the fruits of their sour program labor. And on February 6th, you have two ticketed events to choose from to get a sip of the 2016 goodies from Fort Collins.

Choice # 1 is the Pedalars Fork up in Calabasas where you can be treated to a three-course farm to table dinner with three New Belgium beers such as 2016 La Folie, 2016 Transatlantique Kriek and Blackberry Love Felix. Snapshot Wheat and Citradelic IPA will also be on tap.

If cheese and Long Beach is more your thing then the same night at The Blind Donkey LBC will host and offer up a flight of beers + 1 full pour of your favorite. The added beer on tap will be the Blue Paddle Pilsner and cheese and charcuterie from Cheese Addiction.

In the Tap Lines for December 2014

header_attractionsWhat was started after Thanksgiving continues as the Holiday Ale Daily Advent Calendar (HADAC) highlights Winter Warmers from all over the globe.  Including the infamous Anchor Holiday Ale which I will review many years of.  There will also be many Portland beers to review from my recent trip but don’t fret, there will be plenty of LA Beer news to convey.

~ E-visits to three breweries from the Dallas Design District such as Texas Ale Project, Noble Rey and Peticolas
~ Reviews of various years of the Anchor Holiday Ale including the new 2014 version
~ Heads-Up on festive Los Angeles Beer Events throughout the month
~ Three suggested beers to buy this month. One light, one medium and one dark
~ I will tap the Firkin and give my no holds barred opinion on the craft beer world
~ … and Session # 94 will converge bloggers onto a single topic, this month it is Your Role in the Beer Scene

Here are two events to get your December started in the Los Angeles craft beer world:
1) December 5th New Belgium Sour Seminar at Library Alehouse
2) December 18th Beachwood 8 Double IPA Release

Wild Ride Time


Do you like sour beers?  Do you like driving around LA?  Or are you like me and picking one spot to grab some Firestone Walker beer?

“Walker’s Wild Ride is back during L.A. Beer Week! Join the Lion & the Barrelmeister on Saturday, Sept. 27th as they make their unruly trek in “Olivia”, the ’64 Land Rover, hosting a crazy LA pub crawl with four sour beers in tow! Follow along as we make stops at Tony’s Darts Away (12pm), Library Alehouse (2:30pm), Naja’s Place (4:30pm) & The Federal Bar – Long Beach (7pm).”

Review – Greyhound Blended Barrel Aged Sour from Cismontane


I don’t much care for the new Cismontane labels but I do like the little touch of the dog and the citrus slice.  This little part works.  And so does the beer.  This liquer looking beer pours without a head and the aroma is not blasting sour at you.  Much more restrained .  More cognac to my nose.  But the taste gets back down to sour business.  Tart on the lips and quite a bit of citrus that is tempered by the wood notes.  Not tangy but mellow and sour at the same time.  Nice and complex.  Thanks to the Cap’n for voyaging down south to pick this beer up for me.

Without You….

Evil Twin and Mikkeller have some serious creativity. Though the label is boring the name of this new sour ale is pretty cool.

I am hoping that 12%, the importer can bring the beers over here in good condition. And then I hope they can make it to LA.

Would be cool to have a Mikkeller. Evil Twin taste off.

Tuesday’s are for Tapping

I love the LA beer scene but damn if what happens in Portland doesn’t make me green with envy. One thing that I would certainly be doing is hitting the Cascade Barrel House with regularity and especially on Tuesday’s when guests get to tap a weird out there sour beer. Last one was “Apple Pie” (hopefully better than what was in an episode of Justified this year) and this coming Tuesday at 6pm it is …

“Live Honey Rye Ginger.” This NW style sour ale is a honey rye that was barrel aged for eight months before having various types of ginger added for an additional two months. Ginger, rye malts and lemon greet you in the nose. A slight sweet ginger spice and heat sparkle on the palate. A crisp bite of ginger and a lingering honey herbal note lead to a light peppery finish. The addition of candied ginger provides the slight heat and spice. It weighs in at 7.9% and costs $6.50 a glass.

New, old Rodenbach

Here are some excerpts from the press release about this special beer…

“Vintage 2008 was aged in oak vat number 96 at Brouwerij RODENBACH in Roeselare, Belgium for the last two years. The 750 ml bottles are cork topped and the Flanders sour ale resembles an Oloroso sherry wine with its deep red, coppery glow. Cask 96 was chosen for this year’s special Vintage because its track record in producing sour beer over the years has been superior.”

“Vintage 2008 is 7% ABV and is more mild than RODENBACH Grand Cru. Like other good sour beers, RODENBACH Vintage pairs perfectly with food because of the absence of hop bitterness. Vintage 2007 took home the Silver award in the Wood and Barrel Aged Sour category at this year’s World Beer Cup in Chicago.”

“There are only 30,000 750 ml bottles of Vintage 2008. RODENBACH is often called the missing link between beer and wine.”

Blackbeery Sour

I posted a few weeks back about the opening of the eastside and sour Cascade Barrel House. Now they have “Facebooked” this info: “Beck Berry has been released! This blend of tripels and strong blondes were lacticly fermented and aged more than a year with blackberries in oak. We then did a secondary inoculation with a recently isolated plumbers strain of Brett called Beckamoyces Aasskraquii. Some sour cherries were blended in to give this beer some pucker.”