Super Sour Friends

The L.A. County Brewers Guild teamed up with Eagle Rock for their Session Fest and now the Guild is working with Cellador Ales on their LA Beer Week sour spectacular on June 22nd. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

With just a few cool breweries tucked into the Cellador space…

Beachwood Blendery
Brouwerij West
Casa Agria
Cellador Ales
Highland Park Brewery
Horus Aged Ales
Homage Brewing
Long Beach Beer Lab
Mikkeller SD
Modern Times
Pure Project
Sour Cellars

The Bruery
+one Northern CA honorary guest, The Rare Barrel

& newly added, Central Coast honorary guest, Firestone Walker Barrelworks!

Sour Fields

If you need an excuse to visit the food section of Banc of California stadium then sour beers provides it on Friday April 26th @ 5pm.

Sour selections pouring from Hill Farmstead, Evil Twin, (our own) Brouwerij West, BFM, Crooked Stave, (again, our own) Homage, OEC Brewing, and a Sour IPA from Modern Times and Upright Brewing.

Two New Rolls

I just emptied a cellar beer from 2011 from the Hangar 24 brewery and the branding was much different from two new aged ales coming from Redlands….

I am most intrigued with the blueberry sour blonde. After not liking several fruited beers, I have had some better examples lately and think this one might be good now or in the future.

Featured Review – Americana from Prairie Artisan Ales

Wow. This be filled with funk. When you want to get a dose of Brett. This beer covers you.
This beer pours a musty orange/brown color. The hops are muted but in the background with a touch of bitterness. But that funky aroma on the nose really catches the flavor and holds on for dear life. As it warms the hop shows more but still can’t take the spotlight.

So, yeah, this wasn’t sour, per se, but man I had to review it.

Social Sip

Southland Beer has recently introduced what they are calling Social Sipping Sessions. The first ever Session is scheduled for Sunday, March 20. It is your chance to “fuss over” beers with like-minded beer nerds. You will be at their communal table and given a curated flight of 4oz pours to taste.
This will be a ticketed event and there will be seatings at 1:00pm, 3:00pm, and 5:00pm.

The first Session focuses on the sour with…..

Almanac Hoppy Sour w/Azacca – Sour Blonde Aged in Wine Barrels w/Azacca Hops
Eagle Rock The Yearling – American Sour Aged in Oak Barrels
Tahoe Mountain Aurelia – Golden Ale Aged in French Oak Foudres
Paradox Skully #37 (We Jam and They Jelly) – Sour Ale Brewed with Cherries & Aged in Oak Wine Barrels
To Øl Sur Amarillo – Dry-Hopped Sour Ale w/Amarillo Hops
HaandBryggeriet Funky Black – Sour Black Ale

Sour Fruit-ure

If you missed the bottle release for Infinite Wishes the barrel-aged stout from Smog City or if you are more a fan of the sour then today is your lucky day because Cuddlebug, Snugglebug, and Ch’nooks & Crannies Release Party tickets start today at Noon. With pre-sales pick up begin on the day before Valentine’s.
Here are your choices:
Cuddlebug – Sour Blonde with Peach and Apricot.
Snugglebug – Sour Blonde with Raspberry and Boysenberry.
Ch’nooks & Crannies – Sour Blonde with Cranberries, dry hopped with Chinook.

Visit the BPT link for details!
Brown Paper Tickets Link: HERE

#LABW6 – But this is at the SAME time – Thursday the 25th


Your daily “alternate” L.A. Beer Week event source is right here. Do you know how in the World Cup, there is the so-called, “Group of Death”.  The group with the four toughest teams in the tournament.  Well, that is what the 25th is for L.A. Beer Week.  Way too many good things to choose from. So, today, you get two suggestions for where to go!

First up is a special Ballast Point night at Plan Check on Fairfax.  They have great food and you will get to try not only BP beers but their spirits and cocktails made with those spirits.

Or you could get tart and try two new sours from Highland Park Brewery.  One with peaches and one with nectarines! Then see what else the Hermosillo has on tap!


Food GPS Teaser – 10 Great Sour Beers

A few weeks back, I chose some of my favorite IPA’s for Food GPS, and tomorrow I have selected 10 of my favorite sour beers.

I fully expect to hear howls of protest.  How could you leave this beer off the list?  Why did you pick this beer?  You are just choosing beers based on internet rankings.  Your probably haven’t had these beers.  You get the idea.

If you want to start a discussion, then please comment.  I may not respond super quickly.  But I try to. I certainly hope that someone directs me to a beer that I haven’t had.  I may find a new favorite sour because of that.

But if you just want to scream or have your voice heard then please go out on your patio or back yard or balcony and do it.  If all you want to do is say, “you are wrong and stupid”  tell that to the wall.  Because that would accomplish the same thing as trolling a list of beers.

That is because we live in a time of plenty when it comes to craft beer.  10 different bloggers could come up with 10 equally great lists of sour beers.  And most readers would probably do as well.  There is no wrong list.  There is no right list.  It is just a list from one perspective as of this day.  Totally subject to change.


Event Review – Firestone-Walker’s Wild Ride

My favorite event from last year was the massive Deconstructed dinner put on by Firestone-Walker. Great beer and great food with a cool twist on their blended anniversary beer.

This year, they came up with yet another great hook for a beer event. They brought five sour beers to five different L.A. bars. Did not tell the bars which beer they had and then had David Walker drive the Firestone-Walker emblazoned rover from spot to spot to reveal which sour they had on tap.

I skipped the first stop at Golden Road because the Better Weather Festival (to be reviewed later by my special westside correspondent) was in full swing. I headed for the Verdugo first and was treated to Lil Opal which poured a light yellow color and had a touch of tartness. And out on the patio after watching my Dad’s Oregon State team win over UCLA, was the full F-W entourage including brewer Matt Brynildson.

Then the next stop beckoned. While they headed to Alhambra and 38 Degrees, I jumped to the 4th stop, Far Bar. All because of a dirty hippie (aka, the 6th anniversary beer from Kern River) It’s good to have two beer events in one spot. Makes my job easier plus that Imperial Red is quite good and a beer you should search out. Notes of Citra hit the nose but the beer doesn’t try to tackle your palate. It is soft and strong. As the time approached for the 4th sour, many familiar beer geeks filed into the now expanded space on 1st for the reveal of SLOambic.

A red hued beauty with a light fruit taste and a nice bit of tart to it. Firestone sours are not the mouth contorting puckery kind but on a hot day where lighter beers seemed more appropriate, they really fit the bill and it was great to see the bar filled with snifters of the strawbeery in everyone’s hands.

Events can be hard to pull off. Events that involve L.A. traffic, a skosh harder. But this worked like clockwork. People could get one beer or all five. The taps flowed when promised and the group was more than willing to talk with everyone. It is a model L.A. Beer Week event. And whatever crazy idea they have for next year. I will be there.

Then the rover was off to Blue Palms for it’s final stop.