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…
Highland Park Brewery
Horus Aged Ales
Long Beach Beer Lab
+one Northern CA honorary guest, The Rare Barrel
& newly added, Central Coast honorary guest, Firestone Walker Barrelworks!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Need I say more? Just follow Olivia from DTLA to Hollywood.(via Metro rail if you so desire)
And, yes, this is the first of many L.A. Beer Week posts that you are going to see. Also probably not the last Firestone Walker post either.
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!
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.