Sometimes a day just yields more than it should. My March beer drinking had a great start one day, mid-virus scare. Southland Beer had a great tap list but I went with a Blonde Ale from a murky IPA known brewery, then got a special edition coffee porter can and a re-visit of a Saison. All of which were excellent, but a can I got to-go snagged the second spot and a (new to me) Russian River beer ran away with top prize.
Ever and Ever from Casa Agria was my first IPA from that brewery and from cool can art to aroma to sip was excellent, But Apical Dominance was magnificent. The aroma on this hoppy pilsner was enormous. Just so much grapefruit essence, then the taste was balanced but never teetered to far to pils or too far to hops. One of those beers that you finish and then realize that you should have bought more.
I would recommend driving out of Los Angeles to check out Casa Agria’s tap room (among many in the area) but if you wanna stay in town then Southland Beer will be pouring a mini-tap takeover of beers….
Slammin’ at the Club – American lager
Summer in the Streets – hazy IPA
Bliss and Death – west coast IPA
Unseen Dreams – wild ale with apricots
It is always fun to welcome in breweries from other states and on the 25th, Southland Beer in K-Town will be bringing the Arizona brewed beer of Wren House to Los Angeles.
And as a special bonus beer from Arizona Wilderness will be on tap too!
Only a couple days away now! Here is my L.A. Beer Week choice for the day….
From Southland Beer – The Unity Firkin
Tomorrow at 4:30pm!
“Every year for LA Beer Week the LA Brewers Guild selects one local brewery to brew up one massive collaboration beer called Unity. This year Los Angeles Ale Works was the lucky brewery. Every year since we’ve opened we’ve been honored to receive one of the few firkins of this beer. We’ll be tapping one again this year to kick off Beer Week! No doubt you’ll be drinking more than a few pints of Unity beer this month. Come check out the cask version and see how it compares!
UNITY West (7.0%) – El Dorado | Idaho 7 | Simcoe. Classic dry west coast IPA with notes of tropical fruit and a dank finish. Hop forward with the malt and yeast characteristics playing second fiddle.”
It is short notice, but tomorrow at Southland Beer Co. you can throw off the shackles of IPA and get sour with a really cool and curated list of sours like….
High Water West Meets East (wine barrel-aged golden sour with kiwi and kumquat)
Beachwood Blendery Umeboshi (oak-aged sour with plums and sea salt)
Sante Adairius Full Hands In (foedre-aged wild ale)
Sante Adairius Foedre #2 (foedre-aged saison)
Bellwoods Jelly King (dry-hopped sour)
Dry River Frambuesa Negra (dark saison/sour stout blend refermented w/raspberries)
One of the poppin’ popular breweries in California is Alvarado Street. You usually only see them in LA in collab form or at fancy festivals but Southland Beer will have a bevy of beers from them on tap on the 18th of the month.
Starting at 1pm you will see….
Mai Tai PA – Tropical West Coast IPA
Minesweeper – West Coast IPA
38 Miles – Hazy American Pale Ale (collab with Sante Adarius)
Mangonada – Mango Kettle Sour
Spooky Juice -Hazy DIPA
Partying is Tight – Hazy DIPA (collab with Humble Sea)
Naughty By Nectar – Imperial Kettle Sour with Nectarines
Wyld Stallions – Hazy West Coast IPA (collab with Amplified Ale Works)
Four packs of cans for sale to go will also be available.
Looks like L.A. is getting more cider…
…and on the 10th, if you are near Southland Beer in Koreatown you can taste the following:
Wild Mirabelle Plum – cider blended with plum wine
Elderberry Perry – oak-aged with pears and elderberries
Flagship Cider – funky and dry apple cider
Pioner Perry – a classic perry
Wild Rose – aromatic rose-infused cider
June was tough. In a good way but I am glad that the big L.A. fests are in the rearview and I don’t feel like I am missing some cool event every ten minutes. Here is what will be going on this month…
~ e-visits to three breweries from Detroit. Batch Brewing, Lake Brothers and Motor City Brewing Works
~ special featured reviews of a random set of beers as I catch up from L.A. Beer Week
~ 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 George Lucas – A Biography
~ I will tap the Firkin and give my no holds barred opinion on the craft beer world.
Here are two events to get your July started in the Los Angeles craft beer world:
1) July 1st – Canada Day at Southland Beer
2) July 7th-9th – Bravery Brewing 5th Anniversary Weekend
It is not often that Brazilian craft beer shows up in L.A., but Southland Beer has a cure for that with…
This is a great chance to sample Way Beer and a lot of new and unusual additions to beer as well.
Craft Beer Time seems to march faster and faster. It is hard to believe that Southland Beer, the corner shop on Western Avenue in Koreatown, is now a year old.
The taproom with bottle shop has pulled in some gems on tap over the past 12 months so expect an eclectic tap list on the 22nd. Also, expect to find a bottle to go too.