The Sun is Setting

**unverified rumor alert**

It looks like, barring some late save, that Sunset Beer Co. will be forced out of their corner bottle shop and bar in Echo Park. Personally, “losing their lease” is both worded wrong and makes it a little too bloodless. And those who rally around the no gentrification cause should spend more energy here.

Back to beer. This shop has been my main go-to. I buy beer elsewhere but Sunset Beer Co. is where I can find the widest selection. I look forward to their weekly newsletter every Friday and usually have to fight the urge to just leave work and browse.

L.A. beer fans should send this iconic beer spot out on a high. Amp up your beer runs over the next couple months.

10 Sunsets

Sunset Beer has reached the double-digit mark and their 10th Anniversary Party will be on Saturday, November 6th.

Here are the details from the Echo Park beermonger, “We expect that our Anniversary Beer “Down Sunset” from Los Angeles Ale Works will be canned AND available at the party. We’ll have a fun and unique tap list ready to go for the event, so we hope you’ll join us in a big “Cheers to Ten Years of Beers” on November 6th.  Keep in mind – you will need to be FULLY vaccinated to enter bars in L.A. after November 3rd, so be mindful and prepared for that! Have a great weekend!”

Review – Down Sunset from LA Ale Works and Sunset Beer Co.

Let’s take a drive down Sunset Boulevard with a quick review of the collaboration beer from Los Angeles Ale Works and beer shoppe extraordinaire, Sunset Beer Co.

This West Coast IPA pours a vibrant orange color. There is an orange peel and pine aroma that leads to a juicy hit of tangerine for me. That is followed by a weird malty meets metal taste that is out of step with the early flavor of citrus. At the tail end is a bundle of bitterness that takes the flavors in another direction again.

Sean Suggests for June 2019

This month let’s do barrels and the justly expensive beers that come from waiting for months for a beer to be just right…

Little Beast / Biere Gris 9.40% ABV
“Oak-Aged American Wild Ale with Pinot Gris Juice”

Mumford / 4th Anniversary variant 11.00% ABV
“Imperial Stout aged in Four Roses barrels w/ vanilla added.”

Great Divide / 25th Anniversary Yeti 13.50% ABV
“To commemorate 25 years of brewing excellence, we created Big Yeti, a 13.5% ABV version of our beloved imperial stout.”

All of these beers can be found at Sunset Beer Co. (unless they got bought up real quick)

Sean Suggests for December 2018

The suggestions this month are appropriately Christmas themed and come from close to home and from far away.

Deschutes / Jubelale 6.70% ABV
“A dark, malty celebration ale with layered flavors and beautifully balanced hopping. Jubelale pours deep garnet in color, medium bodied, with notes of chicory, earth, spice and fruit. To beer lovers, it’s like Yule fire and family.”

Karl Strauss / Nine Bonfires Blazing 7.50% ABV
“It’s golden hour. Time to reflect on the day, dust the sand off your blankets, and surround yourself with good friends. The night hasn’t turned dark yet, so why should your beer? Introducing 9 Bonfires Blazing, the 9th installment in our “Twelve Days” holiday series. Just like sweater weather in San Diego, this winter warmer is quite the oxymoron. Brewed with coffee, vanilla beans, and rolled oats (but without roasted barley!), it is blonde in color but has all the aromas and flavors of a bold, American stout. Pop open a beach chair and join us – ’tis the season for sharing stories and stouts around the fire.”

St. Bernardus / Christmas Ale 10.0% ABV
“St. Bernardus Christmas Ale is the youngest descendant in the illustrious family of delicious Abbey Ales by Brewery St. Bernardus. This specialty beer is characterized by its deep dark colour, with a creamy, thick head and a full, almost velvety taste with a fruity nose. It’s a seasonal ale, brewed annually for the holiday season. The long winter nights are perfect moments to savour this ale with or without friends and to enjoy its unique, complex taste and after-taste.”

All of these beers can be found at Sunset Beer Co. (unless they got bought up real quick)

Sunset 7

Before the Highland Park 2nd location comes online, we need to celebrate the fact that the Sunset Beer Co. on Sunset is reaching the 7 year mark.

Saturday, October 27th is the celebration day. Expect a wide ranging and fun tap list as well as food and maybe, just maybe a special Sunset Beer beer from Arrow Lodge.

Sunset II

So in perusing Facebook during a work break, I saw this piece of news….

An already beer stuffed York Boulevard is getting even MORE! Sunset Beer is expanding to Highland Park bringing their curated bottles/cans and taps.

Sean Suggests for January 2018

You like Geuze? How about trying and Old Geuze from three different barrels. Brouwerij Boon has bottled 3 VATS, 91 , 92 and 108. Could be an excellent tasting session with friends.

Brouwerij Boon/ VAT 918.0% ABV
“The very subtle, elegant and tender taste of Oude Geuze VAT 91 comes from foeder Nr. 91, formerly used in Normandy as calvados barrel. Now this foeder creates excellent, tender Lambic, ideal for Oude Geuze. VAT 91 is soft, round, full-bodied, complex and in balance. The unique oval shape of foeder 91 ensures the optimum use of the foeder.”

Brouwerij Boon/ VAT 928.0% ABV
“This Old Geuze is the favorite of our tasting team. It is pleasantly full-bodied, complex and contains smoky and spicy tests. These unique flavors are derived from the oak barrel, used for red wine in France in the Rhône valley. The oak tree clearly expresses a stamp on the overall taste image and adds a particularly positive contribution to the Lambiek aroma.”

Brouwerij Boon/ VAT 1088.0% ABV
“The very wine-like accents in this Old Geuze are combined with a clear ‘old beer’ character, which ensures a sturdy and robust taste with undeniable but not overwhelming volatile acids. This barrel from 1935 comes from another brewery, where the beers contain volatile acids. This foeder enriches the character of all our mixes.”>

All of these beers can be found at Sunset Beer Co. (unless they got bought up real quick)

Sean Suggests for November 2017

Christmas beers are coming but let’s sample some of the diversity of beer styles this month, Sour-Spicy and Fiery.

Ska Brewing/ Sour Apple Gose5.1% ABV
“The scent of sweet apple blossoms give way to honey and a lemony tartness from the Citra hops and souring. Tastes like you’re sipping on a crisp apple juice with a bright tartness that’s refreshing, not drying.”

SoLArc/ Sunset Cleanse6.4% ABV
“Hoppy Pale ale with lemon, Cayenne pepper, and ginger. Brewed in celebration of 6 years of Sunset Beer Co.”

Firestone Walker/ Leo vs Ursus Inferos8.2% ABV
“Inferos is a rye imperial IPA that is fiery in color, hellacious in hoppiness and bursting with spicy rye goodness. Forged with 25 percent rye grain and loaded with more than four pounds of hops per barrel, Inferos is ultimately a big, lively beer that will keep the soul warm as summer transitions to fall.”

All of these beers can be found at Sunset Beer Co. (unless they got bought up real quick)

6 on the Sunset

The numbers keep getting bigger in the Los Angeles beer world as Sunset Beer Co., purveyor of to-go and draft beers is turning six.

Obviously this calls for a 6th Anniversary Party which will be November 4th. There will be snacks and food and a taplist that will more than likely include some real gems. Follow their social media for further news.