Temecula has come to Eagle Rock in the form of Relentless Brewing. I have spoken with the folks behind the bar, restaurant and distillery but here are my first impressions…
corner space is a bit small with a reverse L shaped bar fronted by a few stools
with crown cap seats (which I thought was a nice design touch). There are a few tables in front with a garage
door that can be opened onto Colorado Boulevard. With the tables and stools filed, the place
can get a bit loud. That
volume and the liquor bottles on shelves make this look on initial blush like a
regular cocktail bar.
wise it is primarily other local beers now.
Relentless soft opened during L.A. Beer Week so having options like Imperial Western, Lincoln, Indie, Smog City and Boomtown
was a smart go since they did not have their own beers available in quantity
yet. They have around 18 taps and the beer
menu is divided into light and refreshing, malty, hoppier and sours and funks.
only house beers were in the hoppy and sour categories. I ordered Blitz Storm Hazy but it was out and
bartender somewhat weirdly recommended an Offshoot Hazy instead of something
from their own line. So I picked out an IPA and a sour to taste. Below are my mini-reviews…
Dank You So Much – OK. Piney, West Coast. Sticky. Some citrus peel, a skosh bit of butter
Tequila My Vibe – quite tart. Guava forward. Pretty cocktail color. Tequila barrel doesn’t really show. Maybe some apricot and really light peach
In case you forgot to check out the fantastic food coverage on the Food GPS website, then you may have not seen the beer coverage either.
Here is your handy link spot to read what I covered in Brew & You in March….
March 7th – Beer in Temecula, Border X + Dry River Triple Can release.
March 21st– Monrovia Beer, the Cellador Famille + 8 Bit in K-Town.
I am always on the look-out for new local-ish breweries and when I saw cans from the new Garage Brewing Co. on shelves, I picked up a pair to review. We start with their entrant to the over crowded IPA category.
Nothing particularly wrong here. Earthy hops. Little rye type spice action. Overall just not much there here. Pours a clear light orange. Almost close to DIPA strength. Packaging evokes metal and not garage to me. The can says citrus but that is not coming through.
Marshmallow Milk Stout
Pours a jet black color. This really captures marshmallow. It is quite sweet but that is what marshmallow is. Lighter in alcohol than the IPA. Little bit of chocolate here. Sweetness is the star of this show. The lactose packs a punch.
So, one out of two, which isn’t bad for a growing brewery. Especially when you consider that a great IPA is a one in a million shot and most land squarely in the middle. From these two cans, I certainly would not hesitate to try the third beer.
We head to Temecula and Wiens Brewing for this review. Far Post Brown Ale conjures up images of soccer fields to me but the brewers have other ideas. Envisioning arrows and banners and battle.
This ale starts with an aroma of chocolate lava cake. Milk chocolate primarily. That doesn’t follow into the flavor though there is a touch of cocoa in the taste. It is light but still cake-y. And the label does not lie. It is quite the dry finish. I noticed a pucker in my mouth as I sipped away on this one.
I wasn’t sold at first but the chocolate keeps coming at you and I am starting to ponder which desserts to match with it as I drink.
Wiens beers are starting to pop up on L.A. beer shelves and are worth a look.
I have been hard on beer festivals of late, but something about the eagerness of the I-15 fest seems to work for me.
“We are doing with the I-15 Brew Festival is injecting new life into the traditional brew festival. We feel that by hosting an event at night, bringing in concert and laser lighting, specialty performers and music to surround the breweries that it will be an event that will go over big with the audience.”
Now, hopefully, more local (ie Temecula) breweries will appear on the participating brewery page.
I haven’t had the fortune to taste any beers from the Wiens (pronounced, “Weenz”) Brewing Co. But I like the labels and I would like to taste these and maybe a bottle or two will find their way to L.A. County. Nudge, nudge.
Tomorrow over on FoodGPS, I talk to one of the principals behind the new (to me) Craft Brewing Company of Temecula. But there is a lot of brewing going on in that city.
Lewis Beer. Brew-ligion. Wiens. Black Market. Refuge. Ironfire. Aftershock to name a majority of them.
So check out their Facebook site and give them a like.
GABF medalists from Temecula, California. Say hello to the Black Market, Brewing Company that is.
I recently tasted a few of their beers at a Meet the Brewery style event at Blue Palms Brewhouse and came away with mixed feelings. The brown ale was solid and I know the Rye IPA is good but I was left a little cold by the red ale (Scary Carrie) and their Hefeweizen and dunkle which just tasted off style and too cereal grainy to me.
That said. Not all breweries have exceptional beer from top to bottom that suits my particular taste. I’m just glad that more breweries keep springing up in the Golden State.