The Bruery has a flurry of new beers will show up on better beer store shelves soon (if not already). And I hope you like sour beers, because three out of the four will make you pucker.
Let’s start with the non-sour offering which is another collaboration ale. The Bruery looked local this time. Really local, teaming up with Bootlegger’s Brewery in next door Fullerton to create Chocosaurus Rye. So you know you will be getting a spicy rye kick and the richness of chocolate from the cacao nibs, but the ingredient that will tie them together is vanilla bean. This beer is part of the Provisions series that is named and brewed for the store in Old Town Orange.
On to the sour! First up is Filmishmish. Say that five times fast. This sour blonde ale has two unique ingredients added: apricot jam and wood shavings. Which of those distinctive flavors will win out and can they play well together will be fun to find out. And at 5.8% ABV, this is one that you can continue to form an opinion on.
Next up is a returning favorite, Sour in the Rye. It is brewed with 40% rye malt and that is no easy task because rye creates all sorts of technical brewing headaches. This year’s model is aged in barrels for over a year to really let the sourness mature.
Lastly is another Provisions Series creation going by the name of Mother Funker. And who doesn’t love a pun-tastic name. Sour in the Rye was aged for over a year. Mother Funker has been contentedly sitting in chardonnay barrels for several years. And by all accounts, this is a seriously sour sour.
Yes, I have just recommended four beers to you. But here is one more: Cocoa Mole from New Belgium. It is a new entry from the Lips of Faith series with ancho, guajillo and chipotle peppers and blended with chocolate and put together into a beer. Then top it off with cinnamon to balance things out.
Your homework this week is to head over to the El Segundo – El Segundo Brewing Co. tasting room this Saturday from Noon to 8pm to tast the Blue House Citra Pale. Brewmaster Rob Croxall whips up pale ales that really showcase the hop profile and for a limited window you can fill growlers for $15 which is a deal considering the scarcity of the hop or if you want an even better deal you can get a new growler fill and an ESBC t-shirt for a mere $28.
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.