Claremont Craft Ales, an industrial park brewery from business partners Emily Moultrie, husband Simon Brown, and cousins Brian and Natalie Seffer, has improved on all fronts since my previous visit. Their LED menu now touts 24 taps, a concrete patio houses cornhole and guest food vendors, and you’ll find more communal wood tables with colorful steel seats and stools. Their beer has also gotten much better, as my recent flight proved.
The brewery’s wide spectrum of beers now ranges from summery cream ales to barrel-aged Imperial stouts that could probably power a semi. Since I still had to drive home to L.A., I limited myself to three tasters (4-ounce pours for $2 apiece). While I enjoyed their tart, savory raspberry gose and spicy IPA with peaches and pink peppercorns, Farm to Foam most impressed me. This herbaceous 6.3% ABV summer ale was nice and bright, with distinct flavors of basil and lemon peel. I get to Claremont somewhat infrequently due to distance, but this is a beer that would have warranted a growler.