Brew & You normally provides a Beer of the Week, but now that the Los Angeles brewing scene is growing (and fast), there is just not enough space to highlight all the coming attractions on tap. So, in 2014, I will occasionally jam information on new beers or returning seasonals into one single post.
Without further ado, let’s start with Ladyface Ale Companie. The brewery describes their Palo Comado pale ale as “Our newest flagship ale is pale gold in color with a well-formed, bright white foam head. Moderately hopped with aromas of pine and lychee, malt tones are light yet bright from English crystal and Canadian honey malts. Finishing with bright, zesty hop flavors, Palo Comado is a light and refreshing pale ale that does not skimp on flavor or character.”
We move on to The Brewery at Abigaile’s for 002: 2nd Anniversary DIPA. This South Bay brewery gives the lowdown on this double. “It’s loaded with Mosaic, AU Galaxy, Amarillo, NZ Nelson Sauvin, and Citra. Very fruity and tropical with a fair amount of pine.”
Heading downtown, over at Angel City Brewery there will be a new Chai Stout that should be on your radar and available through March. “Full bodied, dark, and rich, with hints of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and Chai, this beer finishes smooth, sweet, and spicy. To achieve the complexity and depth desired, a series of spice trials were mixed up in the lab and tasted and the result provided a custom house-made Chai blend that was added to the kettle.”
Brian Thorson at Haven Gastropub + Brewery in Pasadena has brewed up a Wheatwine, Dream of Wheat. Which is a style you don’t often see around town.
Back to Agoura Hills and the creations of Roger Bott in his LAB Brewing. Bott will be debuting his Russian Imperial Stout – which has no name yet. This would be a great way to introduce yourself to the LAB line-up.
Ohana Brewing recently released, “Black Rhino Double IPA at 8.5% abv in honor of Alex “RHINO” Rebello. Ohana Black Rhino is a double black India Pale Ale that pours an opaque black with firm bitterness from generous amounts of Chinook and Centennial hops. Chocolate and roast malts flavors offset the hops.”
Another hoppy concoction from a brewery still in progress, Three Weavers, “We are super exited to share about the Noble Ale Works Collaboration beer… The Messenger is a Citrusy IPA, made with Bohemian pilsner malt, El Dorado, Pacific Jade, and Whole Citra hops. It’s dry, refreshing, bright and lemon yellow with notes of citron and grapefruit. Easily drinkable at 7.3%.”
Down in Long Beach at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, “Wholly Smoke is a robust porter laced with one of our signature house flavors and aromas – smoke! A blend of British malts mingle with beechwood smoked malt and oak smoked wheat from Germany in this rich and complex smoky ale. Hopped with British Target and EKG for the perfect balance.”
Speaking of Long Beach, Congregation Ale House has a chapter there as well as Pasadena where you can find the beers brewed in Azusa. New “offerings” include Communion Red ale and Eternally Strong Brotherhood which shares the same acronym with the style of beer it is, ESB.
And to help you navigate the craft beer scene even more, you should pick up the latest in the Beer Lovers series of guidebooks, Beer Lover’s Southern California. Penned by none other than Kristofor Barnes half of the duo behind Los Angeles Ale Works which also has a new beer out that needs to be added to the above list, Dampfmaschine™, a California-Common (“Steam”) Style beer. “Dampfmaschine™’s grain bill consists of a strong American backbone, Pale 2 Row. To pay homage to the motherland we use traditional German grains, and in true LAAW fashion we add some rye to kick up the spice. We use the signature Northern Brewer hop throughout the brew and finish with Magnum for a change of pace.”
Have fun checking out all the new beer to had here in Los Angeles.
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.