Hidden corners of L.A. County are now seeing craft beer’s impact. For example, in a Monrovia industrial park, Pacific Plate Brewing is an upstart brewery from owners Stephen Kooshian (brewmaster), Steven Cardenas (brewer) and Jonathan Parada (brewer). The low-key space features a wooden bar and picnic tables, exposed rafters, a clearly visible brewhouse, and a colorful chalk mural that honors Octoberfest with a towering German castle.
During my initial visit to Pacific Plate, they had eight beers on tap, including Copa de Oro, a bright 5.5% golden ale brewed with orange zest, coriander and cane sugar. Still, it was another beer that tie into L.A.’s culinary culture that captured my imagination: Horchata Stout. The 5.2% English milk stout incorporated Mexican cinnamon, cocoa, Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans, and milk sugar sweetener. No, there wasn’t rice milk in there, and cocoa doesn’t typically factor into horchata, though the cocoa’s bittersweet flavor accentuated the creamy, toasty, well-balanced beer. Now, where are the tacos when you need them?