A brewery that is three years old would not normally be considered an elder statesmen in the brewing community but such is the case with Los Angeles and Eagle Rock Brewery due to our city’s belated entry into the world of locally crafted beer.
Eagle Rock will celebrate their latest milestone with a party at the nearby Verdugo Bar this Saturday from noon to 4pm. And this anniversary will include a fine list of their beers past and present: Solidarity, Vanilla NITRO Solidarity, Manifesto, Revolution, Unionist, Populist, NITRO Populist, Libertine, Deuce, Ginger Saison, Eradicator Jr., Stimulus, Tarte Noir, 2011 Jubilee, 2012 Jubilee, Barrel-aged Jubilee and Red Velvet.
The event will also mark the formal debut of Threes, the special beer brewed to mark this occasion. According to the label, “Threes was brewed to commemorate our 3-year anniversary and, as good things come in threes, it embodies all the great things that have happened to us in the past 3 years. Comforting aromas of toasted bread and jasmine complement the peachy esters, toasted marshmallows and alcohol warmth on the palate. A substantial hop presence and dry finish balance out this delicious full-bodied strong rye ale. Cheers to an amazing 3 years, and many more to come!”
If you cannot clear your schedule to attend, then head over to the taproom in the next few days and hoist a pint in honor of the past three years with cheers for an even better 4th!
Your Beer of the Week comes from a much older brewery, Deschutes from Bend, Oregon. Hop Henge is “part of the ‘Bond Street Series’ and as such a bit more limited than our traditional seasonals. If you’ve had Hop Henge in the past be prepared for a slightly different version this year. I’ve not had the chance to try it myself yet, but our head brewer has said that this year the ABV has been jacked up to nearly 11%. Also the sweeter malty flavor has been toned down a bit and the hop flavor has been intensified. IBUs for this beer are 90 and it’s brewed with Millenium, Delta, Mosaic, Cascade, Centennial, Citra and Experimental hops.”
Your Homework this week is to celebrate another 3rd anniversary. Yup, two in the space of hours. Here is the word from Ladyface Ale Companie in Agoura Hills: “To celebrate their 3rd Anniversary Week, January 21st through 27th, Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie is planning a full week of events highlighting their award-winning ales…Over the course of the week, guests will be able to enjoy special releases, archived vintages, barrel aged brews, collaborations, brewer’s one-off creations, casks, and more.” Sounds like the 101 will be filled with beer geeks heading north. And you can try my second beer of the week, their 3rd anniversary ale, “a Belgian Dark Strong Ale with a deep garnet hue and a dense white foam head. Aromas of soft caramel and toffee are layered between earthy spice and fruit. Hops are faint but enough presence to balance. Flavors of rum-raisin and fresh baked bread are followed quickly by warming alcohol. A strong Belgian yeast character is present and exotic Asian teas add subtle layers of vanilla and dark chocolate truffle.”
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.