If it seems like you are in Europe, but you don’t have your passport with you, it just might be because of European brewers landing on American shores. From sea to shining sea.
Mikkeller DTLA is a recent opening to the Los Angeles scene though they have outposts in San Francisco, Oakland and San Diego where they do their U.S. brewing in the old AleSmith facility. Though the head brewer spot did just open up with the departure of brewer Bill Batten, expect the same crazy/off the beaten track beers that Mikkeller is known for, just fresher since they only have to travel a few hours to get to us.
Moving to the Midwest, BrewDog has set up shop in Columbus, Ohio, and are not content with just a brewery and taproom, but are tapping into the crowdfund again to build a hotel complex next to their brewing operations with really fresh beer in every room. Time will tell if one of these seemingly mythical brewery hotels will ever see the light of construction day, but at least we can all drink like punks at their brewery.
Lastly, with St. Patrick’s Day coming very soon, we should touch on the fact that Guinness has decided to rekindle brewing operations on U.S. soil. They will be building a brand spanking new facility in Maryland to supply the U.S. market with beers from the Irish brewers portfolio. Only one beer will NOT be made here though. The traditional Irish Stout that is required drinking on March 17.
It is getting easier and easier for craft beer fans to get their hands on all kinds of beers.
You have two cans to choose from for this week’s BEER OF THE WEEK. Brouwerij West has been putting out some interesting hoppy and hazy offerings. Picnic Lightning IPA is unique because it is brewed with Mecca Grade Estate Malt, Raw Wheat plus Rolled Oats. Those three malts lock horns with three hops (Chinook, Simcoe, and Citra). Then Switcheroo, an Experimental Pale Ale uses a mash filter as a hop press to mix Simcoe, Centennial, Chinook, and Citra for this hazy NE Style beer
Your HOMEWORK is to listen to music and then drink local craft beer. Casual Fridays at the Walt Disney Concert Hall is back with a whole new concert on Friday, March 31! The music of Mozart and Haydn will fill the concert hall and the beers of DTLA’s Dry River Brewing and Lancaster’s Kinetic Brewing will fill glasses. If you haven’t visited downtown Los Angeles’s architectural landmark, this event would be a great introduction.
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.