The Brewer’s star from the Sixpoint Brewery cans is now shining on Los Angeles as the Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York based brewery has started distributing to the City of Angels.
There was no big splashy entrance. Instead cans started showing up in finer craft beer shops like Sunset Beer Co. and Craft Beer Cellar in Eagle Rock. It may seem passé now that so many out-of-state breweries are adding L.A. to their delivery area, but you should make room in your craft beer cart to try Sixpoint’s core beers.
Sixpoint has some of the best designed can labels around and you can see the intricate details on each can when you buy either C.R.E.A.M. (blonde coffee ale), Bengali Tiger (English IPA), Resin (Imperial IPA), or The Crisp (Pilsner).
These beers will give you a great counterpoint to the super hopped beers by giving an East Coast take on more malt driven beers. I would highly suggest trying the pilsner which is my favorite of the four beers currently available.
Maybe in the future, we will see more such as their Abigale (Belgian Ale), Hi-Res (another Imperial IPA), and 4 Beans (Imperial Coffee Porter).
Speaking of coffee, in a collision of two hot beverage trends, Rogue Ales of Oregon has your Beer of the Week, Cold Brew IPA. Bi-Coastal roaster Stumptown Coffee adds their Cold Brew Coffee to Rogue’s NW IPA made with hops from their own farm to create a coffee IPA. Rogue Cold Brew IPA will arrive in April; find it on draft and in 22-ounce bottles nationwide. Then you can be doubly bitter.
Speaking of NY coming to LA, the first Shake Shack recently opened in West Hollywood and you can order a California brewed beer to go with your burger. Firestone Walker, Ballast Point, Figueroa Mountain and Angel City along with the Coasts (Lost and North) will be on tap and they even have included beer in the ingredient list for one of their special only-in-L.A. burgers, the Roadside Double. My suggestion would be to get the ShackMeister Ale brewed by Brooklyn Brewery exclusively for the burger chain.
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.