But the Four Points by Sheraton LAX is starting a new wedding tradition. And it will be much better than the obligatory playing of “Brickhouse” by the DJ. This beer offering is the “Hoppily Ever After package inclusive of a private brewing session for brides and grooms to create their own brewed-to-taste beer.”
Instead of a keg of corporate, watered down lager, the happy couple can make something truly distinctive. The first of what will become many collaborations over the course of married life. Not to mention the fact that the guests will be quite happy to drink something good at a wedding.
Four Points is partnering with Enegren Brewing Company of Moorpark, known for their Golden Spur saison and Protector Imperial IPA, to bring this offer to life. The “Hoppily Ever After Package allows couples to work with the Southern California craft brewery to create and customize a wedding day beer… and includes a consultation and tasting at Enegren Brewing Company and a hands-on brewing experience to create up to 30 gallons of your wedding day beer, among other features.”
All the happy couple has to do is book a wedding reception at the Four Points (also known as the original LA beer hotel) to make this a la carte wedding addition available. So you get to brew a beer, you get a great beer at your wedding reception, you have a great tap list at the hotel, and your friends and family can watch as your plane takes off from LAX to your honeymoon destination.
The Beer of the Week is Columbia Common from Widmer Brewing in Portland, Oregon. It is a Northwest spin on the classic California beer style popularized and trademarked by Anchor Brewing as steam beer. It pours a light orange and has a nice zesty citrus tinge to it as well as a nice bite of hops. It is marketed as a spring seasonal but it would be perfect in the heat of a SoCal summer.
The Brew & You Homework assignment is to make a beer resolution. I know resolutions are a January 1st thing but those resolutions are almost always broken and this one shouldn’t be. I want you to figure out which beer style you drink the most of and which style you drink the least of and reverse that trend for a week. For me that would be swapping out IPA’s for amber ales and weizens. This will break you out of any style rut you may have fallen into and it is a way you can re-calibrate your palate. If you drink Imperial Stout after Imperial Stout then you will lose perspective not only on Imperial Stouts but on other styles as well.
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.