Los Angeles is in a boomlet of brewery openings. Last month another new brewery opened in Long Beach. Trademark Brewing is a bit different and you will notice it the minute you step into their Anaheim Street facility.
The place is huge. Not only does Trademark house a patio the size of some start-ups, but they also have oodles of space at the bar, seats facing the street and in their game area, not to mention all of the seating in the middle. Then you look up and see sunlight streaming in high above you and the brewery itself isn’t a small little set-up in the corner; there is some serious equipment back there.
The wife/husband team of Ilana and Sterling Steffen have turned a former auto repair shop into a welcoming space.
When their taster tray arrives, it is evident that interior design wasn’t the only well thought out process. The beer I tasted has started off in a really good place. I was most impressed by the lightest of the beers, their Viking Blonde, which had a lovely orange essence to it. The Batch One Farmhouse ale leaned heavy into cinnamon, but was tasty nonetheless. Hula Moon IPA was another bold option which tasted like freshly sliced pineapple. Their bigger beers were less effective for me. Keyboard Warrior, a Double IPA, was more caramel and could have used a skosh more hops for my palate. 10 Hour Imperial Stout had a good, smokey coffee taste, but was a little light for the style.
The staff was super pleasant and helpful when I asked questions. The beer menu highlighted three attributes of each beer to assist in choosing which style direction you should head towards. Even better is the fact that when the Blue Line is fully operational again and rides right by the brewery.
I have a feeling that when the California Craft Beer Summit lands in Long Beach this September, many people will congregate here afterwards.
Certain fruits are more challenging to add to beer than others. For my latest Non-IPA Beer of the Week, we add pineapple to the classic Belgian Saison. Angel City Brewery has put the focus on the Saison half of the equation, making a very hearty beer with lots of yeast esters and toning down the fruit to a complementary role. No sweetness here. This is much more Belgian than tropical.
Put a trip to Old Towne on your calendar for Saturday, August 10. Chapman Crafted is hosting an Old Towne Block Party to celebrate their 3rd anniversary in Old Towne Orange. You can go the route of no tickets or you can be VIP for the day with a VIP Tasting Experience which “includes 10 beer tastings of your choice (choose from over 25 Chapman Crafted beers) and our exclusive 3rd Anniversary beer glass for only $25.”
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.