I don’t usually walk into a hotel lobby bar (even one of the high-end variety) and expect to see hyper-local beer on tap. But that is one of the avenues that Santa Monica Brew Works has taken that differs from the usual roads taken by craft breweries.
In another lightly trodden path for beer events, I spoke with co-owner Richard Super about the brewery’s trajectory at the Intercontinental Hotel Los Angeles, which paired a flight of SMBW beers with whiskey from Angel’s Envy.
I asked about the relative dearth of their beers on tap as well as their slight presence on social media and relative lack of events like tap takeovers and heard the refrain that the quality had to come first, followed by making sure they could reliably supply the accounts that they had acquired. Instead of following the trail that has already been laid down by others, SMBW is going a different route.
I learned that they are just now firing up there bottling machine to get 22-ounce bottles of PCH (Pale Chocolate Heaven) into storefronts as well as planning on sending out cans via a mobile canner. They have a jalapeno version of their XPA along with a possible area code lighter, sessionable beer offering that may find it’s way to their taproom that will probably be open in the first quarter of 2016.
In another coup, and their farthest move east, SMBW beers will be at Staples Center. You will be able to watch the Clippers, Kings, and Lakers with even more craft beer choices.
That brewery sneaking up on us may have us racing after it soon.
The Beer(s) of the Week are the start of a new series of beers. According to the Beachwood Blendery, “the Propagation Series of beers will showcase the flavors imparted by certain strains of bacteria and yeast.” 001 is a Petite Saison with Brettanomyces and 002 is a Berliner Weisse with Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces. These will be highly sought after beers. And they will be in limited release starting on November 1st. The beers will be available on draught and in bottles while supplies last and that won’t be for long. The Blendery tasting room is scheduled to be open from 11am to 6pm but the later you show up to Long Beach the worse your chances are to score a taste
Your Homework is to get your ticket to celebrate the 1st anniversary of Three Weavers. 18 beers will be on tap at their ever expanding Inglewood brewing facility, including an Anniversary IPA. Expect the requisite food and music. There will also be piñatas and maybe even a bounce house. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the One For All community charity in Inglewood.
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.