Art, music, tacos and pilot batches of beer collided in Highland Park a week ago at the MorYork Gallery. The third in the series paired the sound “experiments” of Todd Lerew with the Secret Restaurant mole tacos alongside an extremely eclectic and lengthy list of beers from gypsy brewer SoLARC Brewing.
The test beers included a Wormwood Brown Gruit, Milk Thistle Stout, Juniper Cardamom Ale, and a number of other gruit test batches and hard cider projects. The list was so on the edge that the latest version of Mosaic IPA that they have prepared for Baco Mercat looked out of place and when was the last time that an IPA was the odd beer out?
I started with the Cloudy Earl Pilot since I am a fan of Earl Grey tea and I think it works really well with beer. The SoLArc version has a strong tea note followed by heavy bitter notes. It sorta defies categorization, but I would call it a Strong Ale. This might be one of the beers that can be found in bottles in limited amounts. Next up was the Jasmine Green Tea since I decided to stick with tea for the evening. It was a little too heavy on the green tea and almost dessert-ish.
Then, I asked for a small taster of their Lapsang Souchong beer. If you have ever had this in tea form, you know it is an acquired taste. Very smokey with a deep campfire aroma, it is not a subtle beer in any way, shape, or form.
SoLArc founders Saul Alpert-Abrams and Archie Carey have hit upon a great place and an absolutely unique venue to essentially focus group their beers.
The Beer of the Week is endlessly bitter and that is just the radio/podcast personality who collaborated with King Harbor Brewing for the beer! Adam Carolla has teamed up with the Redondo Beach brewery. According to the brewery, Endless Rant IPA could be that rare IPA that Non-IPA drinkers will enjoy. The beer is “slightly sweeter than most super dry IPAs, in other words, you don’t have to be a crazy hophead/IPA freak to enjoy.”
This Sunday, May 22, the venerable Koreatown craft beer spot, Beer Belly turns 5! Which is why it can be called venerable. The early teaser mentioned a taplist with Monkish Brewing, Eagle Rock Brewery, Bottle Logic and The Bruery which should pique your interest. Check their website and/or social media to see updated lists. Oh and there will be a Wing Eating Contest. If the Volcano Chipotle wings are included, fireworks could ensue. Just think, in five years time, we could also be celebrating the 5th anniversary of their soon-to-be Long Beach location.
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.