On the first Monday of each month, you can go behind the scenes at Ladyface Ale Companie with their monthly brewery tour, led by brewmaster David Griffiths.
If you have taken a tour of one of the large industrial breweries, the craft version generally requires less walking. Most of our local craft brewers don’t have giant facilities. So your legs won’t get a workout but your brain will because what you will get is a load of information on beer making and the philosophy behind the beers.
And after listening to Griffiths explain the equipment and logistics at Ladyface, I got a much better grasp of the scheduling that goes into making sure that all of the beloved Ladyface beers are flowing from the tap while also making room for experimentation and seasonal ales like Red Rye and the Reyes Adobe Imperial Red.
And even better for me, I got to see what beers were in what type of spirit barrels and how long they were going to stay in the barrels. Griffiths utilizes both wine and spirit barrels to age different beers.
You might also pick up tidbits of new information like the fact that Ladyface will be brewing a pro-am beer for entry into competition or that they have concocted a beer with Scorpion Pepper added.
Your next chance to take the tour is Monday, August 6th.
The Beer of the Week is a pair of beers that have most of the gluten reduced via a new process that the Widmer Brothers Brewing Company has been researching and developing for awhile now. The series of beers is called Omission and there is a pale ale (blue label) and a lager (yellow label) that are both brewed using the traditional malts and yeasts but then the gluten portion is yanked out and each and every batch is tested for gluten levels which you can access via the Omission website.
Your Homework is to have a cocktail. Of course, what I am talking about is a beer-infused cocktail. It is a trend that matches our creative crafters of beer with the magicians behind the bar. On July 25th, at King’s Row in Pasadena, you can get four “amazing beer-infused tiki drinks (complete with sidecars of the beer that’s in it) is just $15.” The beer is from Eagle Rock and the spirit portion comes courtesy of Brady Weise from 1886 at the Raymond in Pasadena. But be sure to RSVP because space is limited. All you have to do is e-mail [email protected] or call 626.793.3010 to reserve a spot.
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.