I finally made a second visit north to Palmdale to join in festivities for the Transplants Brewing second anniversary bash.
I was surprised at the variety of beers on offer (32 all told) as well as their growth in the brewing. I sampled eight beers from the list and was impressed by all save one that was probably just too green (The Bible Salesman). I really liked the Mecha Pronghorn that was one of many beers aged in Koval barrels. The Imperial Stout had loads of chocolate taste to it and was very smooth.
I also tasted my first pastry stout with a great name of Cut & Pastry. It certainly did have a doughy sort of taste to it and though not my favorite was certainly well executed. IPA-wise, I tasted CatBirD which was brewed with Hop Hash and Hemp CBD; it tasted very nice with a near NE haziness to it. Fringe Element was a bit strong for an “IPA for Everybody” but I liked the taste of it and it paled to the two over 10% Triple IPAs on offer. Going back to the dark side, the Ultra Double Filbert was probably my second favorite after Mecha. Both big beers aged in Koval Bourbon barrels, with UDF being a brown ale. More than worth a drive north.
The BEER OF THE WEEK is purely ceremonial. 16-ounce cans of Burial Beer Co. Ceremonial Session IPA are adorned with the usual wild artwork that Burial is known for, and they prominently display the beer’s ABV (4%). The hops used vary from batch to batch, but the can that I got this month was pure lemon and quite tasty.
The HOMEWORK is to help one of the casualties of the Thomas fire, an upstart cidery called Anna’s Cider in Upper Ojai. They were the first cider company in Ventura County making hard cider from locally-farmed, organic apples. They are determined to rebuild what had just started in November and have launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise funds and support.
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.