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The Dudes’ Brewing Company @ Pitfire Pizza DTLA

The Dudes' Brewery Juicebox Series: Blood Orange, 7.2% ABV

The Dudes’ Brewery Juicebox Series: Blood Orange, 7.2% ABV

The great thing about Downtown LA’s obsession with craft beer is that, restaurants are switching their regular corporate handles and turning them into rotating local craft selections. The result, a lively change to choosing a beer and also, celebrating the local craft breweries by showcasing their beers in various events. One local place, Pitfire Pizza, hosts $2.00 pint nights featuring a selected craft beer. Last Thursday 1/16/14, Pitfire Pizza hosted The Dudes’ Brewery from Torrance, Ca. I met a few of my beer drinking dudettes there and we were able to try everything on the menu. My favorite, featured in the picture of The Dudes’ cool glass, was the Juicebox Series: Blood Orange. Made with vanilla bean and cacao nibs at 7.2% abv, those ingredients blend melodiously to bring a delightfully sweet and creamy taste. The blood orange didn’t really play on my palate, though, I suspect it is because I have never had a blood orange before and don’t know what taste to look for. Still, what is so cool about this beer was the labor of love that went into it. I can’t imagine how long it took to hand juice and zest every blood orange. Nor can I imagine how many blood oranges it took to make this delicious beer.

I visited their website in hopes to also, visit their taproom, and found that it is not open yet. I have had most of their selections, however, having it fresh may bring a whole different experience. It would be like milk straight from a cow, it’s fresh and with beer, the flavors of the ingredients are more powerful on the palate. I also firmly believe that, the ambience of a place, the people, and their patrons, make the experience. Why not enjoy a pint, with other dudes and dudettes who love beer?! Lastly, like most of the local breweries I’ve had the pleasure of visiting, The Dudes’ Brewing Company has a passion for what they do and it shows with every pour. I highly recommend to anyone that reads this, to try The Dudes, especially their Juicebox Series!

Cheers,
Brewja

New Year New Beer

Tovarish by Beachwood BBQ & Brewery

Tovarish by Beachwood BBQ & Brewery

Hoppy New Beer!!!!

The winter brings out some of the most amazing beers. As the temperature drops, one might find themselves substituting the crispness of a lager for the rich, full bodied flavors of stouts and porters. This is truly one of my favorite times of the year because I absolutely love stouts and porters. Starting off this new year with a new beer, a Russian Imperial Espresso Stout from Beachwood Bbq & Brewery.

Last night, my beer buddy Gabe dropped by with two bottles of Tovarish by Beachwood Bbq & Brewery in the LBC. Tovarish, is a rich Russian Imperial Stout made with Espresso. Talk about a night cap! Made with coffee from Portola Coffee Lab, this Russian Imperial Espresso Stout is thick, dark, and has an intense flavor of chocolate and coffee. The smells of espresso beans are powerfully present with a slight fruit essence. 11.2% alcohol by volume, this stout is sure to keep you warm on those cold winter nights. I think it’s funny that on the label of this beer, it looks like a Russian town, and with it’s bold coffee and chocolate flavors, it would be the kind of drink a Rusky would like haha. Although, this beer is great for the cold nights, it makes an amazing breakfast beer. Substitute your morning cup of joe for a glass of Tovarish!

The best thing about Tovarish, is that it comes from a local brewery which is easily accessible. Beachwood BBQ & Brewery in Long Beach & Seal Beach always has a stellar menu when it comes to beer and food. One of their other stouts that I have had and highly recommend is Udder Love, a milk stout at 5% abv. The tater tots with duck gravy and confit are to die for, and the hot link sandwich is damn near perfect. I am well overdue for a visit and can hardly wait to try something new on their menu.

Until the next session!

Cheers,
Brewja