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LA Beer Week Kick Off Celebration

While all eyes are currently focused on Denver and the Great American Beer Festival, I’m still thinking about Los Angeles Beer Week 2014. LA Beer Week Kicked Off Saturday September 20th, followed by a multitude of events all week long throughout LA and surrounding cities. Consequently, my work and school schedule interferes with the week long festivities. As sad as I was to miss some of the major events, I did however, make an effort to attend the Kick Off Celebration. Although I have attended this event in the past, this year, it felt all new.
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Formerly known as the Opening Gala for LA Beer Week, this year, the event had a new name, a new location, and a new group of organizers. The Los Angeles Brewers Guild headed by Jeremy Raub of our beloved Eagle Rock Brewery brought a sense of unity to this festival. The energy that day was vibrant, joyful, and we embraced it with open arms.
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The tickets this year were very reasonable as opposed to the overpriced festival last year and offered so much more. Although a last minute update announcing the distribution of drink tickets caused some concern, it wasn’t enough to break the spirits of true beer lovers. Since I am still a small time beer enthusiast, I purchased myself a general admission ticket and made plans to meet my friends at the event. Historic Chinatown was the setting for the new LABW6, a short walk away from the Metro Gold Line.

I arrived just before the general admission gate opened and waited in line for my wristband. In the past, the line was unreasonably long as it combined check in, wristband distribution and entrance in one. This time, it was short and seemed to go quite swiftly. You can tell almost immediately, the event was very well organized from the start. Walking through the entrance I was handed a map detailing where the breweries were at, a commemorative glass and ten drink tickets to start. Shortly after, I met quickly with friends and made my way to the first stop on my list of breweries to try.

My list consisted of breweries I’ve never visited and beers I’ve never tried. I was aiming for an all new experience and it was exactly what I got. New breweries on my list were Progress Brewing, King Harbor Brewing, Pacific Plate Brewing and The Brewery at Abigale. I also enjoyed new beers from Ladyface Alehouse, Macleod Ale Brewing, Eagle Rock Brewery, Wolf Creek Brewery, New Belgium Brewing, and Brouwerij West. All the beers were fantastic and it was hard to single out one as a favorite.

I realized at the end of the event the one place I could not get enough of was Pacific Plate Brewing and their Horchata Stout.
Pacific Plate Horchata Stout
The Horchata Stout at 5.2% abv is based on an English Milk Stout. The two major ingredients I could taste almost immediately were the cocoa and the cinnamon. It was a beautiful imitation of my favorite agua fresca. I was impressed with both the Horchata Stout and the Copa De Oro from Pacific Plate Brewing, that I plan on visiting their location soon! Visit pacificplatebrewing.com for hours and location.

As the last hour approached, The Firkins took the stage and crowds rushed to get the last of the samples poured till they were all out. As sad as we were to see the event come to an end, my friends and I had a fantastic time.

Gayle and Luis of Angry Horse Brewing Co sad to see the event come to an end.

Gayle and Luis of Angry Horse Brewing Co sad to see the event come to an end.

The ladies and one random photobomber

It was so great to see everyone I know, to meet new people and to try new places. I was aiming for a new experience and I got just that. I’m hoping next year, I’ll have a chance to enjoy LA Beer Week in it’s entirety from the Kick Off Celebration, to the Battle of the Bands, to the multiple Tap Takeovers and Meeting of the Guilds. I want to do as much as I can to make up for what I missed out on this year. Congratulations to the Los Angeles Brewers Guild and all the volunteers for throwing one bad ass beer bash!

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Eagle Rock Brewery Longevity
Jeremy Raub of Eagle Rock Brewery and Ellie at the Craftsman booth
King Harbor Quest Series
Brouwerji West Brilliant but Lazy
Ladyface Ale Companie Guillotine
MacLeods Nutty Broon
New Belgium La Folie
Pacific Plate Copa de Oro
Progress
The Brewery at Abigale
The Firkins
Juan and Jesse
DIY Sticker Shirt
Wolf Creek Punkelweizen
Progress Brewing Co Calvary DIPAThe first toast

Until next year!

Cheers,
Brewja

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America Night at City Tavern Culver City

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Next Thursday July 24th City Tavern Culver City will host the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America Pint Night. If you’re a fan of Sierra Nevada, I highly recommend attending this event at City Tavern Culver City. Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America is a collaborative journey with 12 breweries across America. For beer lovers such as myself, it will be interesting to taste the variety. Take the journey with Sierra Nevada across America one pint at a time! Hope to see you there!

Visit the website city tavern.com for directions and their telephone number. I also recommend making reservations so give them a call.

Cheers!
Brewja

Upcoming May Events

Hello Everyone!

Here is a short list of some upcoming events for May.

May 3rd – Beers & Bands @ Inland Empire Brewing Company. There is No cover charge for this event, $3.00 beers and will feature music by The Union Drifters and DKJ IMG_9444 Good Tunes, Good Brews, Good Times!

May 5th – Cinco De Mayo Ditching Pari @ Eastside Luv Wine Bar Y Queso. This is an all day indoor/outdoor event beginning inside ESL at 9am. IMG_55281973076932 Beer Garden hours will be 12pm-10pm outdoors. Mariachi-Oke, Mariachi Los Toros and a Mechanical Bull ay guey! Eastside Luv knows how to pari!

May 10th – 4th Annual Session Fest @ Eagle Rock Brewery. Session beers are low in alcohol which makes them easy to drink. As posted on their website, the event starts at 12pm and tickets are $15.00, commemorative glass included. For $15.00, this is a pretty good deal! Visit their website eaglerockbrewery.com for the deets!

May 17th – Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival 8950 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood,Ca. This event is sold out but still well worth the mention! I will be attending this event so if you see me around come say hello! 1398795629762
If I hear of any extra tickets out there I’ll be sure to post the info.

May 23rd- Stone Brews Cruise/BFF Bernadette Hunt’s Birthday Weekend Celebration! To kick off her birthday weekend, my BFF Bernadette Hunt of IEBC requested we do the Stone Brews Cruise in San Diego. We will embark a yaght filled with over 40 different breweries as we cruise the San Diego Harbor! Beers, Boats & Ho’s! Tickets for this event are sold out though, they will do another in August. Visit rockstarbeer.com for more info on the August 29th cruise.

With summer right around the corner, events are sure to happen and I’ll try to post them here! If you know of an event going on send me a message and I’ll add it. Hope to see some of you at these events!

Updated April Events

As mentioned, here is a list of upcoming events for April.

For those of us not attending Viva Las Vegas or Coachella this year, here are a few beer events for this weekend.

April 19th – Art District Clean Up in Downtown LA. Help Angel City Brewery clean up the neighborhood and enjoy some food and beer in the afternoon. From 12pm-3pm and visit Angel City Brewery at angelcitybrewery.com

Taste of Brews Inland Empire at Crossroads Riverview Park in Corona. More than 40 breweries will be attending. I highly recommend getting your tickets before the event to avoid any line hassles. If you have someone in your party that is willing to be a designated driver, Taste of Brews offers a specially priced ticket just for them. Visit tasteofbrews.com for the deets!

***Recommended*** LA Foodie’s Float Trip at Angel City Brewery. If you’ve never had a beer float, this is the event to try it. A beer float is just what it sounds like, an ice cream float made with beer. Not just any ice cream, locally produced ice cream with a locally produced craft beer. Having a beer float is something every beer lover should do whenever possible! This event will take place at Angel City Brewery in Downtown LA from 4pm – 7pm.

April 23- ***Recommended*** Beer Belly LA in my new hometown area of Koreatown or “Ktown”, is one of my favorite places to indulge on both food and drink. Once a month, Beer Belly will host a brewery for an event they call “One Night Stand”. Their taps are taken over by a featured brewery and this month’s O.N.S. is with Mother Earth Brewery. Visit the beer belly event page at beerbellyla.com

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April 24 – The Dudes’ Brewing Cask Tapping at Kings Row Pub in Pasadena. Beers on Cask are beers in barrels. To release a beer on cask is pretty much like having it as fresh as possible. I would compare it to eating an ice cream sundae with a wooden spoon as opposed to a metal spoon. The beer in a cask takes your taste buds for a ride. Visit kingsrowpub.com for further detail

April 26 – Bootlegger’s Brewery 6th Anniversary Celebration. Bootlegger’s Brewery has been one of my favorite places to get beer. This is one ticket in which you get more bang for your buck as opposed to other beer festivals. boot Tickets are still available though I don’t know for how long. Visit bootleggersbrewery.com for ticket purchasing info.

April 27 – Atwater Village Beer, Wine and Food Festival at Link N Hops. This ticket is a little more than the average beer festival ticket but for unlimited tasters, it’s worth it. atwater Visit the site for info on price and ticket purchase.

April 27 – 1st Annual Brewfest of the Foothills at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena. Congregation Ale House is a place that has an amazing selection of beer and such great burgers! I would imagine any event with “1st Annual” to it’s name is going to be a blast! The ticket prices are reasonable $25 presale $30 at the door, and tickets can be purchased at Congregation Ale House Chapters (Pasadena, Long Beach, Azusa). The plus side, it’s walking distance to the Metro Gold Line!!!

This rounds up the month of April. I will try my best to continuously update the events page as I hear about them. There are so many great beer events happening that I’m not sure just yet which one I will be attending. If you happen to see me at any of these events be sure to say hello and have a drink with me! Hope to see you soon!

Cheers!
Brewja

Upcoming Events for April 2014

The following is a list of events happening around the LA area throughout April and will be updated if new events are found.

Wednesday April 9 – City Tavern Culver City Pint Night with Bootlegger’s Brewery.
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Thursday April 10 – Ommegang Game of Thrones Tap Takeover @ Sunset Beer Company in Echo Park. Bar opens at 4pm. Check out their website for directions and more. sunsetbeerco.com

Saturday April 12 – The Last Grilled Cheese Invitational in Downtown LA featuring a Beer Garden sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company. Tickets are $15.00 and are still available through their website. This event is all ages though, must be 21yrs+ to visit the Beer Garden. Visit the website for more info. grilledcheeseinvitational.com

Wednesday April 16 – Women’s Beer Forum at Eagle Rock Brewery featuring a discussion on Farmhouse Style Ales. The Women’s Beer Forum is one of my favorite monthly events to attend and highly recommend it. Visit the site and rsvp soon as there is only a limited amount of seats available eaglerockbrewery.com

Thursday April 17 – Sourfest at Little Bear in Downtown LA IMG_50099083153764

Saturday April 19 – Angry PINK BOOTS Bunny Fundraiser at City Tavern Culver City
Angry Horse, an all female brewing team, present their International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day beer United Pale Ale. Their will be raffles and a chance to meet these fantastic ladies from Angry Horse as well as the Global Event Organizer Denise Ratfield. Visit the facebook page of City Tavern Culver City for more event details and join the event! Hope to see some of my fantastic lady friends there! IMG_50908843291038

If you know of any other events happening this month, shoot me a message and i’ll add it to this great list of events. If you see me at any of these events, be sure to say hello and share a drink with me!

Cheers,
Brewja

Women’s Beer Forum 3 Year Anniversary at Eagle Rock Brewery

A year ago, I came across Eagle Rock Brewery’s Women’s Beer Forum in my research about beer for a blog idea my friends and I had. I signed up not knowing what to expect and till this day, I am so glad I did. The special guest at the 2013 Women’s Beer Forum Anniversary was Devon, a female Head Brew Master for Pizza Port. There we were, Women, sitting in the middle of these big silver beer tanks at Eagle Rock Brewery, discussing beer! Personally, I have never experienced this because beer is supposed to be for a man. The thought brought me back to when I was a teenager, my mother had hosted a family Thanksgiving dinner at our house. My mother, prepared Margaritas for the women, and beers for the men though later the men were also asking for margaritas. Completely annoyed by their requests, I asked my mom what was the difference and she replied “The guy who invented margaritas made them for his wife because she didn’t like the taste of beer or straight alcohol, it is a woman’s drink as opposed to beer which is for a man”! So here I am in the 21st Century, in a room surrounded by women, talking about and enjoying beer! The experience was an awakening and has played a big part in the development of my taste for beer.
Flash forward to now, 2014, here I am celebrating Eagle Rock Brewery’s 3 year anniversary of the Women’s Beer Forum. My blog is still a baby, developing a style and concept of it’s own. In this place and amongst all these women who love beer, I can’t think of a better place for inspiration. Celebrating women and the 3 year anniversary, Ting Su, Co-Owner of Eagle Rock Brewery had as our guest, Kim Lutz of Saint Archers Brewery. Kim Lutz, formerly of Maui Brewing Company in Hawaii, returned to California to become Head Brew Master for Saint Archers Brewery. Located in the Miramar area of San Diego County, Saint Archers Brewery is a growing force with a tasting room located close by for an up close and personal experience. What I was most impressed by that evening was listening to Kim Lutz talk about how she began with the simple interest in the culinary world. Kim was given a homebrew kit as a gift, and instilled the same passion she had for the culinary arts into her home brew.
Our flight that evening began with a Blonde by Saint Archers Brewery; a 4.8% abv light, refreshing beer made using Kolsch yeast and Noble hops from Germany.

Dolores and her blonde by Saint Archers Brewery

Dolores and her blonde by Saint Archers Brewery

Modeled by my good friend Dolores, the Blonde gives a fresh and crisp taste to beer. The common perception about beer is that they will all have that bitter aftertaste given by hops. Saint Archers Blonde defies that perception and instead delivers a nice, clean tasting beer with a subtle hop presence.
The next beer in our flight that evening was the White Ale. Using Belgian yeast, this beer is brewed with a Pilsner malt, wheat, spiced with coriander and fresh orange peel coming in at 5% abv.
IMG_3323The Belgian yeast gives this beer some tart and spice along with the fresh orange peel to enhance the citrus flavor. White Ale’s have always been a pleasant beer due to the addition of coriander and orange flavors. What makes Saint Archers White Ale extra special is that with most White Ales, a powdered version of orange peel is used where as Kim Lutz added fresh orange peel for the citrus taste.
The Blonde and the White Ale were amongst my favorite along with the Coffee Brown Ale which will be my last notable mention. Though I encourage those of you reading my blog to explore and discover for yourselves the amazing beers from Saint Archers Brewery, these three were most impressionable to me.
Personally, I love coffee. I love the robust, bittersweet, intensity of coffee. My stomach however, tends to disagree with my taste buds and sadly, I steer clear of coffee. Beer brewed with coffee, now that is a whole different story! To express the many characteristics of beers brewed with coffee and why I love them would be too much for this post. That conversation is best left for a night amongst good friends and good pints. Or if you ever spot me somewhere and ask me which style of beer is my favorite, my eyes light up like a gal at a diamond store knowing I’m going to say Brown Ales, Stouts and Porters.
Saint Archers Brewery Coffee Brown Ale is a seasonally released brown ale brewed with Birdrock Coffee Roasters from La Jolla, California. The art of brewing beer, and brewing a good cup of coffee have great chemistry. Both brews bring out the richness of its ingredients to present them upfront and personal. Molding these two powerhouses together only makes for an amazing collaboration of flavors.coffee The Coffee Brown Ale blends together the Maris Otter malt with several chocolate malts giving this beer the rich and bittersweet taste of a dark chocolate. Add the infusion of Kenyan Makwa coffee and you’ve got yourself the perfect breakfast beer drink. For me, the taste resembled a nice, flavorful cup of ice coffee. Add to that some powdered donuts and you are on your way to coffee/donut heaven! The flavors were robust, chocolate-sweet, and intense with a twist of malt and hop for effectiveness.
As the evening came to a close, I was inspired by my experience and couldn’t wait to write about it. This Women’s Beer Forum is so much more than the women who love beer. It is an opportunity to explore your taste buds. It is an opportunity to experience an empowering group of women come together to discuss a topic dominated by men. It is an opportunity to understand the recent growth in popularity over craft beer, and an opportunity to experiment something outside the realm of common drinks for women.
Women, such as Ting Su, Kim Lutz and so many others out there that truly have a passion for beer, will inspire you to learn more. Cheers to these beautiful women that have defied the stigma of beer is only for men, and have made it possible for women like myself to explore all there is to know about beer!
The head Brewmaster for Saint Archers Brewing Company Ms Kim Lutz and Co-Owner of Eagle Rock Brewery, Ms. Ting Su empowering women through the art of beer! Love these ladies!!!

The head Brewmaster for Saint Archers Brewing Company Ms Kim Lutz and Co-Owner of Eagle Rock Brewery, Ms. Ting Su empowering women through the art of beer! Love these ladies!!!

In closing I would just like to add, Eagle Rock Brewery is one of my favorite local spots to visit with and without the Women’s Beer Forum. Eagle Rock Brewery isn’t just a place to taste good beer, it is a place where people who want to start enjoying the craft of beer can come and find knowledge with each glass poured. Eagle Rock Brewery is a gem in Los Angeles and wish them all the very best!

Cheers,
Brewja

Happy 5th Anniersary IEBC!

Happy Birthday IEBC!

Happy Birthday IEBC!


The forecast last weekend called for rain, however, no rain will ever stop a true beer lover. This was the case in Riverside as the Inland Empire Brewing Company prepared for celebrating their 5th anniversary. With a little help from local brewing friends, the rain did not dampen our spirits. I was honored to volunteer at the event and even more so when I was able to pick a brewery. Raised in the City of Angels, it was only fitting that I assist one of my favorite local spots, Angel City Brewing Company. As the van pulled up with that beautiful silver and black logo, my heart beat with excitement in anticipation of which beers I would help pour & taste! I assisted the ladies Liz and Colette with setting up the tent, banners and free giveaways. Watching the ladies roll out the mini kegs, hook up the handles, and do a test pour was beer magic! I have never been on the volunteering side so the experience was all so new and exciting! Once they were all set up, we did a couple of test pours with me on the handles and were off to a great start. Goldline Pilsner and Angeleno IPA were the two beers representing my beloved Angel City and they did not disappoint. I have had the Angeleno IPA before and love it for it’s well balanced flavor, I chose instead to try the Goldline Pilsner. 1922410_728705090481761_904776315_n The Goldline Pils as shown in the photo is a light bodied and fresh tasting beer. It may have been the rain, however, the notes I got were herbal and a hint of floral. It had a slight bitterness to it but it was a nice clean finish with some citrus flavors punching through. Overall an impressive Pils as most are medium or fuller in body, this light version definitely stood out on it’s own. After pouring beer for most of the afternoon, alas, it was time or me to leave the lovely ladies of Angel City and see what other beers were pouring this fine, cold, rainy afternoon. BhvH54mCEAAmwka

My first stop after volunteering was Rok House from Upland, Ca. Of their selection, I went with the American Brown Ale called Berserker. Berserker at 6.7% is made with Willamette hops and a blend of 6 malts. Dark brown in color with a medium intensity, a nice balance of caramel malty flavors and a subtle hop finish. Rok House, a local Inland Empire spot will be opening at the end of April. Can’t wait to see what else these Vikings bring us!The Rok House Viking

Brewja enjoying a taste of Berserker by Rok House Brewery

Brewja enjoying a taste of Berserker by Rok House Brewery


As the festivities continued, the weather eventually cooperated and for the rest of the festival, there was very little rainfall. My next stop was Wild Donkey from Redlands, Ca. My first taste was of the Vanilla Blonde, 5.5% gold in color and aromas of vanilla to the nose. At first, the vanilla notes were hard for me to distinguish because all I could smell was the rain, though after my first sip, the scents and flavors came together.Wild Donkey's Vanilla Blonde Made with cascade hops and C15 2 Row malts, the blend had a light cream mouth feel with no bitter aftertaste. In speaking with Luis Torner of Wild Donkey, a popular favorite is to blend the Vanilla Blonde with the Chocolate Porter. Tasting the Chocolate Porter, I could see myself blending the Vanilla Blonde and Chocolate Porter over some vanilla ice cream for a lovely beer float. Wild Donkey has 10 different beers on tap and is definitely on my list of places to visit in the I.E. Cheers to Wild Donkey!
Luis enjoying a taste of the Chocolate Porter took the time to chat with me about beer and grading papers :)

Luis enjoying a taste of the Chocolate Porter took the time to chat with me about beer and grading papers 🙂


The celebration continued with music from one of my favorite IE Ska/Rocksteady bands The Debonaires. It was so great to see so many people come together to celebrate Inland Empire Brewing Company despite the apocalyptic weather we were expecting.
Love the rocksteady beats of The Debonaires!

Love the rocksteady beats of The Debonaires!

Here I am (brewja) enjoying the sounds of The Debonaires with Bernadette Hunt! Good Times! Here I am (brewja) enjoying the sounds of The Debonaires with Bernadette Hunt! Good Times
I was so happy to see that my LA friends ventured out of the city into the stix of the IE for this brewfest. As mentioned, rain will not stop true beer lovers and here we are!The LA Crew
After the beer festival, Inland Empire Brewing Company held an after party for staff and all volunteers. For me, there was no better way to end the evening than with heaping pourful’s of Victoria by IEBC. Fun fact about Victoria by IEBC; it was originally made for the brewmaster’s wedding. It was so fantastical, they decided to keep brewing it for their menu and it’s a good thing they did!
IMG958678 This beautiful golden goddess comes in at 11% which is why I saved the best for last! Locally grown oranges, orange zest along with hand selected hops give this beauty it’s citrus and floral scent. Add some honey and here we are with one of the most well developed, locally crafted, American Strong Ales found in the Inland Empire. Each batch is 450 gallons and uses 20lbs of hand zest oranges, and 120lbs of honey. For me, an even balance of honey and citrus tends to punch through all other flavors and immediately when I have it, I know I am having Victoria! It is one of my favorites from Inland Empire Brewing Company and it is the reason I keep going back. Paul & David have done a fantastic job with this company and I hope to see their expansion throughout the LA and Orange County. Wishing all the best of success to Paul, David and the staff at Inland Empire Brewing Company, Happy 5th Anniversary and i’ll be seeing you all soon!

Cheers!
Brewja

P.S.
Brewja would like to thank @whiskeywell, and Bernadette Hunt for their picture contribution. I will be adding more photos as they come in! Cheers!

IEBC 5th Anniversary Celebration

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As Rick James aka Dave Chapelle would say “It’s a celebration ah ah ah”!!! Join me in celebrating the IEBC’s 5th anniversary! Taste some fabulous beers, eat some yummy food and listen to the reggae/ska beats of The Debonaires! I will be volunteering and also covering the event for Brewja.com & for Beers In Paradise. Stop by and say hello if you see me!

Cheers,
Brewja

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