On the heals of Jeff’s Bourbon County Brand Stout review, I present my review of the 2013 Intelligentsia ‘Los Inmortales’ edition of Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout. As with the regular BSC, 2013 saw the first release of Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout in LA County. This much anticipated arrival was scheduled for a Black Friday release date, but some vendors like Vendome Toluca Lake and Bill’s Liquor were reportedly selling the 12oz. bottles as early as the 27th. Continue reading
For a long time, Bourbon County Brand Stout had been a white whale in Southern California as Goose Island did not distribute it this far West. But that all changed this year. 2013 marks the first year that BCS has been officially distributed in the LA area, and with all the buzz I wanted to give you my thoughts on this iconic brew.
Originally brewed in honor of the 1000th batch at the original Clybourn brewpub, this beer has become a staple of Midwest craft beer culture. Since the AB-InBev buyout Goose Island has been able to substantially increase their barrel aging program, with the this years barrels more than doubling last years for BCS and it’s variants. Sadly, we will only be seeing 3 of the 5 Bourbon County’s in LA, as the Proprietor’s and Backyard Rye will not be distributed outside of Chicago. Luckily, the brew that started it all, Bourbon County Brand Stout, will be available in 12oz bottles starting Black Friday in very limited quantities in LA and the surrounding areas. Continue reading
Hope you all are having a happy Thanksgiving / Grey Thursday (aka Black Friday creep). Though traditionally associated with big box retailers and stampedes of riotous shoppers, this year Black Friday has some craft beer offerings. Best of all you won’t have to worry about camping out in a cold shopping center parking lot or fighting off other shoppers! Continue reading
Just in time for the holidays, I present my review of 6 Geese-A-Laying, a tasty Dark Belgian Ale from our friends at The Bruery. 6 Geese-A-Laying is the sixth annual release in The Bruery’s ongoing 12 Days of Christmas line of special holiday brews. One beer per year to be released and retired, donning the names of the 12 verses of the well known Christmas carol. Fans of Dark Belgians and of The Bruery will not be disappointed in this limited release Continue reading
Sometimes I like to play that game where you go into a bottle shop and put a cap on what you can spend. The challenge is to come out with multiple quality beers for the amount you may have spent on just one and to force yourself to pick up those beers you pass over regularly. On this occasion I pushed it a little further, by sticking only to the imported beer section. I’ve stared at the text-heavy label of Samuel Smith’s India Ale on many trips to many craft beer purveyors. To my amazement, it wasn’t half bad for a beer under $4.00 Continue reading
I can’t say I’m a connoisseur of gluten free beers, but I have tried a few. Sadly, they are for the most part short of what you would like in a beer. So when I heard that Stone Brewing had made a gluten “reduced” beer I had to go check it out.
Stripped Away IPA is the product of Stone Brewing’s Liberty Station, which since it’s opening in May of 2013 has acted as Stone’s experimental small batch brewery. This brew is NOT gluten free, but gluten reduced. It gains this classification from the use of White Labs Clarity Ferm, an enzyme that helps prevent chill haze as well as significantly reduces the gluten content in beers made with barley and wheat. Due to some red tape, they aren’t allowed to use the term gluten free (which the FDA defines as containing 20 parts per million or less of gluten), but according to Stone it contains 5 parts per million of gluten. As for the recipe, it pays homage to Sublimely Self-Righteous, but without the dark malts. Continue reading
It’s that time again. Time for Firestone Walker to release their Anniversary Ale. This year brings us Firestone XVII Anniversary Ale, a blend of 220 oak barrels and seven different beers to create an exceptional combination of flavors.
Last week I posted my review of Punishment, a big, bad, fiery companion to the brew I present to you now; CRIME. I’m the type of guy who likes to get the hard stuff out of the way first. I delved into Punishment expecting nothing less than liquid fire and as usual, Greg and team Stone did not let me down. So when I embarked on my quest to Pasadena to pick up this bottle, I was expecting a subdued version in similar style. What I found was that these beers, though bound by hell-fire, are each their own unique experience worth examining for those who love pepper beer. Continue reading
As a fan of all things spicy, most notably pepper beers in the vein of Habanero Sculpin, I was immediately intrigued by this video, revealing both the new 500ml cork and cage bottling line in Stone’s new “secret location” and this year’s rendition of Punishment, an unforgivingly hot brew that adds a ludicrous amount of scoville units to the already potent bourbon barrel-aged Double Bastard. Luckily, Jeff was able to procure a bottle in advance. The brew releases tomorrow and will be available, along with its companion beers CRIME and SOUTHERN CHARRED at all Stone Company stores. Continue reading
It being Halloween and all, I wanted to be sure to post a scary article for you all and this one sure gave me the chills. Angel City Brewery has been up and running after a phoenix like rebirth last year and, though not all of their brews have been winners, you’ve got to give them credit for the effort. I’ve been a fan of some of their one offs, like Avocado Ale and French Sip, and have been pretty happy with the evolution of their core line up. But if you scratch a bit deeper there are some odd things happening in the Arts District (or more appropriately not happening). Continue reading