Hop Odyssey: Citra Session IPA – Green Flash Brewing

HopOddEven in sunny Southern California, Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer and in craft beer terms, signals a reduction in the availability of the fantastic summer beers that have hit the market this year. So before we dive into fall and the impending wave of pumpkin madness, I wanted to sample one more Session IPA, capping off a season rich with brews like Easy Jack, Go To IPA, and a parade of incredible Pils’ and Lagers. In my search I was happy to find Citra Session IPA, a session-able single hop offering from Green Flash Brewing. Continue reading

LA Beer Week 2014 Kick Off Festival

LA Beer Week 2014It’s that time again, LA Beer Week is almost upon us. This year things are being done a little differently, but you can still expect some great beers and fun events all around town. So read on for all the details about LA Beer Week 2014 Kick Off Festival on September 20th 2014.

The first big change is that LA Beer Week is now being helmed by the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild, an organization comprised of all the breweries in Los Angeles County, which hopes to see LA Beer Week become a celebration of craft beer in Los Angeles, paying particular attention to beers being brewed here in LA. Continue reading

Tongue Tickles – Noble Ale Works

TongueTicklesOf all of the SoCal breweries on the rise in the past few years, it is hard to name one that has had a greater impact in such a short time period than Noble Ale Works. With experienced brewer Evan Price (formerly BJ’s Brewhouse/Hangar 24) at the helm, Noble has seen its share of hits, including a showstopping Milk Stout called Naughty Sauce. While many breweries seem to feel more at home in one area of the craft beer spectrum, Noble has had no trouble volleying between great stouts, pils, pales, and a series of single hop IPAs that have cemented them as a leading brewery in Southern California. Continue reading

MoHop – Golden Road Brewing

Golden Road Brewing - MoHopAs you might have seen, this month is Mohawk Bend‘s 3rd anniversary and they are celebrating all month long with special beer to commemorate the occasion. Last year for their 2nd anniversary they created One Hundred & Two, a Belgian style blonde ale with a big citrus presence and a whopping 8.8% ABV. This year they went a very different direction, crafting an India pale lager named MoHop that has a big dose of Southern Hemisphere hops and a more moderate 6.5% ABV.

Though not a traditionally accepted style, the IPL has been around for almost a decade. The gist of the style is to take a lager and hop it up using hops that would traditionally be used for IPAs. This yeast switch is meant to help create a lighter, cleaner body that highlights the subtleties of the hops that are sometimes lost in their ale counterparts. This style has also been called a hoppy lager or American pale lager. In this case, the gang from Mohawk Bend teamed up with Golden Road Brewing and decided to go with a blend of some of the Southern Hemisphere’s hottest hops at the moment, Mosaic, Motueka, and Equinox, to give their lager a big punch of fruity hop flavors. Continue reading

Mohawk Bend Celebrates 3rd Anniversary – 08/06

Mohawk3 copyWhat better way to beat the mid-week slump than by helping a great local craft beer establishment celebrate its third year in business? Mohawk Bend carries a Cali-centric selection of craft beer and spirits set in the gentrified remains of a movie theater, making this bar a must see for all craft beer lovers.

The event will feature the release of a special 3rd Anniversary beer – “Barrel-Aged Cocktail” as well as and an art exhibit!

“The Beer: This year, we brewed another collaboration with our sister company Golden Road Brewing. “MoHop” is a vibrant India Pale Lager generously dosed with hops from the southern hemisphere. This 6.5% IPL features a beautiful blend of Mosaic, Motueka, and Equinox to bring you a fruity brew with a nice hop bite. The beer will be tapped at 11:30a.

The Cocktail: The Antidote is a barrel-aged featuring barrel-aged Bourbon, cherry, orange, and house-made Ritual Bitters.

The Art: Our Ramona Room will house a collection of local art curated by Mohawk Bend family member Donovan Aste ft. Mia Rodriquez, Adam Roth, Lyle Wessles, Justen Hernandez, and Mike Jasorka.
** Opening Reception will be held Aug. 6th from 5:30-7:00. ** “

For more info check out the event page on Facebook.

Cheers,
DAVE

Oinkster Burger Week IV Beer Pairing – Day 5 Big Max

Oinkster Burger Wekk IVAs we march forward towards the end of The Oinkster’s Burger Week IV, today we get a classed up version of an American classic, The Big Mac. This particular burger has graced the Burger Week line up for a couple of years now and judging from the crowd at opening today, it will probably be back again. And now let us get to the two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun. Continue reading

Oinkster Burger Week IV Beer Pairing – Day 4 The Pantera Burger

Oinkster Burger Wekk IVWe’ve reached the halfway point of The Oinkster’s Burger Week IV and, appropriately so, today’s burger is the annual Grill ‘Em All guest burger, The Pantera Burger. Compared to the first few days burgers, this one is definitely a heavy hitter that’s not for the weak (or those with heart problems).

Oinkster Burger Week IV Beer Pairing - Day 4 The Pantera BurgerGrill ‘Em All, for those not tapped into the LA burger scene, is a heavy metal themed burger paradise. Originally starting as a food truck, they were able to open a brick and mortar location after winning Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. If you’re ever out in Alhambra and desiring a massive burger with loads of flavor, I highly recommend looking them up (and their beer selection ain’t bad either). Continue reading