5 Craft Beers Obtainable in the Los Angeles Area You Must Try This Spring

Posted: April 8, 2016 in Beer, Los Angeles, Orange County, Top 5
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The age of the domestic beer monopoly in the United States shrinks with each passing day. The beer industry around the world dominates the alcoholic beverage industry, as consumers drink 3,500 bottles of beer for every one glass of wine – that makes 8,000 times more beer consumed by the liter. Annually, consumers worldwide drink 189 billion liters of beer, but only 24 million liters of wine. While drinking habits may peak during certain times of the year such as holidays, the consumption of beverages remains fairly consistent and rarely makes huge changes in consumption from one day to the next. The changing seasons do have a great effect on the types and styles of beers consumed, as more people start to prefer beers not as rich as some of the winter-style brews. In this transitional season between winter and summer, the unpredictable weather means that we can still enjoy the richer beers typically consumed during colder weather while starting to explore the refreshment of summer-style beers. For the right kind of beer to enjoy until summer kicks in after Memorial Day, check out these five beers each with a unique flavor profile of its own.

5. Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment‘s Strawberry Blondie

Springtime reminds us of the resurgence of fresh greens and produce as plants start to awaken from their slumber following winter. In the spring, we see fresh seasonal produce such as potatoes, turnips/parsnips, green onions, and especially strawberries. Spring marks an important time of the year for this lovely fruit that the entire world has fallen in love with, as the harvest can overwhelm some farms with how much they need to ship out. In fact, some farms may even invite the public to come pick their own strawberries! People love strawberries so much that they have started to include strawberries in food and drinks, something that Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment has done. Based in the west coast craft beer capital, Acoustic Ales knows a thing or two about staying fresh and keeping up with the times. Their dedication to their craft stems from their love of music, which always goes through phases of fads and trends. When it comes to brewing, Acoustic Ales keeps up with the times with fresh seasonal ingredients, evident in their Strawberry Blondie. This seasonal fruit beer pours a hazy orange amber color, but the aromas of light bread and strawberries lead to a nicely balanced flavor of natural strawberries freshly picked from Carlsbad with a touch of tartness and balancing malts. At 6.0% abv, this brew not only refreshes your palate, but relaxes your body.

4. Founders Brewing‘s Rübæus

Continuing on with the fresh fruit theme, the local selection of fresh fruits and vegetables varies greatly between different regions. Hops grown in different places around the world have a profound effect on the result of a beer. Hops from the Pacific northwest have a piney and citrus finish to them. Hops from England have a more earthy tone to them. Hops from Germany have more body and somewhat of a spice characteristic. This lends to the certain styles of beer exclusive to these regions, much like how we associate bocks with Germany/Austria, or English Special Bitters (ESB) with England. Local farms play a big role in this too, as some climates can affect what local farms can grow, which Founders Brewing has taken advantage of. As one of the big names in the craft beer industry to finally make its way to the west coast, Founders Brewing brings a taste of home with them wherever they go. Their location lends well to the ingredients they use in their brews, such as with the flavors of fresh raspberries in their Rübæus (roo-BAE-yis). Available year-round, this garnet brew contains dominant aromas of fresh raspberries with sweet and tart flavors, ending with a crisp finish. At just 5.7%, Founders Brewing loves to ring in the warmer months with Rübæus as the perfect way to cool down.

3. Almanac Beer Company‘s Golden Gate Gose

When the weather starts to warm up, people tend to want to stray away from warm, hearty foods to start looking for lighter, more refreshing things. For example, instead of a hot coffee, a person would go for an iced tea instead. Instead of a hot chocolate, a person would go for a strawberry or vanilla milkshake. In the beer world, people move from dark ales like stouts or porters over to refreshing brews like a saison or gose. The gose style remains largely unknown to non-enthusiasts, so a gose remains a style known primarily by those with extensive experience drinking craft beer. For those looking for a good approachable gose, look towards Almanac Beer Company. Based in California’s Bay Area, Almanac has an extensive reach across the nation with their “farm to barrel” approach. Their location allows them easy access to the countless farms of California, proving Almanac plenty of sources for fresh ingredients to go into their brews. One can taste the variety of fresh ingredients in Almanac’s Golden Gate Gose. Inspired by classic wheat ales from Leipzig, Germany, Almanac brews this California-inspired version with San Francisco Bay sea salt, lemon verbena from Eatwell Farm in Dixon, and coriander grown & dried by Dirty Girl Produce in Santa Cruz. Golden Gate Gose pours pale, straw-yellow color with a bright foamy head. The bright aroma contains pale malts, stone fruit, and light hop characteristics. At 5.0% abv, this year-round brew tastes very fruity with hints of apricot, peach, and crackery malts & peppery spices. Crisp and refreshing, this gose has a somewhat salty finish and pairs well with fresh seafood.

2. Uinta Brewing‘s Bière de Mars

Around the world, people regard the French for their wines and cuisine. The French have very unique tastes and styles when in comes to food or drinks. No one can truly pinpoint the French style down to one particular taste, as it represents the style as an entity rather than one particular flavor that stands out. As a result, French food and drinks can taste very different, yet it has that aura that can only derive from France. When it comes to French beer, they usually have some earthy or fruity flavor to it (exceptions apply, of course). French ales usually have a lot of body and feel filling when drinking it. To get a sense of what this feels like, we turn towards Uinta Brewing. Uinta has quite a legacy in the craft beer industry here in the United States, as their retail products have touched all four corners of the country. As a brewery, Uinta has pretty much done it all, from basic beers to crazy ideas to barrel-aged beers and beyond. Uinta often dabbles in limited edition beers too, and this time, they have gone the way of the French in their Bière de Mars. In fact, Uinta brewed this limited release ale so recently that nobody has an official description of the ale, not even Uinta on their website themselves. The hops used in this brew originate from multiple regions of Europe, from the Czech to the Germans to the Austrians to the Belgians and, of course, the French. These all come together to form a mellow and spicy body, perfectly complementing the characteristics of a smooth dark lager. Uinta aged this French-style spring ale in chardonnay barrels, and the resulting brew comes out at 7.20% abv. You can only taste this blend of French and American brewing techniques for a limited time, as nobody knows if Uinta plans to keep this in their repertoire.

1. Mammoth Brewing Company‘s Dos Osos

The spring season means that things start to come out of hibernation. When spring hits, the weather warms up, events start to crop up, and holidays & festivals appear all over the place. Spring provides us with a lot of celebratory holidays and occasions, such as Easter, Memorial Day, and Cinco de Mayo. Getting together to socialize belongs in our human natures, so we want to have as many chances to get together as possible. When an occasion arises, we want to have all the necessary preparations completed and out of the way. This means having the right food and drinks available to satisfy everyone around. To get into the spirit, people celebrate with food and drinks based on the occasion; for example, the consumption of Mexican or Latin foods & drinks increases for Cinco de Mayo. For the perfect Cinco de Mayo celebratory brew, Mammoth Brewing Company has you covered. It sounds strange that a brewery all the way up in the mountains of Central California has the perfect thing for a Cinco de Mayo party, but rest assured they got this one right. As their name suggests, Mammoth Brewing hails from Mammoth Lakes in California, a place known as a winter vacation spot. Despite this, Mammoth Brewing has a lineup of beer that spans the entire calendar, including their Dos Osos. Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Mammoth Brewing brews this imperial Mexican-style dark lager with vanilla beans, cocoa nibs, cinnamon, and Mammoth’s own Black Velvet coffee. Dos Osos emits decadent aromas of toasted nuts, chocolate malts, smoky characters, coffee, and cocoa nibs backed up by vanilla. The flavor follows with toasted malty coffee, nutty characters, dark fruit, and vanilla dominating the profile, while at the same time blending with chocolate, brown sugar, and a suggestion of cinnamon. The lager yeast and long cold aging keeps the beer especially clean and crisp in the finish. Dos Osos pours a light brown/red color with a khaki head. The 7.5% abv will keep you feeling good as you sip on this brew and enjoy whatever occasion you may find yourself drinking Dos Osos at.

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