Posts Tagged ‘Acoustic Ales’

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.

Inland Empire Restaurant Week
October 16-25
Participating restaurants, Inland Empire

Over a hundred restaurants from Corona to Chino to Big Bear to Palm Desert will have food & drink special during this ten-day period. Check out your favorite local restaurant, or enjoy something new.

Beachwood BBQ: Bottles Releases
11:30 am – 10:00 pm, October 20 & 24
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Seal Beach & Long Beach

Beachwood Brewing has TWO beers to release in bottles this week at both their Seal Beach and Long Beach locations. On Tuesday, get some Melrose IPA. On Saturday, get your hands on Sadie Barrel-Aged Dark Ale. You can enjoy either beer directly fresh from tap or take it home in bottles.

3rd Annual Pizza Port Golf Tournament
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 20
Twin Oaks Golf Course, San Marcos

Play some golf and enjoy food and beer this Tuesday in San Marcos. Registration costs $120, and goes down for joining teams of three or four.

D.R.I. SoCal Takeover
October 20-25
Ventura, Santa Ana, San Diego, Corona, Baldwin Park, San Bernardino

Punk band D.R.I. embarks on a Southern California tour this week, complete with SIX shows back to back, with more shows next week. Check the website for a full list of shows.

Back to the Future Day @ Smog City Brewing
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 21
Smog City Brewing, Torrance

Smog City will celebrate “the future” with a special brew release this Wednesday night. They will also show the movie trilogy in the tasting room all night. Anyone wearing a Back to the Future shirt will receive $1 off beers.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 21
The Rookery, Pomona

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

Ballast Point Night @ Far Bar
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 21
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles

Far Bar will stock their taps with Ballast Point brews this Wednesday night. They will also have Ballast Point spirits on hand to make cocktails with, plus some food specials. No cover charge required – simply show up, and enjoy the evening.

Acoustic Ales @ Select Beer Store
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 22
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will stock their taps with beers from Acoustic Ales this Thursday evening. No admission required – simply show up and enjoy a cold one.

Del Mar Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 23-25
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar

Shop thousands of handmade American arts & crafts in hundreds of booths over the weekend. Find beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, hand-turned wood, ceramics, and more. Admission costs $9 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, $4 for Youth, and 12 & under get in free.

Red Wine Barrel Aged Tart Saison
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 23
Valiant Brewing, Orange

Valiant Brewing will release a special barrel-aged saison this Friday evening in their tasting room. No reservations required – simply show up, and sip away.

AnARTchy – The Art of Punk: Opening Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 23
Rainwater Gallery, Huntington Beach

A special punk-themed art gallery will open for a month starting this Friday with an opening night reception, free to attend for all ages.

7th Annual Long Beach Zombie Walk Music & Arts Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 23
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 24
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 25
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach

This zombie festival takes place over the spacious greens of Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach this weekend. This fest breaks all norms of standard fests and opts to follow “zombie rules” in operations. Admission costs $15, and includes many activities such as a movie viewing, beer gardens, costume contests, Thriller flash mob, live music, food trucks, artists, games, the zombie walk, Halloween mazes, and more. Arrive early, as parking will fill quickly – have patience when searching the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave.

Howl-o-Wine Festival
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, October 23
Doubletree by Hilton, Claremont

Enjoy wine samples from San Antonio Winery paired with hors d’oeuvres in Claremont this Friday night. Attendees may also bring their pets to enter into the pet costume contest. Admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

LBMA After Dark
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 23
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach

Occurring semiannually, this nighttime gathering brings art, music, live entertainment, and tray-passed appetizers together for a night of mixing and mingling. Admission to this all-ages art exhibit costs $10.

Agent Orange @ The Whisky A Go Go
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 23
The Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood

Legendary surf punk band Agent Orange will headline a show at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

34th Annual Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 24
Claremont Village, Claremont

At this free and all-ages event, thousands of visitors will get to check out arts & crafts from dozens of local artists, makers, and craftsmen. Visitors will also find merchandise, vendors, food, drinks, live music, arts & crafts, and more.

Riverside Rockabilly: Rhythm And Rods #2
10:00 am – 2:00 am, October 24
Boondocks Pub & Grill, Corona

An all-day car show and music festival comes to Corona this Saturday. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the gate. No one under 21 may attend after 9pm.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 24
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners unite this Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach, free to attend and for all ages. Share your love of this wonderful breed by showing off your adorable companion or by showing love for someone else’s adorable companion.

1st Annual Inland Empire Taco Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 24
White Park, Riverside

Party it up in Riverside this Saturday with tacos, drinks, music, entertainment, and more. Admission costs $12 for adults or $5 for children, but does not include food or drinks, so bring plenty of cash to this event.

91st Annual Anaheim Fall Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 24
Farmers Park, Anaheim

At this FREE and all-ages festival, find games, arts & crafts, food, drinks, live entertainment, costume contests, a petting zoo, a parade, and more.

Afternoon of Sours
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 24
The BrewHouse, San Juan Capistrano

Enjoy and explore sour beers this Saturday afternoon at The BrewHouse in San Juan Capistrano. The organizers have not divulged any information yet, but if they add anything, I will update this entry.

7th Annual Hoptoberfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 24
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra

In place of their monthly bottle share, 38 Degrees will host a Hoptoberfest special this Saturday. Enjoy a menu of German cuisine specially made for this day, plus a handful of IPA beers on tap.

7th Annual Hoptoberfest
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 24
Pizza Port, San Clemente

Drink beers and feel merry at Pizza Port in San Clemente this Saturday. Admission costs $30 and comes with eight 4oz beer tasters, and attendees can purchase additional beer tasters for $1 each. Attendees can purchase food from the restaurant throughout the day.

16th Annual Dia De Los Muertos
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 24
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood

Celebrate this cultural holiday at this all-ages festival this Saturday in Hollywood. Attendees will find arts & crafts, art exhibits, costume contests, music, live entertainment, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs $20 per person.

Belching Beaver’s 3rd Anniversary Great Lei Luau
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 24
Belching Beaver Brewery, Vista

Belching Beaver Brewery turns three years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will hold a luau at their facility in Vista this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $25 presale or $30 at the door, and grants attendees four 10oz beer pours, a raffle ticket, and a 13oz anniversary glass. Expect a Hawaiian-themed celebration with live music, food, chocolate pairings, Hawaiian clothing, and more.

Three Weav3rs Brewing 1st Year Anniversary
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 24
Three Weav3rs Brewing, Inglewood

Three Weav3rs Brewing in Inglewood turns a year old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have plenty of festivities at their tasting room this Saturday afternoon. Attendees will find over a dozen different brews, plus food vendors, games, music, and more. General admission costs $25, starts at 2pm, and includes five 5oz beer tasters. VIP admission costs $40, starts at 1pm, and includes access to exclusive brews.

The Pie Bar Mash Up
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 24
Long Beach Creamery, Long Beach

The Pie Bar will brings some of their delicious pies to Long Beach Creamery this Saturday evening to serve up some pies a la mode. Each serving will cost $6.

San Diego Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 24
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego

Not directly affiliated with San Diego Beer Week, this beer & music festival will take this Saturday at NTC Liberty Station. Attendees will find over a hundred different types of beer, live music, food trucks, and other forms of entertainment. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $50 or $60 at the door, and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters, regardless of admission type. No one under 21 may attend.

Night Nation Run – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 24
StubHub Center, Carson

People always seem to want to find any way possible to make running less boring. Introducing Night Nation Run, a glow run that now involves EDM. Run a course complete with lights, glow sticks, lasers, EDM, and more. Registration costs $30 presale or $60 once presale registration runs out, and includes a t-shirt, a glow necklace, a goodie bag, and access to the after-party with more EDM.

Robot Chicken 10th Anniversary Art Show
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 24
iam8bit, Echo Park

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Robot Chicken, iam8bit will have a Robot Chicken art exhibit this Saturday night at their exhibit hall in Echo Park, free to attend for all ages.

Green Jellÿ @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 24
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday night with Green Jellÿ. No one under 21 may enter.

Surf City 10-Mile, 10k, and 5k
6:30 am – 12:00 pm, October 25
Hilton Waterfront Resort, Huntington Beach

This Sunday morning in Huntington Beach, thousands will participate in various physical challenges, including a 10-mile run, a 10K, a 5K, and more. In addition, a costume contest aims to mix things up on the sand.

Spooktacular Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 25
Hospitality Point Park, San Diego

Enjoy a costumed fun run this Sunday in San Diego. Take part in a 10k, half marathon, 5k, or kids run for the little ones, all with or without a costume. Registration costs $55 to $95 based on the event, and includes a medal, a shirt based on the event you compete in, costume contests, pumpkin pies, and post-race festivities. Parking at the park costs $10 per vehicle.

18th Annual Trick or Treat Festival + 16th Annual Halloween Hearse Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 25
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa

Two Halloween-themed events will take place at the Orange County Market Place this Sunday afternoon. Join in on a Trick or Treat festival for the kids that celebrate all things Halloween. Adults can check out the Hearse Show, a ghastly show sure to give you chills.