Posts Tagged ‘Barrel Aged’

Orange County mainstay brewery Cismontane Brewing recently turned seven years old, a feat in this competitive microbrewery market. As they do every year, Cismontane holds a party to celebrate their anniversary. However, this year brought about many new changes for Cismontane. Notably, Cismontane has relocated to a new facility in Santa Ana, departing from their original location in Rancho Santa Margarita. This marks Cismontane’s first time holding an anniversary event ever at this new Santa Ana location. To also mix things up, Cismontane changed the way they structured their anniversary event. In previous years, Cismontane held their anniversary like a beer festival. Guests would pay for a ticket to receive a set amount of beer pours as well as an anniversary glass. This year, Cismontane did away with the ticketing fees. Instead, they tapped a handful of barrel-aged beers for guests to enjoy. With no tickets or cover charges to worry about, guests could enter freely and simply pay for beers as they went. With this setup, guests would only pay for beers that they wanted to drink instead of paying for a set amount of beers that they may not get to enjoy. Unfortunately, Cismontane did not have an anniversary glass this time – they just had their regular merchandise for sale. Historically, Cismontane held their anniversary at the end of April or the beginning of May. Due to the sheer amount of beer events during that time this year, Cismontane kept postponing their anniversary to a more suitable date with the fewest amount of conflicting beer events.

Check out Cismontane Brewing at their new location in Santa Ana just off the 55 freeway. See what they have brewing up here by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter. Their new location can accommodate more guests than their previous Rancho Santa Margarita location (which Laguna Beach Beer Company has acquired after Cismontane moved), so check them out behind Pep Boys (enter on the west side).

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 7
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 18
The Continental Room, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/575833545805424/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Each night features five different local artists performing and competing for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. This series of free shows occurs every Tuesday night all the way through the finals on February 25.

Angry Samoans in Thousand Oaks
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 21
Lava Sports Lounge, Thousand Oaks
http://www.facebook.com/events/268461276645502/

Get a sampler of Southern California punk rock this Friday night in Thousand Oaks, as Angry Samoans headline a show with False Confession, Neighborhood Watch, and more. Tickets to this all-ages show start at $10.

Female Fronted Frenzy
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 21
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/721399254561194/

Check out some chicks that rock this Friday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Entry to this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

36th Annual LA Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K Run
7:30 am – 4:00 pm, February 22
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, February 23
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.firecracker10k.org/

Start off the new (Chinese) year right with this 5/10K Run/Bike race this weekend in Chinatown. The bike race takes place on Saturday, while the run takes place on Sunday. All races cost $40 to enter. Various festivities will also take place in the Chinatown Central Plaza for most of the day.

Burning Baby Fest
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 22-23
Location TBA
http://www.facebook.com/events/401242160011971/

Prepare yourself for the biggest punk rock shitstorm ever. Torture yourself through two full days of punk rock and DIY madness for just $10 per day, with $5 parking per vehicle. This festival supposedly has no age limit, but take care with the little ones here.

Open That Barrel Night
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 22
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/262197507277537/

Enjoy some live music, rare barrel-aged beers, and one-off beers this Saturday night at the Hangar 24 tasting room in Redlands.

San Diego Winter Brew Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 22
Hall of Champions, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegobrewfest.com/

Last year, this beer festival took place on a rainy Friday night at Broadway Pier. This year, the festival moves indoors to Balboa Park on a Saturday night. General admission to this winter beer festival starts at 7pm and costs $40 presale and $50 at the door. Pay $10 more to enter the festival an hour earlier at 6pm. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dickies @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 22
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/163297

Catch punk rock legends The Dickies as they headline a show at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach along with The Generators, The Howlers, and more. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba or the neighborhood across the street.

Luicidal in Riverside
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 22
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/737114729632552/

Luicidal headlines a local punk rock show in Riverside this Saturday night. Entry to this show costs $8 before 10pm and $10 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

Angry Samoans in San Diego
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 22
Shakedown Bar, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/592451564161219/

The Angry Samoans will headline a local punk rock show in San Diego this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Orange County Restaurant Week
February 23 – March 1
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.

Newport Beach Brewing Company’s Brewfest 6
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 23
Newport Beach Brewing Company, Newport Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/200451416821507/

Newport Beach Brewing Co. will host their annual Brewfest this Sunday at their brewery. $25 gets you 12 beer tasters, while guests may purchase more tasters for $1 each. The brewery’s restaurant will remain open for anyone wanting to eat.

San Diego Chefs Salute Tommy Gomes
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 23
Handlery Hotel, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/526443

Tommy Gomes has greatly impacted San Diego’s culinary community, and this Sunday, you can come celebrate with him, friends, and more with great food and great drinks. Enjoy a fantastic multi-course supper complete with beer pairings for just $75 per person. Act quick, as only 100 tickets will go out! No one under 21 may attend.

Cochon 555
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 23
The Fairmont Miramar Hotel, Santa Monica
http://cochon555.com/2014-tour/los-angeles/

Five chefs, five pigs, and five winemakers await your stomach this Sunday evening as you partake in this epic pork feast for the ages. Sample over 30 different pork dishes, and sip on beers, wines, spirits, and more. Early guests will even get to try some foie gras! General admission starts at 5pm and costs $131, while early entry starts at 4pm and costs $208. No one under 21 may enter.

As a general statement, age makes many things better. In terms of humans, experience and knowledge grow over time with age, as well as privileges such as driving or going to a bar or casino. Some food & drink gets better with age too. Fruits need time to ripen to reach that perfect state of edibility, while many beers and wines develop more complex flavors if allowed to sit for a long time. The art of aging requires careful monitoring of the right amount of time to allow an object or person to reach the full potential. If allowed to age for too long, the person or object starts to lose certain values and qualities. Fruits may grow too ripe, while humans lose physical ability at greater ages. This same rule applies to drinks – allow a wine or beer to sit for too long, and people can no longer enjoyably drink it. With this knowledge in hand, the folks over at Hangar 24 Brewery have perfected the art of brewing and has exhibited it in their Barrel Roll series of barrel-aged beers.

Having just wrapped up their 5th Anniversary Fest, Hangar 24 Brewery used the momentum leaving the fest to roll out production of a handful of new beers. With Belgian Summer Ale already available, they also released a special Belgian-style Coffee Ale as part of American Craft Beer Week. This momentum continued to roll with their Anniversary Red Ale, Essence, and not one, but TWO entries in their Barrel Roll series. The first beer, which Hangar 24 released with their 5th Anniversary, comes to us as Slow Roll, the sixth installment in their series of barrel-aged beers. This 11.9% Belgian-style Golden Ale pours as a wonderful murky brown hue, similar in appearance to a barleywine. Upon pouring, the aroma of the beer gives off hints of vanilla, caramel, banana, pears, and some other tart fruit. Once completed, Hangar 24 stores this brew in bourbon barrels to allow the concoction to absorb the notes of bourbon to give it its color and bourbon background. The end results yield an immense fruity and bold brew with the punch to knock even the craftiest craft beer drinkers off their socks. Sounds like something that you would want to sink your taste buds into? Act quickly to obtain a bottle – with only a few thousand bottles produced back in May, quantities run low across Southern California, so by now, your luck has nearly run out.

Unable to obtain Slow Roll for yourself? I had mentioned two Barrel Roll beers released around this time. Hangar 24 recently released a seventh beer, Tailslide, available at their tasting room in Redlands for a limited. Just like with Slow Roll, act quick – Hangar 24 has already removed Tailslide from the tasting room, so only a few select restaurants and bars around Southern California still carry it at this time. Contact Hangar 24 for locations on where to locate Tailslide and/or Slow Roll today!

When most people around the world think about beer, they think about a fizzy transparent yellow liquid that men like to drink out of a can. This conception draws from the power of money, that large corporations can continually shell out massive quantities of such a low quality product because of the money thrown into marketing and advertising. When 1% controls 99% of the market, one can afford to dupe the blind customers into consuming any product and believe in the hype. Luckily I see through their foils and seek the producers of quality products. When it comes to beer, I carry high standards and adhere to certain rules, such as not drinking any beer that I can see through. I have no need to worry about the latter when I drink any beer from Hangar 24 Brewery.

What started as a group of friends meeting in an empty hangar for drinks has expanded into a growing legacy of craft beer. Located in Redlands next to the Redlands Municipal Airport (hence the name of the brewery), Hangar 24 Brewery creates some of the finest craft beers on the market today. Hangar 24 features a lineup of amazing and unique beers such as Orange Wheat, their flagship beer. In addition, Hangar 24 deploys seasonal series of beers all year round based on what ties the series of beer together. Hangar 24’s most elusive series, the Barrel Roll series, consists of only barrel-aged beers in small batches made once a year, meaning they tend to sell out fast. I managed to taste their latest Barrel Roll release, the Pugachev’s Cobra. Hangar 24 ages this Russian Imperial Stout in bourbon barrels for at least eight months, resulting in an ABV of 15.8%. This incredibly dark beer smells and tastes like pure candy, so pure that you could taste the alcohol deriving from the candy. The overlaying chocolate flavor encapsulates the vanilla, oak, bourbon, licorice, dark fruits, plum, sweet malt, bourbon, roasted coffee, and maple syrup in every sip. Thanks to the aging process, an unopened bottle of Pugachev’s Cobra bears a long shelf life, and aging it this way actually enhances the flavor by allowing the alcohol to extract from the sugars and syrup, resulting in an ABV greater than the stated 15.8%.

You had better go find a bottle fast. With only 6,000 bottles released on December 8th a few weeks ago, expect to no longer see it for sale anywhere after Christmas. Follow Hangar 24 on Facebook and/or Twitter to find out where you can obtain a bottle of Pugachev’s Cobra locally. If you have the time, head on over to the brewery in Redlands for a great experience, and fill up a growler of any of their amazing beers.

Welcome to the wonderful world of delicious craft beers dominated by a market filled with fizzy yellow beers. In a day & age where mass-produced watered-down beers sell the most, the typical consumer tends to carry a sour taste about beers, unbeknownst to the wide array of craft beers. For anyone wanting to explore the finer side of beer, they most likely have to travel off the beaten path to locate craft beers. Some craft breweries have succeeded in a market dominated by big corporate businesses; these craft breweries include Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium. Over the past few years, the popularity of craft beers has risen so much that 2012 has seen the largest percentage in consumers in the preference of craft beers of all time. With this momentum, many craft breweries that laid low since opening now want to get the ball rolling faster. A Californian craft brewery has had the ball rolling the entire time, but never struck anything… until now. For this particular craft brewery, we turn our attentions to Firestone Walker.

Considered a Gen X brewery, Firestone Walker definitely earns their spot as one of America’s leading craft breweries. Even to those that do not regularly consume craft beer, the name Firestone still rings a bell. Their flagship pale ale, the Double Barrel Ale (DBA), currently reigns as their top-selling beer. However, nearly everyone who has tried DBA has no idea about the variations of it, namely the double-strength version of it. Firestone’s Double DBA represents their standard DBA brewed at double strength. What does this mean to the typical drinker? First off, unlike the regular DBA’s 5.0% ABV that drinks as an amber ale, Double DBA clocks in at 12.0% as a barley wine. DBA flies well with many drinkers, so Double DBA simply means twice as much DBA, right? Well to those not accustomed with this style and strength of beer, one does not simply chug this beer down. At 12%, Double DBA contains the same potency as wine, yet tastes very much like liquor. Although labeled as a barrel-aged imperial special bitter, the first sip tastes like sipping on a fine whiskey. Trust me my friend – you want to take your time with this beer. You want to coat your entire palate with the notes of caramel malts and toffee brewed into the beer in oak barrels. If you can help it, allow the beer to sit in your mouth for a few seconds as you savor the rich, sweet, earthy flavors swishing around. If you can only request one drink at a sitting, make it Double DBA – one bottle will leave you feeling good all night.

I obtained my bottle of Double DBA from California Heights Market on Orange & Bixby in Long Beach. You can find it in the cooler there for $15.99 per bottle.