Golden Road Hefeweizen

At the same time LA’s newest craft brewery launched their cans of the west coast style IPA raved about in my previous post, they also released their equally-fantastic weissbier, Golden Road Hefeweizen.  While I don’t typically run for wheat beers, I was especially excited about this fresh and local take on a classic style.  I’ll never pretend to pickup every flavor note in a beer, but there is an obvious banana aroma that greets the nose while some spice balances nicely with the wheat.  In a word… fresh.  Like its companion, the “honest pint” can features more photography from LA local photographer Nate  Miller.

If you’re curious, Golden Road will be in the South Bay this weekend for Whole Foods El Segundo’s craft beer festival.  Head over, meet the crew, drink some beer, and take home a 6-pack of LA’s newest cans while you’re at it.

Golden Road Hefeweizen | Golden Road Brewing (Los Angeles, California) | Weissbier | 4.6% ABV | $11.99/6-pack.

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LA Points The Way

My most anticipated release of the year has finally found its way into my fridge.  Golden Road Brewing has blessed the local markets with their Point The Way IPA, in a beautiful photo-printed 16-ounce can… an honest pint.  I first tried Point The Way at their grand opening back in October 2011, and have since been anxiously awaiting the release of the very first local craft cans to hit Los Angeles.  Not only is the beer simply spectacular, but the can is dressed in a rockin’ photo from a local Los Angeles photographer.  This classic west coast IPA boasts big, bright hops while only weighing in at 5.2% ABV… so please, have a second.

Point The Way IPA | Golden Road Brewing (Los Angeles, California) | American IPA | 5.2% ABV | $11.99/6-pack.

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The Winter Warmer

The winter season is finally here, and everyone from coast to coast is kicking it off one way or another.  Hats and scarves are out in full force, Christmas tree lots are sprouting up on every corner, and traffic is officially a nightmare in Southern California.  This year, the folks at Anderson Valley are making their first contribution to the spirit of the season with the 2011 release of the ever-popular Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale… this year in a can!!  Creamy and smooth for those hearty holiday meals, and just enough hop and spice to keep you cozy all winter long.  BCR thanks you, AVBC, and sends you the warmest of wishes for the holiday season!

Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale | Anderson Valley Brewing Company (Boonville, California) | Winter Warmer | 6.9% ABV | $9.99/6-pack.

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I’m thankful for beer

The perfect holiday calls for the perfect seasonal beer.  This one-liter can of Paulaner Oktoberfest severed a dual purpose this Thanksgiving by keeping both my thirst quenched and my turkey well-basted.  The perfect flavor for the season.  Although not an “American Canned Craft,” Paulaner still deserves the attention and respect of the revolution.  Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG (Germany) | Märzen / Oktoberfest  | 6.0% ABV |

Ellie’s Brown Ale

As fall approaches, it’s time to begin the hunt for beers that are a little more malty, a little more toasty, and a little more nutty.  Please welcome Ellie’s Brown Ale to the Beer Can Revolution lineup.  Thanks to Avery Brewing Company, I have enjoyed my very first American Brown in a can.  Almost a session beer at 5.5% and very drinkable.  Definitely encourages having another.  I see this going very well with my wife’s chili, which I’ll be promptly requesting her to make as the temperature begins to fall.

Ellie’s Brown Ale | Avery Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado) | American Brown Ale | 5.5% ABV | $10.49/6-pack.

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Every Day Scape Goat

My first of the Big Sky offerings, and a great staring point at that.  I found it to be very easy drinking, as evident by the lack of beers remaining in my fridge.  Light hops, a little bit of yeast, and sweet malt.  A very well-rounded every-day kind of beer.  Not too heavy on the alcohol, so go ahead and have a second.  Best poured into an old mason jar (it just seemed fitting) prior to consumption.

Scape Goat Pale Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company (Missoula, Montana) | American Pale Ale | 5.0% ABV | $8.99/6-pack.

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International IPA Day…Harrumph! Harrumph!

Today is a world-wide day of appreciation and celebration.  A day that spotlights mankind’s most intelligent use of water, hops, and grain.  It is a day to remember the pioneers of the industry, and applaud the hard-working men and women of craft breweries across the globe.  Today is International IPA Day.

On a day as powerful as this, we mustn’t choose lightly which beer we’ll consume.  We must choose with purpose and with heart.  We must choose with the same vim and vigor as that of the brewmasters from whom our selection was created.  Today I choose you, Imperial IPA.  With your 10% ABV, your 100 IBUs, your pungent citrus aroma, and all your dry hopped perfection.  Above all, I choose your can.

Behold… the GUBNA!

Hailing from Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont, Colorado, this Imperial IPA was the first of its kind to grace the inside of a can.  Sold exclusively as a 4-pack at the top shelf price of $16.99, the Gubna sits in a class of it’s own.  Thank you for supporting The Revolution, Oskar Blues!

Gubna Imperial IPA | Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado) | Imperial IPA (American Double IPA) | 10.0% ABV | $16.99/6-pack.

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Harrumph Harrumph!

Our Weekend CANping Trip

The wife and I decided it was time for a weekend in the wilderness, so we took an impromptu camping trip in Big Bear for a little R&R.  In an attempt to find a beer that matched my surroundings, I picked up a six-pack of Avery’s India Pale Ale before we hit the highway.  I was hoping for something fresh, earthy, and surrounded by pine (see what I did there?).  Avery Brewing Company’s IPA was just that.  I found the bitter finish to pair perfectly with a little dirt, campfire smoke, and the welcoming sound of thunder when you didn’t bring a tarp.

India Pale Ale | Avery Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado) | American IPA | 6.5% ABV | $10.49/6-pack.

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A word to the wise: If you know its going to rain, bring lots of BEER and a TARP.

Los CANgeles… Continued

LA Weekly has posted a follow up story to their initial announcement about LA’s newest craft operation, Golden Road Brewing (set to open during LA Beer Week in October).  After the first article I was excited.  We have young but experienced industry professionals making hoppy, California-style beers, putting them in cans instead of bottles, and taking on the exciting Los Angeles craft beer market.  Awesome, right?  Then came the second article…

Along with the announcement of an on-site restaurant, co-owner Meg Gill lets everyone in on a little local market strategy.  Understanding that in LA the obvious mode of transportation is driving, Gill plans to “make flavors that are phenomenal, but also ones you can sample and you can drink more than two of.”  This is why beer number one will likely be a traditional IPA with a low alcohol content.  The article goes on to discuss the plan to focus on production volume with a larger brewing system, while maintaining a specialty brewing system for experimentation.  Although the flagship of the company will likely be their hoppier ales, there is already discussion of styles beyond.  To wrap it all up, Gill further supports her decision to pass on glass and stick with the can (an idea likely cultivated during her time with Oskar Blues)… and that’s something I can certainly get behind!

For more…

Check out the article from LA Weekly 

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