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A New Chapter for Brouwerij West
Written by Mike Reis   
Friday, 22 July 2016 18:13

A New Chapter for Brouwerij West

We've been fans of Brouwerij West since their early days, when they were scrapping together fermentation time in other breweries' tanks to make their distinctive, Belgian-inspired beers as a fledgling operation with big aspirations. Now, it's safe to say that the brewery has continued on the right path and are now looking decidedly less scrappy in their new digs in San Pedro. The brewery took over a massive, beautiful, 72-year-old wooden warehouse near the port of Los Angeles, which now hosts all their brewing operations.

The beers from the new brewery have been nothing short of spectacular--they are in some ways very obviously Brouwerij West beers--they're drinkable and elegant in ways that many American-brewed Belgian beers are not. But the beers also taste fresh and new, with modern touches and a colorful personality. A new load of beers has just rolled through our warehouse doors and we think you will like them as much as we do.

Now available:

Saison Extra
Saison Extra has been with Brouwerij West since the early days, but the brewery dubs it an "evolving house saison"--it's a sort of drinkable view of the development of the brewery's style. In its current life, Saison Extra is a fruity but dry beer made with 15% spelt, two yeasts, and a bunch of German noble hops. A delightful beer in all its forms!
Now available in 1/6bbl and 1/2bbl kegs.

Get Back
Get Back is another saison, this time made with Rangpur limes and a bunch of new world hops: Wakatu and Sorachi Ace offer fruity and bright aromatics alongside Styrian Goldings. It's fermented entirely with Brettanomyces for a complex, rustic, layered fruitiness.
Now available in 1/6bbl and 1/2bbl kegs.

Popfuji Pilsner
Malty and satisfying but balanced and drinkable, Popfuji Pilsner offers up everything you could ever want in an unfiltered pilsner. Smooth and refreshing with a touch of bitterness.
Now available in 1/6bbl and 1/2bbl kegs.

Tripel
Another classic from the Brouwerij West stable, Tripel is dense and big, but dry, with a bit more bitterness than you might expect. A very elegant strong ale!
Now available in 750ml bottles.

 
Two Elegant Ales from The Commons
Written by Mike Reis   
Friday, 15 July 2016 22:17

Two Elegant Ales from The Commons

The Commons Brewery makes great beer with a clear voice. They make stuff that sees the inside of bourbon barrels and beers that have some unconventional additives, but they also bear a sort of old-world elegance not commonly seen among American brewers. Indeed, you're more likely to encounter a subtly-spiced saison from these guys than a tangerine IPA.

Despite the challenges associated with blending new world concepts with old-school sensibilities, The Commons beers always taste cohesive and delicious. We've just received two new ones from this Portland brewery that exemplify their unique style. Check 'em out!

Now available:

Fleur de Blanc
Fleur de Blanc is the Commons' version of a summer seasonal. But you won't find a sadly watery attempt at a Kölsch here, that's for sure! This is a white farmhouse ale brewed with spelt, rose hips, rose petals, and elderflowers. The brewery's expressive yeast kicks up the floral aromatics even further to create a refreshing summer quencher that is bursting with character.
Now available in 750ml bottles & 1/6bbl kegs while supplies last.

Biere de Garde
A rich, malty beer inspired by the farmhouse ales of Northern France. Originally designed in collaboration with Portland's Cheese Bar, this is intended to be the ultimate accompaniment to a cheese plate, but it tastes great alongside a whole range of rich foods or simply on its own!
Now available in 750ml bottles.
 
Featured Producer: Snowdrift Cider Company
Written by Mike Reis   
Friday, 15 July 2016 22:06


Featured Producer: Snowdrift Cider Company

When we first started working with the folks at Snowdrift, about a year ago, we had this to say:

"We're really excited about this stuff. These folks are making wonderful ciders of deep character, largely from cider-specific apple and perry-specific pear varieties that they grow in their own orchards. Very few producers can say that, and the dedication from limb to bottle shows."

Now, about a year on, we can say that as we've grown more and more familiar with their products, their skill is somehow still increasingly apparent. These ciders are fantastic. In a market awash with so-called "craft" producers that are just faking it, it's nice to know that there are producers out there you can trust to satisfy with every pop of a cork. Snowdrift cider is the real deal and we are so happy to have these ciders in our warehouse.

Now available:



Cornice
A blended cider that gains loads of complexity from rare bittersharp apple varieties and the charred whiskey barrels in which 40% of the blended cider they produce is aged. Deeply complex and satisfying stuff. Winner of a 2016 Good Food Award and Best in Class at GLINTCAP 2016!
Now available in 750ml bottles, 1/6 barrel kegs, and 1/2 barrel kegs.

Dry
A stunning cider made with Washington-grown English bittersweet cider apple varieties like Bramley, Yarlington Mill, and Bulmer's Norman. Delicate and light-bodied but well-structured with tannic texture.
Now available in 1/6 barrel kegs.

Cliffbreaks Blend
Cliffbreaks Blend is a bold and powerful cider with deep bittersweet apple complexity reminiscent of the best stuff you'll find in English cider country. Snowdrift recommends it alongside aged cheeses, steaks, and cured sausages. Their most popular cider!
Now available in 750ml bottles.

Orchard Select
An approachable, semi-dry cider with elegant aromatics akin to honeysuckle and stone fruit. Lovely stuff for summer sipping!
Now available in 750ml bottles.

Red Cider
Made entirely from hard-to-find red-fleshed apple varieties, this pink, crowd-pleasing cider is lush with flavors of watermelon, rhubarb, and summer berries.
Now available in 750ml bottles.

Seckel Perry
A well-rounded and smooth perry made from 100% Seckel pears. Rich and full, with flavors of coconut, toffee, vanilla, citrus, and spice.
Now available in 750ml bottles.

Semi Dry
A bright New England-style cider lightly strengthened with a touch of brown sugar and honey before aging on oak. Expect a lime-like acidity alongside richer flavors of caramel and vanilla.
Now available in 750ml bottles.
 
Fermentation Obsession
Written by Mike Reis   
Friday, 15 July 2016 21:53

Fermentation Obsession

The story of Draai Laag begins with a science-obsessed kid named Dennis Hock. Growing up in the town of Millvale, Pennsylvania, Dennis became fascinated with the invisible microbiology that affected his daily life. That fascination eventually transferred to an passion for fermentation, with homebrewing experiments beginning at age 17 on the handshake promise to his mother that he wouldn't drink what he was cooking up.

Now, Dennis is free to both experiment and drink, and he's doing so at his very own brewery. The beers of Draai Laag reflect that obsession with fermentation, expressing a huge range of aromatics, textures, and tastes coaxed from wild fermentations, unusual cultivated yeasts, and variable fermentation conditions. These beers are like nothing else out there, and we've just received a restock from this exciting brewery. Check 'em out!

Now available:

Apples & Pears
Apples & Pears represents Draai Laag's attempt to hybridize the best qualities of English ciders and their own Belgian-ish approach to fermentation. Brewed with apples, pears, and elderflowers and fermented with Brettanomyces, lactobacillus bacteria, and white wine yeast. Dry, tart, aromatic, and floral.
Now available in 500ml bottles and 1/6 bbl kegs.

Cru
Cru is an old ale fermented with Draai Laag's "Wild Angels" yeast strain, which was cultivated from a sample captured from the air surrounding the brewery. It's rich and malty, with a gentle tartness that suggests flavors of cherry and plum.
Now available in 500ml bottles.

Petite Ferme
In an effort to create a true farmhouse ale, Draai Laag has bottled the barnyard with Petite Ferme. No seriously--it's made with raw wheat straw, farm-collected yeast strains, and local honeysuckle flowers. The result is earthy, citrusy, floral, and tinged with Brettanomyces funk.
Now available in 1/6 bbl kegs.

R2 Koelschip
A curious, tart, lemony farmhouse ale fermented with wild yeasts collected from the open air during the beer's stay in the brewery's namesake R2 coolship. Drinkable, smooth, and layered.
Now available in 500ml bottles.

Relic
A funky 'n' fruity golden ale fermented with yeast gathered from deep inside a 17th century cabinet. Mineral, earthy, and bitter.
Now available in 500ml bottles.
 
Tasty Øl from To Øl
Written by Mike Reis   
Friday, 10 June 2016 00:52

Tasty Øl from To Øl

To Øl has come a long way from their humble beginnings brewing beer in their school's kitchen with Mikkeller founder Mikkel Borg Bjergsø. In the 11 years that have transpired, they've evolved, gaining skill, international distribution, and wild admiration. Here in 2016, they continue to evolve, as they prepare to open an exciting Copenhagen brewpub called BRUS, in which they'll continue to develop their talents and expand into the realms of restaurant ownership, grocery sales, and kombucha, soda, and bottled cocktail-making.

Throughout their development, one thing about To Øl has remained consistent: their commitment to producing the unexpected, and doing it well. The beers we've been seeing from them lately are better than ever, and are truly unlike anything else in the market. Check 'em out!

Now available:

Berry White
A dry, tart witbier packed with fruity aromatics from the addition of blackberries and blueberries. 94 on RateBeer!
Now available in 330ml bottles.

By Udder Means
A rich and balanced milk stout rated as one of the 50 best examples of the style on RateBeer with a score of 99!
Now available in 30L KeyKegs.

Chardonnay Barrel-Aged Fuck Art Let's Dance w/ Plums & Gooseberries
An intense and complex strong pale ale aged in Chardonnay barrels in two different variants: one aged with plums, and one aged with gooseberries. Both incorporate the added fruit character with elegance!
Each now available in 20L KeyKegs.

Jaemes Braun
A big strong ale with rich, nutty, and caramelized flavor. Brown, bitter, and forceful. 93 on RateBeer!
Now available in 375ml bottles.

Liquorice Confidence
A variant of To Øl's famous Liquid Confidence brewed with a dose of licorice for a whole 'nother layer of flavor. Also brewed with ancho, guajillo, and chipotle peppers. Amazing!
Now available in 375ml bottles.

Mr. Blue
A rustic, four-grain tart saison brewed with Galaxy and Belma hops and a huge dose of blueberries--over a pound per liter!
Now available in 330ml bottles & 30L KeyKegs.

Mr. Orange
A deliciously citrusy modern take on the English pale ale style brewed with grapefruit, tangerine, and mandarins alongside Mandarina Bavaria and Citra hops.
Now available in 330ml bottles.

Nelson Survin
A gently sour beer showcasing the bright and tropical flavors of the Nelson Sauvin hop.
Now available in 330ml bottles.

No Regrätze
Very subtly smoky, No ReGratze is a tart and absolutely crushable take on the old Polish beer style known as Grodziskie (aka Grätzer). Very refreshing!
Now available in 330ml bottles.

Reparationsbajer (Director's Cut)
An IPA made with an ultra-long boil to concentrate malty flavors and bitterness. A 17% ABV face-melter.
Now available in 330ml bottles.

Rødgrød Med Fløde Fruit IPA
An IPA inspired by a Danish dessert of the same name. Brewed with strawberries, raspberries, and black and red currants. 95 on RateBeer!
Now available in 330ml bottles.

Smoke on the Porter, Fire in the Rye
A massive imperial porter brewed with smoked chipotle peppers and peppery rye malt. Rich and satisfying, but surprisingly drinkable for its size, with a slowly building chili heat. 13.7% ABV. Rated 97 on RateBeer!
Now available in 375ml bottles.

Sur Citra
An ultra-refreshing tart, dry-hopped sour made with intensely fruity Citra hops. Built for summer drinkin'!
Now available in 330ml bottles.

Velvets are Blue
A tart, earthy, sweet 'n' sour saison brewed with blueberries.
Now available in 330ml bottles & 30L KeyKegs.

Wit is the New Black
A delightfully unusual take on the witbier style brewed with a subtle dose of licorice. Smooth, delightful stuff!
Now available in 330ml bottles & 30L KeyKegs.
 
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