August 10, 2012 |
Practically no suburb shall be left behind in thriving craft beer movement. The past two weeks alone have welcomed two new outfits to the ale-destination that is the Inland Empire. Joining a region already home to Hangar 24, Black Market, Dale Bros, and I&I Brewing, among others, are Ontario's Chino Valley Brewery (1630 E Francis St, Unit J) and, only about 10 miles away, Claremont's alliteration-friendly Claremont Craft Ales (1420 N. Claremont Blvd, Suite 204C). The latter opens Saturday, and Chino Valley has been welcoming customers since the end of July.
June 2, 2011 |
Enough with the novelties for a while. Here's a West Coast classic, brewed since 1984, when people had scarcely heard of India Pale Ale. It pours lager gold with a medium head and slightly coarse carbonation, and it's definitely an IPA, dry-hopped with Cascade for that brisk piney nose we've grown to love. It does not, however, belong to the later West Coast school of hop extremism. It has a nice round feel on the palate, with a long, long bittersweet finish fading out cleanly on the bitter side.
November 25, 2010 |
Green Flash Brewing Barleywine 2010 Barleywines are typically sweet and malty with plenty of hops for balance. This one, from a India Pale Ale specialist based in San Diego, leads with the hops. It pours dark amber with an attractive nose of pine and oranges. In the mouth, it's a riot of flavors with the hops inexorably knuckling the malt under. The finish is medium long and hoppy all the way. It can stand up to strongly flavored foods such as curries. One thing all barleywines have in common is a high alcohol level.
May 13, 2010
Firestone Walker Union Jack India Pale Ale Warmer weather, and one's thoughts lightly turn back to India Pale Ale. Firestone Walker, first known for its English-style pale ale Double Barrel, has catered to our hoppier tastes over the years by adding two India Pales, this one being the more heavily hopped — "heavily" meaning two bittering hops, two late-kettle hops (hop-head favorites Cascade and Centennial) and five kinds of dry hops, including more Cascade and Centennial.
May 4, 2010 |
When Scottish brewers Martin Dickie and James Watt came up with the cheeky idea to make a beer as potent as whiskey, they couldn't wait to share it with the world. They didn't know they would trigger an arms race. But that's what ensued when their brewery, BrewDog, released the first limited-edition bottles of "Tactical Nuclear Penguin," a stout that measures 32% alcohol and was quickly crowned "strongest beer in the world" — for less than a month. Then the buildup began.
March 18, 2010 |
Jolly Pumpkin Brewing La Roja Artisan Amber Ale It took about 10 years for Americans to get used to the bitterness of India Pale Ale. How long will it take for us to get used to Flemish brown ale, which is sour, actually sour? Jolly Pumpkin's La Roja is an easy introduction to the style. It's a serious beer, blended without filtering from oak barrels where the contents have been aging from two to 10 months and then bottle-conditioned for months longer. But it's not as fiercely sour as, say, some of Russian River's sour ales.