Steingarten L.A. can be counted on for great local and national draft beers in addition to a tremendous bottle list, but their craft beer events are the biggest draw. Tap takeovers involve one brewery supplying a number of kegs, at least a half dozen if not more, for a temporary overhaul of the draft list. Dave Watrous, Beverage Consultant for Steingarten L.A. says, "Tap takeovers are a great way to showcase the diversity in a brewery's lineup. Furthermore it's an awesome way to see how their beers develop over time."
Taste a spectrum of brews from Loakal Red (6.9%) -- amber ale with hops and vanilla -- to Oude Tart (7.5%) -- a straightforward slightly funky sour beer -- to to Melange #3 (15.5%) -- a thick, oaky beer brewed with three house favorites including Black Tuesday. Also in attendance will be Autumn Maple (Belgian-style brown 10%), The Bruery's seasonal retaliation against pumpkin beer, similarly sweet and spicy but brewed with yams instead. Look for Nottenroth (2.1%) -- a batch of Hottenroth wheat beer that didn't ferment expectedly but produced an interesting low-alcohol wheat with kumquats. Finally, two years of Saison de Lente in addition to many, many more.
The Bruery in Placentia, CA, has been making award-winning beer since 2008 with the release of Orchard White, one of their earliest beers. They do not filter or pasteurize their beer and every one is bottle-conditioned, allowing carbonation to happen in the bottle with living yeast. Expect unconventional flavors and barrel-aged, often strong beers. Treat yourself to the tap takeover and bring a friend who will be indebted to you for challenging their idea of the very definition of beer.
Reservations strongly recommended.
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