OC Brew Ha Ha ‘HOP MONSTER’ Collaboration Beer


Orange County Brew Ha HaBeer Soaked readers should know by now that our favorite Orange County craft beer festival is approaching. That’s right, it’s almost time for the annual OC Brew Ha Ha on Saturday, September 7th, 2013.

Did you know that they are brewing a special collaboration beer for the event? We were invited to brew day for the OC Brew Ha Ha ‘HOP MONSTER’, and here’s the story…

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Three local Orange County brewmasters; Aaron Barkenhagen of Bootleggers BreweryEvan Weinberg of Cismontane Brewing Company, and Jerrod Larsen of Tustin Brewing Company, all came together to brew a commemorative beer for the OC BrewHaHa festival. They sat down over some beers and after taking a look at the graphic novel themed artwork for the 2013 BrewHaHa they decided on a massively “hopped up” Red Ale that would consist of Citra, Nelson, and Galaxy hops. “It was a no brainer. It had to be a hoppy red. I mean, just look at the artwork.” – Aaron Continue reading

Cismontane – Coulter IPA

Cismontane - Coulter IPASo this is one of those impulse buys that for a craft beer explorer can go either way. A few things about this one got my attention. First and foremost, I hadn’t seen it before. Bottles like that typically find their way into my shopping basket and eventually my beer glass. Secondly, it’s from Cismontane Brewing Company, a local brewery in Rancho Santa Margarita. I like to support the local brews whenever possible. And third, it’s an IPA. Some say it’s the most boring kind of beer. However, most of us here at Beer Soaked are fans of the style… especially the West Coast India Pale Ale style. Grabbing this was a no brainer. Continue reading