Beer 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 annualOC Brew Ha Haon 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…
Three local Orange County brewmasters; Aaron Barkenhagen of Bootleggers Brewery, Evan 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 →
Now, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… when craft beer folks get together to brew more often than not great things happen. I know it happens when I get together with my buddies to brew. There’s something about working together and bouncing ideas off one another that brings out the best in whatever we brew. So I’m projecting here, but I know that has gotta be what happens with the Stone Collaborations too. Continue reading →
was La Citrueille, Celeste de Citracado which is a Stone Collaboration with The Bruery and Elysian Brewing Company. This ale is brewed with pumpkin, yams, toasted fenugreek, lemon verbena and birch bark. Not your typical ingredients but quite tasty, not too very bitter and an ABV at 5.0%.
Fenugreek – Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a plant in the family Fabaceae. Fenugreek is used both as a herb (the leaves) and as a spice (the seed, often called methi in Urdu/Hindi/Nepali). The leaves and sprouts are also eaten as vegetables. The plant is cultivated worldwide as a semi-arid crop and is a common ingredient in many curries.
Okay, so this one was a special treat for me, an unplanned surprise. I was at the Pacific Park Market and I was looking for the Oskar Blues Ten FIDY Imperial Stout as recommended to me in a comment on the “How To Make Friends At A Pool Party” article I wrote. So I was wandering around the back of the store carefully scanning all the shelves. That’s when Ken introduced himself and asked if he could help.
I told him what I was looking for and he said that he had it in the store about three weeks ago, but didn’t have it right now. Then he started recommending other stouts that he thought I might find interesting. Then one really caught my attention. I grabbed this one for a few reasons…
It was the last one he had in the store, (limited)