Beer sampler: New summer brews, craft beer things to do

trumer_pils_t250New brews

*Trumer Pils, a pilsner brewed at Trumer Braueri Berkeley, has just begun distribution in Southern California.

“This is such an exciting milestone for our brewery, said Charlie Paulette, Trumer’s marketing director. “We’ve had our eye on Southern California since we launched Trumer Pils back in 2006, and having served Northern California and San Diego for years, we’re pleased to make Trumer available to beer enthusiasts and foodies alike up and down the coast.”

Pilsners are closely related to lagers, not ales, and as such are excellent thirst quenchers for hot summer days.

Full disclosure: this reporter received some taste samples of Trumer, which is nothing like the sweet mass-produced lagers such as Bud or Coors most craft beer drinkers avoid.

It is an excellent example of the crisp style, an assessment shared by a home brew friend of mine I shared a couple of bottles with in exchange for his review. But don’t take our word for it: Trumer just received a silver medal for the second consecutive year at the 21st annual International Australian Beer Awards, a nation that knows something about drinking beer on warm days. (Its sister brewery in Austria won a silver medal, too, at the same awards event).

Old Torrance gastropub 1321 Downtown Taproom Bistro just made Trumer Pils its unofficial house pilsner, incidentally.

*Torrance’s Smog City Brewing have added a new beer on a limited basis, the alliteratively-named Third Nipple Triple, which checks in at 8% ABV.

*Golden Road Brewing has introduced a Cabrillo Kölsch (5% ABV)  just in time for summer, described as “light and refreshing with peppery and citrus accents.”

Craft beer things to do

angelcity*”Artists on Tap,” a new art exhibit featuring the work of 15 downtown Los Angeles artists bonding over their love of beer, opens Thursday at Angel City Brewery.

“Art brings people together,” said curator J.W. Pippen. “All our artists love beer and the community aspect of a brewery, so what better theme than Artists on Tap?”

The grand opening is set for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday with punk rock bluesman Lightnin’ Woodcock performing. The exhibit runs through July 7.

Incidentally, while you are there, check out the new limited edition Pickle Weisse, described as “a tart, light-bodied, straw-colored ale blended with pickles.”

*Palos Verdes Peninsula’s Terranea Resort has joined the craft beer movement, opening a new beer garden. From the press release:

Nelson’s Beer Garden is more than a cliff side spot ideal for whale watching. In addition to a selection of housemade sausages, Nelson’s signature giant soft pretzels, the chef’s daily special and assorted appetizers and snacks, Nelson’s Beer Garden boasts a rotating selection of local microbrews, including Dudes’ Brewing Company, one of L.A.’s newest craft beers. The Beer Garden will also carry regional brews such as Northern California’s Lagunitas and San Diego’s Ballast Point.

There is music every Friday night. The best part: you can make reservations by calling 310-265-2836.

*1321 Downtown Taproom Bistro hosts a $50 per person, five-course dinner paired with brews from Torrance’s Strand Brewing Company on June 26. The full menu is here.


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