South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group soccer columnist and blogger Nick Green writes at the 100 Percent Soccer blog at www.insidesocal.com/soccer and craft beer at the Beer Goggles blog at www.insidesocal.com/beer. Cheers!
Los Angeles’ downtown craft brewery, Angel City Brewing, introduced today a sake-inspired brew dubbed “For the Sake of Ale” in 22oz bombers.
Here’s more from the brewery:
Inspired by the brewery’s neighbors in Little Tokyo, Angel City has combined their brewing expertise with traditional Japanese sake fermentation methods to create a unique style of beer. The rich, complex flavors derived from a traditional sake-style rice and koji fermentation balance naturally with the malted barley and hops. Huge floral notes blend with fruit flavors of pear and pineapple, then round out with a signature, dry finish. A bold experiment in brewing, For the Sake of Ale weighs in at 9.2% ABV.
Two tongue in cheek spots (see below) were produced for the new Newcastle Scotch Ale, a collaboration with Edinburgh, Scotland-based sister brewery, Caledonian.
Here’s more from the press release:
The Newcastle Scotch Ale collaboration is a limited-time offering from Newcastle and Caledonian that represents the best of English and Scottish brewing: a rich, full-flavored and fulfilling Scottish ale with toffee notes at 6.4 percent ABV and 40 IBUs.
“One of our dreams is to get rid of the ‘intimidation’ factor that prevents so many people from foregoing boring ‘yellow beer’ and enjoying more interesting brews,” said Brett Steen, brand manager for Newcastle Brown Ale. “Wil is an inviting and knowledgeable guy, and we’re stoked that he’s taking this herculean effort of humor and wisdom onto himself so we don’t have to.”
Dubbed simply The Festival 2014, the products of almost 100 breweries will be featured this weekend as a sort of preview for Brouwerij West, which will open next year at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles.
Sadly, organizers have chosen for some reason to ignore most of the breweries in the burgeoning Los Angeles craft brew scene — only Torrance’s Monkish Brewing Co., will be present — but there are plenty from around the world.