Drive-by Brewery Review and New Brew: Mindcloud IPA at Mumford Brewing in downtown Los Angeles

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Mumford Brewing’s excellent pale ale dubbed Bleacher Beer at my Torrance local beckoned me to try their full range at their downtown LA brewery, open for about the last six months.

The day after Christmas with time on my hands and likely light freeway traffic seemed an apt time.

On this day street parking was plentiful in the neighborhood Mumford sits in near Skid Row, although it was a little strange to pay for parking when I’m guessing whoever was sleeping on the sidewalk in the tent across the street was likely not paying for the privilege.

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The sparse, simple one-room brewery and small bar were uncrowded and the custom four-beer tasting flight (above) excellent, showcasing the wide range of available ales (especially good was the Black Mamba).

The atmosphere was mellow with a couple of DJs spinning some relaxing ambient music at a pleasant volume that allowed a couple of gents at a nearby table to concentrate on their dominos game (below) with no problem.

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Lunch is available at a local pizza joint and a bar next door that appeared to have been there for decades (the name escapes me, but try the small grilled cheese sandwich with jalapenos and bacon), but also had an excellent local craft beer list of its own. Bonus: go order food next door and they deliver it to your seat in the brewery.

Mumford’s neighborhood may be sketchy, but it’s beers and vibe are certainly not.

The Boyd Street IPA was worth taking home in a crowler and I’m betting the Mindcloud would be, too (although I haven’t seen any description of it yet online).

Definitely worth getting acquainted with both the brewery and its beers.

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“Downtown” James Brown gets OK for Port Town Brewing location in historic 1920s-era San Pedro building

porttownlogoPort Town Brewing, an off-shoot of the successful San Pedro Brewing Co., is aiming to open a new tasting room about a year from now at Seventh and Centre streets.

City officials signed off on the location Wednesday.

Port Town will offer German-style ales such as the Pilsner and hefeweizen it currently brews. Read more here.

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Great American Beer Fest 2015: Local breweries take home 24 medals

Ritual Brewing GABFGreater Los Angeles area breweries can pat themselves on the back.

They’ve claimed 24 of the 282 awards given out at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, which took place Thursday through Saturday of last week.

The winners were chosen from 6,647 entries from 1,552 breweries.

A total of 15 breweries, large and small, from the Santa Barbara area through the Inland Empire were awarded.

Head over the jump to see the list.

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New Brew: Golden Road Brewing celebrates volunteerism in LA Thursday with release of The Works IPA

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Following in the philanthropic brewing spirit of the likes of its Heal The Bay IPA, Atwater Village-based Golden Road Brewing will release Thursday a 7.1 percent ABV IPA dubbed The Works in recognition of nonprofit LA Works and its annual Day of Service Sept. 12.

“L.A. Works and Golden Road Brewery is a match made in hops heaven; both organizations believe in inspiring greater civic engagement,” said Bob L. Johnson, founder and board chairman. “When people enjoy a can of The Works IPA, my hope is they’ll think about how to pass on some of that happiness to their neighbors in need.”

LA Works will receive a portion of the proceeds from the limited edition, seasonal beer:

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LA Beer Week 7 starts today: MacLeod Ale Brewing in Van Nuys celebrates one-year anniversary Sunday with cask festival

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For an overview of LA Beer Week 7, read this.

The above event at MacLeod is the second annual Cask & Ye Shall Receive, an LA Beer Week event celebrating cask ale in Los Angeles.

From the brewery web site:

This epic event will feature more than a dozen casks from breweries throughout Los Angeles and beyond. In addition, we will have up to 15 of our own beers on tap throughout the day!

Confirmed breweries include Twisted Manzanita, Strand, Absolution, Eagle Rock Brewery, El Segundo, Wicks, Golden Road, Noble, Home Brewing, Institution Ale, Highland Park, FreeWheel, Kinetic, The Bruery and Bravery.

More details and ticket info here. Beer Goggles will be attending so stop and say hello. Cheers.

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