Looking into 2015 , local craft breweries continue to push the boundaries with innovative brews and contemporary brewing methods. Another new year will bring with it some new amazing ales, including (but not limited to):
Tustin Brewing Company (Tustin)
After bringing home GABF bling, Brewmaster Jerrod Larsen is steadfastly brewing up a storm. Locals and new guests can expect to see more house beers than even on the board at TBC. Last year, Larsen’s new easy drinking session IPA’s and specialty brews were notorious for being gone in hours. Looking forward, one specialty brew to be excited about is Larsen’s highly anticipated chocolate milk stout. Brewed with a decadent cocoa powder and cocoa nibs, this beer is suitable to lunch, dinner, and dessert alike. Of course, this year wouldn’t be complete without the return of the GABF award winning Jon Flanders! We’re told there are also some barrel-aged surprises yet to be revealed.
Tustin Brewing Company is also ready with an early Valentine’s day gift for hop lovers – this year, they’re looking to bottle their dank-alicious Jackson’s Double IPA periodically throughout the year. Get excited.
True Alesman IPA, ABV 7.5%
An early sleeper hit for the year, this original (Award Winning Brewer) Jerrod Larson’s creation lives up to (and beyond) its name. This full flavored IPA, now no longer on tap at Tustin Brewing Company, but will make all those who’ve experienced its hoppyness pray to the beer gods for its return. It’s a full IPA that makes you want to drink it like a session.
The Lion Rampant, ABV 5%
Another innovational collaboration ale brewed with Main Street Brewery’s, Bob Kluver. This scottish ale gleams with lively colors of auburn and chestnut, complex caramel malt flavors lace a full glass with dessert like sweetness. The lion is still available on draft at TBC!
Bogey’s Dry Irish Stout, ABV 4.6%
Jerrod’s take on the classic black ale from Ireland, this black beauty is full bodied with rich notes of cocoa, coffee beans and burnt brown sugar. On nitro Bogey’s is velvety smooth with hints of mild bitterness.
Cismontane Brewing (S.N.A & Rancho Santa Margarita)
Cismontane SNA brewing has only been open for a few months, but has big plans for this year. Santa Ana will soon be able to boast of it’s first distillery at this location. Owner, Evan Weinberg aims to build a whiskey and brandy barrel aged focused program, Weinberg says, ‘’ expect unique stuff!” Perhaps a brandy barrel aged stout? Additionally an affordable priced beer club for all beer drinkers to enjoy will also take effect later this year.
Double Rainbow, ABV 9%
For all you all you IPA lover’s check out the newest batch of Red Double Rainbow! Double Rainbow is befitting of its style –Imperial IPA heavily dry hopped with an abundance of citra and amarillo hops, malt and tropical fruit characteristics linger after first sip and ends with a tenacious hop bite.
Mesa III, ABV 7%
Beer and wine lovers alike will appreciate this avant-garde brew. Mesa III, batch #3 is delicately brewed with wine, 20% chardonnay, 20% grenache blanc, 20% and 60% pilsner malt. Summit hops are skillfully aged 6 years and fermented with lager and wine yeast. This wine centric brew is effervescent alike to champagne, acidic and subtly malty.
Bottle Logic Brewing (Anaheim)
Everyone’s favorite beer wizards are progressively delighting us with every sip of beer! After a huge GABF win with Lagerithm, their beloved amber lager, the masterminds gear up for exciting anniversary week filled with electrifying brews and revelations! People of earth get ready for the week of LOGIC. . . IDEATION! Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 22nd through the 28th, each day the hop wizard’s will unveil a new barrel aged beer.
Imperial stout, sangria triple, anyone? At weeks end a special release of their Anniversary bourbon aged wheat wine will be tapped. Be there!
As if Ideation wasn’t enough plans for a 2015 barrel aged program is in the works and an exclusive members only beer club will be available for all logic lovers. Soon await to see the return of favorites such as calf life (milk stout), hanamachi (japanese rice lager) and tattered prince (saison). With a plethora of visionary brews right at our fingertips the brewers have more surprises in store. Ever wonder what’s sitting in the shiny tanks at the tasting room while sipping M- Theory?
Tank 1 – Imperial Red-ioactive
Tank 2 - ‘ L’ Theory
Tank 3 – Leche Borracho
Tank 4 – Double Actuator
Tank 5 – ?
Tank 6 – Baltic Porter
Tank 7 - Magic
Tank 8 - Secrets
Barley Forge Brewing (Costa Mesa)
This hop centric agro-industrial brewery opened it’s doors last year fully equipped with a kitchen and plenty of seating, while offering various styles with craft beer loteria to match. While Barley Forge ‘s ambition showed by having a well developed menu available from the get-go, that’s only the tip of the weiz-berg. Executive Chef Brandon Finamore is aiming to present monthly beer dinners, hosted at the tasting room. Anyone who has relished his lamb sliders (or bbq pork sliders, or lamb chile, etc. etc.) will salivate at the thought of properly prepared and paired ales and eats.
In addition to their draft offerings, expect to see bottles these loteria-esque 12oz. bottles of : Don Perfecto, Black Dahlia, El Paisano, Grandpa Tractor, Orange Tractor and One Louder, hitting your local beer selves mid to late February.