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The Port of Los Angeles welcomed a troupe of the world’s greatest international brewers, artisan mead makers and local brewmasters to pour their finest at The Festival. Geniuses over at Shelton Brothers importers partnered with Brian Mercer of Brouwerij West (to open early 2015!) to bring The Festival over to the West Coast. In so doing the pair orchestrated a paramount utopian beer gathering for beer geeks to indulge in. I’m sure the brewer from Jester King could tell you that this is the South-by-Southwest of beer festivals: limitless options, and not a single bad beverage in the mix.


The FestivalEuropean breweries clearly outnumbered American representation (although Taylor Hanson of the Hanson brothers stood bravely in the face of international competition, pouring samples of his flagship beer, “Mmmhops!”) Oh yeah, Emilio Estevez and Westvketeren XII were there too.







Sour Power

The FestivalThe typical beer festival is often filled with an abundance of IPA’s. However at The festival, sour beer was everywhere! An array of the most sought out sours, gueuzes, lambics, wild ales and krieks were lined up in full glory ready to be sipped up. Cantillon offerings made many beer geeks smile with glee; pouring the infamous Classic Gueuze, Fou’Foune and Iris. Looking into the future I see sour beers increasing their presence at festivals.






Mikkeller & Brasserie Brouwerij Cantillon 

Mikkeller The Festivalrepresentative (and director of research) Mixen Lindberg was pouring  rare bottles of Beer Geek Dessert and collaboration beer with Three Floyds, Bla Spog Else (blue ghost). That being said, sampling Mikkeller beers is like enjoying a five course meal. Bla Spog Else is a tart, dark and refreshing brew that electrifies the taste buds. Beer Geek Dessert serves as an appropriate finale to the infamous “Beer Geek” series. Ever drunk a donut? If you haven’t, here’s your chance.

Owner and 4th generation Brewmaster Jean-Pierre Van Roy addressed a group twelve people a time serving his new experimental brew “High Gravity”. For the cost of only 2 tickets, you could not only sample this one-off, experimental brew, but have it poured for you by the brewmaster himself, followed by a brief discussion of the brewing process and characteristics of the final product.


Here’s what I tasted. . . 


8 Wired – Blenheim, New Zealand

Barrel-Aged Imperial Smoked Porter – iStout


Allagash – Portland, Maine

  Midnight Brett  •  Nancy


Anchorage – Anchorage, Alaska

Calabaza Boreal (with Jolly Pumpkin)  •  Galaxy IPA  •  Love Buzz  


Arizona Wilderness – Gilbert, Arizona §

American Presidential Stout (2013) 


Au Baron – Gussignies, France

Saison Saint Médard


Baird – Shuzenji, Japan

Angry Boy Brown


Beachwood BBQ – Long Beach, California

Amalgamator IPA  •  Udder Love Milk Stout


Blaugies – Blaugies, Belgium

Bière Darbyste  


Bottle Logic – Anaheim, CA

Passionate Dragon (with AZ Wilderness)  •  Darkstar November  •  Sour Prince  


Brekeriet – Staffanstorp, Sweden*



Brewfist – Codogno, Italy

Galaxie Saison  •  Spaceman IPA 


Brouwerij West – San Pedro, California

Dog Ate My Homework


Cantillon – Brussels, Belgium

Classic Gueuze  •  Fou’Foune  •  Iris (2004)  •  Lambic d’Haute Densité •Vigneronne


Companyia Cervesa del Montseny – Seva, Catalonia



Cellarmaker – San Francisco, California



Crooked Stave – Denver, Colorado

St. Bretta  • Nightmare on Brett (Port)


De Molen – Bodegraven, Netherlands

Barley Bomb • Pale Ale Citra


Dieu du Ciel!  — Montreal, Quebec



Drie Fonteinen – Beersel, Belgium

Hommage  •  Oude Geuze (1998)  


Firestone Walker – Paso Robles, California

  Parabola  •  Opal


Freigeist – Cologne, Germany

The Best Brewjob Ever (with Nøgne Ø)  


Hanson Brothers Beer Company – Tulsa, Oklahoma



Jester King – Austin, Texas

Le Petit Prince  •  Bière de Miel   •  Wytchmaker (S2)


Jolly Pumpkin – Dexter, Michigan



Mikkeller – Copenhagen, Denmark

Beer Geek Breakfast  •  Beer Geek Dessert  •  Blå Spøgelse (with Three


Monkish – Torrance, CA

 Seme della Vita


Peckham’s – Nelson, New Zealand

Elderflower Cider


Prairie – Tulsa, Oklahoma

Brouwerij Okie § • Prairie Ale


Pretty Things — Cambridge, Massachusetts

  Jack d’Or  


Ribela – Pontevedra, Spain

Sidra Natural


Ritterguts – Borna, Germany

Original Ritterguts Gose


Sante Adairius – Capitola, California

Saison Bernice  


Saint Somewhere – Tarpon Springs, Florida

Lectio Divina  •  Serge  •  Cynthiana


Shiga Kogen – Shibu Onsen, Japan

Monkey Claws (with Hair of the Dog)


Sint Sixtusabdij – Westvleteren, Belgium

Westvleteren XII


Tahoe Mountain – Tahoe City, California

Récolte du Bois – Apricot  


The Monarchy – Cologne, Germany

Viking Gose (with Kissmeyer)


The Rare Barrel – Berkeley, California

Map of the Sun


To Øl – Copenhagen, Denmark

Fuck Art, This is Architecture


Weird Beard – London, England

Double Perle  •  Little Things That Kill