6 Local Fall Beers You Should Try
By Jamie Wetherbe
'Tis the season for falling leaves and sipping beers. And Los Angeles breweries are celebrating fall with a lineup of seasonal-inspired beers, with flavors from Wisconsin's dairyland and local coffee shops. We round up six you should try.
Saison Noir (Photo courtesy of Ohana)
Udder Love (Photo courtesy of Beachwood Brewery)
Ohana, an artisanal brewery located near downtown Los Angeles, has brewed a Belgian-style farmhouse ale in tune with fall. The light-bodied Saison Noir, available on tap this week, pairs hints of roastiness with a mild hop bitterness, as well as fruity and spicy aromas and flavors.
Long Beach-based Beachwood Brewery recently re-released its award-winning Udder Love, a milk stout with notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Traditional milk stouts, a common British-style brew, are rarities on this side of the pond, particularly on the West Coast. Beachwood's Udder Love, which won a gold at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival, has a uniquely American finish furnished by milk sugar from Wisconsin's dairyland.
While most brewers balance sweet and malty brews with hops, Pasadena's Craftsman Brewing Company opted to use acorns to flavor its dry and spicy Acorn Saison. The farmhouse-style brown ale features a woody effect and returns acorns, once a part of native California's diet, to our palates.
Better Weather (Photo courtesy of Golden Road)
BETTER WEATHER IPA
Since Los Angeles winters are pretty mild, Atwater's Golden Road opted to forgo the standard holiday spices when crafting the Better Weather IPA. The amber-hued India Pale Ale, on tap and in cans, features grapefruit pith, resin and stone fruit flavors to celebrate the still-warm L.A. temperatures. (Photo courtesy of Golden Road)
Buttress of Windsor (Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Ale Works)
BUTTRESS OF WINDSOR
Los Angeles Ale Works has crafted its Buttress of Windsor, which shares a name with a Tenacious D lyric, from European malts and American hops. A spin on a traditional European porter (famously sipped by factory workers during the Industrial Revolution), Buttress of Windsor is rich with malted and roasted rye and cold-infused, locally-roasted coffee.
Need a Stimulus? (Photo courtesy of Eagle Rock Brewery)
During a tipsy economy, Eagle Rock Brewery has released its own Stimulus, a seasonal beer infused with freshly ground Intelligentsia coffee. While coffee beers often come in the form of stouts and porters, the Eastside microbrewery has created a Belgian amber ale that's surprisingly light in color brew and laced with roasted malt flavors, plus a kick of caffeine. (Photo courtesy of Eagle Rock Brewery)
Jamie Wetherbe covers art and entertainment for the Los Angeles Times. Raised in Minnesota, she's a fan of baseball, wine and passport stamps. She lives in L.A. with her three mutts, Butch, Luke and Meow.