Rogness Brewing Co
Yogi Chai Spiced Amber
1 pint 6 fl oz / 651 ML
Brewed with Saigon cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamom, and black pepper
Brewed in Pflugerville, TX
Should be in a seidel glass, but I’m making do with my trusty sam adams lager pint
- ABV: 5.20%
- IBU: 39
- Before pouring, let it sit out for a bit. Instructed to be served between 50-55F (ice cold beer masks flavor subtleties)
- Appearance / Look: chestnut brown with a copper hue with a fluffy off-white head; retention is a halo of foam with traces of lace
- Smell: resembles a cup of chai tea with nutty, caramel pumpkin spices from the cinnamon and cloves. Hints of malty sweetness
- Taste: anticipating excessive sweetness, but pleasantly surprised that the bitterness experienced from a tea is replicated with a balance of hops. The ginger, cardamom and black pepper give this gulp a nice zest that deliciously harmonizes with the roasted malts. Swirling it in my mouth to hit all corners, I can truly experience the complexity of flavor layers from all the components added. A nice center between sweet fruitiness and rich properties
- Mouthfeel: medium body, slightly creamy, but finishes dry from nice carbonation. It’s the perfect amber brown ale texture, almost central on the beer spectrum and perfect for the beginning of fall
- When to drink: It’s called Yogi for a reason: Rogness claims it’s more than just a beer, but rather a state of mind. If you’re into the ancient art of yoga, enjoy this after a vigorous Vinyasa workout and pair with bold Asian foods such as Thai or Indian curry.
This is a truly complex beer profile – the bitterness is nicely played among the sweetened spices and amber brown ale platform. Choosing this style of beer surely secured it’s success – anything darker or lighter would seem too heavy-handed. Rogness struck a symmetry that is the key to all beers with a lengthy list of additions. Either it was a stroke of genius or just pure luck, a pinch of this and that in the process of finessing their Yogi Spiced Amber added nuances that clearly show their sophisticated palette.
Colorado surely knows how to target their audience - Got Insurance Colorado includes several campaigns targeting the different types of people who would benefit society as a whole for signing up for healthcare, such as Well-Rounded Coverage (pregnant woman), Trick or Treat it (little kid who is literally about to cut himself carving a pumpkin) and of course, Brosurance - for those men that spend more time injecting beer into their veins upside down than sober right side up.
But this targeted campaign makes sense, even to the drunk and hungover: if more young men (and women) sign up for healthcare, it helps spread the cost over the population, lowering the premiums of the unhealthy older men (and women) who will most likely end up using it. I never thought I’d say this, but it seems like BROS HAVE SAVED THE DAY without having to tap into their beer money to cover medical bills.
Beer & Bacon
A shorter wait for your warm beer to cool down by using this AWESOME reverse microwave!
Some scientists are searching for life on other planets, while others are curing diseases with stem cells. Meanwhile, my new favorite guys at Enviro-Cool Limited (should have known the Brits would create a device such as this) will sit back and cool their lukewarm beer to a drinkable ice-cold temperature in as little as 45 seconds.
V-Tex is a drink cooling system that flash-cools any beverage (cans, glass bottles, wine glass bottles; ranging in several glass, can and bottle sizes). The magic is in the Rankine vortex, which will keeps the liquid in the original state while dropping the temperature. In the video, the device looks like a large, clunky sleek speaker system with a hatch at the top to fit two bottles at a time. Select the type of bottle and size and within 45 seconds, a water funnel has spun the degree of the bottle down to the desirable drinking temperature. Not only does this mean we can be less patient in our wait for cold beer, but the device requires nearly 80% less energy than other standard drink chillers. This allows consumers to save money and stay green - I’ll drink to that.
Enviro-Cool will be releasing commercial and domestic versions of the V-Tex, but until then, we’ll be stuck to the barbaric method of cooling our beer in our fridges and ice buckets.
Dave, a Special Reserve barley wine is 19 YEARS OLD and has gone through three rounds of freezing to increase its alcohol content. That means it ended up with a whopping 29% ABV and a pricey $2,000 price tag.
Now, $2,000 is A LOT to the average craft beer lover, but if you’re one of the 12 people that wipe your ass with Benjamins, you might be eligible to pick up this special brew from Portland.
Alan Sprints, Dave’s creator said, “There are wines that are so special that there are people willing to pay more than they’re really worth.” Twelve bottles were released in September and sold out in a matter of hours, but don’t sweat - the brewery has more Dave in reserves.
So if you really want to drink like the rich and famous, start saving up.
Walter Serpit said he helped five adults and two children escape the flames, but he turned back to grab his stash of brew. He managed to grab several cans of his Bud Light before he got out of the Columbus house unharmed.
DEAR GOD - STRIKE ME DOWN IF I EVER THINK IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO RUN INTO A BURNING BUILDING FOR BUD LIGHT
Los Angeles Beer Bloggers Summit #7
Schedule information for Brew Dogs on Esquire Network
To finish off one of the best weeks of the year, LABW is certainly going out with a bang on Sunday, September 29th. You can’t beat brunches and beer releases:
- Boneyard’s Beer and Whiskey Brunch at Boneyard Bistro - [$60 - Purchase Tickets here] Boneyard Bistro will be teaming up with Firestone Walker, Ballast Point and Deschutes to put together an awesome six course beer brunch to close out this year’s LA Beer Week. They’ve got two beers from each brewery, half of which are also paired with a whiskey for a THREE-WAY pairing that adds another dimension to both the beer and food. 6 beers. 6 courses. 6 whiskeys, $60. LORD HAVE MERCY.
- Brewers Brunch at Eagle Rock Brewery - [$12] In celebration of LA Beer Week, Eagle Rock is inviting fellow brewers, beer industry and beer lovers to the brewery for a special brunch. They’ll be opening the brewery up to chat with the owners and brewers and to hang out with fellow beer industry folk and beer enthusiasts. The fabulous and Los Angeles local, Lemon Poppy Kitchen will be here amazing brunch options as well as home-baked pastries. The event will be held Sept 29th, from 10:00AM to 1:00PM. The price is $12 and includes 1 beer & food (*a portion of the proceeds will be going to the LA Brewers Guild). Additional food can be purchased with Lemon Poppy. Join Eagle Rock in celebrating craft beer, and more importantly craft beer in LA!
- Game of Thrones “Take the Black” Stout LA Release Party at Blue Palms Brew House & The Fonda Theatre Rooftop - [$15 - Purchase Tickets here] Brewery Ommegang is excited to announce that Take The Black Stout, the highly anticipated second beer in their collaborative series with HBO’s Game of Thrones, will make its exclusive L.A. debut at Blue Palms Brew House and The Fonda Theatre rooftop terrace! Be among the first to taste Take The Black along with other special releases including Iron Throne from Brewery Ommegang at this closing event to LA Beer Week. Special Game Of Thrones inspired menu to be served and paired with Take The Black, Iron Throne and other specialty beers from Brewery Ommegang, Duvel, Chouffe, Liefmans, and Maredsous. $15 pre-sale tickets will include: 1 Commemorative Game of Thrones glass, 1 Take The Black pour, 1 gourmet sausage with access to the rooftop terrace at The Fonda Theatre. $20 tickets available at door (based on capacity).
My liver is going to kill me.
For more information and events on Tuesday, September 24th during LABW, check out there site here.
As a homebrewer, I’m constantly learning new techniques and science that affect the quality of my beer. I can never learn enough, nor take enough classes. So on Saturday, September 28th for LABW, which has lots of events, there is a standout that you will certainly see me at:
- Homebrew Demo: LABW Unity Brew at Eagle Rock Brewery - [$20 - Purchase Tickets here] Curious about making your own beer at home? Looking for new friends to brew with? Wanna hone your brewing skills? Or just looking for new brewing techniques or recipes to add to your repertoire? Eagle Rock has got just the solution!! And, since they’re in a brewery, as opposed to the garage, the batch we brew will eventually go on tap in the tasting room! This month, Eagle Rock will be brewing up a batch of beer with the LA Beer Week theme! They’ll be using the ingredient every local brewery used in their Beer Week batches: Honey. And their brew will be in the style of the UNITY brew for this year. Want to know more and be part of the batch? Get your ticket quick! The cost is $20 and will include a simple lunch and a pint of one of our house beers. The taps will be available at their usual prices if you’re still feeling thirsty. You’re also welcome to bring your own homebrews to share or to get objective opinions. It will be a full brew day, so be prepared to spend some quality time with your favorite brewery staff and to make some tasty beverage!
It’s one thing to read books, or take a homebrewing course before crafting a beer yourself, but this opportunity to see professional brewers teach the way is too good to pass up.
For more information and events on Saturday, September 28th during LABW, check out there site here.
LABW on Friday, September 27th starts with a delicious list of events, but here are my favorites that you should consider first!
- It’s a Bird, it’s a plane, it’s EL SEGUNDO BREWING COMPANY at Bank of Venice Public House - Get aboard the flight that will include new beer from El Segundo Brewing Company that is sure to take you by surprise. A four-course food and craft beer extravaganza! Hosted at the Bank of Venice Public House.
- Not Your Average Oktoberfest at Eagle Rock Brewery - Oktoberfest is pretty much like a birthday party for beer. But this year, Eagle Rock decided to crank it up an extra level and team up with Evan and Alex from Hot Knives and turn that party into a CARNIVAL. Their taproom will be open to the public as usual but will have a circus like atmosphere where you can purchase tickets to use at various booths around the brewery. Prepare yourself for a pairing booth with Alex and Evan, a photo booth, a specialty beer booth, readings of beer paraphernalia, crazy-good hot dog truck and the ULTIMATE EVENT: an arm-wrestling invitational where other brewers will be here to throw down. Tickets will be available to purchase at the brewery and can be used at each booth in exchange for goods. You won’t want to miss this night!
- Angel City Brewery at The Federal Bar - Angel City will be at The Federal Bar with a slew of brews. They will be handing out glassware and have dinner specials running all night. The lineup includes almost their entire portfolio: Berliner Weiss, Eureka Wit, All Nite IPA, Angeleno IPA, Oktoberfest, Vanilla Porter and White Nite.
For more information and events on Friday, September 27th during LABW, check out there site here.
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For some reason, I am just now seeing this! Sorry Andy! I have never been to the lagunitas brewery, but let me know how it is! I’m gearing up for all the LA Beer Week events right now. Super excited!
These LABW events just keep getting better and better. Here are my favorites on Thursday, September 26th:
- Green Flash Tap Takeover Pairing Dinner at Tuning Fork Gastropub - [Tickets $60] Tuning Fork is planning an evening with the geniuses at Green Flash Brewery! Join them for five delicious courses created by Chef Jay Bedassie and five cutting edge brews that will leave you feeling enlightened. Tons of giveaways all night!
- Smog City Brewing Night at Tony’s Darts Away - Individual beers range from $6-$6.5, flights range from $10-12. Tony’s Darts Away is hosting one of LA’s most beloved breweries: Smog City! Join to welcome Laurie and Porter from Smog City Brewing for a night of delicious Smog City brews! They’ll be tapping some great stuff including a beautifully aged Bourbon Barrel-Aged O.E, Groundwork Coffee Porter, LA Saison, Little Bo Pils, Amarilla Gorilla IPA, and their special LABW Honey Red Ale, High Five!
For more information and events on Thursday, September 26th during LABW, check out there site here.
Wednesday, September 25th is FILLED TO THE BRIM with LABW events. Check out my favorites list below for an event in your hood:
- CINCO x Smog City at Cinco - $20 per taster flight & $10 for 2 loaded tacos at Cinco in Westchester. Not a bad deal for the Smog City Tap Takeover and Tacos Borrachos x Lil Bo Pils collaboration. In addition to Cinco’s regular menu, they will be serving Lil Bo Pils battered shrimp tacos all night!
- SUNSET WITH STRAND BREWING COMPANY at Bank of Venice Public House - [Purchase Tickets] As the sun sets, start your evening off with flights of beach-inspired craft beer by Strand Brewing Company paired with four courses of eclectic organic fare. Hosted at Bank of Venice Public House.
San Fernando Valley
- Eagle Rock Tap Takeover with Brewer Jeremy Raub at Crazy Harry’s! [FREE ADMISSION] In honor of LA Beer Week, Crazy Harry’s will be celebrating with Eagle Rock and Brewer Jeremy Raub! They’ll be pouring 7 delicious Eagle Rock Beers – Manifest Wit, Populist IPA, Revolution EXP, Solidarity Black Mild, Tart Noir Black Sour, Unionist Pale Ale and Unity Blonde with Honey and Hibiscus!
- Brewers Behind the Bar at Pub at Golden Road Brewing - [FREE ADMISSION] Join some of talented Golden Road Brewers from 6-9:30PM as they tend bar at the Pub to help us celebrate LA Beer week with 20 taps of beers exclusively from Los Angeles. They will not only be pouring Golden Road beers but a flight of other artfully crafted beers from the LA area.
- Brewer’s Supper at Chloe’s - [Tickets are $38 - Purchase Here] In honor of L.A. Beer Week, Chloe’s is hosting a Brewer’s Supper on the upper level of their pub-within-a-pub. Join them for ONE seating at 6:30 p.m. where you can indulge in Chef Adam’s masterful creations. This edition of Brewer’s Supper will also celebrate local homebrewer Rick Ash, who will be releasing his Pro/Am beer, 99 Knots to L.A! The event will be immediately followed with a special Homebrewers Night at 7:30. The Brewer’s Supper menu will feature an array of shared plate options paired with a delicious Golden Road brew to heighten the flavors of every dish. Admission price includes a choice between four courses paired with four beers. Reservations required, Seating is limited. E-mail Greenwood@goldenroad.la to reserve.
San Gabriel Valley
- Ballast Point Tap Takeover & Devin’s Share Whiskey Release at The Blind Donkey - [FREE ADMISSION] Bring your liquor drinker friends with you and celebrate the long awaited release of Ballast Point Brewery & Spirits’ Devil’s Share Whiskey at The Blind Donkey in Pasadena! Also, try a flight of their top shelf spirits (Vodka, Three Sheets Barrel Aged Rum, Old Grove Gin).
- Lucky Baldwins Annual Pub Crawl at Lucky Bladwins Pubs - [Tickets are $45. Purchase Here] Join them for a hop on/hop off bus pub tour, taking you to all 3 Lucky Baldwins’ Pubs! Where you will stop off and have a drink, then jump back onto the bus, to the next location. Each location will be featuring a unique craft brewery such as Craftsman, Eagle Rock, Stone and a couple other surprises! Start at one location, and end up at another! Buses will be circling all 3 locations, all night! Ticket price includes: Lucky Baldwins T-shirt & Commemorative pint, a Beer at each Location, special refill prices on all beers, Live Music and TRANSPORTATION to and from all 3 Pubs!
- An Evening with Firestone Walker at Federal Bar - [Purchase Tickets] An evening of rare barrel aged beers and the release of Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker at The Federal Bar in Long Beach! Selected food items that will be prepared with some of our core brands. Special guest appearance from Jeffers Richardson, the Director of Firestone Walker Barrelworks. As an added bonus, he will be bringing the hard to find Lil’ Opal Farmhouse Saison. Keep the signature glassware.
- LA Beer Week Tasting Dinner at Abigaile - [Tickets are $65 - Purchase Here] From 6PM - 7PM, enjoy Happy Hour with The Brewery at Abigaile beer specials. Starting the dinner tasting at 7PM, Brian Brewer – Brewmaster at The Brewery at Abigaile – will be on-hand during the dinner to speak to guests, talk about his beers and give limited brewery tours. The menu will include food and beer pairings created by Brewer and Chef Tin Vuong, featuring Tangerine Honey Ginger Wit and a selection of rare in-house barrel-aged beers.
For more information and events on Wednesday, September 25th during LABW, check out there site here.