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Batch 8 of Malt Couture with Special Guest Alexandra Nowell from Three Weavers Brewing Company is Live Now!

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Batch 8 of Malt Couture is live now and we have our very first guest, the extremely talented, Alexandra Nowell, head brewer for Three Weavers Brewing Company! We dig deep into the great Horal v. Methode Traditionnelle dispute and talk about controversial Red Robin hop salts, now live on ITunes/Spotify/Google Play/Stitcher and all Jitterbug devices.

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Kulshan brewing and Wiley Roots back2back barley bangers

Damnnnn. Oh man @kulshanbrewery putting out some bag cereal Arctic Devil and I ain’t even mad. Marshmallow Mateys been down since no scrubs and no pigeons. It’s tightly wound and has an almost old ale execution akin to that pure cask driven Adam from the Wood experience that some people can’t handle because everything gotta be creme brûlée shell for those confucktioners. Really enjoyable and another example of silent pnw Life that they sip behind the velvet rope, dripping in rain and artisan roasters, hoping no one finds their lil John Galt village of sticky bangers. Objectivism off the charts on this one even Howard Roark tappin his wingtips.

While we are discussing Life, this @wileyrootsbrewing one toes dangerously close to straight up gourdjuice. The balancing act in pumpkin 🎃 barley🥖wine🍷is having it like a pickle spear next to a decadent Reuben. You don’t want a whole plate of pickles. @voodoobrewery caution did this impeccably and @almanacbeer followed suit. The issue with this is that it’s jackolantern first and caramel second. If you legit love TOKEN or the classic pumpkin strong ales then sure all day, but I want more life, that insane @elkvalleybrew type of golf cart fatality water. This beer is fine but with so many impeccable pumpkin barleywines it doesn’t stand on the podium, but that’s a testament to how hard others are grinding on those pieloton bikes. Glutes on throb. 🥧

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Calusa brewing Fog Warning Session IPA

God damn I keep marveling at @calusabrewing how they take relatively simple styles and jam pack so much flavor into tightly fermented structure. The problem with most session ipas is they feel watery or unsubstantial or hot you with excessive boil hops and no counterbalance in malty sweetness, this eschews both problems but being lighthanded in the bittering but providing almost a grisette type of body to make it drink higher than its finishing Plato would indicate. The spot welds are seamless and it’s excessively crooooshable lemon chobani, O bang and a soft aserose finish. It’s a beverage that lubricates activities instead of commanding their attention, like a nuanced John C Riley performance where you see what he is capable of without needing to beat you over the head with his depth. Solid work right here from a state perhaps not known for a light hand on the throttle, this pumps a soft rev on my hazy motoguzzi

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LGVLABTOKF: Scholb Brewing

Alright, staying in Torrance and knocking out another relatively unknown LA brewery today on LGVLABTOKF: Scholb Brewing. At first blush I saw how close it was to Absolution and my cervical spine tightened up with PTSD for that industrial park near the refinery and lumber companies. Thankfully there is nothing really objectionable about Scholb, but there isn’t anything really praiseworthy either.

You walk in and there’s dudes playing cornhole despite clear signs prohibiting this conduct near the paella truck.

Editor’s note: The music at this place is FUCKING AMAZING. I am not doing a bit, they were playing old AFI, authority zero, catch 22, it legitimately made the entire experience better for me specifically and perhaps exclusively but it’s a really pleasant place to relax.

If Tommy Bahama had a propagation chamber, it would create a starter culture for these consumers, middle aged white dudes in polo shirts presumably talking about whether Tiger is still relevant in the Bridgestone Invitational. Scholb beer is equally inoffensive. I checked in on YELP and got a sixth free taster, which was welcome but perhaps not necessary. I got the jist after 5 tasters and some jerky. Their beers are the fermented equivalent of a Macaroni Grill meal: if you haven’t been to many places and didnt leave town after high school you will probably think this is as good as it gets. There’s nothing wrong with that.

The cherry sour wasn’t exceptionally tart or complex, it had a mild lactic profile. The peach saison wasn’t exceptionally peach and the entire time you can practically FEEL which white labs starters were used. When you think of CA Ale strain 001 in its various incantations, this is their porter, lightly watery and lacking roasty depth. It’s whatever. They are all ultra clean and well made but wholly uninspired. There is no reason to seek this out, no reason to avoid it, like listening to Tame Impala, you forget you are even consuming anything.

The best beer was Moon Tide and I could see people drilling those endlessly but again, it’s hard to push this through the grist mill because the most notable thing about this tasting room was an airbrushed painting of a poodle. If you were filming a major network series about people opening a brewery, it would look like this, stock, some set dresser would look at what they look like and approximate it.

Ranking this one is like pushing a blank card into a deck:

So where do they rank in the LGVLABTOKF hierarchy?

1. Verdugo West Brewing

2. Dry River Brewing

3. Strand Brewing

4. Boomtown Brewery

5. Scholb Brewing

6. Brewyard Beer Company

7. Indie Brewing Company

The mission continues, I am told I have a mere 77 more Los Angeles breweries to go.

Great.