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KOTOLAN – A Free Music and Art Event Sept. 10th

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Haven Studio and Gallery of Los Angles announces the first major art show displaying works by Joshua Ian, a prolific artist and key documentarian of indie band Kotolan and the downtown scene.

Based out of Los Angeles, the alternative music group has a blend of art rock, Latin soul and Japanese 60s pop with vintage production aesthetics. Lead singer Junko sings in English, Spanish, and Japanese gives the audience a performance like no other female singer in the industry. She has shared the stage with the likes of Chicano icon Lalo Guerrero and Linda Ronstadt. WOW! But Kotolan continues to “WOW” us all. Band member Otto has also had the opportunity to record for Snoop Dog, Marc Anthony, Ozomatli, Sheila E. Kotolan will be performing live, and the band is scheduled to go on at 9pm.

On view September 10, 2015 on the same day as Downtown Art Walk for one night only, the show will also feature photo-based works alongside archival artwork by Danny Greene, Mr. Black Brain, Emerson Barrett, Geoff Melville, Lekit, Atomik One, Rusty Blades, and Geo. In keeping with this month’s Street Art and Performance theme, Haven Studios will be organizing a special show featuring an eclectic range of street artists and performers local to the DTLA art scene.

Join us at our unique urban art gallery in Downtown Los Angeles for Downtown Art Walk. Start the night at KGB Gallery & Haven Studios. It will be a night filled with friends and colleague so bring plenty of business cards. A new way of networking and buying art. Live entertainment, DJ, cocktails, culinary cuisine, and art.

From the DJ that brings everyone together at Grand Park D.J Black Shakespeare from The Lions will be spinning live.

And for those foodies out there, the food truck sensation Tokyo Doggie Style will provide the choicest of grub, while inside mixology bartenders will keep you guessing ingredients all night long.

Remember this is a FREE event.

When:

Thursday, September 10, 2015 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Where:

Haven Studio & Gallery

1640 North Spring Street Los Angeles, CA 90012

**by Natily G of Haven Studio & Gallery

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STRESSED IS DESSERTS SPELLED BACKWARDS

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With so much LIFE going on everyday, I sometimes need to show myself that I really REALLY love me. Most peoples initial thoughts would be a massage, a manicure, a foot rub, a night out with the girls….NOT I says I! My way of a therapeutic moment is baking. Yes, baking. Be it cookies, cakes, cupcakes, experimenting with frosting recipes or cobblers…I de-stress when I bake. Think about it, your CRACKING EGGS! Your BEATING the dough! Your steam is keeping everyone clear of the kitchen giving you some alone time with a better kind of happy ending! What I’m trying to say is letting out your aggression on your dough is much better than letting it out on your beau, right? Well, sometimes 😉 I may not look as glamourous as Dita when cooking in the kitchen, but my family thinks I came down from the heavens when soft, warm cookies come out of the oven. My secret desire is to look like Dita when I’m cooking, but have the knowledge (and let’s face it, the kitchen) of Ree Drummond, Pioneer Woman on Food Network. I – LOVE – HER!!! My sweetheart of 7 1/2 years married me this year, I think it’s because my cooking skills have stepped up significantly since I began to watch her show. She makes everything seem so easy to make, she really loves butter and I have developed kitchen envy! Even my wedding registry reflected our new addiction to cooking appliances as almost everything on there was some sort of cooking tool!

 

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OK ok, enough of my girl crush rant. Let’s move on to some recipes! I tried this chocolate chip cookie recipe I found on Pinterst while gathering wedding ideas and I have been making them for every special occasion since then! It’s a “move over Mrs. Fields cookies” kind of cookie.

Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients:
3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c. brown sugar 
1/4 c. granulated sugar 
1 egg 
2 tsp. vanilla extract 
2 c. all purpose flour 
2 tsp. cornstarch 
1 tsp. baking soda 
1/2 tsp. salt 
1 c. bittersweet chocolate chips
Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy and light in color. Add egg and vanilla and blend in.
3.  Mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate chunks.
4.  Using a standard-sized cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop dough onto a prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges.  (The tops will not brown, but do NOT cook longer than ten minutes.)
5.  Let cool, on the sheet, on a wire rack for five minutes.  Remove from baking sheet and let cool completely.  Makes approximately 3 dozen.  Try not to eat them all.

 

 

Looking for a great cake to add some color to your spread? Try these beauties!

 

 

And of course! This blog wouldn’t be complete without a Ree Drummond Cookie Recipe!


“Stone Company Store, Pasadena CA!”

Stone Company Store, Pasadena, CA. Dapne, Blanca, Chris and Oak Tree Vintages’ Road Dawg, Marita Marquina.

OK Stone Brewing fans! I am happy to announce that Oak Tree Vintage has made it down to the Stone Company Store in lovely Pasadena, CA.  No more 2 hour drives to fill up a growler, although that drive is certainly worth it if you plan on enjoying a great selection of organic foods along with your fresh Stone beer.  The new bottle shop is an extension of Greg Koch’s brewery, which has in 16-years grown to become the 11th largest craft brewery in America.

While on my Sunday night quest to fill up two birthday growlers for my better half, Jason of Beers in Paradise, I searched and searched for the location. As many times as my navigation said, “Destination…”, I didn’t know where my destiny was? Seems like my navigator has a hard time finding Stone, here and in San Diego 😦 Luckily, I was accompanied by my road dawg Maritza Marquina who suggested we park and go in search for the Stone Company

Suzie’s Beer Stuff Growler Carrier in Red

Store on foot. We were determined to locate and acquire some great craft beer and bad navigation was not about to stop us! Armed with one of the awesome hand-made growler carriers from Suzie’s Beer Stuff, we found our target and rolled right into the great set-up that Stone has tucked away in the Del Mar Metro Station complex at 220 S. Raymond Ave. After some of the hop-head patrons were done admiring the Suzie’s Beer Stuff Growler Carrier, I went ahead to selecting 1 growler of the Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard and 1 growler of the Sublimely Self Righteous, two of several beers currently  being offered on tap.

The Stone Company Store has a great selection on tap for your growler fills, not to mention their wide assortment of Stone paraphernalia. No beer is actually being brewed at this location and food is not served. This place is exactly what it states, a “Stone Company Store” where you have more of a tap-room type set-up and can purchase beer glasses, shirts, caps and bottles.

Chris, Daphne and Blanca. Three great staff members at the Stone Company Store, Pasadena.

Be sure to stop by and say hello to Chris, Blanca and Daphne. These three staff members who represent the Stone store at its best made our mission complete. Fresh beer, great staff and beautiful Pasadena. Thanks Greg Koch for thinking of us!

Thank You Chris!


“Accessorizing With Craft Beer!”

“CRAFT BEER”

I chose craft beer over mass marketed beer. Why Craft Beer…so many reasons, “quality, local production, limitless creativity, collaboration and community” … among many, many other reasons.

Quality and flavor are two great reasons to drink a craft beer over something like a Bud Light, Miller Light, Pabst Blue Ribbon or anything that requires a lemon or an orange to mask it’s blandness. When you’re young, you are really just drinking to get drunk. All you see are commercials for mass produced beers so naturally when you are old enough to buy beer, you say Bud Light or Pabst (yugh). BUT…as soon as I came across a Great Divide Oak Aged Espresso Yeti things changed! The doors parted like the Red Sea, bright lights shined on the craft brew section as my hot, craft beer expert boyfriend chimed into epic songs of craft beer lists! Seriously, that’s what happened! Once I started trying beers with more flavor, things changed. I turned over a new leaf on taste bud consciousness and never EVER looked back. The complexity of craft beer, the layer of flavors, the creativity in ingredients and process all wrapping it up into a beer that you savor, not drink, is “WHY” craft beer.

“PIN-UP”

The term pin up refers to a photographic and illustration style which is printed and meant to be pinned up on a wall. This style originated at the beginning of the 20th century but became very popular during World War II as millions of young men spent weeks and months away from their sweethearts and longed for an escape. The pin up girl has became an indelible part of modern popular culture and endures to this day. In fact, thanks to the internet, the pin up girl is more popular than ever and only a few clicks away. The style is classic and nostalgic with a nod of appreciation to the fashion, makeup, hair and a cute campy attitude. We love it.

What’s one of my favorite parts about being a pin-up? ALLLLL the accessories, the culture, the style, the appreciation for traditional beauty… and sporting gorgeous;fun hair accessories as much as garters!

OK! So what’s the connection here? Craft beer awareness and Pin-up style? 

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Green Flash!

Her name is Suzie Reily and she loves craft beer (and craft beer accessories). She has traveled the West Coast from Alaska to Panama seeking locally sourced and brewed beers. She’s met the most interesting, special and uniquely laidback people and has enjoyed the most interesting conversations over beers.  The camaraderie of the craft beer community coupled with the artistic inspiration found not only in the beer itself, but in the artwork of labels and caps, has inspired her immensely.  This inspiration led her to become a student of Craft Beer University aspiring to become a BJCP certified judge, an avid homebrewer, a homebrew competitor and finally, a deeply appreciative and dedicated craft beer drinker and craft beer community advocator.

Some of the Suzie’s Beer Stuff accessories

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Her inspiration for creating the “Suzie’s Beer Stuff” hair flowers came from a recurring situation.   Her boyfriend Brad, who is also completely immersed in the craft beer community, and Suzie would get ready to go to a brewery or beer event, and would consistently end up wearing the same t-shirts or apparel from the same breweries. In the interest of not looking like  ‘one of those matching couples’ , and always having things like bottle caps consistently turn up in unique locations throughout their house (the shower to name one), she realized it was up to her to fix the lack of  availability of ‘pretty things’ in the craft beer community for the ‘beer girls’. The ‘beer girl’ culture is one full of beautiful and unique women who want to show their craft beer dedication and knowledge through means other than wearing a mens ‘brewery’ t-shirt because more often than not, these  are the only items of apparel their favorite breweries offer.

Thus, Suzie’s Beer Stuff was born. It is a very young project that she plans on turning into a complete line of accessories, decorative items and repurposed craft beer gear so the women who appreciate the craft beer community can express themselves while not sacrificing their femininity. Taking bottle caps from many unique craft beers and breweries, she creates hair clips of varying sizes and shapes that coordinate with any mood, outfit or personality. In assisting her fellow ‘beer girls’ to express themselves without sacrificing their femininity, she hopes to continue to expand the craft beer community to women who may not realize that

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(craft) beer is no longer just for the guys.

So there it is my lovelies! Suzie’s Beer Stuff is a great way to bond the love of beautiful pin-upesque craft beer loving lasses with the world of craft beer.

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Find Suzie on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Suzies-Beer-Stuff/172171309557819 or buy her craft beer accessories on Etsy athttp://www.etsy.com/shop/susannahreily. I have to say that after meeting all kinds of wonderful ladies amongst my craft beer comrades, Suzie has rissen to the top of my list for helping spread craft beer awareness through beauty. Suszie has also come on board as a sponsor for the winners of our “Oak Tree Vintage Pin-up T-shirt Contest Winners”, so Carmen Lee, get ready to become part of our craft beer community courtesy of “Suzie’s Beer Stuff!”

Garters off to Susie Reily and her beer accessories!

**Special thanks to Rachel Halsey and Sarah Christensen for modeling some great accessories from Suzie’s Beer Stuff! Cheers!


“Sneak Peek at The Bruery’s New Tap Room”

Patrick Rue, Founder/CEO of The Bruery and Vanessa Michelle, Founder of Oak Tree Vintage

Oak Tree Vintage was honored to be included in this past Sunday’s “Sneak Preview” for the Bruery’s new tap room. The Bruery is opening their new tap room on Independence Day  and Oak Tree was able to experience the new venue along with some of the best in the craft beer business. Ok, we obviously love this place and the people who both work and frequent the Bruery. For those of you who are familiar with the Bruery’s original tap room, you’ll be glad to know that along with a many great new taps in place, there is also air conditioning!

The difference between the Bruery’s tap room and The Bruery Provisions is that the tap room is a place where beer aficionados come savor several of the 40 Bruery beers on

Johnny and Danny Fullpint of the fullpint.com with Vanessa Michelle of Oak Tree Vintage

tap while mingling amongst other craft beer loving individuals, while at The Bruery Provisions, you have more of a sit-down low-key eatery slash store environment with a great selection of “fancy cheese” for sale.

The flight for the guests was a 5 stepper starting with Loakal Red then going to Trade Winds (thai basil triple), on to Mischief, Oude Tart and finishing with the one and only Black Tuesday.
Amongst the craft beer greats in attendance were Julian Shrago, head brewer of Beachwood Barbecue; the Porter family who has established Smog City Brewing; Michael Church of Stone Brewing Sales Representative for the Coachella Valley area, Barbara Gerovac of Anaheim Brewery; Out of the Park Pizza from Anaheim Hills (Stone Brewing Night on July 12); Tony

The new tap room during development

The Bruery’s new tap room after completion

Alcazar of The Bottle Room in Whittier and his gorgeous wife Amanda; Bottle Room Manager Catelyn Willig who we will miss dearly since she will be heading out to be adventurous in Norway amongst other places…come back soon!; Jimmy of Downtown LA’s Far Bar (you’ll be reading about this place soon, the best place in Little Tokyo thus far!);

Ryan Sweeney of LA’s Verdugo Bar and West Hollywood’s Surly Goat;  craft beer intellectual and founder of The Growler Initiative, as well as

the excellent writer of Beer SearchParty /www.beersearchparty.com; Johnny and Danny Fullpint of the fullpint.com; Jason Stinnett (AKA, my hunk), part owner of

Amanda Alcazar, Vanessa Chavoya, Catelyn Willig and Vanessa Michelle

Roy Chavoya of Beers in Paradise, Jimmy of Downtown LA’s Far Bar, Julian Shrago, head brewer of Beachwood Barbecue and Jason Stinnett of HopScotch in Fullerton

HOPSCOTCH, Fullerton’s hottest new craft beer bar featuring craft beer, cigars, whiskey and soul food opening in August, Roy Chavoya, president of Beers In Paradise and his

Matt Olesh the Bruery’s new Director of Retail Operations

lovely new wife Vanessa Chavoya. There were also plenty of our craft beer friends from all over So. Cal…cheers to them all.
The craft beer movement would not have the momentum or the success it has had without individuals like those mentioned above and most assuredly not without leaders and innovators in the industry like Patrick Rue, Founder and CEO of the Bruery who started homebrewing as a diversion in the first year of law school.

Many thanks to Matt Olesh the Bruery’s new Director of Retail Operations for getting some of the best SoCal craft beer bloggers to the sneak peek of The Bruery’s new tap room.

We’ll be seeing you all at The Bruery’s new tap room!

www.thebruery.com

715 Dunn Way

Placentia, CA  92870

714-996-6258


Part 2: “I Don’t Know, Where Do You Want To Go?”: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

Now that you’ve been to The Bruery Provisions and introduced your mouth to some new mouth watering indulgent’s, let’s introduce your eyes to some great scenery all while you feast in an open-air patio in the midst of a one acre organic beer garden. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, located in North Escondido, is a 19-acre farm equipped with 32 craft and specialty beers on tap and an extensive wine list. Stone Brewing Bistro has everything needed to satisfy the demands of the masses.

First of all the food, THE FOOD! Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens use in-season, locally, regionally, and organically grown produce and 100% naturally raised meats. Greg Koch & Steve Wagner, co-founders of Stone Brewing, have been involved in the international Slow Food movement since 2000. Slow Food promotes getting “back to the table” and celebrates artisanal, natural and old-world approaches to food. Stone represents only the best in beers and food which is reflected in their eclectic menu of world-inspired cuisine and their unique take on comfort food. Strong advocates for environmental responsibility and high-quality food, they are now the largest restaurant purchaser of local, small-farm organic produce in San Diego County. Their Meatless Monday menu prevents 110,448 lbs. of CO2 from being released annually.

Now to the Bier! Here’s a rundown of some of Stone’s beers:

 

Year Round Releases

Stone Pale Ale 41 5.4% July 1996

Stone Smoked Porter 53 5.9% Dec 1996

Stone IPA 77 6.9% Aug 1997

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA 77 6.9% Aug 2008

Stone Ruination IPA 100+ 7.7% June 2002

Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale 90 8.7% Jan 2009

Stone Levitation Ale 45 4.4% Sep 2002

OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale CLASSIFIED 7.2% Nov 2004

Arrogant Bastard Ale CLASSIFIED 7.2% Nov 1997

Special Releases

Stone Anniversary Ale Varies Varies Aug 1997 August 13th, 2012

Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine 85 12% Feb 1998 Feb 13th, 2012

Double Bastard Ale CLASSIFIED 10.5% Nov 1998 October 29th, 2012

Stone Imperial Russian Stout 55 10.5% July 2000 April 16th, 2012

Stone Vertical Epic Ale Varies Varies Feb 2002 12.10.12

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Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter Aged in Bourbon Barrels Varies 9.0% Sept 21st, 2009 August 18th, 2011

2010 Stone Old Guardian BELGO Barley Wine Aged in Red Wine Barrels Varies 11.5% Jan 7th, 2010 Sept 27th, 2011

2010 Stone Old Guardian BELGO Barley Wine Aged in Bourbon Barrels Varies 11.3% Jan 7th, 2010 Sept 27th, 2011

2010 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Aged in Bourbon Barrels Varies 10.7% Jan 16th, 2010 Sept 27th, 2011

After my stud and I have pleasured our senses with organic foods, great craft beer and a memorable sunset, we make sure we don’t forget to fill our growlers on our way out. What’s a growler? Well, we’ll have to cover that in our next post, but in short, it’s a glass jug that carries a half-gallon of beer, sometimes more ! Yes my little pretties, not only should you make sure to powder your nose and reapply your lipstick after your glutinous visit to the Stone Bistro, but add to your list of favorite must-haves a GROWLER! Every lass should have… a few. You know, to match our ever changing moods. Some days you’ll be a little Vertical Epic when others you’ll be a little IPA. My honey is consistently a Double Arrogant Bastard, that’s what it takes to put up with my Imperial Stout!

If ever your on the far South end of California, make sure to stop off at Escondido and visit Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. Let me warn you though, not only is it located in Escondido, but it sure as heck is “ESCONDIDO!” (hidden).  If using your navigation device to locate the Stone Bistro and you find yourself in the middle of a road with your device saying “DESTINATION” while sitting in what feels like the middle of nowhere, fear not. You are closer than you think. I recommend printing out directions in order to know what streets to turn on exactly. The navigation device somehow fails to inform you that you need to turn into another road off that lonely street to get to Stone. Trust me, just print the directions and get to the beer sooner!


Part 1 of “I DON’T KNOW, WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO?”

We strive to have the best, always! Right? The best shoes, the best outfits, the best “Eat Your Heart Out” walk, the best over the shoulder pout, the best “No! You DO NOT Have Permission” look, the finest man and let’s not forget… the best in food and drinks! I know I’m a sucker for great craft beer and some good grub, consumed like a lady of course! But where – o – where can we go for some earth shattering goodness that will satisfy the palette body and soul? Well, let’s start with one of many grand places for such satisfaction on part 1 of “I don’t know, where do you want to go?”

Let’s get started baby dolls, shall we? On previous posts, I’ve touched on craft beer, what it is and what to order, but now let’s get to where you should go to have some mind blowing beer that will knock your garters off (yes, let it be said that some beer can do more for your libido than some chiquito). If you want to start with the finest off the charts goodness, make your way to The Bruery Provisions. The Bruery Provisions, as stated on their site, is a specialty market and tasting room devoted to serving you the finest in craft beer, wine, cheese, and a wide array of specialty foods. This is a craft brewery specializing in Belgian and experimental style beers. Basically, The Bruery puts your mouth on a different level by offering you flavors that will make you want to close your eyes, savor the flavor, feel the tingle and say, honey…pass that artisan cave aged cheese and move over! Yeah, seriously. The flavors are not subtle, they are a blast of well combined ingredients that will give you consistent flavor from beginning to end. Here’s a well rounded list of some of their beers and what to expect that you can easily find on their site:

The first ever batch brewed by The Bruery, Batch No. 1 is the result of a homebrew contest we held in order to determine our first batch. Loren Miraglia and Mark Graham entered a fantastic Belgian-style Golden Strong Ale that captured the judges attention. Batch No. 1 has a pepper-like spiciness and fruit forward flavors of pear and apricot. It is deceptively potent and will continue improving with age.

ABV: 11%, IBU: 20, SRM: 6, Release: One Time Only

Accolades:
Los Angeles International Beer Competition 2008, Bronze, Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Ales (“Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch No. 1”)

In January of 2009, a homebrewer and microbiologist named Al Buck won our Batch #50 homebrew contest with his incredibly complex gueuze-style ale. We knew this beer wouldn’t be easy to re-create, but the perfect layers of classic barnyard funk and lactic sourness were impossible to resist. Nearly 3 years later, after brewing the beer once in 2009 and a second batch in 2010, after adding various strains of wild yeasts and bacteria to the barrels and the bottles, after blending multiple batches back together and well beyond our release of Batch #300, we’re finally prepared to release Batch #50 – Grand Funk Aleroad. Brewed in the classic Belgian Gueuze tradition of barrel aging and blending multiple vintages of lambic-style ale, Batch #50 is one of the most rewarding beers we’ve ever had the opportunity to brew.

ABV: 5.8%, Release: One Time Only

Grant Phillips was the winner of our Batch 300 homebrew contest and rightfully so. Grant came down and helped us brew his recipe for an oaked tripel brewed with the ever so popular Citra hops. We had a ton of fun judging this beer and brewing beer and we think it’s a great example of homebrewing ingenuity.

ABV: 8.2%, Release: One Time Only

Papier is our first anniversary ale, loosely brewed in the English-style Old Ale tradition using our house Belgian yeast strain. The traditional first anniversary gift is something made of paper. The Bruery is giving their loyal fans the gift of Papier, their first anniversary ale. Layered with complex flavors of dark fruit,vanilla, oak, and burnt sugar, Papier is a robust ale, surely the perfect beer to mark our first big milestone. Best for sharing, this beer is ideal for cellaring until you have a celebration of your own…if you can wait.

ABV: 14.5%, IBU: 45, SRM: 22, Release: May 2009

2011 Gold Medal GABF Winner for the Old Ale category

Coton is our second anniversary ale. It is the same recipe as Papier, but created using the Solera method. We blended a portion of Papier that had been aging in oak barrels with this new batch of the same beer, adding an additional layer of complexity that will grow over time as we continue to age and blend with each anniversary, creating an older average age to the ale.

ABV: 14.5%, IBU: 45, SRM: 22, Release: May 2010

Cuir is our third anniversary ale. It is the same recipe as Papier, but again created using the Solera method. Each year we will continue to blend old barrels of anniversary ale with a new batch of the same beer, adding an additional layer of complexity that will grow over time as we continue to age and blend with each anniversary, creating an older average age to the ale.

ABV: 14.5%, IBU: 45, SRM: 22, Release: May 2011

Our infamous Black Tuesday is an Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels for over a year. Rich caramel, toasted malt, vanilla, burnt wood, anise are just a few of the many flavors of this rich, decadent imperial stout.

ABV: varies, IBU: 40, SRM: 100+, Release: October (Available at Brewery Only)

Oude Tart is a Flemish-Style Red Ale aged in red wine barrels for 18 months. Pleasantly sour with hints of leather, dark fruit and toasty oak.

ABV: 7.5%, IBU: 15, SRM: 16, Release: Varies (1st Release in January 2010, Available at Brewery Only)

2010 World Beer Cup Gold Medal Winner for the Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Brun or Oud Red category 
2012 World Beer Cup Gold Medal Winner for the Belgian-style Flander Oude Brun or Oud Red category

White Oak is a blended beer– 50% wheatwine aged in Bourbon barrels (we call it “White Oak Sap”), and 50% Mischief (our Golden Strong Ale). Vivid caramel, coconut and vanilla flavors blanketed in a crisp yet robust wheat ale, White Oak is an exercise of balance.

ABV: 11.5%, IBU: 20, SRM: 7, Release: Varies (1st Release October 2009)

Brewed with beachwood and cherrywood smoked malt, and aged in rye whiskey barrels, Smoking Wood is a delicious demonstration of what wood has to offer when it comes to beer. This imperial smoked porter is brewed with a hefty amount of rye malt, contributing to a full body and light spiciness. Toasty oak, caramel and vanilla flavors balance the smokiness, contributing to an intense yet refined flavor profile.

ABV: 10%, Release: Varies (1st Release December 2011)

A dry and vinous beer with hints of smokiness and a touch of oak. First running press of Pinot Noir grapes from Santa Barbara County were added to a year old blonde sour ale (called by many names around here, one you may be familiar with is Cuvee Jeune) and fermented together in stainless. The grape beer was then transferred to wine barrels and aged for 10 months. The beer is pleasantly tart, complex and refreshing; it can easily substitute a sparkling wine for any celebration.

ABV: 8.4%, IBU: 12, SRM: 7, Release: Limited

The second beer in our Vitis Series line of beer that have been fermented with grapes. For Oui Oui we used a first running press of Chardonnay grapes from the central coast and added them to our sour blonde ale. The beer was then aged in oak barrels that had originally been used to store wine, imparting even more of that chardonnay-like quality. The final beer has a pleasant funk which compliments the stone fruit and white wine-like character.

ABV: 8.4%, Release: Limited

A delicate blend of our award winning Oude Tart and our infamous Black Tuesday, this is one of the most intriguing beers we’ve created to date. The tangy dark fruit flavors twist themselves with the chocolaty sweetness in a way that fools the palate into thinking you are truly drinking two great, yet widely different beers at the same time.

ABV: 9.5%, IBU: 25, SRM: 30, Release: Limited

2012 Bronze Medal World Beer Cup Winner for the Wood & Barrel Aged Sour Beer category

Melange #3 is a blend of three bourbon barrel aged strong ales. White Oak Sap, a wheat wine, our Anniversary Series old ale and our imperial stout, Black Tuesday, join forces in this luxurious strong ale that links some of the best characteristics of each of the contributing beers. Chocolate, dark fruits, oaky vanilla and rich toffee-like character reach through the bourbon veneer for an intensely satisfying quaff.

ABV: 15.5%, Release: Limited

We brewed this ale with around 40% rye as a base malt and let our sour yeast and bacteria eat away at it in oak barrels for over a year creating a sour ale with a complex character of rye spice, oak and a subtle funk.

ABV: 8.7%,Release: Annual, Limited

Filmishmish, an Arabic term for “when the apricots bloom”, is a barrel aged sour blonde ale to which apricots have been added. The beer’s already fruity esters are enhanced by the hint of fresh apricot jam and wood shavings. Filmishmish is a well balanced beer, keeping the apricot and oak character present, but putting the flavor of the well formed sour ale at the forefront.

ABV: 5.8%, Release: January 2012, Limited

For our third beer in the ‘12 Days of Christmas’ series we decided to take a little creative liberty when approaching the barrel aged version. We were able to acquire an abundance of syrah grapes from the Santa Ynez Valley, which are full of rich, dark berry flavors and a wisp of black pepper which seemed almost too perfect for Three French Hens. The grapes were pressed and the juice was added to the beer which was then aged in wine barrels for one year. The result is a satisfyingly tart, dark ale with hints of oak and dried fruit that finishes with a clean, vinous character typical of a deep red wine.

ABV: 10%, Release: December 2011, Limited

Otiose is an English word (pronounced ‘oh-shus’) which means “without practical purpose.” It was a beer developed by our brewers during a rare space in the brewing schedule simply to satisfy their own cravings for a sour brown ale fermented with guava. Rich with tropical notes and balanced by a mellow roast, this beer brings your mind directly to a decadent Hawaiian luau, complete with the roasted pig.

ABV: 8.2%, Release: January 2012, Limited

Sans Pagaie translates to “without a paddle” and is our take on the Belgian-style kriek, a sour blonde ale aged in barrels with cherries. The base beer has a subtle funk that melds gently with the fruit giving this beer flavors reminiscent of coconut, vanilla yogurt and of course, fresh cherries. A complex beer, perfect for a warm California day in the park with a slice of home made chocolate cake.

ABV: 5.8%, Release: January 2012, Limited

Ok, now that you have been educated on SOME of the amazing beers offered by The Bruery, you can check out their website The Bruery Provisions and sign up for a cheese class and get educated on pairing cheese with the right kinds of beers and wine. The Bruery Provisions does not let you down on the quality or quantity of their food. Next time your beau picks you up and asks, “where do you want to go?” stray away from the I don’t know and tell him to take you to The Bruery Provisions and order yourself a beer equally as experimentally splendid as you!

Check out Beers In Paradise for upcoming events for The Bruery and sign up for any upcoming contests!