Brewing since 1997, Angel City Brewing opened their first tap room and brewery in 2013 taking over the historic John A. Roebling building in the Los Angeles Downtown Art District – also becoming the first of seven breweries to call the Art District home. With daily events, ACB has become integral part of the community – hosting trivia nights, yoga, paint night and a weekly beer bazaar – where local artists sell their wares.
The main attraction at Angel City is, of course, the craft beer – pouring about 17 of their own brews. They recently released two limited edition beers, Funky Wit and Mattole River Tripel, available at the brewery in 22 oz bottles and 0n draught.
Brewed with coriander, orange and aged in French Oak wine Barrels, Funky Wit (6.6% ABV) is a sour version of their famed Angel City Wit, using Brettanomyces and Roeselare yeast –Hallertau, Citra, Nelson Sauvin and Cascade hops. Sweet aroma of ripe bananas and a pleasant tart bitterness make this beer James Brown funky! For those that enjoy sours don’t miss out on this wonderful creation.
The Mattole River is located in Humboldt County, where brewer, Alex Kennedy spent a good part of his childhood on his Aunt and Uncle’s vineyard and at 10.2% ABV, his Mattole River Tripel Belgian Golden Strong Ale incorporates 40 gallons of Chardonnay grapes during fermentation, to be aged for six months in Chardonnay barrels. Meld Chardonnay grape to a traditional Tripel Belgian and you have a fruit forward, highly enjoyable Strong Ale with notes of clove and tropical fruit. This beer pairs best with a nice filet of salmon or some spicy shrimp tacos. Cheers!
Angel City Brewing, 216 Alameda St., Los Angeles, (213) 622-1261; angelcitybrewing.com