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2015 GABF SILVER for Smog’s Kumquat Saison and TWO Bottle Releases!

Kumquat Saison

Making the home team proud!

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Someone must have slipped the “Good Timing” Gods a tenner, cause we just won a medal for Kumquat Saison and this weekend, Saturday Oct 3rd, we are releasing it in bottles and serving it on draft in the taproom. Timing couldn’t have been better!

Needless to say, we haven’t stopped celebrating and we would love to continue the celebration of this SILVER at GABF 2015 in the Belgian- Style Fruit Beer Category with you…on Saturday…in our taproom. You in?!

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What’s the Great American Beer Fest, you say? Well, it’s the single biggest all American Craft Brewery competition, we like to compare it to winning an Oscar. Follow the GABF link and read more and maybe next year, you’ll join us in Denver!

Back to the Quat!

As a quick recap, Kumquat Saison was born 3 years ago from a tree in Porter and Laurie’s backyard. Originally, this limited fruited saison was a small batch, once a year experimental beer. It is now the cornerstone to a wonderful partnership we launched this year with Food Forward, the non-profit gleaning company that harvests fruit from local backyard trees and salvages throw aways at the L.A. Wholesale market. Food Forward donates to local food banks and shelters and is constantly giving back to the community. Currently, FF clocks in over 13 million pounds of salvaged fruit in 2015! For those of you that don’t do math, that’s a lot of “doing good”. To learn more about our partnership check out this blog I did when the first batch released.

Luckily for Smog City and all of you, kumquats are a highly productive citrus with very limited use. I’d venture that there’s no better use than to make beer with kumquats but I think I’m only slightly biased here.

Beyond just being extraordinarily proud to see this beer medal at GABF, we are even more excited because it is a true passion project of Laurie and Porter’s. More hands contributed to and “crafted” this beer than any other Smog City beer and it truly speaks to the community building benefits of the craft beer movement. I’m convinced that this is our secret ingredient…

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These three contributed 250 lbs of kumquats (from one tree) to the first batch! Lorna’s husband (not pictured) planted their kumquat tree in the early 50’s. Wild.

More on Kumquat Saison hère from the LA Times.

HIVE FIVE BOTTLE RELEASE!!

To make this weekend’s bottle release a little “sweeter”…We’re releasing a limited amount of Hive Five, honey beer, in bottles on the very same day. That’s right! Two bottle releases in one day. Yay!

LA Beer Week 2013 the LA Brewer’s Guild breweries brewed beers across the county using a common ingredient, honey. Porter fell in love with brewing with honey and specifically with this beer. 2 years later, we’ve decided to bring it back for a limited run.

Hive Five is made using 5 different kinds of locally sourced honeys: Eucalyptus, Avocado, Wild Flower, Buckwheat and Coastal Wild Flower.

Hive Five boasts intense honey aromas and sweetness without being overly sweet. Very floral and fruity with a beautifully balanced malt character.

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Our former head brewer, Chris Walowski getting the royal “Hive Five” from Greg Koch of Stone Brewing.

4 bottles per person/Kumquat Saison

4 bottles per person/Hive Five

 

Taproom Hours

Wed-Fri 4-9pm

Sat 12-8pm

Sun 12-6pm

Farm to Pint- Mulberry Saison

 

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This Mulberry Saison exemplifies all the nuances of our brewery’s mission: to expand and build upon the creativity inherent in brewing beer, to build partnerships within our community and to react to the seasons with beers designed to excite your palate.

For the 2nd consecutive year we will be releasing Mulberry Saison for the taproom and although we are not making nearly enough…we’re celebrate that this batch is twice the size of last years! 80 gallons of this extremely rare fruited version of our L.A. Saison was refermented with 100 lbs of Weiser Family Farm mulberries and will be pouring in our taproom this Thursday.

The result is a slightly hazy ruby colored beer with a delicate balance between yeast derived esters and unripe cherries, raspberry, and an earthy raisin like character.

Our goal was to make a fruit beer like no other and in using Mulberries, we sought balance between base beer and fruit contribution.

Join us this week as we tap the 3rd in our series of 4 fruited Saisons: Peach Saison, Apricot Saison and Mulberry Saison.

Kumquat Saison brewed in collaboration with L.A.’s Food Forward will be released next week.

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Taproom Open

Wed-Fri 4-9pm

Saturday 12-8pm

Sunday 12-6pm