Posts Tagged ‘Lost Coast’

Now, I’ve gone back and looked at my old post regarding Lost Brewery, and I realized that I was really slacking off with my first few beer blog posts. At some point I’ll have to go back and redo these tastings and make them worth sitting down to. In the mean time, let me give you a brief low down on the first Californian brewery I had the pleasure to try. The year was 1986 and Barbara Groom, a pharmacist at the time, and Wendy Pound, a family counselor, after years of experiment home brewing they began to ponder what it would take to open a Brewpub. After years of research, planning, visiting various pubs over in the UK they were ready to take the plunge and turn their dream into a reality. They started out buying an old building in 1989, renovated it thru the winter and in 1990 they were ready to open their doors to the public. Since then they’ve outgrown their original facilities and upgraded to a larger building. They are currently the 33rd largest brewer in the US shipping out to 22 states, 3 provinces, and Puerto Rico. In 2009 they beat their own record and produced 50,000 barrels and have plans on moving to brew in even greater quantities.

Now, for my third beer, I’ve chosen to have their Raspberry Brown. This beer has won two “Best in California” awards, and multiple golds, silvers and bronze to go alongside it. I honestly don’t know what it is about raspberries that just goes with beer. I’ve never meet a raspberry beer I didn’t find tasty and refreshing.

This brown pours a reddish-brown with a light cappuccino colored head. The aroma was thick with brown sugar and raspberry jam. There was also a light hint of chocolate and nuttiness. The initial taste was huge with initial sweet raspberry, this slowly faded away leaving room for the chocolate and nutty malts to play on the palate. This brown is quite smooth and has a low carbonation to it. I quite enjoyed this, but if sweeter beers aren’t your thing I wouldn’t recommend going out and buying a flat.

5% Brown

My second choice was to tryout Lost Coast’s Alleycat Amber. I have spotted it on the rare occasion in Alberta, but few and far between. So, I thought to myself, when better to give this a try then right from the brewery.

This Alleycat pours out a reddish bronze color with a finger of off white head. The head seems quite thick with decent retention and leaves some lacing along the edges of the glass. The aroma wafts with a roasted caramel malt hint with a very subtle hop undertone. The flavoring is extremely well-balanced in my opinion. Initially the caramel malts dominate the flavors but the subtle bitter and citrus hops soon swoop in to balance out the flavors. The carbonation was most certainly noticeable in the beer, but it wasn’t as prominent as I would have thought with the head that came during the pouring.

5.5% Amber

The next stop on our brewery road trip was Lost Coast Brewery. Located in Eureka, California, this is where we chose to hold up for the night. The first drink I chose to have for the night was the Indiga IPA. I do remember seeing it from time to time of shelves here in Calgary. For some reason though I’ve never reached out and picked it up. I figured this was as good a time as any to give it a taste.

Once my beer arrived at the table I could see that is was crystal clear amber copper with a thin flat white head. The aroma is filled with orange citrus and pine hops. This is an excellent tasting IPA, with orange, grapefruit and pine hops taking the forefront. The taste is actually quite a bit more complex than the smell leads one to believe. The texture is creamy and clean and this is very refreshing.

6.5% IPA

An extremely tasty nut brown ale which I have enjoyed on several occasions. It’s not so dark of a beer to scare most away and has a smooth, light roasted hint to it.

The Lost Coast Brewery is located in Eureka, California. Their product can, at times, be tough to come by up here in Alberta. Though I have to say that I have yet to be disappointed by this brewery.

5% Brown Ale