Unite Pale Ale Tapping Wednesday, April 2nd

Unite Pale Ale Tap Handle DesignLadies and gentlemen, it’s time to tap Unite Pale Ale, the result of International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day!

You can feel good about each pint of Unite Pale Ale, since a portion of the proceeds will go to support the Pink Boots Society, a professional organization for women in the beer business, and to the Orange County Family Justice Center.   The Family Justice Center does amazing work for our community.  Read more on their website:  http://www.anaheimfamilyjusticecenter.org/

International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day was the brainstorm of Sophie de Ronde of Brentwood Brewing Company, Essex, UK.   She came up with the basic recipe for the beer, and encouraged breweries to donate the proceeds to both Pink Boots and to a local charity.

Caitlyn, Carolyn, and Barbara proudly pose with a mash paddle.

Caitlyn, Carolyn, and Barbara proudly pose with a mash paddle.

The beer we all brewed is called Unite Pale Ale, and it was formulated such that every brewer could to put her creative personality into her version.  Here’s the recipe:

Unite Pale Ale Collaboration Brew Recipe
4% pale session beer
EBC: 10
IBU: 25
ABV: 4%
Late hop: Cascade (US/UK/NZ/German)

Back on March 8th, Anaheim Brewer Barbara Gerovac was joined by Carolyn Bryant and Caitlyn Beas to brew a batch of Unite Pale Ale.  Carolyn and Caitlyn both bid on the chance to brew the beer, with the proceeds going to the Family Justice Center.

We turn our attention to the Mash Tun.

We turn our attention to the Mash Tun.

We looked at Sophie’s recipe and decided to make a Belgian-style pale ale, using coriander as the whirlpool “hop.”

The results are delicious.

Put on your pink boots and join us in the Beer Garden on Wednesday!

Doors open at 5 pm.

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Anaheim Dark Scotch Ale is Back and Darker Than Ever!

Tapping on Thursday, January 16th.  Come in and drink with the label artist, our friend, Chris Maya!
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Awa’ wi black brandy, red rum and blue whisky
An’ bring me the liquor brown as a nutt;
O! Alloa Ale ye can make a chiel frisky,
Brisk, faewming a’ fresh frae the bottle or butt.
An awa’ wi your wines – they are dull as moss water,
Wi’ blude colour’d blushes, or purple, or pale;
Guid folks gif ye wish to get fairer and fatter,
They aye weet your seasans w’ Alloa Ale!

The good Scotsman John Imlah wrote that in 1827, as an advertisement for the ale brewed in the tiny rural town of Alloa in the Central Lowlands of Scotland.

We won’t be tempted to write a poem for you, but we are very excited to announce the return of Anaheim Dark Scotch Ale, on draft in the Tasting Room and available for the first time in 12-ounce bottles.

Bit o’ History

Traditionally, Scotch ales were named according to the pre-tax price of a British barrel (about 43.2 US gallons). The stronger the brew, the higher the price, from 60-shilling “Two-penny” ale, to the big 160-shilling Wee Heavy (called a “Wee Dump” in Scotland). With its strength (original gravity, to brewers) between 10 and 13.75 degrees Plato, Anaheim Dark Scotch Ale would have been an 80-shilling, or “Export” ale.

Like traditional Scottish breweries, which relied on the cooler weather of Scotland to slow down the fermentation process, we keep our fermentation temperatures low and remove the yeast early, leaving more residual sugar to enhance the full body and sweet malty flavor.

Our Beer and Label

Anaheim Dark Scotch Ale is a traditional top-fermented beer. Roasted barley provides the rich, dark color, while generous levels of unfermentable sugars give it a full body and deep, malty flavor.

Our 12-ounce bottles features label art by local artist Chris Maya. (Chris is also behind the artwork on our Anaheim Gold, Red, Hefeweizen and 1888 labels.) The design features a Craftsman cottage like many of the beautiful homes in the brewery’s neighborhood. We think it has a distinctively “cabin-in-the woods” feel, and reminds us that Anaheim Dark Scotch Ale is a perfect beverage for enjoying in the cool of an evening.

Join Us

This Thursday evening, regardless of temperature, we’ll tap the Dark Scotch Ale in the Tasting Room. Chris May will be on hand from 5:30 to 6:30, and we’ll be hanging out, too.

Cheers,
Greg & Barbara

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It’s a Sausage Fest at Anaheim Brewery

sausagefestLR-FLATSwing by on Saturday, July 13th.

The grills will be fired up and the dogs will be smokin’ from 4 to 10 pm.

K&A are rounding up choice sausages to tempt every appetite.  Meanwhile, Brewcakes is playing around with Anaheim Beers to come up with scrumptious desserts to tempt us all.

SONY DSCSpeaking of tasty, the delectable Amber Foxx will be belting out rockabilly favorites.

It’s gonna be HUGE!

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We Struck Gold in 1888

Chris Maya's original artwork for Anaheim 1888's bottles.

Chris Maya’s original artwork for Anaheim 1888′s bottles.

Anaheim Brewery’s flagship beer, Anaheim 1888, just won a Gold Medal at the 2013 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition.  The competition is part of the LA County Fair, which runs from August 30th to September 29th this year.

“We had 647 entries so the competition was definitely tough this year,” according to Jill Roman, Attractions & Competitions Supervisor for the Fair. The competition, instituted in 2000, awards gold, silver and bronze medals in 84 categories.

LAIBeer_Gold_medalonlyAnaheim 1888 earned its gold medal in the American-Style Amber Lager category.  Anaheim 1888 is a copper-colored lager, full-flavored and hopped with generous amounts of Centennial hops.  “It’s based on the style of beer that the original Anaheim Brewery produced in the late 1800’s,” says brewer and owner Barbara Gerovac.  Anaheim Brewery’s “Dark Scotch Ale” also won an Honorable Mention in the Scotch Ale category.

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Celebrate Founder’s Day at the Anaheim Brewery on May 18th!

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Friedrich Conrad

Birthdays are always a great reason to celebrate, so join us in wishing a Happy 164th Birthday to Friedrich Conrad, proprietor of the Anaheim Brewery from 1872 to 1904.  Friedrich was born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1849, and arrived in San Diego in 1866 where, as a boy of seventeen, he set up shop as a cooper (barrelmaker).  Friedrich moved to Anaheim in 1870 and opened a winery.  Two years later, he opened the Anaheim Brewery.

Our party begins at 4 pm, with authentic Bavarian pretzels, great food from our friends at K&A Catering, and scrumptious desserts from Brewcakes. Vintage swing band Riff Raff will open our entertainment for the evening, followed by Brother Yusef and his “organic deep-fried fatback blues.”

Of course, no brewer’s birthday celebration would be complete without a special beer, so we’ve brewed one!  “Conrad’s Kolsch” is styled after the top-fermented beers of Koln (Cologne), Germany.  It is a light golden, pleasantly hoppy ale.

founder'dayartFINALlow-resOur label is an interpretation based on a fragment from an Anaheim Beer label dating from the early 1900’s, skillfully recreated by our friends Jody Daily and Kevin Kidney.  “Conrad’s Kolsch” will be available in bottles, growlers or draught.

Notice the phrase “In Pursuit of Happiness and Lager”?  In 1899, the Los Angeles Turnverein (a German sports club) visited Anaheim to compete with our city’s Turnverein.  The Anaheim Gazette reported that after the exhibition, the group “dispersed, and went in pursuit of happiness and lager.”  The reporter then added that “they came for pleasure, and they got it.”

You’ll find “Happiness and Lager,” too, as we will be tapping the LAST KEG of Anaheim Doppelbock at 4 pm sharp.

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Ladies Love Helles

Ah, Spring.  The Beer Garden is bursting with newness.  Our tree is covered with fresh green leaves; the vines are a riot of yellow flowers with hummingbirds zooming from blossom to blossom.

It’s time for Helles.

In Bavaria, Helles is the quintessential Beer Garden drink.  Pale golden and medium bodied, Helles goes down easy, glass after glass.

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Spaten Brewery Logo

According to the German Beer Institute, Helles is one of the rare beer styles with a definite birthday:  March 21, 1894.   The Spaten Brewery sent a test cask of blond lager to the port city of Hamburg on the North Sea.  Spaten wanted to compete with the pale Pilsner lager from Bohemia, but wasn’t sure how it would go over in their hometown of Munich.   Using the old salts in the Hamburg taverns as guinea pigs, they continued to work out the recipe for the next 15 months.  It wasn’t until June 20th of the following year that Munich natives got their first taste of Helles, but what a taste it was.

Classic stoneware stein.

Classic stoneware stein.

Until then, only dark beer was considered “real” Bavarian lager, perhaps because Bavarians love to drink their beer from traditional stoneware mugs or steins, and wouldn’t have noticed the color, anyway.  Much of Europe had switched to glass vessels, in which the lighter colored beers appeared pure and clean.  As the popularity of pale-colored beers in the rest of Europe grew, the Munich brewers followed with Helles Lager.

Can you spot the Helles drinker?

Can you spot the Helles drinker?

Even today, one in four beers drunk in Bavaria is a Helles.

Anaheim Helles Lager is refreshing beer with an emphasis on malt.  You may notice some bready flavors along with a very slightly floral hop aroma, but very little bitterness.

Every time we brew this beer, we notice how popular it is with women.  That made us think of singer and actor James Todd Smith, who in the 1980’s reminded people that “Ladies Love Cool James.”  We know him now as the incomparable LL Cool J.

So try an Anaheim Helles, H-E-LL-E-S, and remember “Ladies Love Helles.”

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