One Night Stand with El Segundo Brewing Co.

El Segundo Brewing

Next Wednesday, September 18, El Segundo Brewing Co. will join us for a One Night Stand. Rob Croxall and Tom Kelley set out to be the hop-forward brewery in Los Angeles. With their Blue House Pale, Citra, White Dog, and Two 5 Left, they have certainly succeeded in bringing hops to the thirsty masses. El Segundo Brewing currently has a few kegs of fruited IPA's rolling around and Tom, a certified Cicerone, recently held a class focusing on the relationship between hops and fruit. Many of those wonderful fruity flavors you associate with beer are derived from the use of hops.

It is the esters and hop oils that provide the flavors and aromas reminiscent of the best pineapple, orange, apricot, apple, and passion fruit you've ever had. The Citra hop, a newer hop variety, is showcased in El Segundo's surprisingly session able Citra Pale Ale. With tropical fruit, grapefruit and a hint of navel orange peel, this monster of a beer will smack you in the face and leave you crying for more.

One of my other favorite hops is the New Zealand native Nelson Sauvin. These lupulin treats give off an intense fruit flavor that can be described as gooseberry, passion fruit, and hints of melon. Grab a bottle of Nelson from Alpine Beer Company to fully understand what these wonderful Kiwis are up to. Debuted in 2011, the Calypso hop is a sharp, pungent variety that calls to mind apple, pear, and lemon. I had much success homebrewing a pale ale with Calypso hops. Commercially, Stone relies heavily on Calypso in it's Enjoy By and Old Guardian. Fortunately for us hop heads, as growers continue to experiment with new hop varieties, the beers we enjoy will become more and more creative in their flavor profiles.

Come out to Beer Belly next Wednesday to grab a few pints of the local hoppy stuff. Below are the beers we will have on hand:

  • Blue House IPA
  • Citra Pale
  • Grand Hill IPA
  • Hyperion's Stout
  • Hyperion's Vanilla Stout
  • Standard Crude
  • Two 5 Left
  • White Dog IPA
  • Casa Azul
  • Fruit Beer TBD

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