On Saturday, July 6th, the Board Beer Geek team headed out to meet with our friends at local LA beer hotspot, Eagle Rock Brewery. The mission was to create/collaborate on a cask. Brewer and Cellarman, Andrew Bakofsky had a special set of ingredients ready to go.
The beer: A hoppy American brown ale (currently unreleased) fully of rich notes of toasted brown bread and an assertive hop finish.
The special ingredients: Ancient gruit herb, Mugwort and traditional anise. Mugwort is a very earthy herb reminiscent of chamomile with a floral a roam and woodiness. The addition of hammered anise seeds rounds out the flavor of the brown ale creating something super unique and tasty. Remember, you’ll only get it here folks.
Andrew showed us how Eagle Rock Brewery creates some of its casks. An addition of sugar and fresh yeast are added prior to the beer, which will cause a small fermentation inside the cask and add natural carbonation. The special ingredients are added and then finally the beer. The cask is then sealed with a plastic shive (bung) and the downward force of a hammer (accompanied by Andrew’s Hurculean strength).
Making a cask is an exciting opportunity to collaborate and experiment with beer flavorings. Eagle Rock Brewery is no stranger to this UK form of serving beer and frequently has casks available at Story Tavern in Burbank. After filling the cask with the special ingredients, the team was able to do a traditional barrel/cask roll, which ensures that the If you’re interested in learning more about their casks be sure to check out their tap room or Story Tavern.
Eagle Rock Brewery will also have on tap their Witbier, Manifesto, perfect for the summer heat. Los Angeles Ale Works will be debuting it’s new LA Kumquat infused French/Belgian Saison in both cask and draft form. The cask has an extra addition of Kumquats and Filipino Calamansi (mini lemons) to add tartness.
Story Tavern will have many other beer options available including their popular gluten free option, Craft Cider. With so many options, everyone is sure to find something they like.