We’ve been fans and supporters of Los Angeles Ale Works (who were named one of the top breweries to watch in 2013 by the LA Weekly) since before the official launch of Beer of Tomorrow, and we’re very excited to announce that the first commercial batch of LAAW beer is ready (and this time it lived up to their high standards)!
You might have heard that the LAAW’s first contract-brewed batch of Gams Bart roggenbier did not pass QC and had to be dumped. The team soldered on, and they have a new batch of beer – this time co-brewed with Ohana Brewing. The beer will see limited release around Los Angeles to support the brewery’s fundraising campaign.
John and Kip, the duo behind LA Ale Works, are hard at work raising the funds necessary to build a craft brewery and taproom in Culver City, but it’s a slow process. To bridge the gap until they can open the doors on the brewery they’ve begun to gypsy-brew their beer at Ohana Brewing’s facility, and they have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the purchase of some critical equipment that will keep LAAW brews flowing at beer bars around town.
The campaign’s target of $25,000 will purchase a dedicated stainless steel fermenter to reduce the impact on Ohana’s production pipeline and a keg-washer to help keep those kegs full of Gams Bart, Livre saison, and the infamous chai-spiked Karma Kolsch. The guys are passionate about the benefits of gypsy brewing, and they have this to say about their plans:
Los Angeles Ale Works’ first plan of attack is gypsy brewing with local LA area breweries to spread brand awareness. We will be brewing our recipes in the host brewery in a pseudo collaborative fashion. John and I feel very strongly about working with and alongside others in the LA craft beer scene so we want everyone to know who’s brewing our beer with us. No smoke, no mirror, just honesty and transparency.
Of course, John and Kip won’t be satisfied until they’re brewing beer under their own roof and pouring it at their own taproom, but you can help them get beer flowing in the community with a pledge on their Kickstarter (and grab some really neat perks – like your name engraved on the above-mentioned fermenter – while you’re at it).
Or show your support in-person by attending one of the LA Ale Works launch parties this month! The duo will be making appearances at beer-focused establishments around town. Catch them at Beer Belly on Saturday, February 23rd, City Tavern on the 24th, or Far Bar on March 1st!