Discussion in 'US - West' started by Ben1001, May 10, 2015.
one can only hope
Isn't Monkish Saturday releases at 10am? That'll just mean a longer line for limited Smog bottles that they'll just trade for the 4 pack they just bought.
I believe doors open at noon on Sat...
Some one asked for a line update?
I'm about 15th in line. It's 8:10.
That was me. Thank you!
For sure by 10am it's over.
Totally. Any worker there handing out tickets to avoid line cutters?
As I was typing, Laurie popped out and handed out a ticket. I lied. I'm 14th in line.
Still only 20 or so?
Probably closer to 25. The line has snaked around onto Del Amo a bit.
Looks like the line is about to the main parking lot. They have been coming out periodically and giving out numbered tickets.
Kudos to Smog. That was painless (other than having to wake up early on a Saturday).
Once we got our numbers, the line dispersed. People went back to their cars, hung out, etc.
On another Smog note, bottling line is right around the corner. We'll hopefully have Smog six packs by summer. Pretty exciting.
Vanilla/Cinnamon: Cinnamon over powers the vanilla. Tastes more like a BA Horchata stout. Not much vanilla.
Hazel Nut/ Cocoa Nibs: Really good. If you remember how non-infected Byzantine Vision tasted, you're in a for a treat.
Would be nice to see see cans.
I'll never understand how this beer gets slept on. The variants are good but og is insane.
I hope they still have some left after today. I don't care about the variants.
Should have a ton not many people bought them during variants sale and I haven't seen a ton move while I been in TR either
Variants were just ok... 17 IW was so good, excited to see how 18 IW mellows out over time
Variants were a mess. honestly I didn't wait in line and happy I could try them on tap so I didn't have to trade anything good for them. The vanilla and cinnamon was especially bad. I'm pretty sure it was extract and the cinnamon tasted so funky... like Dollar Store quality. Hazelnut Cocoa was all hazelnut.
On a positive note the Red Wine Barrel Aged was really interesting. Very cool to see how IW was in that barrel.
With the OG's they only had 17 and 18 on tap and 17 was kill with 18 not far behind. The stars of the night were the original. I may have to go buy more!
I’m picking up what you’re putting down
Their loss. I usually put a bottle in on a trade. Usually just as a toss-in extra. No one has yet said it was anything less than delicious and a major surprise.
Smog city beers are just ok. Even bourbon oe is aight.
Just curious, what makes OE ok in your opinion? I think it's fantastic.
Speaking of Bourbon OE, can anyone tell me if there is any left at eather location? Or is it long gone by now.
That last email that went out didn't have it listed on the bottles available section. Looks like it hasn't shown up on an email since October.
It's usually released in April/May. You might have to wait until then for the new batch and hope they put older vintages up also (basically what they do for IW also). Or wait for a cellar sale.
QFT. Cinnamon was straight DeKuyper Hot Damn schnapps.
Long gone, but should be back in the spring time.
I cracked a Cinammon Vanilla tonight. Some of you should really think about getting your Cicerone certification. Cinammon schnapps? A mess? Your palates are much more refined than mine.
Nose: A bit of vanilla and a bit of cinammon. Naturally as it warmed, it enhanced.
Taste: Definetly cinammon on the back end and a touch of vanilla.
This in no way took away from the original beer. Just what it was. A variant.
Maybe draft and bottle differed that much.
I met some cool people and got to talk to some Smog staff while waiting in line.
Am I glad I got the variants? Yup.
My thoughts about it on tap were that initially it tasted like a cinnamon sugared donut, which VERY quickly dissolved into Big Red gum, and not in a good way. I still think the original IW was the best one of the four on tap.
I had it awhile ago, but i remember it not being anything crazy. Just another ba beer.
The question wasn't asked to me, but I'm not a huge Bourbon O.E. fan either. Every time I've tasted it, I get...bourbon. I'd probably just like to drink bourbon instead. That being said, we recently had a batch 1. I thought it was tasty, so maybe I just haven't given it another chance since my first encounter.
I can't envision a scenario when big red gum would be a good thing in a beer
Got to try the 3 variants on tap last night. Thought the vanilla and cinnamon was good, but that the two flavors worked against each other. Would probably have preferred a straight vanilla version or a cinnamon and cacao version. The hazelnut and cacao was my favorite of the 3, though the hazelnut was quite strong and it tasted like they maybe used a hazelnut flavoring. Red wine BA was nice, but I still prefer regular IW. Grabbed 6 bottles. Love Smog City. Keep up the good work.
Did it look like they still had plenty of regular IW? Going to stop by tomorrow.
Thanks, grabbed a few yesterday. Drinking one now and it’s great. Surprised people sleep on this beer.
LA’s Award-Winning Smog City Brewing Anchors New Glendora Public Market
They've added a taproom in Long Beach as well. Did they get an infusion of capital or something? They were hot 2-3 years ago. I rarely hear about them these days outside of a special release.
Their taproom has a pretty consistent crowd and they make pretty solid beer. Seems like a recipe for success
I'm hearing, from a pretty good authority, that there is another tap room going up soon as well. In the similar vein of LB and Glendora. Tap room in a market/restaurant type place.
Anybody doing the VIP ticket for the anniversary?