Los Angeles

Craftsman Brew Tasting

craftsman.jpgSlow Food has a treat for you, just in time for the holidays.

Since leaving his job at JPL in 1995, Mark Jilg has been brewing delicious beer out of a space off the 210 freeway in Pasadena. At a time when brewers were creating full-flavored beer with lots of hops and malt, Mark took a different tack, adding other flavors to his brews like spices, herbs and fruit. He created the Holiday Spruce, a deep red ale brewed with spruce, giving the beer an aromatic piney flavour that’s great for the holidays. A while later, Craftsman introduced the Orange Grove Ale, which
added Valencia oranges to the brew, and three years later Mark introduced the Triple Light Sage. Craftsman continues to develop brews that add flavors other than malt, hops and yeast found in traditional beer.

This field trip is a chance to learn about the beer-making process, and to experience a true, tiny, artisan brewery that, as Mark says, “would like to evolve into not much more than it is, other than being able to put beer in bottles so we can take it home.”

When: Saturday, December 11, 2004, at noon
Where: Craftsman Brewing Company, 1260 Lincoln Avenue, Unit 100, Pasadena 91103
Cost: $20 for Slow Food members; $25 for nonmembers

Please note that the RSVP deadline for this event is November 20. Make your check payable to SLOWLA and mail it to:
SLOWLA/Craftsman Event
c/o Angeli Caffe
P.O. Box 360769
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Join us for some good nibbles, great beer, and just what we should be serving over the holidays. These are some of the flavors we can look forward to:
Spruce Beer: As mentioned above, this is a deep red ale brewed with spruce.
Bieredegarde: This has a wild yeast component in flavor, but is malty and spicy as well.
Cabernale: Brewed with Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, this is fermented with full bodied red ale.
Eye of the Goat: This has a great story (which Mark will tell), and is an extreme version of a traditional Boch beer.

Also check out the Craftsman Brewing Company site for a look at Mark and his Studebaker in front of Craftsman Brewery.