The Menu for Tonight’s Tuesday Tap Takeover – The Golden Road Brewing Edition

Golden Road x The Iron Press

Golden Road x The Iron Press

Annnnd here is what we have chopped, diced, blended, mixed, crusted, conjured, and prepared for tonight’s event:

1. Chicken Fried Steak – $9 - We use thin cuts of prime beef lovingly seasoned, lightly battered, and fried to a perfect crisp. Set on top of our fresh waffle, smothered with homemade gravy, and pickles to add a perfect zip. Yum Frank says!!

2. Peanutty Ice Cream Perfection Sandwich – $7 – Made with our house crunchy peanut butter infused waffle that will sandwich a hearty scoop of vanilla ice cream, topped with a strawberry jelly made fresh in house.  Stick-it in your mouth hole!

Here is a little preview of the dishes:

Chicken Fried Steak and Waffle

Chicken Fried Steak and Waffle

Peanutty Ice Cream Perfection Sandwich

Peanutty Ice Cream Perfection Sandwich

DJ LexaKhan will be crushing it over the speakers for the night, with maybe a special mini set by DJ Carolina who will be there celebrating her birthday!

Smoochies,
Len

Tuesday Tap Takeovers – The Golden Road Brewing Edition

Tuesday Tap Takeovers - The Golden Road Brewing Edition

Tuesday Tap Takeovers – The Golden Road Brewing Edition

Yikes, I thought I posted this up already, oopsies.  This coming Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 AD we will be hosting our next Tap Takeover with Golden Road Brewing out of The City of Angels!

Without further ado, here are the tasty brews we will be pouring for the evening:

1. Citrus Bend American Wheat Ale – 4.8% | 15 IBU – For Citrus Bend they pulled their house hefeweizen wort before fermentation and pitched it with our American Ale yeast to produce a crisp light bodied wheat beer. They then dry hopped it with a generous amounts of Amarillo and El Dorado to give this beer the aroma of fresh lemon zest.

2. Cabrillo Kolsch – 5.0% ABV | 30 IBU – Their quest for the perfect summer beer led them to one of their favorite, but lesser known styles — the Kölsch.  The style originated in Cologne, Germany and is hybrid, drifting somewhere between an ale and a lager.  Ale yeast is fermented at cooler temperatures, much like a lager, to create a clean, refined, smooth lager finish.  German Tradition and Opal hops lend the beer a slightly peppery aroma and flavor, lightly accented by a citrus aroma.

3. Get Up Offa That Brown- 5.5% ABV | 20 IBU – For their brown ale they’ve added trace amounts of smoked malt to build a toasty complexity, balanced by rich notes of caramel and chocolate.  Ask your beertender to “Get Up Offa That Brown!”

4. Summer Pale Ale – 5.7% | 30 IBU – Citrus, apricot and pine aroma , slight golden orange in color, tastes like orange, marmalade, and grapefruit in the finish . Very smooth body, nice bittering becomes apparent after a few sips.

5. Point the Way IPA – 5.9% | 60 IBU – This is their ode to the hop-crazed patrons of Los Angeles.  Its light malt body elevates the citrus zest, tropical and pine notes contributed by a generous hop dosing.  At 5.9%, this sessionable West-Coast IPA finishes dry for optimal repeatability.

6. Heal the Bay IPA – 6.8% ABV | 65 IBU – The two-row pale malt body takes a backseat to Citra, Centennial, and New Zealand hops for a bright, citrus forward, summertime drinking IPA.  A portion of the proceeds from this beer will be donated to our hardworking friends at Heal the Bay (www.healthebay.org), a local organization committed to protecting the Southern California watersheds.

7. Burning Bush Smoked IPA – 8.0% ABV | 70 IBU – Light caramel and biscuit malt character supported by wispy smoked malts (Oak, Beechwood, Cherry wood). A healthy West Coast dry hop present without dominating the smoke and malt aroma.

8. Wolf Among Weeds – 8.0% ABV | 80 IBU – This beer is a balanced showcase of the majestic hop specie, in Latin, Humulus Lupulus, which translates to “Wolf Among Weeds”.  It’s their celebration of California’s enthusiasm for hop-forward IPAs.  At 8%, Wolf will sneak up on you from behind the robust citrus and dank earthy hop notes mirrored in its aroma and flavor profile.

9. Hudson Imperial Rye Porter – 8.5% ABV | 20 IBU – This very special beer shares a name with Tony’s son, Hudson Porter. The recipe was inspired by Tony’s favorite homebrew recipe, which he brews with Hudson each year to commemorate Hudson’s birthday. Raise a glass to Hudson Porter and cherish the rich chocolate depths and sumptuous rye spice of this decadent brew.

10. 100 & 2 Strong Golden Ale – 8.8% ABV | 35 IBU – Belgian yeast provides slightly fruity esters that combined with huge late additions of Centennial result in a dynamic orange bouquet highlighted by a slight spice in the finish.

In the meantime, chiggedy check out some pics of their brewery and tasting room courtesy of Sean O’Shea:

Golden Road Barrel Aging Barrels

Golden Road Barrel Aging Barrels

Golden Road Tasting Room

Golden Road Tasting Room

We hope to see you all there!

Smoochies,
Len & Jerry

The Menu for Tonight’s Tuesday Tap Takeover – The Portola Coffee Lab Edition

Portola x The Iron Press

Portola x The Iron Press

Blaahhhhhhh!  Sorry this is so late, we literally have been scrambling around like headless chickens (fish?) to get this event squeezed in.  Just in the nick of time, here are yummies we will be serving up tonight:

1. The Iron/Portola Bloke’s Fish and Waffle Chips – $9 - Our take on an old fashioned bloke’s meal made with a traditional beer batter using Earl’s Grey Dinghy beer from Noble Ale Works.  We use our Basa white fish fried to perfection, topped with Portola’s special spice which includes a finely ground espresso bean, enhancing the taste.  Served with a generous helping of waffle fries and “Espretchup”, yes that’s an espresso ketchup served on the side for dippin!

2. Belgium waffle with fresh plums and Portola’s Cascara tea syrup. – $7 - Our superb Belgium waffle with fresh local plums and Cascara tea syrup which is made from the cherry of the coffee plant.  You’ll notice the complex tastes of a maple syrup with bright tangy notes and a sweet cherry finish.
Here’s a preview of the dishes:
The Iron/Portola Bloke's Fish and Waffle Chips

The Iron/Portola Bloke’s Fish and Waffle Chips

Belgian Waffle with Fresh Plums % Portola's Cascara Tea Syrup

Belgian Waffle with Fresh Plums % Portola’s Cascara Tea Syrup

Special guest DJ Carolina will be shooting tunes around our little joint starting from about 7 PM, we hope to see all of you here!

Smoochies,
Len & Jerry

Tuesday Tap Takeovers – The Portola Coffee Lab Edition

Tuesday Tap Takeovers - Portola Coffee Lab

Tuesday Tap Takeovers – Portola Coffee Lab

Hi.  Hello.  We know this is going to be back-to-back Tuesdays, but we really wanted to squeeze this sucker in.  We will be having a special Tuesday Tap Takeover with the boys and girls from Portola Coffee Lab!  “Eh, coffee?!” you say?  That’s right!  We will be featuring beers brewed with Portola coffee and tea.  Think Noble’s Naughty Sauce or Beachwood BBQ’s Tovarish Imperial Stout.

Without further ado:

1. Noble Ale Work’s Earl’s Grey Dinghy – 3.5% ABV – This English ale uses some incredible English malts and gets hit hard with a dose
of Earl Grey Tea from Seventh Tea Bar. The result is light-medium bodied, copper in color and is what is truly meant by a Session
beer.

2. Haven’s Performance Enhancing Drink – 4.5% ABV | 15 IBU – This American Brown has a light and brown in appearance. Supposed to
drink like a morning coffee and showcase aroma and flavor of coffee, yet still drink a beer.

3. Noble Ale Work’s El Tigre En Inglése – 4.6% ABV – Their English 101 saturated with Hartmann Estate Geisha from Portola Coffee Lab.
An extremely rare coffee that adds elements of Orange and Almond to their full-bodied English Ale that has big toasted bread like
flavors. We hope you like it as much as we all do.

4. Noble Ale Work’s Naughty Sauce – 5.4% ABV – Head Brewer Evan Price worked together with Roast Master Jeff Duggan from Portola
Coffee Lab for this paradox. This golden milk stout is made with oats and milk sugar, coffee instead of roasted grain and then served
on nitro to add even more creaminess! Full bodied, deep golden in color, with smooth and flavorful layers of pecan pie, cinnamon and
cookie dough.

5. The Guseva – 9% ABV – Old Rasputin (a rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish) with an extraction of
espresso! Guseva was the person who attempted to murder Rasputin but failed. Hat tip to Steven Dean Thompson for the name.

6. Beachwood BBQ & Brewing’s Mocha Machine – 9.4% ABV | 37 IBU – This imperial coffee chocolate porter is a well-engineered endeavor
in massive aromatics and rich flavors. Brewed with an array British and German malts, this burly brew is infused with masterfully
roasted coffee from Portola Coffee Lab in Costa Mesa, CA. It is then aged on cacao nibs from Equador, adding an awesomely deep
dimension of fudge.

7. The Bruery’s Mélange No. 8 – 14.5% ABV | 25 IBU – The eighth in The Bruery’s Mélange series of blended beers – this robust
American strong ale is a marriage of their bourbon barrel aged anniversary ale along with White Oak Sap (their bourbon barrel aged
wheat wine), along with locally roasted Geisha coffee from our friends at Portola Coffee Lab.

Gahhhhh, I can’t wait!

Smoochies,
Len & Jerry

The Menu for Tonight’s Tuesday Tap Takeover – The Cismontane Edition

Cisamontane x The Iron Press

Cisamontane x The Iron Press

Woo hoo!  Here is what we will be stuffing your faces with tonight:

1. The Iron Press Rice-Waffle Dip – $9 - Our special blend of rice cooked in a waffle iron with a generous portion of prime cuts of rib eye, our Asian sauce, sautéed onions, and spice blend.

2. The Iron Press Ice Cream Bacon Waffle Sam-mich – $7 -  Our scrumptious waffle stuffed with two thick cut smoked bacon strips, held together with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and Cismontane’s Blacks Dawn stout reduction on top.

Below are a few previews for tonight!

Rice-Waffle Asian Beef Dip

Rice-Waffle Asian Beef Dip

Ice Cream Bacon Waffle Sam-mich

Ice Cream Bacon Waffle Sam-mich

As always, DJ LexaKhan will be on the jams for our little shin dig, we hope to see you all there!

Smoochies,
Len & Jerry

Tuesday Tap Takeovers – The Cismontane Edition

Tuesday Tap Takeovers - The Cismontane Edition

Tuesday Tap Takeovers – The Cismontane Edition

Here we go again!  We are all set for our next Tuesday Tap Takeover with our close neighbors out in Rancho Santa Margarita – Cismontane.  Join us on September 10th, 2013 AD for great brews, yummy eats, sick tunes by DJ LexaKhan, and fun times!

Check back with us soon for the full line-up for the evening, we have a preliminary list set out, and everything is making my mouth water already!

Annnnnnd, here is the list:

1. Marea Roja Flemish – 4.4% ABV | 13 IBU – This Belgian red is brewed Plymouth style, soured with raw grain that is added to the mix which introduces lactose visalus making for a tart and dry finish. Unique to this style, this beer is unaged, straight from the stainless steel vats, and pulled down naturally similar to a lambic.

2. La Crema – 4.5% ABV | 15 IBU – Cream ales are some of the most drinkable in the beer world. Our open fermenters allow this style to flourish with a bit more ester profile and full body. This beer is for sessions with friends on a hot day.

3. Holy Jim Falls – 4.5% ABV | 45 IBU – This XPA is named after the falls at the end of Holy Jim trail in the Trabuco Canyon. The refreshing flavor and hoppy aroma will certainly be enhanced when standing in the cool waters of the falls when you reach the end of the trail. Throw a couple of these in your bag for the hike and enjoy it to the sound of running water.

4. Session Saison – 4.7% ABV | 20 IBU – A traditional Belgian table beer. Light yeast driven notes of orange and clove. Quaffable, easy drinking and refreshing, this style is perfect for hot days in Southern Cali.

5. Wild Buckwheat Oktoberfest – 5.6% ABV | 30 IBU – Inspired by the season we took advantage of the fact that the California Buckwheat is going to seed and integrated this native species into the beer. The beer is a deep copper color, smooth and refreshing with a malty finish that has a touch of honeysuckle from the buckwheat.

6. The Citizen – 6.0% ABV | 45 IBU – The California Common almost disappeared after prohibition as did the term Cismontane. Our interpretation of this style is a golden warm fermented lager with sufficient hop aroma. As a brewer and citizen of Cismontane California it is our obligation to produce a fine Californian Common.

7. Coulter – 7.2% ABV | 60 IBU – Named after the coulter big cone pine tree this is a well-balanced rye I.P.A. It brings the beer style back to its roots. Brewed with a hit of rye for head retention and a deeper malt character, this beer has the best of all worlds, great hop aroma, a strong body and deceiving strength.

8. Zythos IPA – 7.4% ABV | 85 IBU – This is a classic Californian IPA brewed with all California grown malts. Zythos hops make for bright citrus notes are prevalent on the nose with a dry and pronounced bitter finish.

9. Saison Extra – 8.0% ABV | ?? IBU – This beer was brewed strictly for barrel aging so we didn’t pay too close attention to much outside of its gravity. Also, this beer literally carbonated itself! We used the DuPont yeast strain during primary fermentation. After filling wine barrels we had a about 50 gallons left over. We stored the ‘extra’ beer, uncarbonated, in kegs all summer where temperatures climbed well into the 80’s in our storage space. This encouraged the beer to re-ferment in the keg, naturally carbonating itself much like breweries in Belgium have been finishing saisons for centuries. Famously, Saison DuPont ferments at or above 90 degrees for some stages, so we are really looking forward to the ester profiles we created in Rancho Santa Margarita!

10. Blacks Dawn – 8.5% | 50 IBU – A heavy strong stout brewed with coffee, brown sugar and oats. With its powerful quality and morning ingredients it seems parallel to a solid dawn surf session at Blacks. With an inside connection to boutique roasted fare trade beans we were granted the opportunity to make this exceptional brew even better.

11. 3rd Anniversary Belgian Strong – 9% ABV | 20 IBU – Our 3rd anniversary beer has sweetness with a light to moderate spiciness. The malt is prevalent and has light caramel toast and bready aroma. The fruity esters are moderate, and contain raisin, plum, dried cherry, fig and prune notes. Alcohols are soft, spicy, and lightly perfumy. Coppery-brown in color with huge, dense, cream colored head. The varied flavors blend smoothly and harmoniously. This is a dark, complex, very strong Belgian ale that is rich, smooth and dangerous.

In the meantime, you guys can check out what the brewery looks like:

Cismontane Brewhouse

Cismontane Brewhouse

And Head Brewmaster, Evan, checking on some barrels:

Evan + Barrels

Evan + Barrels

See you guys soon!

Smoochies,
Len & Jerry

The Menu for Tonight’s Tuesday Tap Takeover – The Beachwood BBQ & Brewing Edition

Beachwood x The Iron Press

Beachwood x The Iron Press

Here’s what we are jamming into your mouths for tonight:

1. IRON PRESS MEATLOAF – $9 – A robust mix of lean ground beef and pork with chorizo, mild green and white chili peppers, garlic and a touch of spices, topped with our BBQ gravy (using Beachwood BBQ’s sauce!) resting on a tater tot waffle garnished with a dollop of mashed potatoes.

2. PEANUT BUTTER WOOKIE – $7 – Warm waffle shaped peanut butter cookie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

A little peak at the mouth watering goodness:

Iron Press Meatloaf

Iron Press Meatloaf

DJ LexaKhan will be spinning up Funk tunes all night long in honor of Funky Fridays back in the days at Beachwood BBQ!  See you guys tonight!

Smoochies,
Len & Jerry

Publish X The Iron Press Jogger Pants Release Event

Publish X The Iron Press

Publish X The Iron Press

Yo!  So, The Iron Press will be feeding the masses at the Publish Jogger Pants Release Event this coming Friday August 16th, 2013 AD from 8 PM – Midnight PST.  We have a limited amount of tickets for this private event and would like to invite some of our friends!  If you are interested, please hit me up as it will surely be a lot of fun!

Jerry is bringing in a bunch of his family’s famous Lucky Habanero Salsa, Peligroso Tequila has two bartenders mixing up some funn drinks, PBR is throwing it back to our college years, Instant Party Pix will have a rad photo booth there, Gilbere Forte will be performing, we’ll be shoveling grilled cheese sandwiches, tater tots, and fried chicken and waffles into your tummy, etc. etc. etc.

The event will be hosted at:
The Great Company
1917 Bay Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021

See (some of) you there!

Smoochies,
Len & Jerry

To Live & Dine Chef’s Challenge

To Live & Dine Chef's Challenge

To Live & Dine Chef’s Challenge

Hiya!  So Riviera Magazine is throwing a really nifty event over at SOCO (the plaza where we are stationed at) tomorrow Wednesday August 14th, 2013 AD from 6 PM – 8 PM PST.  You can sample and fill yourself up with signature dishes from Orange County’s most talented chefs…and us!  In addition to all the food, there will be a ton of liquid guys out there with beer, wine, spirits, juices, water, etc.

It’s twenty (20) bucks and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates of Orange County, so it’s kind of a no-brainer if you have the night free.

Full details can be found here:

http://www.modernluxury.com/riviera-orange-county/events/live-dine-chefs-challenge-0

We hope to see you guys there!

Smoochies,
Len