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!

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!

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!

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:


We hope to see you guys there!


Tuesday Tap Takeovers – The Beachwood BBQ & Brewing Edition

Tuesday Tap Takeovers - The Beachwood BBQ & Brewing Edition

Tuesday Tap Takeovers – The Beachwood BBQ & Brewing Edition

We are locked in with our next Tuesday Tap Takeover on August 20th, 2013 AD.  Not only will we be featuring some delicious beer from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, we will be gathering up some of their tasty sauces and featuring special dishes with them!

Here is the super fun line up for the evening:

1. Tart Simpson – 3% ABV | 4 IBU – A naturally tart wheat beer brewed in the traditional Berliner Weisse fashion. Equal parts of German pilsner and wheat malts are mashed in an oxygen free environment for 72 hours. Natural cultures on the grain husks sour the wort (unfermented beer) during this period in what’s know as “sour mash.” The beer is then gently boiled for a short period to preserve the fresh doughy notes present. Tart Simpson is fermented with one of our favorite German ale yeasts and cold conditioned for a period of three weeks to smooth our the flavors. The result is a light-bodied and refreshing wheat beer with subtle acidic notes and lively carbonation.

2. Breaker APA – 5.5% ABV | 51 IBU – A hopped up American pale ale (APA) with a generous dose of Pacific Northwest hops. Brewed with American 2-row malt and a touch of light caramel malt, this APA is dry hopped with Columbus, Centennial, and Cascade hops for a burst of fresh aromatics that greets every sip.

3. Udder Love Milk Stout – 5.9% ABV | 30 IBU – A traditional milk stout that’s packed with rich flavors. We begin with British Maris Otter malt for a toasty foundation, then layer on three different types of British roasted malts for coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavors. The beer is finished with milk sugar from the heart of America’s dairyland, Wisconsin, adding a silky mouth feel. Enjoy this smooth and luscious milk stout and fall utterly in love. Contains lactose. Gold Medal at 2012 Great American Beer Festival® in Sweet Stout Category.

4. Hop Drops – 6.2% ABV | 63 IBU – Hop Drops is a Belgian-inspired beer brewed outside the box. A base of German pilsner malt and a hefty helping of rye pave the way for a smattering of floral and citrusy European hops; we even used Mandarina Bavaria, an experimental German variety that adds distinctive tangerine accents. Brewed with our favorite Belgian yeast, Hop Drops is dry and highly sessionable.

5. El Verano Saison – 6.7% ABV | 41 IBU – A traditional Belgian-style saison that begins with a base of German pilsner malt and a generous portion of malted rye. Malted spelt and flaked wheat adds a pleasant earthiness while softening the mouth feel. We’ve incorporated local sage honey to accentuate the floral German hops used in the kettle. Fermented with our favorite Belgian yeast, El Verano has aromas of fresh fruits and delicate spices with a refreshingly dry finish and lively carbonation. Bronze Medal at 2012 Great American Beer Festival® in French/Belgian Saison.

6. Kilgore Stout – 7.1% ABV | 77 IBU – An American stout brewed with rye malt for a silky body, Kilgore is brewed with British roasted barley and chocolate malts for a roasty backbone with notes of coffee and cocoa. Hopped with Chinook, Columbus, Centennial and Cascade hops for a citrusy Pacific Northwest punch.

7. Hop Tub IPA – 7.1% ABV | 99+ IBU – Slide right in to a pint of this delicious West Coast India pale ale and let the fun begin! Hop Tub is right in line with Beachwood’s “West Coast” IPA philosophy: hoppy, aromatic, and light on the malt to let the hops take charge. Dry hopped with Simcoe, Centennial, Chinook, and Summit for a pungent and juicy aroma.

8. Laurel IPA – 7.2% ABV | 99+ IBU – Beachwood’s newest addition to its portfolio of West Coast IPAs. The foundation is laid with a base of American 2-row malt and a dash of light British caramel malt. Five different hop varieties are added to the kettle for massive layers of hop goodness. Amarillo, Summit, Columbus, Centennial, and Simcoe intermingle for an energetic burst of citrusy hop flavors. A generous dry hop addition of Amarillo, Centennial, and Summit make for a dank and pungent aroma that is sure to entice the most discriminating “hophead.”

Check back with us soon for the next Tuesday Tap Takeover menu.

Len & Jerry

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

Drake's x The Iron Press

Drake’s x The Iron Press

Here’s what we will be stuffing your faces with tonight!

1. It’s all about the GRAVY, JUICE, or AU JUS.  We just call it THE SAUCE!  We make ours from scratch simmering for twenty-four (24) hours pulling every ounce of flavor into THE SAUCE.  We use the finest cuts of prime rib eye beef cut thin, don’t forget to ask for sweet or hot peppers. – $9

2. Hawaiian bread dipped in our special maple syrup egg batter then pressed in our irons topped with a scoop of fresh vanilla ice cream and garnished. YUM! -$7

A little preview of the beefy goodness today:

Italian Beef Sammy

Italian Beef Sammy

It goes without saying, but DJ LexaKhan will be spinning the best (beer) tunes on the planet for your aural pleasure – ooh la la!  Freebies go out to those ordering a Drake’s flight.  See you guys tonight!

Len & Jerry

Karl is New and Tasty

Karl's Krotch

Karl’s Krotch

Yes, that is me in Karl’s unmentionables.  Yes he is tasty, well his beers are!  Within the past two (2) years or so, we have seen Karl Strauss go from borderline big boys in the industry to really focusing on their beer again.  From their core offerings to a great variety of seasonal, anniversary, and specialty brews.

We were lucky enough to get invited out to their brand new tasting room down in San Diego before the grand opening by our friend and rep, Nina last week!

Nikki x Nina x Wreck Alley x Bourbon Barrels

Nina x Nikki x Wreck Alley x Bourbon Barrels

That’s Nina and Nikki in front of some Bourbon barrel aged Wreck Alley Imperial Stout.  Nina sneaked some tasters of this guy and wowee, it was super tasty!  We are looking forward to getting our grubby little hands on a barrel of this juice and bringing it into The Iron Press soon.

Tower 20 Cask

Tower 20 Cask

A happy surprise came about an hour and a half into the evening when Paul Segura, the head brewer for Karl Strauss, tapped a cask of the Tower 20 Imperial IPA!  Creamy, bitey, yummy.  I had like five (5) glasses in the first hour, tee hee.

Phil's BBQ and Music

Phil’s BBQ and Music

To keep not just our beer buds happy, we were stuffed plenty full with Phil’s BBQ and our ears happy with some great music.

Brewing, Kegging, and Bottling

Brewing, Kegging, and Bottling

Even at night, the beer keeps brewing!  They had a brewer on hand checking on the batches there, but the kegging and bottling system was shut down for the night.

Anyhoo, it’s Saturday and you guys shouldn’t be spending all your time reading this stuff, but before your pretty eyes leave us for the day, here is some information for the tasting room:

Who: All y’all who enjoy great beer and can make the little jaunt down to San Diego.  All ages welcome, but alas, beer for those 21+
What : Karl Strauss’ New Tasting Room Grand Opening
When : July 27th, 2013 AD
Where : 5895 Santa Fe Street, San Diego, CA 92109
Why : Really?

For more information, poke here: http://www.karlstrauss.com/brewery/index.html

Len & Jerry

Tuesday Tap Takeovers – The Drake’s Brewing Edition

Tuesday Tap Takeovers - The Drake's Brewing Edition

Tuesday Tap Takeovers – The Drake’s Brewing Edition

Hey there!  Thank you for all that came out to catch the screenings of The Art of Beer.  For those of you who missed it, you can catch the video here:


It’s a quick fifteen (15) minutes of your life that you will happily spend.  Now on to our next event.

On July 30th, 2013 AD, we will be hosting our next Tuesday Tap Takeover with Drake’s Brewing out of San Leandro, just thirty (30) minutes southeast of good ol’ San Francisco.  We have been drooling to get these guys in for a while as Hopocalypse, Jolly Roger, and Denogginizer have been three (3) of our favorite beers we have had since our inception!  We simply could not decide between all the fantastic beer they offered up and were only able to narrow it down to eleven (11) beers ha ha. Without further ado, here is the Drake’s lineup for the evening:

1. Hefeweizen – 4.5% ABV | 15 IBU – 60% wheat malt and 40% 2-row malt are incorporated with Noble hops imported from Germany. Then fermented with a Bavarian yeast strain that imparts the distinctive banana and clove aromas. The brewers skip the filtration step for that nice, cloudy appearance, and great, unfiltered flavor.

2. Blonde Ale – 4.8% ABV | 24 IBU – A Kolsch-style ale. Light in color from brewing with only 2-row malt, but big on flavor from imported Noble Saa(en)z and German Spalt hops.

3. 1500 – 5.5% ABV | 48 IBU – This hoppy American Pale Ale is loaded with Simcoe and Centennial hops which are blended in the fermenter just after fermentation has finished to impart a huge aroma of pine and citrus.

4. Amber Ale – 5.9% ABV | 28 IBU – An English-style Extra Special Bitter, or ESB. This deep copper brew has a pungent hop aroma from East Kent Golding and Willamette hops, but delivers a distinctly malty flavor from Crystal and Chocolate specialty malts.

5. Dry Stout (On Nitro!) – 6.5% ABV | 40 IBU – Comprised of 2-Row malt, roasted barley, and a select blend of dark malts and served on nitrogen. Enjoy the creamy mouthfeel, medium body, and the roasty, chocolate flavors.

6. Aroma Coma – 6.75% ABV | 75 IBU – Summer seasonal India Pale Ale delivers an olfactory hop assault that lives up to its name. Made with almost all 2-row barley malt and a touch of Caramalt for body, abundant Citra, Cascade, and Chinook hops with touches of Amarillo and El Dorada add huge citrus, pine, and floral notes. A double round of dry-hopping then amps up the aroma to a new level.

7. Aroma Prieta – 6.75% ABV | 75 IBU – Shake out from Aroma Coma with Aroma Prieta. Aroma Coma’s sister beer mirrors its twin starting with primarily American 2-row barley malt and a touch of Caramalt for body. New Zealand hops Nelson Sauvin, Pacific Jade, and Motueka in the double dry-hop give Aroma Prieta huge notes of tropical fruit, gooseberries,
and grapefruit.

8. India Pale Ale – 7% ABV | 65 IBUs – A “West Coast” interpretation of an India Pale Ale. Copper colored from additions of light Crystal and Honey malts which carry the malt weight of this hop bomb. The hoppy aromas of pine and grapefruit are delivered from the abundant Chinook, Cascade and Falconer’s Flight hops.

9. Drakonic – 8.75% ABV | 40 IBU – A big, malty beast of an Imperial Stout that exemplifies the way they roll over at Drake’s. Two-row malt, Chocolate malt, roasted barley, and dark Crystal malts make up the grist. A touch of Columbus hops is added for bittering allowing the malt to shine through. Drakonic is smooth and dense with flavors of licorice, coffee and chocolate and a slightly dry finish.

10. Zinful Drakonic – 9% ABV | ?? IBU- Drakonic aged in mostly Zinfandel barrels and a wee bit of time in Port barrels. Thick and creamy, but surprisingly light on the palate. This sucker is hard to find!

11. Denogginizer – 9.75% ABV | 90 IBU – A big, bold Double IPA hopped with an abundant amount of Simcoe and Summit hops and a touch of CTZ and Cascade. Crystal and Munich malts add color and flavor and help balance out the hop assault (Leonard and Nikki’s favorite beer at the moment). Hold on to your head!

Keep an eye out in the next few days for the lineup and food specials!

As always, there will be giveaways for flights of Drake’s brews and DJ LexaKhan will be throwing tunes in, out, and blowing your mind.  We look forward to seeing y’all there!

Len & Jerry

RuinTen and Other Goodness for The Art of Beer

RuinTen x Irondilla x Strawberry Cheesecake

RuinTen x Irondilla x Strawberry Cheesecake

We got something for you guys tonight at The Iron Press.  We will be tapping the RuinTen by Stone Brewing!  That’s right guys, the ten year anniversary of the Ruination will be poured out this evening for all you lucky suckers, so get it while it lasts!

From Stone Brewing, themselves:

“IBUs 110 | ABV 10.8% | Release Date June 17th, 2013. We first released this decidedly indelicate beer in 2012, as Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our beloved bitter Stone Ruination IPA. Stone RuinTen IPA uses the same recklessly hoppy recipe as the 2012 release; only the name has changed, as we plan to unleash this belligerently delicious hop monster upon the public annually from now on. We packed a whopping five pounds of hops into each barrel, and cranked up the ABV to stand up to the hop onslaught. The results are glorious, and we know you’ll rejoice in tasting this audacious gem of hoppy splendor once again. You’re welcome. “

In addition to this, we will be serving up:

1. The Irondilla – Citrus marinaded chicken with Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses stuffed inside two flower tortillas finished off in our signature iron. – $9

2. Strawberry Cheesecake Waffle – Belgian waffle cheesecake topped with whipped cream, fresh strawberries, and a scoop of ice cream. $7

See you guys tonight!

Len & Jerry