Craft ~ brews and reviews
By Greg Richardson
We often spend time over the summer
revisiting places we have been before. We may head back to see
family and friends or take our kids to where we grew up.
I enjoy stopping at some of my favorite
tasting rooms and breweries, places I have enjoyed before. Those
familiar places can be comfortable, or they may have changed since I
have been there.
On the other hand, August is a great month
for trying something new. I thought I would check out a couple of
breweries which opened fairly recently to see if I could find some
first stop I made was at Mount
Lowe Brewing Company in
Mount Lowe was
established a couple of years ago in Arcadia. It is named for the
Mount Lowe Railway, which ran from 1893 through 1938 north of Los
Angeles. A scenic mountain railway, it ran from Mountain Junction,
at the corner of Lake Avenue and Calaveras Street in unincorporated
Altadena, in several divisions to the foot of Mount Lowe. Though
abandoned, parts of the railway are still accessible for hikers.
Mount Lowe is
within easy walking distance a variety of restaurants in Arcadia, as
well as the Arcadia stop on the Gold Line.
My visit to Mount
Lowe introduced me to
their Inspiration Porter and The Thaddeus, and English style milk
stout. They are the darker end of their regular brewing pool, and I
am eager to become better acquainted with them soon. Inspiration
Porter is inspiring, with aspects of vanilla and cocoanut. The
Thaddeus is available on nitro.
I am looking forward to exploring their
other brews, including their Incline Ale, a hoppy bitter with notes
of citrus and pine, and The Hills Are On Fire, a classic IPA brewed
with habanero peppers. They also offer Bungalow Blonde, which is
fermented with Kolsh yeast, Honeyngton Hef, an American-style wheat
beer brewed with honey, A less-spicy version of The Hills Have IPA,
and Rubio Red, which has a caramel-like malt character with some
I plan to make visiting Mount
Lowe a regular part of my
second stop was at Rescue
Brewing Company in Upland,
California, a little further east down the freeway.
Rescue Brewing opened
a couple of months ago in June, 2017. It is designed to pay tribute
in tangible ways to first responders, people who run toward trouble
to help rather than running away. Dogs are welcome at Rescue and
healthy snacks for dogs are available made from the spent grains
left over from the brewing process. The proceeds from the sale of
these snacks go to the Upland Animal Shelter.
in downtown Upland surrounded by possible sources of excellent
The first flight I enjoyed at Rescue began
on the hoppy end with their Batch Zero XPA, a hoppy and tasty
session IPA. My second taste was a Golden Rye-ley, their Imperial
double IPA with a higher ABV and much higher IBU, and I continued
with their Amber Ale, a hearty red ale. As I headed into the dark
end of their pool my next taste was a Porter, an American porter. My
next step was their Imperial Stout, a Russian Imperial Stout with a
healthy ABV. I finished my flight with their Cream Ale with Orange
Peel and Vanilla Beans, which was a good palate-cleansing way to
complete my tasting.
Two options I did not include in my flight
were a Belgian Witbier with Orange Peel and Coriander and Jerry’s
Juice, an Irish red ale.
I enjoyed my visit to Rescue,
and the beer was excellent. People were friendly and helpful. It
seems like a great addition to downtown Upland.
August is the perfect opportunity to try
something new, to visit somewhere you may not have been before. You
may discover new flavors or combinations, new twists on the
familiar, and find some new favorites.
Greg Richardson is a leadership and
organizational coach, and a spiritual life mentor, in Pasadena,
California. He is passionate about craft brewing, listening, and
monks and monastic life. Greg is a recovering attorney, executive,
and university professor. Greg’s website is StrategicMonk.com and
he is on Twitter @StrategicMonk.
You can email Greg at StrategicMonk@gmail.com.