Alosta Brewing Co 1 Year Anniversaryin Events
On my most recent adventure I attended the 1 Year Anniversary of Alosta Brewing Co. Strangely enough this was my first visit to Alosta so I didn't entirely know what to expect.
Not saying that I’m one of those seasoned, jaded, seen-it-all beer festival vets but I certainly didn't fall of the barley truck yesterday. Of course there will be food, music and beer but not all festivals are created equal. Drum roll please... Alosta nailed it! Bringing in Pappas Artisanal, Brew Wings and Suite 106 Cupcakery for sustenance. Great Blues/Southern Rock covers by Robert John and the Wreck. And the “main course” of expertly brewed beverages by Alosta themselves.
(Suite 106 Cupcakery)
I could focus on the amazing array of enticing edibles or the lost art of three part harmony all day long but instead I'll leave links for you at the bottom of this article. After all, I was there for the beer. Upon my entry I met with Byron who kindly gave me my first recommendation, Batch 1 Redux Double Pale Ale on cask. This was my first surprise of the night. I figured this beer would end of tasting like an IPA. I was very wrong. Still leaving the lighter touches of a pale while kicking everything else up a notch isn't easy but it was well done. Intense tropical fruits and citrus still left room for a sweet malt backbone.
(Music from Robert John and the Wreck)
After parting ways with Byron, I panned the room looking for anyone adorning an Alosta shirt and found myself in a wonderful conversation with head brewers, Herb and Brendon. After hearing about Blue Sage, picked fresh from Herb’s personal garden for the Saison Bleu, I had to try this beer. I was blown away by this Saison. Hints of Blue Sage intermingle with copious amounts of fresh Ginger, all the while keeping the underlying Saison flavors true. The peppery Ginger flavor/aroma augmented the funky-farmhouse antiquity of this old-world style. Every sip was a unique venture into one of my favorite beer styles.
(Delicious wings from Brew Wings)
Like all great things, my conversation came to an end with this busy duo. This led me to wander further and search for more members of Alosta’s seemingly endless ensemble. Perplexed as to what I should try next I approached the counter. Luckily I was helped by Lynell Caldwell, co-owner and better-half of fellow co-owner Jamie Caldwell. The beer they suggested to me is one I normally overlook. An ESB. But when someone offers you and award wining beer you simply say, “yes please.” Light body, hints of toffee, caramel and nuttiness with a clean, crisp finish. It was an innocuous segway from the Saison Bleu. I love nothing more than having my mind expanded on a beer style I don’t gravitate toward.
In my talk with these fearless folks I learned they took over the building from a printing company. It took 7 1/2 months to reassemble the previous setup into the current foam-filled format. This didn't strike me as unusual considering these things happen everyday. But I was told a time-lapse video was taken of this transformation. After checking it out for myself it became something I felt worth sharing with you. For those of you who are thinking of starting something your brewery/tap room, I highly recommend you gain a firmer grasp of the time, money and effort it takes to accomplish this task. The video below will help you better understand the process.
After an amazing evening of food, music and stellar beer, I’ll leave you all with this. Success is a fragile thing. Only tangible to those who are willing to make the necessary sacrifices to insure it’s longevity. Alosta knows the toll it takes to insure such success. After celebrating only the first of what I'm sure will be many future anniversaries, it’s clear this responsibility is taken seriously, not only the founders but their staff as well. After sampling almost everything on their tap list I am assured they have everything it takes to continue on an already lucrative path. Can’t wait to see what next years celebration will bring. I raise my glass to all the hard working people at Alosta Brewing CO. You've most certainly earned it. Check them out at http://alostabrewing.com/. Cheers!
Check out tour info and great music from Robert John and the Wreck here:
Eat some sweet treats from Suite 106 Cupcakery:
Delicious creations from Pappas Artisanal:
Get your fill of wings at Brew Wings: