Drinking on a Monday is a short column where I share that one bottle that I open after the most dreadful of all weekdays.
Since moving to the West Coast last February, the amount of time and money I spend hunting for new and rare beers has increased exponentially. While the amount of money that can be spent on beer (especially the high ABV, barrel-aged stuff that my fiance seems to like so much) can be overwhelming, its really the time that starts to become frustrating. There’s many days when I look at my calendar and realize I have 4-5 events to go to that week, but its special bottle releases that can really eat into your life. The opportunity to get a beer that’s generally unavailable is a terrible thing to pass up, and many times I’ve found myself driving all over Los Angeles County on the chance I might get something special. Its sound silly, but while some people need that new exclusive pair of sneakers, others need to make sure they get to their College bar to watch their team play, I need to make sure that I don’t miss out on the latest bottle release. As such, Beachwood’s release of Thrillseeker IPA last week convinced me to rent out a zipcar and drive over the hill to Vendome Toluca Lake to pick one up.
Beachwood Thrillseeker has a bold tropical aroma of pineapple and grapefruit, with a bit of a piney backbone. It pours into a snifter a nice orangish straw color and is totally clear. Its got a reasonably light head that disperses quite quickly into some nice soapy lacing around the glass. The taste of this one surprised me as the tropical aromas aren’t nearly as present on the sip. Its smooth on the tongue as the piney bitterness hits the back of your throat. Nice grassy tones with very mild citrus, although you do get some grapefruit rind in there as well. A nice light caramel backbone, but its the pine that really clings to your tongue as the mild carbonation subsides. There’s enough flavor in here to compete with some of my favorite double IPA’s.
Beachwood is consistently proving themselves to be one of the most consistent and well-regarded breweries in the Southland, and if you’ve ever been down to their restaurants, you’ll know the BBQ ain’t too shabby either. I sincerely hope that someday we will see these beers released on a wider scale so I don’t have to make a mad dash on release day to the brewery or a bottle shop. I mean, its all part of the fun of being a beer geek, but what good is a beer if you are spending more time hunting for it than you are enjoying it? And as the photo above seems to show, beer this good is fun for the whole family.