On February 19, 2017, Left Coast Brewing Company threw a lovely anniversary party for their Tasting Room. An afternoon of beer, music, Mexican food, and fun for all who helped celebrate.
Here’s a rundown of the beers that my hubby tasted:
Galaxy Supernova IPA is a single hop India Pale Ale made 4 times per year. 6.5% ABV, 53.9 IBU. Tasting notes: Golden hue; hoppy aroma; crisp, clean with heavy hop flavor. Food pairing: Sandwiches and burgers.
Orange County IPA is an India Pale Ale brewed with fruit. 7.1% ABV, 55.1 IBU. Tasting notes: Golden hue; lighter hoppy flavor with sharp taste. This would be a good starter IPA.
Nuclear Chi Chis is a Session IPA. 4.5% ABV, 41 IBU. Tasting notes: Golden hue; hoppy and citrus aroma; smooth, subtle citrus flavor. Food pairing: Salad, grilled chicken, pork, and seafood.
Voo Doo American Stout “is a full-bodied, dark brew that is rich and malty with plenty of roasted barley character. This hearty stout is layered with flavors of roasted barley, chocolate, and coffee coming from the highest quality imported malts. Its creamy long lasting head completed the brew, tempting your taste buds to be spellbound.” 8.0% ABV, 37.8 IBU. Tasting notes: Dark brown hue; coffee aroma, smooth roasted coffee flavor. Food pairing: Sunday brunch.
Hop Juice Triple IPA “uses Premium American2-Row and a touch of light crystal malt to create a solid malt foundation. Five different hop varieties are used in Hop Juice. Now dry hopped with Mosaic for great aroma. Starts out sweet and finishes with the crisp bitterness of a Triple IPA.” 10.0% ABV, 100 IBU. Tasting notes: Reddish orange hue; Strong hop aroma; strong hop flavor and hint of citrus flavor on the backend. Food pairing: Steak, thick burger, and lamb.
The Herdsman is a barley wine. 11.5% ABV, 84 IBU. Tasting notes: Red hue; Subtle licorice, herbaceous flavor.
Roasted Peanut Stout is a cream stout. 5.7% ABV, 20 IBU. Tasting notes: Dark brown hue; subtle peanut flavor on the backend with a bite; imagine cola with peanut butter. Food pairing: Chocolaty dessert like a brownie sundae.
Tasting Room Anniversary Ale is a “West Coast Style IPA with pungent Australian hop flavors. Brewed with premium pilsner malt and hopped with Ella, Galaxy, and Simcoe. A light bodied refreshing IPA with aromas of passion fruit, papaya, and mango. Taste is bitter tangerine, grapefruit, and pine. Finishes dry and crisp.” Tasting notes: Golden hue; Bite on the front end, strong hoppy flavor, dry finish. Food pairing: Pork and chicken.
El Governador Food Truck offered Street Tacos (asada, pollo, and/or pastor) with rice and beans, Wet Burrito (rice, beans, onions, cilantro, lettuce, sour cream, and topped with sauce and cheese), and El Governador (grilled shrimp, onions, and bell peppers on a crispy tortilla).
El Governador was pretty tasty. It was nice to have some seafood since we were in San Clemente. These were almost like loaded quesadillas as the cheese was gooey inside which helped to keep the fillings from falling out as you ate it. I also liked the crispy tortilla for a crunchy texture. The beans and rice were average like you would find at any local Mexican restaurant.
The Street Tacos were pretty good. The pollo, asada, and pastor were flavorful. The added onions and cilantro gave it zingy and refreshing flavor.
Congratulations Left Coast Brewery Company on 4 years of your tasting room! I wish you many more years to come!
For more information:
1251 Puerta del Sol
San Clemente, CA 92673
Hours: Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.