Brett saison, 6%
This is the first spring that gypsy brewers Brouwerij West has a brewhouse to call its own. And it’s making the most of it by experimenting with tart, mixed fermentation, and specialty grain ales that are some of the more complex in LA. My First Rodeo, a Brett saison, was first (and only!) poured at the LA Beer Week kickoff festival in 2014, and makes a triumphant, funky return this spring at Brouwerij West’s historic San Pedro warehouse.
Belgian-style tripel, 9%
Triple White Sage is LA’s original seasonal beer, which is appropriate since Craftsman is the original LA craft brewery. Every year, owner Mark Jilg hikes into the San Gabriel Mountains and picks fresh sage that he uses to brew this herbaceous Belgian triple. A little spicy, a lot sweet, and with more sage-per-square inch than an ashram, this beer is definitely worth the wait.
Double IPA, 8.7%
Rancho Santa Margarita
Remember that amazing viral video of a former MMA fighter watching a double rainbow from his front porch and getting all emotional over seeing “the eye of god”? Well, back in 2011, it inspired the brewers at Cismontane to name their next beer Double Rainbow. Turns out, the Citra and Cascade double IPA was damn delicious and it’s returned each year around this time to remind us of the beauty of mother Earth (and of meaty-but-balanced double IPAs).