This past Saturday, Eastside Brewers headed down to Fullerton to check out Bootleggers Brewery. Two of us had met the new Assistant Brewer Chris, in Seal Beach at Beachwood BBQ – he was super friendly and invited us down – so, instead of brewing this weekend, we headed out to the brewery (and then we went to Beachwood for lunch and more tasters!).
Tucked away in a small office park a few blocks from downtown Fullerton was this great brewery, dreamed up by Aaron Barkenhagen, and built with sweat and dedication. They recently took over the warehouse next door and are working on their permits to serve pints! The beer tasting was great, we tasted nearly 10 on draught and a couple of bottle conditioned treats, all were solid. The double IPA (10%) was a great example – hoppy and full bodied, their winter beer with mint was awesome, their lemon grass beer they do for contract rocked, and the hefe was balanced to the clove side. Both bottle conditioned beers were tasty – especially the plum beer.
So, if you’re in the OC, you should check ’em out. Hopefully they’ll be showing up in more of your favorite beer bars soon! And maybe even at the LA Craft Beer Festival in May!