Breweries, Stuff i do when i drink

Hoparazzi Brewing Co.

I have been itching to go to @HoparazziBrew for quite sometime as regular readers will know.  And finally, last Saturday, I managed to get there.  They are only open on the weekends for now but it is definitely a brewery to check out…especially if you like sour beers.

They are located off La Palma in #Anaheim in the vicinity of 2 other breweries so they are in a great location.  There was a lot of parking when I went.  The interior looks very nice and modern and dimly lit but inviting.  They’ve got a board up with all their beer on tap and the alcohol content of each…very important factor!

I started off with the Enlightened IPA which was very excellent, it was the very taste an IPA should have…full of hops and flavor and some citrus taste going on.  My old man had the Eldo Wedding Beer which only comes in a 10 ounce glass.  It is a Belgian beer with strong taste and high alcohol content at 8.5%.  It was delicious.

But we didn’t stop there.  Oh no, Hoparazzi is known for their sour beers so, of course, we had to try some of the selection.  A taster flight of 4 is only $6.00 so we got a raspberry sour, a cherry sour, a cherry chocolate sour and then their strongest Scotch ale called Gypsy Dusk.

I have to say, I loved them all.  But I like sour beer.  My old man hates sour beer, it gives him acid belly and he doesn’t like the taste.  But even he had to admit, Hoparazzi’s sours were very tasty and smooth.  My favorite was La Tarte Melina, the raspberry flavored one, that was not too sour or sweet.  The cherry sour, or La Tarte Cerise, was very sweet tasting.  Then the Cherry Chocolate Tarte was very complex tasting with a more sour than cherry flavor and an aftertaste of delicious chocolate.  They were all great but I don’t know if I could take more than one pint of sour beer so the taster sizes were perfect.

Hoparazzi is a cool little brewery and I can’t wait to go back with my friends.  I love how Anaheim has so many breweries.  All these choices can make a brew broad get drunk!



Breweries, Stuff i do when i drink

It Was A Dark & Rainy Night…

I had to do it.  I just had to go back.  I am so in love with @goldenroadbrew that I could not resist visiting again and sampling some more of their delicious brews.

It had been a busy day and Sean and I were exhausted after visiting his pops at the UCI Burn Unit.  So since it was on the way home, we decided to stop in to Golden Road.  It indeed was a dark and rainy night and at first, we thought the tasting room was closed.  But there were cars in the lot and asses on the seats inside so we ventured in.

This time, I was in the mood for something light so I tried the 329 Lager.  It was so tasty and refreshing.  It is a true lager and it went down so smooth.  Sean had a pint of the Get Up Offa That Brown and he loved it.  I have had that before at the LA location and I loved it also.  It’s a deep brown color and has a perfect mix of caramel taste with dark beer.  Golden Road has a bunch of IPA’s that I can’t wait to try.

Golden Road has plans for expansion and I don’t think it will be recognizable when they are done.  They are adding a restaurant and i’m not sure what will become of the current tasting room but they are bound to get bigger.  I’m glad they are going big because they are anticipating a massive influx of customers once word gets out about this place.  Other breweries in the area already have that massive influx and they refuse to move to a bigger location.

The prices at Golden Road are a little bit more than i’d like to pay for beer.  The first time I went, the total was $14.50 for 2 beers.  Crazy!  This time, the price was a more reasonable $10.50 but the beers were also not that high of alcohol content.  The 329 Lager is only 4.8% and the Get Up Offa That Brown is 5.5%.  So I would like to see their prices come down but overall, I love this place and I will be back to try all their samplings!


Beers I drink, Breweries

Golden Road Brewery in OC

@GoldenRoadBrew has been operating in LA for a couple of years and they have now finally opened another location in Anaheim!  The tasting room is located just off of Orangewood across from the Anaheim Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  Here is a picture of their outside seating area:

I visited Golden Road on Monday night, the day after Valentine’s Day, around 6:45 and it was not that crowded at all.  Which to me, is nice.  Maybe not so nice for the brewery.  I had a pint of the Right Said Red Ale which was just a touch bitter but overall, very delicious.  Sean had the 2020 Red IPA that had a definite hoppy bite and was refreshing.

We sat outside on the long couch.  They now have 2 televisions up on the outside wall which had sports on so I didn’t really care.  There are some chairs and tables near the couch and then some picnic tables set up for the seating area.  It’s nicely lit outside in mellow tones.  And it is not directly off Orangewood so that cuts down on the noise level from the street.  It’s just really beautiful outside, the perfect seating arrangements.

Golden Road is also going to open a restaurant at this location and I am excited about that.  I have eaten at the Brewery in LA and they had wonderful veggie food for us.  I’m sure food trucks come by here, I just happened to be there when there were none.

I will definitely be back to try more of their beers on tap.  You can also buy tee shirts and take-home cans/bottles of their signature brews.  I love this place and I can’t wait to bring my friends here.  Spread the word: There’s a new brewery in Anaheim and it’s here for good!