We started with Noble Ale Works a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
It was long before BrewBroadBlog, long before we acquired a taste for the IPA’s. One time, we were the only ones present in the tasting room, this was before they opened the tasting room up to the warehouse section next door. They had a bunch of Angles and Ducks memorabilia and a huge map where visitors placed pins to mark where they were from.
This Noble Ale Works died long ago. They died when a shit ton of folks started parking at Noble for Angles games and crowding the very little space Noble has for “schmoozing.” We stopped going there because we were sick of the crowds. We might be beer snobs but, fuck you, hipsters, we were there first.
Tonight, we were on a hunt for a brewery.
We hit up the Old Orange Brewing Company on Batavia in Orange but they were closed. They should think about turning off their lights and putting the picnic table back inside if they are not serving beer. Whatever.
So Noble was the next closest brewery to our house. If they were crowded we were going to try the Legends Brewery on Lewis. But the Noble crowd was manageable so we ended our night there. The best taco truck in OC was there, hawking their meat-filled creations but also offering one with grilled veggies. Smart choice.
The menu was new and familiar to us at the same time.
They featured the Pistol Whip’d which I used to drink all the time. It comes in at a 4.5% ABV so I left it alone for the night. I ventured out to try something stronger and I decided on a Big Whig IPA that was a 6.8%, it was Noble’s attempt at a West Coast IPA. Whatever that means, right? It was damn tasty. It was hoppy but the IBU’s were not overwhelming. I guess a West Coast IPA is kinda light.
They offered more “light-ish” brews like the Swoll Patrol and the Tank Top but neither appealed to me. Noble presented several “hoppy-ish” choices, like the Big Whig, and the Tongue Tickles that registered a whopping 8% on the ABV. Some stouts, like the Man’s Milk, which I think is a hilarious name for beer, came in with a 6.1% and the Double Bam Bam that is an Imperial Red Ale and will get you quite fucked up with an ABV of 8.88%.
Noble has some experimental brews on tap like the Life Is Pitless,
which is a sour beer that features hints of sour cherry balls from the Most Magical Kingdom in all of Anaheim, Disneyland for you tourists. The Naughty Sauce is a stout with coffee notes on nitro to give a certain creaminess to the mouthful you will gulp.
It took about 5 minutes from the time we got our beer to the time we were able to commandeer a table from some losers who couldn’t hack drinking for the rest of the night. As we sat and drank, we talked about how the Noble Ale Works has changed. They started out sporty and took on a following they couldn’t keep up with.
Luckily, Noble is expanding.
We saw the very proof of it tonight in the “Expansion Observation Deck.” It’s a hallway that leads to closed glass doors that you can peek into. What you will find is just darkness and maybe some vats. But they are growing and I couldn’t be happier.
Our Big Whig IPA’s lasted a little while but soon we needed to medicate. So out to the parking lot we went and sparked up a completely legal bowl of weed. Things are changing. There are new things on the horizon and I like the way the future looks. If Noble can expand, so can I.
I just have to remember to stay the hell away from Noble during the baseball season. It’s packed with lowlifes and trouble makers. Visit Noble in the off-hours for a great time. Try an experimental IPA or a light American Lager. Noble’s got the best of them and it’s totally worth it. You’ll see.