It was hot as balls in Anaheim. The Old Man informed me that it’s not even considered a “heat wave” because the temps have to get past 100f. So while the fake forecasters tell you it’s technically not a heat wave even though you are melting, you can rest assured that it is indeed, as hot as balls. I consider hot as balls to be 90 and above. On the Friday night I went to Asylum Brewing Company it was a good 93 at 8:00 at night. Disgusting.
There is a tent outside the entrance and meaty tacos were cooking underneath it so it was even hotter going in. But once you get inside, the air conditioning is magic. It improved my whole mood. All of a sudden I didn’t care about the crowd and the childrens running around or the wanna-be heat wave. I was just elated to be comfortable.
We checked out the menu board and this is what we saw:
Only 4 out of 5 beers were available. Fair Weather Friend, a West Coast Pale Ale with a 4.7% ABV, was sold out. That was great for them. But it reduced the selection by 20%. Don’t check my math or anything but the cold hard fact is that there were only 4 beers to choose from. This seems like it would be typical of a newly-opened, small brewery but I have seen smaller breweries with more choices. But they are a very tiny operation in their infancy. Brewing and tasting out of the same small space makes for close company. Hopefully they will expand into a larger building.
It’s a good thing they weren’t sold out of Monsters We Breed, which was billed as a dank IPA with a 7.5% ABV. I saw “dank” and I had to have it. It was tasty and cold but not very “danky.” I figured they meant “especially hoppy” when they described it as “dank” but it wasn’t really too bitter. It had a kick though and I drank mine right up. The Old Man decided on a 6.5% Harlequin Honey Blonde.
There is cool wall art in the entrance hall and in the tasting room area. I saw on Asylum Brewing Company that the artist of these 3 beautiful paintings is a local named Nathan Houtz. Not sure where credit goes for the 4 geometric prints but they’re outstanding.
Like all smart breweries, Asylum is trying to brand you with their selection of merchandise. They have shirts for $15, hats for $25, and pint glasses at $7 for sale.
@AsylumBrewing is in a great location. Steps away from Hoparazzi Brewing and sharing a parking lot that is across the street from Bottle Logic, this place is in the center of the action on Lager Palma Brewlouvard. That would explain why they were so crowded. And I’m sure their excellent a/c system kept it crowded.
There is a shelf full of games and it seemed like every table had one going on. We chose to play Spot It! A game meant for 4th graders and drunks. It was a blast because we didn’t keep score. That ended up being in my inebriated favor.
I wished I could’ve spent all night inside the cold cave of Asylum. I was ready to check myself in. They are open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Those are some of the latest hours I’ve seen a brewery open until. I’m sure they get people coming and going all night.
But we had already tried the two beers on the menu that seemed best suited for our tastes. Neither of us really likes an Imperial Stout that much and the Rorschach was too…coffee for me, at least. So our #datenight came to an end.
I’m gonna keep my eye on Asylum Brewing because I liked what little of their menu selections I tried. If they can add some more options, I will definitely be back in. It would be great to see them expand and add more space to the brewing and tasting room areas. I wish them the best of luck. Drink well & remember to tip your bartender.