September saw the opening of the newest brewery to join the other 13 breweries in Anaheim. Towne Park Brewery & Taproom is located off Lincoln Avenue, right by the 5 freeway. The only way they could be in a better location is if they popped up on Katella & Harbor or somewhere along “Lager Palma Brewlouvard” with their crowds.
I’ve been waiting a while for @TowneParkBrew to open. I heard about their impending arrival onto Anaheim’s craft beer scene sometime around July. I signed up for their newsletter and at that time their tentative opening was going to be in late August. I never got one damned email from them and I wouldn’t have known they were in business except that I went to see a friend’s band at the Holiday Lounge in Costa Mesa and the Towne Park IPA was available on tap. I tried it and I was impressed. The hops provided a bitter shock to my palette that I have come to love in IPAs.
So one night, I happened to be in Towne Park’s neighborhood at the Doll Hut Studios
and needed a place to continue drinking after Chuy practice. The Old Man and I headed over to Towne Park and were surprised to find that it was packed. It was a Wednesday night around 9:30 and the only parking available was handicap. Luckily I was the only handicap person there so I took that parking faster than Blac Chyna got knocked up by the only male heir to the Kardashian name.
Their HQ is huge! It’s the center of the Towne Park universe where all the brewing, canning, bottling, aging, and tasting happens. Out in front they’ve got what appears to be a “company car” with this fun license plate. It’s probably the owners.
I got a few pics of what it looks like behind the scenes in their production area.
Look at all those cans of delicious beer! Of course, it was dark so the pics could be better but they can give you an idea of just how large their operation is.
Follow the next sign for a good time…
There is a spacious outside seating area that is all lit up and inviting-looking to the outside world. Inside is a bright, open tasting room with a bar against one wall and tables with chairs spread throughout.
The Menu Board…
Towne Park offers 8 different beers as well as non-alcoholic beverages. They also have apparel and glassware merchandise for sale. They have pretty average prices for everything on the menu with the exception of the $8 IPA. It only comes in at a 6.7% ABV and the going rate at most breweries for that level of alcohol is $6 ($7 if they’re bougie).
Since I had already tasted the IPA, I took the “doublemint” challenge and went with the Double IPA that measures a whopping 9%. I expected it to pack a hoppy punch but I was let down in the worse way. It didn’t even taste like an IPA, much less a DIPA; it was much too sweet and malty. I tried to drink it fast to get it over with and that left me feeling like I shouldn’t have another beer that night. Damn 9%er’s!
So that’s a score of one to one with my Towne Park Brewery experiences. I’m not sure how to think about them and they definitely deserve a third try. I will taste their lighter content brews next time.
It could’ve been a bad night but I had such a good time on the outside patio watching all the pugs and pits play and demand attention from their millennial owners that it made up for the overly sweet brew.
There’s a brightly lit marquee sign that advertises the goings-on of the upcoming week.
I like that they’ve got a Trivia night on Wednesday’s. Wednesday is my traditional day for trivia competitions. We used to play all the time at BackStreet Brewery until they just didn’t have it anymore. Sometime I’ll check out Towne Park’s game. And taco’s on Tuesday? Who woulda’ thunk? Wonder if there are veggie selections on the menu?
Overall, I am happy with this new brewery. I just had a bad experience with the taste of one of their concoctions and I won’t let that stop me from going back and tasting what else they have to offer. Welcome to Anaheim, #TowneParkBrew!