I had the unfortunate occasion to be at the Kaiser Permanente mega-complex in #Anaheim one night. A sick mother-in-law is no good. The Old Man and I hung out for a while bedside in the ER and then, hands wringing, left for the night hoping for the best within the next couple of days.
Since we were so far down on La Palma, we decided to hit up All-American Ale Works. It is one of the newer breweries in Anaheim and one that I hadn’t been to since I wrote this review of them in the summer of 2017.
All-American Ale Works is the furthest brewery east on Lager Palma Brewlouvard. It’s maybe 3 miles from Bottle Logic, Asylym, & Hoparazzi. We were pleased when we pulled up and there was a sign letting patrons know that they had $3 Founding Father Pints on this night. With a special like that going on, we were shocked when we walked inside and there was no one in there, except for the brewer Travis. When I came in July, it was so packed that I was lucky to get a seat. That was right after they opened so word was on the street about a new brewery in Anaheim. This time, I had my choice so I picked the table with the best All-American Ale Works brand. Hardcore.
We asked Travis what the “Founding Father’s” pint special was all about and he told us it was all the “Year Round” beers on the menu, there were 5 choices with varying tastes and ABV’s.
Here’s a pretty focused shot of the menu. The growler prices are cut off so you will just have to go there to find out the prices.
Normally I would’ve gone for the Old School Mix Tape Session IPA but it was only a 4.7%. I know it’s more about the taste of the beer but I happen to be an ABV nerd and it’s something I look for in a brew. So I went with the Barefoot Blonde Lager which measured 5% and the Old Man had a Storm The Beach which is a red ale with coconut with an awesome 7% ABV.
We both really enjoyed our selections in the first round. So much that we stayed for a second round and both had the Storm The Beach this time. Again, the color was dark red with a good head and the coconut in the mix adds such a sweet, mellow flavor to the finish. Here’s the Old Man hisself posing with his first 7%er:
For about 10 minutes after we ordered our first round, no one was in there so we just talked to Travis. He was personable and really on top of things coming up for All-American. They are looking ahead to having distribution in local places and getting their name out on the craft brew festival circuit. I mentioned the lack of crowds and Travis said the $3 pint on Monday night thing was new but let me know that they have a bunch of events going on throughout the week. Here’s a pick of the weeklies:
Eventually, a group of 4 came in and sat at the bar so Travis turned his attention to them. Now it was my chance to start snapping pictures and writing down the facts! Another couple came in a little while later and then finally a lone guy but it got a little more crowded without being annoying.
Geeks Who Drink for trivia on Tuesdays at 7:00pm. Travis said the top prize is a $20 gift card. I know a couple of Lag-A-Lots who could use a $20 gift card to pay for the $50 worth of beer we would all drink that night. One of these nights I’m gonna get down Lager Palma east and play some trivia with my smart friends. Can’t hardly wait!
Travis told us about some upcoming charity thing they are doing in conjunction with a local cat rescue. For the life of me, I cannot remember the name but I wish I could give them a plug here. Remember to spay and neuter your pets!
All-American Ale Works has improved and seem to be getting better than when I first tried them out. Everything about the place is mostly the same as it was when they opened last year. For example, they’ve got the Patch Wall and merchandise for sale still.
The art on the walls is still the same as well as the big screen tele’s on every wall broadcasting whatever game catches the fancy of the brewery patrons on any given night.
But they have a lot more beers on tap than they used to though and that’s great. Travis said when they first opened they only had 9 or so choices on the menu and now the menu is extensive. He said they have made over 35 different brews since they opened until now.
I got a few shots of the back area:
If you’ve never been to All-American Ale Works, I recommend checking it out. If you’ve been once or twice last year, like I had, do yourself a favor and head back there. Just don’t come on Tuesdays for trivia night because my team will devour you.