I have to say we have pretty much avoided LA in our beer and baseball travels and have always drove past to San Diego. We decided to curb our wasteland stereotypes and on Memorial Day weekend we visited the town of Lancaster, CA in Northern Los Angeles County. A town historically known for aviation and breaking the sound barrier. This town is very proud of their past with murals, flags, and life-size jets on display, but we came for the beer and our first stop was Kinetic Brewing. Our friends Jess Poshepny Valley of Moxie Lady & Tim Vallery of Half Ass Beer Blogger raved about them on their past trip to LA.
After a 5 hour drive we arrived at opening and ordered a sampler. They were out of a few beers, but said you can get them at the beer garden at the Lancaster JetHawks Stadium, which we did later. The sampler board is a cog and their tap handles our spinning gears all representing Lancaster’s aviation heritage. The standouts was their Ignition New Zealand Pale Ale that was so bright and fresh and their Fusion Porter that had the perfect balance. The beer was heightened by their great hospitality. We probably talked to four different employees and every one was so nice and hospitable. They really value their customers and cared about social media. They had a board that looks like chalk, but is actually projected. It tracks all the social interactions of Facebook, Twitter, Untappd and Foursquare. As soon as I checked in I was on the board. That’s pretty awesome.
We then visited the second brewery located in Lancaster about 10 miles south Bravery Brewing. Their brewery is dedicated to the armed forces and it shows in their beer names, décor, and the huge American flag on the wall. They also have the drill sergeant uniform from Full Metal Jacket worn by Brian Avery, R. Lee Emery who is actually part owner with Dave Conett. With so much focus towards their military branding I have to say I didn’t think the beer would be up to par. My complete mistake, the beer was terrific. We ordered a pick your own taster set of 4 and then immediately ordered another one so we could try all their beers. The Old Rat an English Style Brown Ale was so full of flavor, while retaining its origins. Also really loved their Allegiance IPA a perfect west coast style. Ohh and their Morning Cup a Black IPA with coffee reminded me of Stone’s Dayman Coffee IPA, a beer I still crave today.
We ended the night at Clear Channel Stadium the ballpark of the Lancaster Jethawkes a minor league class A Advanced team for the Houston Astros. Basic minor league ballpark with dedicated local fans and basic food. The standout was the beer garden hosted by Kinetic Brewing where we got to enjoy more of their beer as promised.
I have to say Lancaster, CA surprised us. They have two well deserving breweries worth the visit.
Kinetic Brewing – 735 W Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, CA 93534
Bravery Brewing – 42705 8th St West, Lancaster, CA 93534