Monday, December 10, 2012

LINE 51 BREWING ROLLS INTO OAKTOWN

Another night of drinking for me, another discovery of a new brewer popping his head up from the home brewing world and into the nano- and pro-brewing worlds. This time I was able to partake in the first beer from Oakland, CA's LINE 51 BREWING, named after an AC Transit bus line that runs through that city. Beer Revolution in Oakland had their debut "RED DEATH IPA" on draft, and being a fan of red malts and new brewers, I took the plunge and commenced  to drinking their virgin offering.

I somewhat expected an imperial red, but ended up with a drinkable, but very aggressive hardcore hoppy ale. Those red malts, wherever they may be, didn't seem to be cutting those biting, bitter hops in any semblance of balance in the glass that I had. It's 7% alcohol and has a pretty nice flavor profile through and through, but is lacking the finesse to make this a go-back-to beer for me. I'm all for supporting the new fellas and will be on the lookout for their next one, purportedly called "One Inch Punch" and coming at us in the new year. 6/10.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Glad to know that all it takes to start an "Oakland brewery" is a half cocked idea and some money to throw at the Hermitage contract brewery in San Jose. A couple press releases later and viola you now get called an Oakland Brewer. Let's support the real guys who wake up every day to do this shit. The guys who are up at 5am mashing in, and the ones who work swing shfts to make sure that you get real Oakland beer. Not some barfly who convinced himself he was a pro brewer. Get real or go Pback to school

Jay Hinman said...

Hey anonymous, who gives a shit, really? If you and your hard-work in' Oakland pals are making better beer than this guy, you'll be rewarded for your sweat and toil. While I found Line 51's beer to be pretty mediocre, as I'm sure you understood when you read the review, I'd recommend you get used to the "gypsy" or contract brewers, many of whom are cleaning the clocks of the more "wholesome" traditional brewers. The 99% of us who just DRINK the beer couldn't care less about inter-brewer pissing contests.

Austen said...

The problem is not the inter brewer pissing contest. It's the fact that these faux brewers claim that they are "Oakland" brewers when they are obviously not. They aren't even "gypsy" Mikkeller who rightfully coined the term travels all over the world collaborating with real brewers. All the average beer that gets churned out of Hermitage brewery and marketed for some other purpose is just false advertising and is downright cheap. Don't call yourself a Local brewery when you're not. If McDonalds makes your burger, and some fool sells it to you on the street as "gourmet" locally sourced artisanal burgers then obviously you're being ripped off. The point is that people do not make this correlation with beer and it seems to be especially tyrant within the bay area. Drink what you want, but don't confuse craft with contracts. If its quality and it tastes good, by all means enjoy it. Just don't call it Oakland beer, and don't front as an Oakland brewer.

Big Poppa Petey said...

Hey guys, Thanks for the write up. I guess my marketing is too much for some. I and my wife are full time teachers, just trying to get our recipes out there for people to enjoy. Every article I have done, every website says just exactly that, every account I have gained has been telling the exact story. I don't know what more I can do to please the masses, but I don't lose sleep over it. I proudly make my beer at Tied House in mountain view. And hopefully if the market dictates that our beer is worthy we will evaluate if getting our own production spot if it is worth it for our family For now we will keep our day jobs and keep sharing our beers with people in oakland, alameda and berkeley. Cheers!!