Happy New Beer! As we all welcome in the new year, Timeless Pints is also welcoming a brand new beer to our tap list. The Big California Brown Ale made its debut in the Timeless Pints tasting room just before the new year. The Big California Brown is a brown ale brewed primarily with California malted barley. It’s a little hoppy, with 45 IBU’s and has an ABV of 8.4%. Timeless Pints Head Brewer and Co-Owner Chris Sparacio talks a little bit about his latest brew:
Where did you get the idea to brew the Big California Brown Ale?
“I remember a couple years back, Eagle Rock Brewing Co. brewed a Unity beer for L.A. Beer week using primarily all California ingredients. I recently read an article about the history of a classic California Brown Ale which reiterated the use of ingredients from California. We were due to replace our rotating IPA with something new. Now that the weather is cold, I put together a recipe that was somewhat of a heavy, darker Pale Ale more so than a brown or black IPA which we have done in past winter seasons.”
Have you ever brewed this style before?
“This is my first time using a California grown base malt.”
What makes this beer unique from other styles on tap at TP?
“The base malt.”
This beer is primarily brewed with California malted barley. Why is using locally grown ingredients so important?
“I only get particular about where the ingredients come from when I try to keep the style specific to its region. German, English, etc…”
After a couple of sweet beers like the Milk Chocolate Covered Cherries Stout and the Peanut Butter Cup Porter, is it a nice change of pace for you to brew something a little more bitter and hoppy?
Along with our regular lineup, I try to keep a nice variety on tap. One rotating IPA, a stout or porter, and something lighter as well.
Do you think the Big California Brown Ale will become a seasonal?
“I re-brew our one-off beers based on customer response. If they love it and we get several people asking for it again then I’ll eventually bring it back.”
What were your impressions of the beer, once you tried it for the first time?
“I like it, but without going into detail, I have already modified the recipe. I can’t say yet if it will be made again. We have five rotating taps. I prefer to put something new on those every time one becomes available.”
Do you personally prefer this style and flavor of beer over something sweeter, more citrusy or lighter in ABV for example?
“I love all styles of beer. Consistently rotating styles keeps it fun and interesting for me. I think our customers get excited about seeing something new on the board as well.
What foods do you think would pair best with this style and flavor of beer?
“I’m not an expert on pairing beer and food, but I personally would prefer a richer meal with this beer. Such as beef, pasta with a red sauce, etc…”
What do you like most about this beer?
“My satisfaction is great customer response. I am just trying to share what I would like to try with everyone else and hope they like it as well.”
Is the Big California Brown a good cold-weather beer for the Winter?
“Most of the time, but not all of the time, our rotating beers kind of go with the season or the weather.”
Anything you’d like to add about the Big California Brown?
“Come in and try a pint. It’s Big at 8.4%, so don’t overdo it. Take a growler to enjoy safely in the comfort of home.”
We’re open Wednesday from 4-8pm, Thursday and Friday from 2-8pm, Saturday from 1-8pm and Sunday from 1-6pm. We hope you’ll come by to try a taste of the Big California Brown – and don’t forget to keep checking our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for advanced notice of when the next new seasonal or special release beer will be unveiled. You can also stay up to date by checking the on-tap page of our website. See you soon!