Friday, July 8, 2011

Review of Anaheim Brewery

The latest trend seems to be making downtown areas food meccas. Take places like downtown Fullerton and of course the Orange Circle as prime examples. Soon downtown Anaheim will have that distinction as well. The beginnings of that opened the first of the month, Anaheim Brewery.

If the place looks like it is still under construction - it is! It is also the first part of a new food mecca for the downtown area. In December, Umami burger, one of the top rated burger places in the area will open it's first OC location Anaheim Brewery. Then sometime next year, the folks that operate The Camp in Costa Mesa will open the warehouse next door with roughly 20 food and beverage locations. There will also be a place for live music and local artists. Outside there will be places for food trucks and plans for a large outdoor movie screen to watch movies. But let's get back to Anaheim Brewery.

The Tasting Room is only open Friday - Sunday since they are actually bottling and packagng the rest of the week. Flights off all four beers are $8 with pints at $5. They also have growlers for you to take home and it's $20 with $15 refills.

My friend Anthony and I went to try the first Anaheim Beer since prohibition! We each ordered a flight. The first beer was the Anaheim Gold. I'm typically not a fan of light beers, but this one definitely was well-balanced with a sweet finish. I would definitely come back for another one.

If you're not able to get a seat at the bar, they will give you these wooden nickels to exchange one and your glass for a new beer along your flight. Hmmm seems like they should change it to Beer Time in Anaheim!

Next up was the Anaheim Hefeweizen. Once again I admit I am not a fan of Hef, but this had a smooth banana finish and would be another beer I would get again.

Our third beer was the Anaheim Red.Reds were one of my favorites and this one reminded me why it was one of my favorites. Great full bodied taste with a nice sharp bite at the end. I'll be coming back for more of the Anaheim Red time and time again!

Last but not least was the Anaheim 1888. Let me tel you that 1888 must have been a really great year because this was my favorite of all four beers! Rich, smooth and full-bodied, I came back to get a growler a day later!

The weekend tasting room hours:  Friday 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Anaheim Brewery
336 S Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 780-1888

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