Friday, 22 May 2015 15:33

La Quinta Brewing Ramping Up in 2015

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La Quinta Brewery has been busy brewing for Coachella Valley locals and visitors since late 2013. Last year, the brewery delivered 1,000 barrels from their Wildcat Drive location. This year, they are on par to brew 2,000 barrels and owner Scott Stokes shared they might be expanding with one or two more fermenters, in the near future.

“We’re gonna’ have to get a couple more fermenters, probably a couple 60 barrel fermenters, these are 30’s <points to brewery’s fermenters>.”

Got room in there?

“Well…we would have to modify some ceiling and they would be taller. And there are a couple places. Some people say there’s no room, but I say there is,” he smiled.

Brewmaster, Ryan Pearson and the La Quinta team took home a bronze medal for their Indian Canyon IPA at the 2014 San Diego International Beer Festival. And they just took home silver for their Tan Line Brown Ale at this year’s festival. Their brown ale also brought home a gold medal in this years World Beer Championships.

Ryan and his crew at the brewery have recently canned over 100 cases of their popular Indian Canyon IPA and 200 cases of their Poolside Blonde.  

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The brewery will be releasing more Windy Point Wheat in June, a great warm weather brew, coming in at 4.9% ABV.

Also coming in July is one of my favorites, Sand Storm Double IPA, in 22 oz. bottles. 

Until then, enjoy it at the taproom on draft.

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Session IPAs are still all the rage, providing all the hop goodness of an IPA, that’s more sessionable.    

This IPA sub-category has some history behind the name.  WWI workers in England were allotted two drinking periods (“sessions”) of four hours each workday.  This of course called for a lower ABV beer. The law remained in place until 1988!  Some define the style as any beer no higher than 3 or 4 percent ABV.  But most in the states categorize session beers as 5% ABV or less.

La Quinta’s Sundaze Session IPA is brewed with Citra, Cascade, Ahtanum and Chinook hops and comes in at 4.6% ABV.  Expect some awesome citrus (grapefruit) and floral aromas, perfect for summer. It’s been such a popular brew among locals and tourists alike that they are canning it mid-June for availability at the end of the month. 

La Quinta is also releasing the second batch of their barrel aged Koffi Porter next week. But you can head to the brewery today to taste the Koffi Porter on Nitro!IMG 4695-beer

And keep a look out around November for an Imperial Stout aged in barrels, for their second anniversary ale.

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On May 29th, play some holes with the brewery at the “9 and Stein”, La Quinta’s golf outing at Desert Falls Country Club.

“Every month we have our Desert Cancer Foundation Fundraiser …We are talking about having another golf tournament in early-mid June and we’ll probably finalize it in the next week. It will be a 18 hole golf tournament…probably bring our beer truck,” said owner Scott Stokes.

June 10th is Ladies Night, featuring Koffi Porter ice cream floats!  June 20th is their popular Acoustic Night with local music and BBQ. On June 24th, help the community with a can food drive for the Animal Rescue. Keep a look out on their Facebook page for more upcoming events!

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Want to keep up to date on everything that’s happening with LQB, for less?  Their “Inner Circle” will be opening back up on September 1st.

As a member of the Inner Circle, you get MORE beer, for less.  You’ll receive a 20 oz. personalized mug, stored at the brewery.  Members also can purchase gallon growlers for the same price as a ½ gallon growler.  They also are first to receive specialty growler fills. And every draft beer members purchase in the brewery is 50% off, while cans, bottles and kegs are 25% off.  The annual fee will be $165.00.

Find La Quinta’s beers at Total Wine, Bev Mo, Albertsons, Jensons, LQ Wine and Whole Foods.

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