A Taste of the Lab: Breweries in Santa Barbara

Breweries in Santa Barbara

Normally you would have to travel to Carpinteria to taste their beers, but fortunately they will be hosting a series of events at the breweries in Santa Barbara to promote the crowdfunding campaign and serve their beers to the public. This past week brewLAB held a kickoff event at SOhO Restaurant and Music Venue alongside the band, Afishnsea the Moon, where they played their promotional video, drank brews, and enjoyed the music. Next Saturday, March 5, from 6 -10 pm at Armada Wine and Beer Merchant, brewLAB will be hosting a tap takeover with five of their incredible beers.

They will be bringing a Saison, which is one of the styles they specialize in, as well as Citrus SMaSH. In the beer world, SMaSH stands for Single Malt and Single Hop, and defines one grain and one hop in the most elemental way possible. In this case, they used only malted wheat and the fruity and tropical El Dorado hops. If you are into hops, then they will also be bringing a Triple IPA. Harmonic is a bright and fiery Belgian Golden Strong with citrus. The last beer there will be Roggensauer, one of the most incredible brews they produce. This unique beer uses 100% malted rye and is then fermented using only Lactobacillus cultures (sometimes it is fermented 100% with yogurt) before being aged on fruit. The fruit changes with each batch. This time it will be blood oranges however I've had a lovely raspberry version and they have even used pomegranates in the past.

If you missed the event at SOhO, don't worry, brewLAB will be there again for the First Annual Wild Brews Fest on Sunday, March 6, from 3 — 6 pm. This festival is the brainchild of Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events, the main mind behind the Santa Barbara Fermentation Festival (SBFF) at the breweries in Santa Barbara. She hopes to bring the same educational focus and hands-on experience that the SBFF has become famous for. While SBFF covers all forms of fermentation like pickling, cheese, and bone broth, the Wild Brews Fest will highlight only alcohol fermentation. Guests will get to listen to educational talks and DIY areas while engaging with master fermenters.

The fest will explore more than just beer and wine, offering a range of fermented libations like cider, mead, sake, jun, and others. There will be eighteen vendors total and dozens of different tastings available. brewLAB will be showcasing one of their gruits. This antique ale style existed before hops were a prevalent ingredient in beer.

Instead, herbs and spices were used to act as a preservative and balance the sweetness of the malts. Pure Order Brewing Co. and Pacific Pickleworks have collaborated to create a DIY Pickle Station where you can pickle your own jar of estate-grown pickle your own jar of estate-grown hops from Pure Order. Pickled hops is actually a delicacy in Belgium.

Visit wildbrewfest.nightout.com for more information and ticketing info. This is a great opportunity to geek out on more than just beer and learn in-depth about the whole world of fermented beverages.

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