Look at that great selection of bottled brews at the Bootleg Bar, a little warehouse-turned-concert joint in Los Angeles. I could have enjoyed one of my favorites, Delirium Tremens, or I could have tried whatever that espresso stout is, or perhaps I could have sampled that one on the right that has livestock on the front. But instead I chose you off the draft, Populist, an IPA by LA-based microbrewery Eagle Rock Brewery, because you satisfied my two immediate concerns; you were the cheapest and you had a respectable 7.0% alcohol by volume. I also had never heard of beer being brewed in LA and apparently there’s a reason for that; according to their web site Eagle Rock is the first LA-based brewery in over 60 years.
This was a mistake. You were so bitter it was like chewing on grapefruit pith. You had a really skunky flavor that frankly was so off-putting that I quit halfway through the cup. Please note that this is almost unheard of for me; my stubbornness and frugality will usually make me finish anything I’ve paid actual cash money for. But this time I decided to just abandon all hope and do what I should have done all along, which is go for the Tremens.
Populist. Eagle Rock Brewery, Los Angeles, California. (7.0% ABV)