I’ve been of the opinion that if it weren’t for Disneyland, with its own downtown featuring myriads of restaurants and stores – not to mention the surrounding eateries and hotels off Katella and Harbor – that the city of Anaheim’s official downtown area between E. Broadway and Anaheim Blvd. may have developed into something more than just semi-high rise buildings, yuppie-style apartments, and legions of single-story homes nearby. While this may be conjecture, it’s not conjecture that Anaheim Brewery has placed their stake in downtown Anaheim and is here to stay (the sentimental value perhaps?).
Whether they grow into a craft beer juggernaut remains to be seen, however. If you’re looking for the innovation and cutting edge beers found at Placentia’s The Bruery, Fullerton’s Bootlegger’s, or Brea’s TAPS, you’re less likely to find it here. The 1888 (California Common ale), ‘Tavern Ale’ pale, ‘Red’ amber, and ‘Gold’ blonde are well-balanced drinkables, pleasing to locals and newly-minted beer adventurists to be sure, but to the craft beer geek these tend to come off as “yawn”. Again, still drinkable, but that’s the campfire verdict amongst the geeks so far.
Conversely, the brewery does shine highly with their Hefeweizen, with its fresh taste of banana and cloves, and their chocolate stout, which incorporates a flavorful array of coffee roast and cocoa with a mouthfeel more akin to an oatmeal stout. If this brewery can bring the same level of intensity to the more conservative aforementions, they could rise through the ranks swiftly and definitively. The presentation of their beers (logo, labeling, tasting setup) is without peer.
Tasting room hours:
Tuesday: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Thursday: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
On a neighborhood side note, Umami Burger recently moved next door, a gastronomical experience that’s spread like wildfire throughout Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties. Their burgers (and food in general) must be tried to be believed, so look to the official Umami Burger as well as Port and Stilton Burger to start you on your journey. And don’t forget to ask about the cheesy tater tots.
Needless to say the potential symbiosis between Umami Burger and Anaheim Brewery should result in a scene amongst scenes for craft beer gastronomy, and the food truck and bands on Taco Tuesday can only add to the fun.
(Coming up: Part Two with Anaheim’s Noble Ale Works brewery)