This weekend marked one year that our friends at Monkish Brewing Company in Torrance have been in business, brewing Belgian style beers. A microbrewery that started off with 9 beers (from what I read), Monkish Brewing has now done 17 different beers, with the latest being a collaboration with Select Beer Store owner, Wes; who was Monkish Brewing’s first account and is a home brewer. The beer is called Select Monk 1, and is a variation of Wes’ recipe; an abbey-style ale with oats, wheat and barley. It is pretty tasty, if you like Crux or Oblate, you will enjoy Select Monk.
Speaking of Oblate, as part of the Monkish Brewing Company’s one year anniversary, Henry (the owner) brought out a keg of Oblate from the first batch he brewed; it was delicious. I think Henry should consider doing that recipe once in a while. There are rumors that he is aging an anniversary batch as I write this, and I heard he will be bottling soon; so sounds like it will be a busy second year for Monkish. On Friday night, Vella Pizza came out with their portable oven; if you enjoy fresh pizza you will like Vella Pizza. It really cannot get any fresher.