I walked in blinded from the sunny & hot 86° F Temecula afternoon to find a dark, dimly lit brewery. The brewery, Aftershock Brewing Co., was speckled with people. A family with a baby trolley & a bag of Kettle Chips sat together drinking some beer. Another couple sat facing each other laughing & smiling. I made my way toward the end of the brewery & perched myself on one of the bar stools.
|Strawberry Brew Juice, 1909, Abuelita's Pastel de Cafe, Caramel Kid's Delight|
AboutAlthough it's in the midst of a renovation, Aftershock Brewing Co. turns four years old in September. While I was there, Laurel took care of me & did so with great knowledge & patience. The brewery prides itself on their creative approach to brewing, which becomes evident with so many beers on tap. There's something for every type of brew lover & more options than you'll ever get the chance to drink, at least in one sitting.
Orange CreamsicAle - This vanilla cream ale with orange citrus finish is light, flavorful, & creamy. It smelled delightful & I wish I could bottle the scent to put in my car. With a 5.2% ABV, Orange CreamsicAle would be perfect for a summer pool day.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Ale - Get ready for a tasty surprise! This American amber ale seriously smelled just like oatmeal raisin cookie. Just like it! It was absolutely scrumptious with raisin & cinnamon on the nose & palate.
Abuelita's Pastel de Cafe - Now this beer — a Porter with coffee, cinnamon, & molasses — is a kicker. "Ah!" I exclaimed after I took my first gulp. Although it's a surprising 9.4% ABV, you can barely taste the alcohol.
Caramel Kid's Delight - Despite the name, this is not for kids whatsoever. With a 9.9% ABV, check yourself before you wreck yourself. The Imperial chocolate caramel coconut cookie stout tastes like an adult version of Samoas, the Girl Scout cookie.
Honorable MentionsJess y James - This American Imperial Stout has notes of chocolate & with 9.9% ABV, it's like an alcoholic coffee.
Richter Raunch - As an award-winning smoked ale, Richter Raunch seriously tastes like someone dropped some smoked Gouda or something equally smokey in the beer. It's whimsical & delightful.
Final ThoughtsLaurel was kind enough to send me off with a bottle to go. She recommended Third Degree, a traditional India Pale Ale & an Aftershock signature. I ended up enjoying it with Fred a few days later during dinner. Although I did try quite a variety of their beers, the uniquely flavored ones were the ones that stood out to me.
Aftershock Brewing Co. has a wide array of beers to choose from. IPAs, Stouts, Belgians, & more! Choose something eclectic or opt for a classic. The brewery hosts a variety of patrons, which is always good for the classic sport of people watching. I didn't find the brewery to be super busy or chaotic, with a perfectly acceptable noise level. Take a look at their selection of pint glasses & buy one to take home. I enjoyed myself & would certainly come back, especially to try my favorite beers again.
Which of these beers looks like something you'd like? Have you visited Aftershock Brewing Co.? :]
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