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26 May 2015

The Beer Goddess: In Its Second Year, La Quinta Brewing Is Growing and Becoming a Bigger Part of the Community

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La Quinta Brewing Co. will produce twice as much beer in 2015 as it did in 2014. La Quinta Brewing Co. will produce twice as much beer in 2015 as it did in 2014.

La Quinta Brewing Co. has been busy making beer for Coachella Valley locals and visitors since late 2013. Last year, the brewery delivered 1,000 barrels from its Wildcat Drive location in Palm Desert. This year, the brewery is on pace to brew 2,000 barrels.

Owner Scott Stokes said La Quinta may be expanding even more in the near future.

“We’re gonna have to get a couple more fermenters, probably a couple of 60 barrel-fermenters. These are 30s,” he said, pointing to brewery’s fermenters.

However, it looks mighty crowded at the brewery’s current location.

“Well, we would have to modify some of the ceiling, and (the new fermenters) would be taller. There are a couple places. Some people say there’s no room, but I say there is,” he said, smiling.

The quality of the beers at La Quinta—one of the valley’s three microbreweries—has been verified by several awards. Brewmaster Ryan Pearson and the La Quinta team won a bronze medal for the Indian Canyon IPA at the 2014 San Diego International Beer Festival—and they just took home silver for the Tan Line Brown Ale at this year’s festival. The brown ale also brought home a gold medal in this year’s World Beer Championships.

Pearson and his crew recently canned more than 100 cases of their popular Indian Canyon IPA, and 200 cases of the Poolside Blonde. The brewery will be releasing more Windy Point Wheat in June—a great warm-weather brew, coming in at 4.9 percent alcohol by volume.

Also coming in July is one of my favorites, the Sand Storm Double IPA, in 22-ounce bottles. Until then, enjoy it at the taproom on draft.

Session IPAs are all the rage. In fact, the name of this IPA subcategory offers some history: World War I workers in England were allotted two drinking periods (or “sessions”) of four hours each workday. This practice, of course, called for a lower-alcohol beer. Some define the style as meaning that no beer is higher than 3 or 4 percent alcohol, but most in the States categorize any IPA with 5 percent ABV or less as a “session.”

La Quinta’s Sundaze Session IPA is brewed with Citra, Cascade, Ahtanum and Chinook hops and comes in at 4.6 percent alcohol. Expect awesome citrus (grapefruit) and floral aromas—perfect for summer. It’s been such a popular brew among locals and tourists that La Quinta is canning it mid-June for availability at the end of the month.

La Quinta is also releasing a second batch of the barrel-aged Koffi Porter any time now. Also, keep a look out around November for an Imperial Stout aged in barrels, for the brewery’s second anniversary ale.

As for events: On Friday, May 29, play some holes with the brewery at the “9 and Stein,” La Quinta’s golf outing at Desert Falls Country Club.

“Every month, we have our Desert Cancer Foundation fundraiser,” Stokes explained. “…We are talking about having another golf tournament in early-to-mid June. It will be an 18-hole golf tournament … and we’ll probably bring our beer truck.”

Wednesday, June 10, is Ladies’ night, featuring Koffi Porter ice cream floats. Saturday, June 20 is the brewery’s popular “Acoustic Night” with local music and barbecue. On Wednesday, June 24, help the community with a canned food drive. Keep a look out at www.facebook.com/LaQuintaBrewingCo for more upcoming events.

Want to keep up to date on everything that’s happening with La Quinta Brewing, for less? The brewery’s “Inner Circle” will be opening back up on Sept. 1. Members receive a 20-ounce personalized mug, stored at the brewery. Members also can purchase gallon growlers for the same price as a half-gallon growler, and are first to receive specialty growler fills. Every draft beer members purchase in the brewery is 50 percent off, while cans, bottles and kegs are 25 percent off. The annual fee will be $165.

It’s exciting to see La Quinta and our valley’s other breweries thrive! Visit www.laquintabrewing.com for more information.

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