Show 175, June 11, 2016: Last Name Brewing, Upland (previously known as Dale Bros. Brewing)

Andy Dale and Karen McMillen of Last Name Brewing at Innovate PasadenaLast Name Brewing (formerly known as Dale Bros Brewing in Upland) is one of the fine craft breweries participating in the Pechanga Microbrew Festival. Co-owners Andy Dale and Karen McMillen join us to tap the keg.

“[LAST NAME] Brewing is a craft brewery and tap room in Upland, CA. We brew the kind of beer we like to drink. Beer that’s smooth, balanced and that pairs up well with food. Turns out other people like to drink it, too. Sometimes, they even like it enough to give it a gold medal (or two.) We’re not brewing beer to put trophies on our mantels, but it’s nice to be appreciated.”

“From the first foamy sip to the last, our goal has always been to create beer that tastes great. Our base ingredients are deceptively simple: San Francisco Lager Yeast. Two-Row Malt. Yet the fullness and depth of flavor come from knowing how to make those ingredients (and a few select others) shine.”

Last Name Brewing’s signature label is Pomona Queen. It’s an amber lager.

“Her Majesty Pomona Queen, our California Amber Lager, offers a medium-bodied beer with notes of nuts and toffee, and just enough hops to balance the full malt flavor. We brew this jewel with San Francisco lager yeast and ferment it at higher temperatures to produce fuller flavors. Celebrate her reign by pairing her with your favorite meal, or with your favorite friends. Long Live the Queen!”