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At a strip mall pretty typical of the Mira Mesa area of San Diego county, you will find a storefront. “No way! Seriously??” I hear you asking incredulously. Yes, it’s true. This storefront in particular, however, houses what appears to be a small pizza shop that was converted into a tap room. Legacy Brewing, based in Oceanside, is a brewery founded on the old-fashioned approach to brewing: make good beer. The tasting room is not much to look at: just a storefront among many other storefronts. Inside, the floor is made up of large, dirty-looking floor tile and a fancy wooden tasting bar, fronted by padded wooden bar stools. Half of the wall is made of brick, lending an old-world feel to at least that part of the motif. There is a large branded mirror at the back of the place, with long tasting tables and short small top tables strewn about. There is a patio in the back that overlooks the neighboring mall tenants, with a strange putting green behind a black iron fence.
Considering their focus on making good beer, I dove right in. I started with the Oak Aged Scotch Ale (8% abv): This beer poured dark brown, with thin white head. It smelled very malty, toasty and boozy. There was a bit of a sugary sweetness and a little spiciness, as well. It tasted malty sweet, with a boozy kick. The alcohol dominates a bit into the middle, though I still got a touch of sourness. Medium-heavy in body and medium carbonation do little to break up the malty booziness, but I still detected the same sourness as before. Were it not for the sour/tartness, this would have been too heavy on the alcohol. As it was, I appreciated how dynamic it was.
Next up, I went for the Chesty Red (5.5% abv): This one poured dark amber in color, with tiny bubbles and thin white head. It smelled malty, sour and slightly sweet. The taste was mostly malty, with some sourness and still only a little sweet. A touch of hops toward the middle helped differentiate it from its predecessor (the scotch ale from before). With medium body and light carbonation, there was not much to detract from the heavy malty sweetness. It finished exactly as it began. A bit too much, without much else to distinguish it.
The tasting room is pretty basic, but all you need in a tasting room outside the brewery.
Happy Oktoberfest! For those that don’t know, the title means Oktoberfest has “arrived”! For beer lovers, this is a wonderful time of year, during which our passion for this magical brew is celebrated in Munich, Germany and around the world. It runs for 16 joyous days, starting in the last couple of weeks of September through the fist weekend in October. It has been held every year since 1810 and I, for one, will happily support this tradition.
I started this year with a visit to my favorite local eatery/drinkery KnB. They were having a tapping party for Firestone’s 2014 release of Oaktoberfest. This is from one of my favorite breweries from which to have beers, as well as to visit. Oaktoberfest is from the Bavarian Märzenbier style, which typically has lower hop character and is higher in malty sweetness. This one certainly fit the bill. As you can see, it poured a rich, somewhat hazy golden color, with light carbonation and medium white head that really stuck to the glass– always a good sign for me.
The aromas were a little fruity, with some woodiness and prominent malt sweetness. The taste was right in line with the smell, with fruitiness right up front, and light, despite the maltiness that followed. Then it faded to a mild woody taste with a nice effervescence and a touch of sourness on the finish that really made this a refreshing experience.
I must say, I have had relatively little experience with the Märzen style, outside of the one that comes in the 18-pack of Gordon Biersch I used to pick up from Costco. While this was not a bad way to experience a new kind of beer, having Oaktoberfest strait from a keg is definitely a better way to go.
I also have to give props to the Firestone rep we met at KnB, Larry, who hooked us (and everyone at the event that night) up with some free merchandise.
Overall, I would rate this beer: