Season 2, Episode
19 – This week, we’re going full-throttle with
the beer-geekdom and drinking beers with Brad Daniels at his
awesome home brewery, Peace Brewing, the third of our three stops
at three Orange County breweries.
This week, we’re at one of the coolest homebreweries in southern
California, Bradley Daniels‘ Peace Brewing in Anaheim. While his
place isn’t an actual “craft brewery”, his home is legendary in the
Orange County beer world, and we thought it appropriate to feature
his brewery/bar/man-cave in this, the last stop of our Orange
County brewery tour.
We kick the show off with a blonde ale that Brad has brewed 12
times so far. This recipe was actually written by our very own Matt
Becker when he worked at O’Shea’s
Brewing back in the day. The beer was a hit with Brad’s
friends, so he continued to brew it. Brad’s home is quite beautiful
and he hosts many events that cater to a broad range of people, so
having a beer that’s approachable and easy drinking is ideal. This
beer is perfect for such occasions, but can also be appreciated by
even the geekiest beer geek.
Brad has a very unique home brewery. It’s essentially a three-tier
brewing system without the brewing stand. When Brad began
homebrewing 25 years ago, he didn’t have a lot of money to spend on
brewing equipment and he pieced together what he could. His brewing
setup today is very much like his original system 25 years ago,
with a few tweaks here and there. Brad gave us a quick tour of his
setup and brewday in the video above.
Next up is a stout that Brad has on tap and in bottles nearly
year-round, it seems. It’s an oatmeal stout that’s served with
nitro on tap, but also traditionally conditioned in bottles for
portability. This beer is a big hit in Brad’s circles, and in his
own words, he “can’t seem to get away from it.” This beer is
essentially a dry stout, but at a slightly higher ABV. “Brewer’s
Licorice” is used in this beer to give it a unique edge.
We wrap up the show with a beer that was featured
on a previous episode, Brad and Greg’scollaboration
beer, Belgian Brunch.
When we first tried the beer, we all agreed that it wasn’t quite
ready for consumption. The carbonation wasn’t quite there, and the
beer was a bit fragmented, overall. Seven months later, the beer is
tasting great, but is still a suitable contender for cellaring.
Brad is a genuinely great guy. He’s a true beer geek, upstanding
citizen of Anaheim, and a gracious host. We can’t thank him enough
for having us. We had a blast!