Automatic Brewing Company 6th Anniversary Tasting with Lee Chase
Six years ago Lee Chase started making high quality, flavorful beers on his trailer-mounted brewing system behind Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights.
That 1.5-barrel batch-size system has grown over the years, and today Automatic Brewing is an 8.5-barrel system, still producing phenomenal beers.
To celebrate the anniversary, Lee tapped all the Automatic beers currently available and held a guided tasting event with longtime fans of his terrific beers. Attendees bought a taster flight of six beers personally selected by Lee, and sat down with him to enjoy them as he told the story behind each one.
In honor of Lee’s love for bikes and his recent trip to Copenhagen, all of the beers have names referring to bikes.
Here are the beers that were in our taster flight:
1956 -an American Wheat; light and slightly fruity, with hints of loquat and citrus (5.7%)
Prince Rode a Bike -an Imperial Pale Mild; amber and toasty (5.6%)
Bike City -a Pale Ale; crisp, West Coast style (6.5%)
Bunny Hop -Extra Pale Ale; hoppy with 100% Simcoe hops (4.5%)
Freedom Machine -IPA; double dry hopped, citrus notes (6.5%)
Brompton British Brown -Brown Ale; toasty and light chocolate (5.0%)
Every one of these beers was delicious and full of flavor. I thoroughly enjoyed each one, though my favorite of the flight was Freedom Machine. The color, appearance, aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel were incredible in this beer. The citrus notes were amazing. Crisp, clean, and citrusy, this beer is quite drinkable. Of all the IPAs I have tasted in San Diego (100+), this one is the best I have tasted.
I highly recommend a visit to Panama 66, Blind Lady, or Tiger! Tiger! as soon as possible to taste any or all of these beers. Lee is tapping other Automatic Brewing beers, as well. These current batches are in limited quantities, however, so make tracks.