Celebrate Three New Breweries This Weekend

Asylum’s Chris Brown (left) and owner Tommy Sebestyen – Story and Photos by Greg Nagel

With more than 35 breweries in Orange County, there’s bound to be an anniversary party or some other big event to check out on a weekly basis. This coming weekend is no exception, with a Gotham version of the beer signal shining high over three breweries. Asylum Brewing in Anaheim is hosting its grand opening, nearby neighbor Unsung Brewing is hosting its one-year anniversary, and next-door Super friends in Orange at Chapman Crafted Beer are also celebrating their one-year marker with a block party.

Asylum Brewing, which is a stone’s throw away from Bottle Logic, has been fairly shy in its soft opening phase, keeping their brewing talent hidden like a secret weapon. Chris Brown, who is a noted brewing journeyman in the San Diego scene, helped open Burning Beard Brewing and has dipped his mash paddle at Iron Fist, Rough Draft, and Butchers Brewing. Asylum’s grand opening, happening this Saturday, Aug. 12, will have a special Portola Coffee beer release called Rorschach among their delicious IPA, and my favorite Pale Ale in O.C., Fairweather Friend. Raffles, food trucks, and DJ Lex will lead the fun. Details here.

A short drive away by the Hall of Justice, Unsung Brewing is not only celebrating their building’s 100th year anniversary (Anaheim Make), they’re ringing in their first year as a business in Anaheim. I’m excited to see cosplay and life-size cutout versions of their beer heroes; snag the first-ever Unsung Brewing comic book, and grab some snazzy cans of Nebuloid Messier 78 Hazy IPA. A slew of special-release beers will also be on tap all weekend. Details here.

Chapman Crafted Beer’s Brian Thorson and Brian White being goofy.

Chapman Crafted Beer near the historic Orange Plaza is also celebrating the end of its freshman year doing what Orange does best: an Old Towne block party, “because who doesn’t like a block party?” asks Chapman’s Brian White. There will be activities for the kids, board games, coloring books, cookies, and a balloon maker. For the adults, there’s beer pouring from multiple stations, corn hole, washers, ping pong, and other games. Food trucks will be supplying the grub all day. The biggest surprise will be Chapman’s very first can release, surprisingly called Old Towne Block Party: Year 1, and is loaded with four pounds of Galaxy, Amarillo, Mosaic, and Blanc hops per barrel. Festivities go from noon to 6 pm on Saturday, August 12th. Details here.

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