Prior to opening Hangar 24, founder and master brewer Ben Cook worked for the Quality Assurance organization at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Van Nuys, Calif. At the time he was studying Biology and became interested in the science of brewing. He then graduated from the Master Brewers Program at the University of California, Davis and opened the Hangar 24 Brewery in a location adjacent to the Redlands Airport in Redlands, Calif., inspiring the name.
With his brewery packed into an old style hangar, Cook, who focuses on American styles and classic German styles, has been able to expand incredibly fast by creating his own distribution company. In 2012, only its fourth year of production, Hangar 24 produced over 24,000 barrels, making it one of the fastest growing breweries in the country.
This single-hop IPA pours a clear pumpkin hue with a nice fluffy head and some sticky lacing. With subtle hop aroma coming through, the nose is malty-syrupy-sweet with a bitter finish. Single Columbus hopped; the bitterness hits you up front on the tongue and lingers throughout.
First brewed in celebration of American Craft Beer Week 2012, Double IPA boasts four quintessentially American hops: Centennial, Citra, Columbus and Simcoe. Pouring a hazy honey, burnished gold hue, this brew's color mimics the locally-harvested orange blossom honey, whose aroma breathes mild on the nose along with the sweet, cereal smell with notes of almonds. The sweetness and bitterness on the tongue hint at a long boil for the hops.
Capturing the ‘Essence’ of Southern California, this brew features citrus from locally harvested navel oranges, sweet blood oranges and grapefruit. With a mildly hazy Garfield-colored pour and fluffy white head, this one smells of sweet honey and citrus. The flavor is leafy with malt sweetness and a wonderful grapefruit tartness that’s just bitter enough.