Photo Cred: Ian Steele
This week, Santa Monica Brew Works paid homage to a local legend. Rip City Skates, with more than 40 years under their belt, is a staple in the local skateboarding scene. More specifically, Rip City is the oldest continuously operating skate shop in LA (much like Yuengling is the oldest continuously operating brewery in the US, fun fact). In order to celebrate the shop’s 40+ years of business, Santa Monica Brew Works REintroduced its fan-favorite Rip City Skates IPA, which also lends its share of celebration to National IPA Day, which comes annually in early August. The beer is described as a classic West-Coast IPA, with 45 IBU and a citrus-hop kick.
The brewery had wonderful success with its initial release of the IPA earlier in the year, and has had loyal customers clamoring for its return. The beer weighs in at a modest but hearty 6.5% ABV, and will be available to-go in 16oz four packs at the brewery tasting room. Being that Santa Monica Brew Works is the first and only brewery in Santa Monica, this collaboration between two local staples with deep ties to the community is a perfect match.
Santa Monica Brew Works, whose “Beach Brewed” slogan pretty much encompasses their ideals and image, first opened their doors in 2014. Brewed with a strong sense of community, SMBW was a welcome change to the scene when they first opened and continue on with their popularity today. According to an article posted by Brewbound, Drew Pomatti, the Head Brewer in Santa Monica, is a longtime patron of Rip City Skates, which helps to deepen the link between the two even further. If you live in California, the brewery offers statewide shipping for their beers, so grab some of this citrus-forward ripper while it’s fresh.