A Second Visit to Phantom Carriage
Last week, along with a few other guys, I visited a few breweries in Torrance (Monkish Brewing, Smog City Brewing, and Strand Brewing), finishing up in Carson with Phantom Carriage. While I had visited Phantom Carriage previously, I was still curious to go back and drink some more of Phantom Carriage‘s sours. Our bartender served us hastily, perhaps due to it being close to last call, so the bartender was understandably eager to quickly serve us, even if the tasting glasses were served in no seeming order. As opposed to my first visit when I got two separate flights of three beers, this bartender kept pushing out glasses to us, which was a slight bit tough to keep up with.
Nevertheless, we drank the five house beers on-tap, starting off with the Broadacres (3.7% ABV), a wild Berlin weisse, which I found to be tasty, tart, with not a long finish. We then had the Houten Muis (6.8% ABV), a Sauvignon blanc barrel-aged Muis, which was yeasty, tasty, and also had a short tail. Next up was the Bergman (8.4% ABV), a barrel-aged blonde sour, which I found to be enjoyably tart.
Then we had the Mosaic Muis (6.5% ABV), a dry-hopped wild Belgian blond, which was pretty Mosaic-y. Despite my not being a particular fan of Mosaic hops, I imagined it would be good for people who enjoy Mosaic hops. Finally, we had the Dolores (7.0% ABV), a dark farmhouse ale, which was noticeably chocolatey. Also, the bartender did actually bring out a regular Muis, despite it not being on-tap, which was great of him. I was not impressed with the Muis, but it definitely made me appreciate what they did with the Houten Muis and the Mosaic Muis.
For this second visit to Phantom Carriage, it made me wonder again if they will make more of their own beers available on-tap or if customers are to enjoy just the five or six of their own beers on-tap (in addition to the half-dozen or so non-house beers on-tap). If they make more available, I would be excited to check them out again.