Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Uncle Henry's Deli (Downey)


The "program" for their Crafted in Stone event.

I missed it, but also not.  The Stone takeover was held on the 26th but just a couple of days later, they still had everything from that night's tasting.  

Pictured above is not a beer from Stone but rather one of many beers I've had at this fine establishment now.  Okay, it's not a fine establishment.  But once you get past the appearance and get a load of the endless beers on tap and bottles, if you're a beer aficionado like me, you'll be in heaven.  If you fail to go in one week, you're liable to miss over 40 beers.  At least that's how it seems.  Every time I go in, there is a lot that is new to try.  Unless you're a daily or bi-weekly regular, it's virtually impossible to try everything.  

Even though I frequent the place once a week, I don't consider myself a regular by any means.  I mean, there are plenty of people there taking up residency it seems.  Don't you people have jobs?? Homes?  Families?  That aside, George (son of owner Henry), Cameron and Omar are always very hospitable when I come in - like I'd been a regular since day 1.  There is something to be said about service!  

More beer from who knows when.

When I first started going here, they ONLY had 72 taps.  Months later, Cameron was drilling away making room for the eventual 102 they now have.  

Here is the top row, finished.  Ready to pour Stone Brewing beer for their event.

This was the line-up.  The damn list was better than what I could have had at the brewery in Escondido and their company store in Pasadena.  It was that good!

See, ole Georgie doesn't wait for tasting to come about.  He hordes beer and even cellars it for when HE wants to arrange a tasting featuring specific breweries.  The man truly loves his job and it shows.

I thought I knew a thing or two about beer.  But after meeting and getting to know the guy, it really made me reassess myself.  His vast knowledge on all-things-beer is enough to make you feel eenie-weenie, teenie-weenie and make you leave with your tail between your legs or it'll make you step up your game.  i was inspired!  So much so, in fact, that I'm brewing at home now.  Okay, I'm fibbing.  All I know is, this guy's passion is 2nd to none and I appreciate it and him for it.

For all intents and purposes, I live in a culinary black hole.  Sure, South Gate and it's neighboring cities have its pockets of decent establishments to eat and drink.  And although I'm cautiously optimistic for the opening of South Gate's very own craft beer bar, Hops and Barley Alehouse, the fact of the matter is, it's from the guys behind Downey Brewing Co.  I've never been blown away by their beer selection and I've been put-off by the service on more than one occasion. I don't know what management's requirements are for the bartenders they hire, but they're doing it all wrong.  They're running it like a dive-bar.  The overwhelming majority of bimbos girls serving beer there aren't even into the craft.  I have no problem being served by a lady but have a clue, will you?  Hire someone that knows at least a little bit about beer, will ya?  I fear the same will hold true for the new spot in my hometown - whenever it opens anyway.  When did you say you were gonna open?  Exactly.  No, don't hurry yourselves.  I've got Uncle Henry's for all my liquid diet needs.  


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