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Brewery of the Week: Spangalang Brewery
August 6, 2015
Of the few things that I find truly irksome, most of them in some way involve a car. Yes, this includes gridlock (which was the recipient of my first angry social media rant) and people camping in the left lane, but above all else I genuinely loath everything about the DMV. For years I knew this dungeon of bureaucracy to reside in Five Points, a neighborhood I otherwise quite enjoy. A little less than a year ago, I had to get plates for a recently acquired vehicle and found out that the DMV had moved into a larger, decidedly more stogy building a few blocks away. It never occurred to me to see what had happened with the old space, which I figured would stand as a monument to the horrors that had taken place within its walls, but I on the recommendation of a friend I found that something far better had taken its place, something called Spangalang.
I quickly found that the beer at Spangalang far surpassed the high praise they were given when I was first told of this place. The Le Sony’r Ra was absolutely fantastic, displaying what a perfect balance between saison and brett yeasts can produce. I also couldn’t help but try the brew dubbed Knuckle Sandwich, which ended up being more mellow and floral with caramel undertones and a clean finish at the back of the pallet. My final pint was Spangalang’s heavy hitter the Night Walker, a sweet but strong imperial stout with a slight aroma of good pipe tobacco and a tinge of cocoa notes.
The atmosphere of Spangalang is a wonderful balance of cool and simple that makes for a truly inviting environ. A smattering of record sleeves across the walls and cool blue and green tones give a nod to the name and the musical culture of five Points (If you don’t know what the term Spangalang means you should listen to more jazz…or watch more Mighty Boosh) and creates an atmosphere perfect for sitting and relaxing for a bit. The staff were nothing short of awesome and were knowledgeable about everything on tap to a degree that I have seen in only a few other places.
In the end, I stayed for more than the one pint that I had intended to have at Spangalang when I first arrived and enjoyed every minute of it. If you find yourself wondering in the neighborhood I suggest you pop in to see them for a pint or two and a surprise.