Rancho Los Cerritos partners with Liberation Brewing Co. on anniversary brew

Liberation Brewing Company’s co-owner and brewer Eric McLaughlin harvesting fruit from RLC’s historic orchard. Courtesy photo.

Liberation Brewing Company in Bixby Knolls has created the first in a series of beers commemorating Rancho Los Cerritos’ 175th anniversary. This special, limited release kicks off March 22 and will continue throughout the year. Each beer will be infused with fruit from the Rancho’s historic trees or inspired by its history.

The first beer in the series, Adobe Haze, a Navel and Valencia Orange-infused New England-style IPA (6.1% ABV), will release for sale to the public on Friday, March 22, 2019 at the brewery’s tasting room, located at 3630 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807.

Liberation co-owner and brewer Eric McLaughlin visited Rancho Los Cerritos last month to hand-pick oranges himself, and six Rancho staffers and volunteers assisted with zesting the fruit—more than 8 pounds of zest alone!—that infuse the beer. The zested oranges were then donated to Food Finders.

McLaughlin eagerly shared why a partnership with Rancho Los Cerritos is important to Liberation. “We are a small, local brewery and are always excited when asked to team up with local institutions,” he said.
 
“When the historic adobe was built, in 1844, Rancho Los Cerritos  encompassed 27,000 acres, including much of present-day Long Beach,” Rancho Los Cerritos Executive Director Alison Bruesehoff said. “Brewery Knolls is on former Rancho land, so a partnership with Liberation was fitting.”
 
Adobe Haze will be on tap at Liberation while supplies last. For more information about RLC’s 175th anniversary, visit rancholoscerritos.org/175.

About Rancho Los Cerritos
Rancho Los Cerritos is an historic home in Long Beach, Calif. Built in 1844, the adobe home and grounds of Rancho Los Cerritos echo with the rich history of Spanish, Mexican, and American California and with the families who helped transform Southern California from its ranching beginnings to a modern, urban society. The two-story Monterey-style adobe is primarily furnished to reflect occupants and lifestyles from the 1860s-1880s. The site, a National, State and Long Beach Historic Landmark, also includes historic gardens and a research library and archives. It is operated by the Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation in a public/private partnership with the City of Long Beach. For more information, call (562) 206-2040, visit www.rancholoscerritos.org, and follow the Rancho on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

About Rancho Los Cerritos’s Opening Doors Campaign
Rancho Los Cerritos recently embarked on a 3-year campaign to restore previously unseen rooms of the historic adobe and open doors to a dynamic learning experience for generations to come. Through the Opening Doors campaign, Rancho Los Cerritos will complete Phase Two of its Master Plan, which will nearly double access to the Rancho and transform the experience for visitors into true “living history.” For more information about the campaign and to see restoration plans, visit rancholoscerritos.org/openingdoors

This article was released by Rancho Los Cerritos.