First Drafts: Resident Brewing Company

Resident Brewing

I’ll be the first to admit that last week was rough as far as brewery reviews go. Three visits yielded three negative reviews. So it feels rather wonderful to kick this week of West Coaster beer coverage off with a positive review. I recently stopped in at The Local Eatery and Watering Hole (1065 Fourth Avenue, Downtown) to check out the first drafts from its recently debuted onsite fermentation operation, Resident Brewing Company. Brewing operations are led by award-winning homebrewer Robert Masterson. This is his first professional gig, but beer-drinkers nationwide had the chance to taste the fruits of his imagination after he won Stone Brewing’s 2013 homebrewing competition and had he and brewing partner Ryan Reschan’s coconut India pale ale (IPA) released in kegs and bottles under the gargoyle clan’s moniker. But here’s the thing—that was far from an authentic sample of Masterson’s brewing style or prowess.

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