Husband and wife, Henry and Adriana Nguyen, set out in 2012 with the intention of creating an American sour brewery in Torrance, just south of Los Angeles. But things didn't go quite to plan.
Without the funds to invest in barrels from the outset, Henry instead focused on perfecting core Belgian styles, such as blonde, dubbel, tripel, and saison. But the brewery did not produce a single IPA during its first four years, which is pretty remarkable considering this is the style they are now most famous for. Monkish are widely regarded as one of the best producers of hazy IPAs and DIPAs on the planet, but these beers sit comfortably in their range alongside inventive twists on Belgian classics and a delicious range of barrel-aged Saison and wild ales.
We headed to Torrance to brew Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams earlier this year, but we've also worked with Monkish as part of two five-way collaborations that also included Other Half, Trillium and The Veil.
FESTIVAL BEER LIST
Foggy Window, 8.1% DIPA with Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy, and Citra hops (vg)
Glamour, Glitters, Gold, 8.3% DDH DIPA with Citra hops (vg)
Trickle Down Tekunomics, 8.3% DIPA (vg)
Bonita, Bonita, Bonita, 10.1% DDH TIPA with El Dorado and Galaxy hops (vg)
JFK2LAX In the Clouds (w/ Other Half), 10% TIPA (vg)
* (vg) = vegan