Beer Notes: Winter brews in Agoura Hills, Atwater Village

The Lab, Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie and, in 2012, Golden Road Brewing

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Ladyface Alehouse and Brasserie has been
serving up beers for two years in Agoura Hills. (Ladyface Ale Companie/Red Tail
Media / December 8, 2011)

Written by Todd Martens for the Los Angeles Times

Opening a restaurant/bar and calling oneself Dr. Hops takes guts on the West Coast, where breweries have long delighted in maximizing the ingredient for all its tart and bitter glory.

“That was a joke, initially,” Roger Bott said. “We put it on the website with a little character, and it stuck from there. Home brewing, though, I was always using more hops than anyone said would taste good.”

Out of the gate, however, Bott is going for wide appeal, putting the emphasis on balance at his recently opened the Lab in Agoura Hills (30105 Agoura Road). Initial brews include an XPA, which stops short of the sharpness of its IPA brother, as well as an amber ale, in which hops give way to a sweeter finish. The space has room for two patios with outdoor fireplaces, as well as a bar and an indoor dining room. The copper-clad beer tanks are on full display, giving the spot, said Bott, a “rustic, old-town character.”

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