Alchemy & Science is a craft beer collaboration led by Alan Newman and Stacey Steinmetz of Magic Hat Brewing Company and funded by Jim Koch of The Boston Beer Company.
The mission of Alchemy & Science is
to increase awareness of craft brewed beers by exploring and managing a broad range of opportunities, from creating and/or incubating new breweries to providing legacy solutions to craft beer/brewery founders.
And after much speculation, they have finally announced their first project: The acquisition of Angel City Brewing Company out of Los Angeles.
Angel City Brewing was founded by Michael Bowe, who was well known in the Los Angeles brewing scene after being named Los Angeles Homebrewer of the Year in 1995 and 1996. He founded Angel City Brewing in 1997, and then in 2004, he expanded his brewing operation by purchasing an 8,000 barrel German-made brewery off eBay.
Angel City Brewing is known for a few varieties, including the Che Pale Ale, Angel City Pilz & Angel City Lager, and with the addition of Alchemy & Science, hopes to introduce a few new surprises into the mix.
According to Alan Newman,
In addition to brewing the beers that have made Angel City so well respected, the brewery will be a great testing place for new beer styles that we develop. There will always be something new and delicious on tap at Angel City.
Despite being the second most populous city in the United States, Los Angeles has traditionally been underserved by the craft beer community, which makes this a smart acquisition by Alchemy & Science. I expect we’ll see a huge expansion in the LA craft beer scene in the coming years as breweries tap into this unmet demand, which should position Angel City nicely atop that trend.