Angel City Brewery’s newest beer, For the Sake of Ale, and Jason Pippen’s newest work, “Jugatsuzakura,” will be celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St. in Little Tokyo.

sake of ale“Inspired by our neighbors in Little Tokyo, we’ve combined our brewing knowledge with traditional Japanese sake fermentation methods to create a beer like no other,” said an Angel City Brewery spokesperson. “The rich, complex rice flavors balance naturally with malted barley and hops. Huge floral notes blend with fruit flavors of pear and pineapple, then round out with a signature, dry finish. A bold experiment in brewing, this sake-beer is unforgettable.”

Conceptualized over a year ago while curating several shows at Angel City Brewery, Pippen has created a new wall-hanging sculpture titled “Jugatsuzakura.” It means “October cherry,” a rare cherry tree that blooms late October through January. Using the oak barrel staves from the brewing barrels found at Angel City Brewery, he has created the form of a samurai along with abstract mon and shoji (gates and sliding paper doors) as additional elements. This sculpture brings together his continued interest in Japanese culture with the Los Angeles Arts District, where artists and friends gather to enjoy a brew at Angel City Brewery.

Tickets can be purchased online for admission at 6, 7 or 8 p.m. for $5 plus a $1.27 service fee by clicking here.

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