videography by Havens Creative
Would you believe re-gifting could lead to the birth of a brewery? It’s exactly what landed brothers Peter and Todd Mumford in the thick of the craft brewing business pouring into downtown with their family-run Mumford Brewing.
5 years ago, Peter re-gifted Todd a beer starter kit. Todd, an attorney by day, experimented with different recipes at home. Soon enough his brother Peter joined in and started whipping up batches of refined and balanced IPAs thanks to a discerning palette and a degree in microbiology.
The brothers started serving up their beers at parties for feedback and got the seal of approval any brewer hopes for: fully drained kegs.
Peter, Todd and Todd’s wife, Tien, now run the freshly opened brewery and spacious tasting room right on Boyd Street. You can’t miss it. The outer skin of their building is coated in colorful art and the open accordion windows allow the buzz of the crowd to draw you in for a sip. The interior aesthetic is minimal and modern with a corner of walls covered with graphic art by L.A. artist Kofie.
“We wanted to have a space where people can chill and relax,” says Todd.
The tasting room’s family friendly with high chairs, a changing table, and covered outlets to keep tiny toddler hands out of trouble.
At the bar, beautiful bare bulbs dangle overhead as a neon sign lets you know what the Mumfords want you to do: Enjoy Beer. Todd insists they’re focused on fundamentals not flash, “We’re making beers that we like to drink.”
L.A. Crema – Mumford’s cream ale is clean and crisp, the kind of beer you can confidently bring to a summer party. Then there’s the sexy and sultry Black Mamba, chocolaty black ale without the heaviness most people associate with dark beers. Todd points to their pale ale, Campout, as the standout right now. And if you’re into IPAs you’ll be in good hands with Gridlock or Boyd Street.
With more than a handful of beers on tap, you might lean to the $7 flight of four. They also pour 4oz tasters, half pints; fill up growlers and crowlers, 32-ounce cans they seal onsite with curbside pickup available. If you get hungry, you can have food delivered.
As for what sets them apart from nearby breweries Todd sums it up simply, “It’s like music. A four piece band has the same instruments, very different sounds.” So come and taste the notes they’ve arranged for your beer-loving buds.