After several days of rumors and speculation, Tony Yanow has announced in an open letter that TAPS Fish House and Brewery Brewmaster, Victor Novak, will be joining the Golden Road Brewing team beginning on September 2nd in a move that will no doubt create shockwaves in the Greater Los Angeles craft beer community.
Beer Camp Across America 2014 hosted by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is the ultimate party on wheels with the best drinkers in the industry. Aiming to travel to seven cities—beginning in Chico, CA and ending in Mills River, NC after creating 12 different beers with some of the best brewers in the industry, you would think they were celebrating something pretty big. Well, they are: craft beer.
We wanted to make this, not necessarily a Sierra Nevada thing, but we want to [celebrate] this big success of craft [beer],” says Brian Grossman, co-manager of the brewery’s Mills River location and son of Sierra Nevada owner Ken Grossman.
Coming soon to a shelf near you: Angel City Brewery's newest special bottle release, a nearly-sour tart cherry imperial wheat beer. The Tart Cherry Imperial Wheat is the fifth special bottle release to come out of the year-old brewery and it's the first in the series to be anything lighter than brown. Clocking in at 8.2% ABV, the sweet-meets-sour creation was made by combining an amped up wheat ale with Montmorency cherry juice and dried tart cherries, giving this big-rich beer a slightly pink hue.
With The Bruery just celebrating their 6th anniversary, Patrick Rue has climbed to the top of the craft beer world in a very short time. Born out of a need for a hobby, Patrick has quickly put Orange County on the craft beer map, helping spark a boom of other craft breweries. This interview is a companion piece to last month’s interview with Tyler King. Beer Paper LA’s Rob Wallace sat down with Patrick to discuss how he got turned onto brewing, the positives and negatives of quick growth, and where The Bruery is looking to go to in the future.
On Saturday, June 28, 38 Degrees will celebrate five years of providing a fantastic craft beer selection by hosting what promises to be an epic day of drinking, with many of the best brewers in the state likely to be present and 38 insanely good beers on tap.
A couple of weeks back I was attending a large family meal at one of our favorite local craft beer establishments—one that is known for, among other things, its vast selection of glassware. As different beer styles began to arrive at the table, some of our family friends began to inquire why each was being served in a different kind of glass.
The long days and warm nights of summer in SoCal represent endless potential for millions living in Los Angeles and beyond. Whether you’re catching waves, soaking in rays, diving, hiking or just enjoying a classic BBQ, there’s one near-universal thing that unifies summer fun for everyone in the Southland: beer.
Instead of the one-size-fits-all approach of American macro beer—where only the marketing campaigns change with the seasons—craft beer offers an option for anything a California summer can throw at you. But making the most of the deep ties between beer and summer takes more than raiding the bottle shop for a craft brewery’s summer releases (and let’s face it: many of those summer ales have been sitting on shelves and in warehouses since February).
Everybody wants to have a rad summer. Everyone wants to make some great new memories. One way to ensure you do is to find ways to commemorate those perfect summer moments with the perfect beer. It might sound hokey, but—like pairing beer with food—pairing beer with your environment, your friends or your activities can elevate both the beer and the moment.
Placentia’s The Bruery announced this morning via social media outlets and in emails to its Hoarder’s, Reserve and Preservation Society members plans to create a new brand and tasting room to open in Anaheim next year that will be called Bruery Terreux (“Earthy Bruery”).
As the third year of Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival drifts further into recent memory, it's hard to believe that not a single complaint has been logged about it. Even the most organized and prestigious of beer festivals have at times been marred by long lines, impossible bathroom waits, tapped-out beers or lack of food options.
And yet, Invitational remains—and I say this without an ounce of undeserved flattery or hyperbole—perfect.
But, really, what makes the Firestone Walker Invitational so impressive is its not its ability to lure 3 Floyds or Founders to pour beer for a day in California, but the festival's overall emphasis on the brewers themselves—as people, as humans, as real living men and women who have dedicated their lives to creating these bizarre fermented liquids that are driving a global drinks revolution unlike any seen before.
All stories from Beer Paper LA's print edition.