The OC beer-scape has grown and improved quite a bit over the last year, and this past weekend's Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver was only a testament to what we already knew: OC beer rules. Although the usual award-winners like TAPS Fish House & Brewery and The Bruery didn't place, oth ... More >>
Rainbow Lagoon Park
This year's Vendimias, Provino's annual wine harvest festival in the Valle de Guadalupe saw another season of sold out events and special tasting dinners featuring some of the best chefs in the world. It was a challenge due to the fact that the government of Ensenada never fixed the collapsed highwa ... More >>
Big news for craft beer in Downtown Santa Ana the past few weeks: Native Son Alehouse has finally opened its doors for crowds and craft beer lovers alike. Currently serving beer from various Orange County breweries, the joint also aims to incorporate beer, wine and mead from around the world into it ... More >>
A bright craft beer spotlight shined on the city of Long Beach last year when its newest brewpub, Beachwood BBQ and Brewing, won the title of Best Mid-Sized Brewpub in the country (after only two years in business!) at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival. And before the end of the year, another ... More >>
North County's been the center of Orange County's craft beer scene for awhile now, but within the next year, that center could be a little more... central. It's time for Santa Ana to bask in the fizzy, golden limelight. That's right; Santa Ana is going through a craft beer makeover. The city will ... More >>
Lake View Park
A one-ton pallet of grain arrives outside the Tustin Brewing Company. All 40 sacks must be carried one at a time up the long flight of stairs for storage. Any glamour associated with beer brewing quickly drowns in the sweat of the brewer's brow. The work is so grueling and so time consuming that the ... More >>
What the hell is it with beer companies trying to Mexicanize their product for an American market? Recently, they tried to push micheladas on us, to crappy sales; earlier, they tried to push margarita beers on us, to crappy sales. Now, Heineken is going to debut something called Desperados, a tequi ... More >>
More and more each year, Los Angeles--the bands, the people, the fashion--comes to dominate Coachella's aesthetic and vibe. It has become the way the LA scene puts its best foot forward playing host for international scenesters and lookers on. This year, for the first time ever, Coachella allowed L ... More >>
Ever wanted to see how your homebrew stacks up against others in the growing Baja craft beer scene? Mexicali's Craft Brewer's Guild is finally giving you the chance by allowing--for the first time since cerveza artesanal from the northwestern Mexican state began capturing American tourists' attent ... More >>
Perhaps I spoke too soon when I wrote about the sustainable growth of the Valle de Guadalupe in last year's Weekender for Los Angeles Magazine. Coming off of the biggest Vendimias, or wine harvest festival season to date which also saw a few hotel openings, the government of Enrique Pelayo Torres, M ... More >>
Muckenthaler Cultural Festival
Next week is American Craft Beer Week, a celebration of brews made in the U.S. of A. Local breweries and restaurants are taking part in the national party. Here's where to go to grab a pint.
Lyon Air Museum
Why should Orange and Huntington Beach have all the fun? Brea's brewing something special this weekend, as TAPS Fish House & Brewery launches its Craft Brew Festival tomorrow from noon to 3 p.m.
As usual, we turn it over to the guys at KLAA-AM 830's SoCal Restaurant Show gives us the preview for their show tomorrow. Here you go, guys!
The city may not officially be part of Orange County, but we love its craft beer all the same
A map to all of our fine craft breweries, liquor stores and pubs pouring the good stuff!
There are a couple of problems with Mexican craft beer at the moment: 1) It's difficult to find bars that have a selection beyond a few brands. 2) Many are talking about how great the beer is without telling you much about the beers(how do they taste?), and there's a lack of discernment among the re ... More >>
Ken Hollingshead Sr., a pioneer in Orange County's craft beer scene, died in his sleep on Tuesday night.He was the founder of Hollingshead's Delicatessen, the eclectic deli and bar in Orange known for its Cheers-like atmosphere and unparalleled tap list. The Hollingshead family--Ken, along with his ... More >>
Prepare your livers now. OC Brew Ha Ha, one of the greatest craft beer events in Southern California, is coming to Oak Canyon Private Park near Irvine Lake this Saturday. (Check out our photos from last year!) The latest brewery list has just been released and it's massive.
Is the Orange International Street Fair here again? Yes it is, reminding us that summer is wrapping up. For those unfamiliar, it ain't the OC Fair. Chicken Charlie will not be in attendance, but I'm sure there will be just as much fried foods there than is probably advisable to consume in any quanti ... More >>
How the Valle de Guadalupe has changed! Fifteen years ago, there were about a dozen wineries; now there are more than sixty, with more seemingly springing up every day. Ten years ago, what was being produced was quite frankly awful, sticky-sweet wine that couldn't have held a candle to Ernst and Jul ... More >>
Fullerton dwellers (and loyal frequenters), get ready to meet your new watering hole. HopScotch, a rustic tavern in Downtown Fullerton's historic Pacific Electric Railroad Station, is set to open sometime next month, co-owner Bryan Gonzales tells us. He describes the establishment as a " ... More >>
We all know the Netherlands is the place in Europe to get great pot and decent-looking legal prostitutes, but bottles from Orange County's own craft beer creators (and subject of last year's cover story) The Bruery? Yup.
Wait, what? It's American Craft Beer Week? Here I thought it was Bike to Work Week, and I could have been sucking down beers instead of pedaling to the office, uphill and into a stiff headwind both ways. Wil Dee, the Beverage Director at Haven Gastropub and enthusiastic road cyclist, can celebrate ... More >>
What do you get when you're a hugely successful independent brewer headed to an awards show you're expected to win at?Well, if the awards show was partly sponsored by Diageo, the largest distiller in the world, the answer is "not the trophy you actually won."
I'm not a beer drinker, but I am a chocolate Easter Egg eater and Catholic. So there's no better way to celebrate the coming of Christ that to eat beer-flavored Easter eggs!Skol, a Brazilian beer company owned by Anheuser-Busch, announced last week that they had just released the product, but tha ... More >>
PR NewswireToday, Beerpulse posted on its Facebook page the news of a Budweiser reality show coming to ABC on Jan. 21. Those who follow Beerpulse, a craft beer news site, are typically those programmed to hate the Anheuser-Busch InBev empire, and thus, a snark explosion ensued. "I envi ... More >>
StudioSchulz.com KochThe founders of Stone Brewing Co., Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, have written a book on how they built SoCal's biggest and arguably best-known craft brewery. The Craft of Stone Brewing Co. reveals the 15-year history of the Escondido-based brewer, and includes recipes for ... More >>
Flickr user tsandHow is drinking Bud Light 713 Beer like having sex in a boat? Both are fucking close to water.Our sister blog, Eating Our Words over at the Houston Press, reported that Anheuser-Busch's parent company, AB InBev, has applied for trademarks on the number 713--which just happens to ... More >>
From a Placentia industrial park, Patrick Rue and his Bruery have revolutionized craft-beermaking in Southern California
It's no big secret that beer companies have long targeted Latinos in the United States to drink their swill, going as far as to turning an obscure Mexican holiday into the Cinco de Drink bacchanal we celebrate every May 5. Beer-company logos now decorate everything from booth banners at Mexican I ... More >>
Better load up on the Pabst Blue Ribbon, Keystone Light, and other budget brews that help this Great Recession go down a bit smoother: the nation's beer cartel is openly raising the prices of such beers in a blatant effort to squeeze consumers into buying their more-expensive brands. So much for ... More >>
As I always point out, I'm not a beer drinker, but that doesn't mean I don't taste it. And I've never understood why anyone would bother with either Budweiser or Coors, or their Light derivatives--it all smells like piss to me, and tastes barely better. But that obviously means nothing to America ... More >>
The first time I tried SanTásti was at the San Francisco Vintners Market back in November. It was introduced to me as a palate-cleansing water--the ideal companion for a wine-tasting event. Though I was initially skeptical of the powers of SanTásti, the beverage definitely did its job between p ... More >>
OC's own Haven Gastropub is opening a second, Pasadena location in late 2011. It's not just a clone of the Old Towne Orange restaurant, but an ambitious expansion into their own, on-site beer brewing operation.
After three weeks on Kronenbourg and 1664 with the occasional Stella thrown in, I came back hankering for beer that wasn't piss-colored and overcarbonated. I came back to the opening of the Bruery Provisions, and not a week later, the new store in Orange will be hosting an evening dedicated to OC ... More >>
Flickr user sleepydiscoOur never-sated appetite for great craft beer is expanding, and OC's craft brewers are expanding with it. Read on for good news for beer drinkers in la naranja.
cogdog / CC BY 2.0Mothership WitWith the masses of craft beers now widely available--many coming out of our southerly neighbors in San Diego County--American beer doesn't have quite the same stigma as it once did. There is certainly still the watery, cheap swill to uphold that stereotype, but wit ... More >>
Wine Lab Newport
OK, so Marché Moderne's cooking classes are all booked up - as I noted last week. But if you're quick off the mark you can sign up for one of the "kitchen technique" classes at Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's, South Coast Plaza. According to our sources, they're likely to sell out very quickly.Run ... More >>
Ambrosia Wine Fest
Ball of Fire
We call it 'urination fermentation'