It may not feel like Summer Solstice has actually passed in Southern California, but we still reap the benefits of tasty beer made for cool air and fuzzy boots. We might not be seeing too many scarves or coats, but Orange County brewers are so good that they don't need the weather to change to make ... More >>
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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 >>
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 >>
While we'll never catch up to San Diego for number of beer breweries per capita, Orange County is going through a second round of brewery openings lately. Anaheim in particular is trying to attract breweries, with local politicians promising smooth sailing for conditional-use permits and landlords i ... More >>
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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 >>
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 >>
It's a common conundrum for California craft beer drinkers: Too many growlers, not enough shelf space. The assumption has been that current law only permits breweries to refill the 64-ounce to-go jugs if they're from their own shop. But in February, the head of the California Department of Alcoholic ... More >>
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.
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!
When a Total Wine & More store PR rep first contacted me about displaying things I like to drink in their adult beverage stores, I balked because, let's face it, who cares what a news and film blogger consumes? But when I discovered my old pal Greer Wylder of the Greer's OC dining, fashion and t ... More >>
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 >>
Every year, thousands of brewers and beer enthusiasts convene in Denver for the Great American Beer Fest, which is basically the Olympics of beer. Breweries from across the country bring their best brews to be judged by panels consisting of 188 professionals from 11 countries. (By the way, how does ... More >>
There's so much to love about Oktoberfest--old men in cute little hats and suspenders, buxom beer babes, drunken sing-a-longs, sausages galore, the bicep workout you get while chugging out of steins. "Oans, zwoa, drei, Gsuffa!" (One, two, three, drink up!) We're in the height of t ... More >>
Great news. Beer festival season isn't over yet. The organizers of the epic OC Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival are making sure 2012 ends with--yippee!--more amazing ales. The inaugural OC Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival, happening from noon to 4 p.m. at Dec. 8 at Anaheim's Phoenix Club, will fea ... More >>
On the first day of LA Beer Week, my true love gave to me: a schedule full of ways to drink beer for the next 10 days! (Yeah, we're not exactly songwriters here.) LA Beer Week is among us and it's packed with events throughout Southern California--beer crawls, a beer float showdown ... More >>
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Back in May, Haven Gastropub released its first batches of house-crafted beer--a double IPA and a pale ale--but to our sadness, the restaurant was only pouring the brews at its Pasadena location, where the micro-production was taking place. Finally, we'll get a taste. Haven Brewing will ... More >>
OC Brew Ha Ha is one of the greatest craft beer events in Southern California. With more than 70 breweries and 175 beers, it's like Disneyland for brewers, beer enthusiasts and everyone who likes to drink. Unfortunately, it's not until September. (Sob!) But to quell our thirst for t ... 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 >>
The Copper Door brought the creations of nearly 50 craft breweries to downtown Santa Ana when it opened in 2010. The (literally) underground beer bar has approximately six beers on tap at a time but dozens upon dozens bottled delights. Their simple menu is broken down into categories (beer connoi ... More >>
LA Beer Week begins today, and this year, it's two whole weeks of craft beer mayhem. Beer crawls! Beer dinners! Beer workshops! The lineup is extensive with things to do for drinkers of every budget and neighborhood. Here's a sampling of the beer events happening in Orange County and Long Be ... More >>
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From a Placentia industrial park, Patrick Rue and his Bruery have revolutionized craft-beermaking in Southern California
Kate Kohl Fancher/OC WeeklyBarley Bandits John Edwards (left) and Spencer Colman enjoy a brew. Call them chefs, artists, craftsmen. Or simply call them guys (and some gals) who love good beer. It's Brew Day for the Barley Bandits, Orange County's oldest homebrewers club. Standing beside a ... 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 >>
Flickr user InfrogmationThe saviors of Oktoberfest?The big food story going around the Internet right now is Slate's piece on the decline in Germany's beer culture. It's a relatively well-written piece, with a lot of history and anecdotes thrown in, but something nagged throughout--hadn't I read ... More >>
Knuckle Sandwich Double IPA from Bootlegger's Brewery has won TheFullPint.com's 2010 craft beer contest, with 879 votes of 5,048 cast.Bootlegger's does an excellent job balancing hops; while there's no shortage of bitterness in Knuckle Sandwich (or its great Rustic Rye IPA), it's balanced with ... 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.
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Spencer Kornhaber / OC WeeklyBeer: Way more civilized in stemmed glasses.The Place: Brussels Bistro, 222 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach; (949) 376-7955.The Hours: 4 to 7 p.m. dailyThe Deal: Draft Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe Blonde, and house Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, each yours for $4 ... More >>
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 >>
First, look at that picture to the right. See that hat? About half of the attendants at the Orange County Beer Festival on Sunday were wearing one of those. Singha Beer realized what this event was: A chance to promote their brand to people willing to pay $40 for three hours of unlimited beer.[[F ... More >>
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