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    November 4, 2014

    Good Beer Company Opens in Downtown Santa Ana

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    October 30, 2014

    5 Great Orange County Beers for an OC Autumn

    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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    October 9, 2014


    Muckenthaler Cultural Center

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    October 7, 2014

    Six Award-Winning OC Beers to Try Now

    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 >>

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    August 19, 2014

    Craft Beer Bar Native Son Alehouse Opens in DTSA, The Copper Door Opens Kitchen

    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 >>

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    July 10, 2014
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    June 20, 2014

    Liberation Brewing Company Is Long Beach's Newest Brewery-In-Planning

    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 >>

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    May 30, 2014

    Dry-Hopped Cider at Phantom Ales, Our Drink of the Week!

    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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    May 1, 2014
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    April 25, 2014

    Talking With OC's Woman Brewers: The Grit and the Glamour

    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 >>

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    March 24, 2014

    Mexicali's Craft Brewer's Guild Wants to Judge Your American Beer

    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 >>

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    June 14, 2013

    The Bruery To Start Filling Blank Growlers

    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 >>

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    May 10, 2013

    Five Ways To Celebrate American Craft Beer Week In (Or Near) OC

    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.

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    April 26, 2013

    Lineup for SoCal Restaurant Show THIS SATURDAY on KLAA-AM 830: TAPS, Wing Lam, Bruxie and More!

    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!

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    February 22, 2013

    Diamond Knot Industrial IPA, Our Drink of the Week

    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 >>

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    January 31, 2013

    And a Special Shout-Out to Long Beach!

    The city may not officially be part of Orange County, but we love its craft beer all the same

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    January 31, 2013

    The Orange County Beer Trail

    A map to all of our fine craft breweries, liquor stores and pubs pouring the good stuff!

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    January 31, 2013

    Wendlandt Brewery, Ensenada B.C.- The Baja Craft Beer Scene Looks to the International Market

    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 >>

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    October 17, 2012

    Five OC Breweries Win Big At The Great American Beer Festival

    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 >>

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    October 11, 2012

    Oktoberfest 2012: Where To Get Your Oom-Pah-Pah On In OC

    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 >>

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    October 8, 2012

    Joy And Good Beer: OC Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival Comes To The Phoenix Club

    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 >>

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    September 19, 2012

    Top 5 OC Events For LA Beer Week, Which Starts Tomorrow!

    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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    September 6, 2012

    OC Brew Ha Ha

    Oak Canyon Park

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    August 22, 2012

    Haven Gastropub Finally Debuts Its House-Crafted Beer In OC

    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 >>

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    June 18, 2012

    This Saturday: OC Brew Ha Ha To Preview 20 Craft Beers at Taste of Doheny

    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 >>

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    June 14, 2012

    The Bruery Goes Global: Bottles Spotted In Netherlands--Ishn't Dat Vierd?

    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.

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    May 17, 2012

    Haven Gastropub Celebrates American Craft Beer Week

    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 >>

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    January 12, 2012
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    November 30, 2011

    Belgian Beers Shine At The Copper Door Tasting Event

    ​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 >>

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    October 10, 2011

    It's LA Beer Week--With Lots of OC Events!

    ​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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    September 8, 2011

    OC Brew Ha Ha

    Hidden Valley Park

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    May 26, 2011

    Patrick Rue Is the Brue-master

    From a Placentia industrial park, Patrick Rue and his Bruery have revolutionized craft-beermaking in Southern California

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    March 30, 2011

    Brewing With the Barley Bandits, OC's Oldest Homebrewers Club

    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 >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Coors Light Exec: "Budweiser is Going Down, Baby"

    ​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 >>

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    March 4, 2011

    German Beer Culture Dying; Will the United States Save It?

    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 >>

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    January 20, 2011

    Bootlegger's Brewery Wins's Best Craft Beer

    ​Knuckle Sandwich Double IPA from Bootlegger's Brewery has won'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 >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Haven Gastropub Expanding to Pasadena

    ​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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    September 9, 2010

    OC Brew Ha Ha

    Hidden Valley Ranch

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    April 22, 2010

    Wheat Beer Showdown

    cogdog / CC BY 2.0Mothership Wit​With 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 >>

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    August 31, 2009

    The Hot, Beery Beerness of OC Beer Fest

    ​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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    August 27, 2009

    OC Beer Fest

    Irvine Lake

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    July 16, 2009
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    June 22, 2006

    There Stands the Glass

    Its always beer oclock at the Abbey

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    May 20, 2004
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    September 12, 2002

    Taps Doesnt Blow

    Actually, its quite good

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    August 30, 2001


    God bless you, and pass the garlic fries

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    June 1, 2000


    39 of the best things about the next 104 days

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    June 1, 2000

    The Future of Beer

    We call it 'urination fermentation'

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    October 14, 1999

    Taps Dancing

    Stop calling North County Ethiopiav

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    September 9, 1999

    Meaty Byproducts

    Pondering the German festival and knee-high socks

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