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 >>
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 >>
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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 >>
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 >>
Since Marilyn Hagerty's viral review still isn't bringing in the young people to Olive Garden, Darden Restaurants, parent company of the chain along with Red Lobster and The Capital Grille, has been testing small plates on its menus and will be making them part of the permanent menu nationwide by De ... More >>
It has come to this. Frito Lay, which is owned by PepsiCo, has put out Pepsi-flavored Cheetos. Yes. Pepsi. Flavored. Chee. Tos. When news of it went viral earlier today, the reaction from the Interwebs was swift, but swang from the most disgusted yucks to the most enthusiastic yaays.
If you're going to be drinking this summer down the Jersey Shore, at least you can be more confident the shot of Lagavulin or Auchentoshan the bartender just poured you is actually high-end scotch, not dishwater. That's because the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) led a state ... 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.
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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!
Six weeks ago, we told you that the coffee nerds at Portola Coffee Lab in Costa Mesa's OC Mart Mix were going to open a tea bar called Seventh Tea Bar. They were hoping to open this year, but it looks like the holidays are going to intervene; instead, the tea bar, adjacent to the coffee lab, will op ... More >>
Frito-Lay, makers of the popular Fritos, Tostitos and Doritos chips, routinely cheated more than 2,100 sales employees out of money owed for overtime work in California, according to a class action lawsuit. Earlier this year, the Texas-based snack food company agreed to settle the case before a ... More >>
See Also:* "Five Reasons to Hate GRUMA, Makers of Mission and Guerrero Tortillas, Maseca, and Other Tortilla Evil"* Read about REAL tortillas in our weekly feature: Tortilla Tuesdayst's amazing--scratch that. It's disturbing as hell how ill-informed the mainstream media is and how damn laz ... 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."
What Louis Braindeis once said about sunlight being the best disinfectant can probably apply here. After being "pink"-listed by The Daily as sellers of "pink slime" beef, several supermarket chains have announced that they will stop offering beef that contains the filler previously known as ... 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 >>
Dave LiebermanIt's a rare occasion when we link to Fast Food Maven around here, but I was intrigued by the recent article post handmade biscuits at Carl's Jr.After all, everything in a fast-food chain comes preportioned and pre-dumbed-down so that anyone can do it, right? Creativity and individua ... 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 >>
It is amazing (and hella disturbing) how most people even bother to scan, let alone read a story anymore before spreading it around the Internet. Sign of the times, I guess. But when the offending organization is the Huffington Post (which carries my ¡Ask a Mexican! column), such a rush for web ... More >>
You may or may not like Carl's Jr's. commercials. They're purposely polarizing and provocative. The ads use either tits or creepers to capture your eyeballs and your wallet. Now they're using both at the same time--creepy old man moobies to sell Hardee's Fried Bologna Biscuit breakfast sandwic ... More >>
Dave LiebermanDoesn't look like much, but it's still awesome.I love dive bars. Dive bars are my birthright as an American. I love walking into a dim, dank room, bellying up to a worn old bar of no pedigree whatsoever, ordering a beer and maybe a shot, and talking to the random characters sitting ... 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
Well this is a great story: mega-chains ranging from McDonald's to Nestle, Cracker Barrel to Whole Foods, are raising their prices, not because they're trying to milk you dry, but because the cost for food is going up, up, up. Yay!The United States Department of Agriculture had already forecast t ... More >>
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 >>
It was first Applebee's, then Olive Garden, and now this. Chili's is the third restaurant in the last few weeks to be accused of serving an alcoholic drink to a child. This time it's in Chicago, and the drink was a Mudslide allegedly mistaken for chocolate shake.
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 >>
Yep, it's been a whole year: Ben & Jerry's free cone day is coming up on Tuesday, April 12. And as much as we love classics like Chunky Monkey and Cherry Garcia, why not try one of four new (or newish) flavors? There's even one that contains chocolate-covered potato chips. And it's tastier th ... More >>
Is this burger going the way of Carlos Jr.?Carl's Jr. has spent most of the last decade boasting of its waistline-busting burgers, proudly proclaiming their entrees are for sloppy guys who think a salad and any thought of health is one fey thang, hanging their hat on 1,000-calorie-plus creations ... More >>
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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.
Taco Bell, Del Taco, In-N-Out, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.--the list of fast-food chains with headquarters in Irvine is among the largest in the country. They came to our land of plenty not just because of a friendlier business environment, but also because Southern California has always offered delive ... More >>
A few weeks back we brought you news of a survey of America's healthiest fast-food chains (Panera Bread topped the list). Now comes the reverse: America's unhealthiest fast-food restaurants. A report by health and nutrition experts David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding, authors of "supermarket survi ... More >>
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 >>
Looking for an excuse to finally check out the new Anaheim GardenWalk? Their free and outdoor Garden Party Music Series starts tomorrow, Saturday, September 6th and will continue every Saturday until the 27th. Click HERE for the schedule and more details on the acts. Even if you've seen their s ... More >>
(Category: World-Is-Going-To-Hell) SELLING LUST, NOT HAMBURGERS "I am appalled every time I see the new Carl's Jr. ad about 'flat buns.' These ads certainly are helping to destroy our culture. The ads degrade both teachers and students. Please tell Carl's Jr. and the television channels that air th ... More >>
Los Angeles Times reporter Alana Semuels wins for the best story of the day. In the business section, Semuels reported on the increasingly comical burger wars in Southern California. According to Semuels, CKE Restaurants Inc., owners of Carl's Jr. and Hardees, sued Jack in the Box on Friday in Oran ... More >>
As home to the country's largest concentration of Vietnamese-Americans, any story about Vietnam is liable to generate strong opinions in OC. But regardless of how one feels about the current government of Vietnam, I think we can all agree that a story in today's Long Beach Press-Telegram shows that, ... More >>
Eric Schlosser talks Taco Bell, mad cow, Bush
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