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 >>
The sun's starting to stay up longer, the temperatures are climbing higher, and the glasses are starting to sweat. That's right, everyone, it's summer, and that means it's the perfect beer drinking weather. Seriously, what better way to cool off and watch the sun set than with the brew. But what to ... More >>
California has a hop obsession. At any brewery, in any bar, you're likely to encounter the devout disciples of the bitter plant, known as hopheads, guzzling the latest hopped-up brew. Without doubt, beers like IPAs and Double IPAs (DIPA) are the quintessential California beers. But believe it or n ... 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.
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 >>
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 >>
We like Star Wars and we like beer, so we're all over this event hosted by Pizza Port San Clemente. On Sunday, Aug. 19, the South OC brewery will be transformed into Mos Eisley Cantina, serving up Star Wars-themed beers all day long. Check out the tap list below.
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 >>
When the Old Towne Orange hotspot opened a second location in Pasadena, it added " Brewery" to its name. David Larsen, the former sous chef at the original OC spot, is now Haven's brewmaster, and is ready to show off his first batches--a double IPA and a pale ale.
Dave LiebermanIn its one year of existence, Anaheim's Noble Ale Works has made quite a name for itself in Orange County's craft beer scene, snagging the title of Best Brewery by OC Weekly last year. Celebrate its first anniversary with--you guessed it--more great, hoppy beer. This Saturday, ... More >>
Dave LiebermanI was so excited to drink the beer that I forgot to take any photos. Have a lame photo of their sign instead.It's good to be me. You see, I live easy bicycling distance from four of Orange County's breweries--Bootlegger's, the Bruery, Anaheim Brewery, and Noble Ale Works. Turns out ... More >>
Though best known for snagging millions of teenage girls' hearts, the Hanson boys may be about to have a similar effect on middle-aged men worldwide after announcing plans to launch their own brand of ale called "Mmbop."
Blackmarket Bakery FacebookIt's beginning to look a lot like fall at Blackmarket Bakery.Here's our lineup--with a couple extra events for the week ahead! FRIDAYRare Beer Weekend At The Factory What: Drink up--these beers aren't so easy to get your hands on. As part of the final weekend ... More >>
[SUMMER GUIDE] No. 44 of the 100 Reasons to Be Ecstatic About Summer In OC!
Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.Summer officially starts next week, which means BBQ season is officially in full swing (altho ... More >>
From a Placentia industrial park, Patrick Rue and his Bruery have revolutionized craft-beermaking in Southern California
Hopheads rejoice! Beer from San Francisco's 21st Amendment Brewery hasn't been sold in Southern California--until today. Starting at tonight's dinner service, they'll have it at Taco Asylum in Costa Mesa.Yesterday, in a happy bit of synchronicity, I happened to e-mail Taco Asylum and Haven Gastro ... More >>
Dave LiebermanThe northward spread of craft beer across these fair orange acres continues with the opening of Noble Ale Works in Anaheim. Noble is a name that's been seen around town on taps for a year or so--you can find their beers at the Anthill Pub, the Monkey House, Valhalla Table and Hollin ... More >>
It's the end of the year; time for retrospectives both heartwarming and heartburning. This year's trip down memory lane starts with trends that have reached the ends of their useful lives and need to be sent down the knacker's yard to die an ignominious death.