New documentary on California craft beer follows 80 breweries in one month

California—the land of sunshine craft beer. With 518 breweries operating at the end of 2015, California ranks number one in breweries, number one in annual economic impact ($6.887 billion), and number two in amount of beer produced. California is so synonymous with craft beer these days it’s a wonder they haven’t changed their slogan to … [ Read more]

The Wide World of Beer: Southern California Dreaming

Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, I hosted a series of beer tastings at the bar in the Four Points LAX, then known as the “Beer Hotel.” Those were the days when Southern California was a pretty sad place for beer, so our events featured mostly beers from the state’s northern half, mixed … [ Read more]

Fireman’s Brew coming soon to a tap near you

Fireman’s Brew, a Los Angeles-based craft beer company founded by two California firefighters, just announced via press release it is partnering with Viking Beverages, a Molson Coors distributor, to distribute its beers in Minnesota. Conceived by Rob Nowaczyk and Ed Walker in 2000 after extinguishing a brushfire in the local mountains, Fireman’s Brew was officially founded in 2005. … [ Read more]

A new (tasty) use for recycled water: Beer

Mavericks Brewing announced today that they’ve made the first beer in California using recycled water. And not just any recycled water: greywater sourced from NASA. Mavericks, an independent craft brewery in Northern California, will unveil the recycled-water version of their best-selling Tunnel Vision IPA at the Meeting of the Minds Conference on October 22. “California is … [ Read more]

Lagunitas Brewing Brown Shugga’

Lagunitas Brewing Brown Shugga’ 9.9% ABV, 51 IBU Lagunitas turned a mishap into a miracle when a botched batch of their Olde GnarlyWine was transformed into this luscious and frighteningly drinkable seasonal favorite. This amber beauty sports a plush beige head with strong notes of citrus, pine, and candied tropical fruit. A wave of rich, … [ Read more]

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Celebration Fresh Hop IPA

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Celebration Fresh Hop IPA 6.8% ABV, 65 IBU An early example of an American-style IPA, it is one of the few hop-forward holiday beers. Celebration pours with a creamy, beige head. It has a deep copper/amber color with citrus and pine aromas. The crisp, herbal hoppiness comes off as assertive but not overwhelming. … [ Read more]