Rare and limited edition craft beers available Saturday for charity event at King Harbor Brewing Company in Redondo Beach

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Need a last-minute (and early) gift idea for the craft beer drinker in your life?

Then trust me they will love a ticket to this epic holiday bottle share — check out the incredible beer list here — hosted by King Harbor Brewing Company in Redondo Beach.

With a beer line-up like that there should be no problem pairing the appropriate brew with the barbecue on offer — and it’s all for a good cause.

Buy tickets here.

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Torrance’s Smog City Brewing releases its first wild beer Saturday: A Saison Contraire

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Smog City gets funky with the release of its first wild ale, a dry-hopped Brett Saison — Brett refers to a strain of yeast, BTW — when its Del Amo Boulevard doors swing open at noon Saturday. You can read more about so-called wild beers here clicking on this Beer Advocate link.

Incidentally, Smog still has its Coffee Porter and Sabre-Toothed Squirrel available in bottles for $1 off during the holiday season, while growler fills are $2 off.

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Absolution Brewery in Torrance releases first bottled beer: Wanderin’ Star Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter

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Nothing says the holiday season to a craft beer fan than a winter-warming porter so the first bottle release Wednesday by Torrance’s Absolution Brewing Co., is especially welcome.

A 750 ml bottle of Wanderin’ Star Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter costs $18 (it’s also on tap at the brewery).

Tasting room hours are 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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This year’s Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Pugafest set for Saturday

PugafestWinter is just around the corner, and it’s the time when beer lovers traditionally indulge in dark beers — porters and stouts.

One of the more indulgent dark beers out there is Hangar 24 Craft Brewery’s Pugachev’s Cobra. Part of the brewery’s Barrel Roll series, Pugachev’s Cobra is a Russian Imperial Stout aged eight months in bourbon barrels.

It’s full of flavor and plenty of alcohol (this year’s batch packs a whopping 18.9% alcohol by volume).

The past few years, the Hangar 24 has celebrated the beer’s release with an event it calls Pugafest. This year’s Pugafest is Saturday (December 6).

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Palm Springs’ Props and Hops Craft Beer Festival returns this afternoon

Palm Springs Props and Hops Craft Beer FestivalWhatcha got planned for this afternoon…nothin’?

You could do a lot worse than heading out to Palm Springs for the third annual Props and Hops Craft Beer Festival.

The brewfest takes place from noon to 6 p.m. today (November 22) at the Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 N. Gene Autry Trail.

Tickets are $35 (plus $2.22 service fee if purchased online) and are available in advance by clicking here.

Twenty-three breweries and cideries are expected to participate, including the Coachella Valley trifecta of Babe’s Brewhouse, Coachella Valley Brewing Company and La Quinta Brewing Co.

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For the Sake of Ale: Angel City Brewing introduces new sake-inspired beer

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Los Angeles’ downtown craft brewery, Angel City Brewing, introduced today a sake-inspired brew dubbed “For the Sake of Ale” in 22oz bombers.

Here’s more from the brewery:

Inspired by the brewery’s neighbors in Little Tokyo, Angel City has combined their brewing expertise with traditional Japanese sake fermentation methods to create a unique style of beer. The rich, complex flavors derived from a traditional sake-style rice and koji fermentation balance naturally with the malted barley and hops. Huge floral notes blend with fruit flavors of pear and pineapple, then round out with a signature, dry finish. A bold experiment in brewing, For the Sake of Ale weighs in at 9.2% ABV.

Read more about the beer’s creation here.

The beer is available in limited quantities on draft outside the brewery. Find out where here.

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Video: Watch Star Trek’s Will Wheaton shill for the new Newcastle Scotch Ale

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Two tongue in cheek spots (see below) were produced for the new Newcastle Scotch Ale, a collaboration with Edinburgh, Scotland-based sister brewery, Caledonian.

Here’s more from the press release:

The Newcastle Scotch Ale collaboration is a limited-time offering from Newcastle and Caledonian that represents the best of English and Scottish brewing: a rich, full-flavored and fulfilling Scottish ale with toffee notes at 6.4 percent ABV and 40 IBUs.

“One of our dreams is to get rid of the ‘intimidation’ factor that prevents so many people from foregoing boring ‘yellow beer’ and enjoying more interesting brews,” said Brett Steen, brand manager for Newcastle Brown Ale. “Wil is an inviting and knowledgeable guy, and we’re stoked that he’s taking this herculean effort of humor and wisdom onto himself so we don’t have to.”

The beer will be available later this month.

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