On tap this weekend: Avocado and Fennel Ale

You know we’re heading into harvest season when local breweries are mixing seasonal crops with craft beer.

Two new seasonal brews will be unveiled this weekend.

Downtown’s Angel City Brewing is up first with the launch of its Avocado Ale at its aptly-titled Avocado Festival on Saturday, which includes a guacamole contest.

Food trucks like Steel City Sandwich and Octopops will also be on hand.

Torrance’s Smog City Brewing has added wild fennel growing in Playa Vista to a 5 percent alcohol by volume Scotch Ale they will tap Sunday dubbed Fennel of Love.

It’s the first of a new series of limited edition beers called the Forager Series that “uses hand harvested fruits and herbs to create unique beers that put a spin on traditional styles.”

Here’s more, from the brewery newsletter:

These flowers are not to be confused with fennel seed or fennel pollen, the flowers impart a subtly sweet anise character into a lightly malted and fruity beer. The result is a subtle licorice and fruity aroma balanced by a smooth crisp and lightly malty beer ending in the perfect amount of roast character thanks to the midnight wheat for added balance.

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Ooowee Baby, Won’t You Let me Take you on a Beer Cruise?

beershipAnd, yes, we know the 1959 Frankie Ford hit is actually “Sea Cruise.”

But what’s being billed as the first pair of craft beer-themed cruises (the first sets off next month from Mexico to Hawaii) in the industry sets sail from San Pedro next April.

From the press release:

The seven-night California Beer Festival at Sea departs on April 12, 2014 from the Port of Los Angeles and will travel up the California coast with stops in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Monterey, Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico. Included are specially planned beer and lunch pairings, craft beer round table, and CBF Craft Beer Heaven with Ninkasi Brewing Company and Lagunitas Brewing Company participating. Prices start at $639 per person for an inside stateroom to $1.089 per person for Concierge Class.

Celebrity Cruises have apparently converted several of their Michael’s Clubs that used to serve cognacs and other fine liquors into craft beer venues that serve about 60 microbrews including Celebrity Century, the vessel hosting the California Beer Festival.

Details here.

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Timeless Pints craft brewery opens in Lakewood

timelessOwner Chris Sparacio has opened Timeless Pints in Lakewood (Photo by Staff Photographer Robert Casillas).

Lakewood’s Timeless Pints Brewing Co., became the latest entrant into the fast-growing Los Angeles County craft beer scene when it opened its doors this weekend.

It’s a familiar story: home brewer seeks to turn hobby into business and the result is the first craft brewery in the Long Beach area.

And while the brewery is new, Sparacio has gone for that ageless feel with whimsical beer names like A Precarious Proposal Amber Ale and a Taste of Fate Red IPA.

Read more here and check out Friday’s grand opening below:

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Lake Arrowhead Brewfest returns Saturday

Lake Arrowhead BrewfestWhat better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than hanging out in the local mountains and sampling some delicious craft beer?

You can do that very thing this Saturday (August 10) as the Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce, Blue Jay Business Association and the Mountain Brew Club will be hosting the fourth Lake Arrowhead Brewfest in the parking lot of of the Blue Jay Jensen’s, 27264 Highway 189.

The event will take place from noon to 6 p.m.

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