Packinghouse Brewing Company’s third anniversary event to benefit pet adoption center

HopsandHoundsThis is one brewery event that is going to the dogs.

Incidentally, it’s going to the cats as well.

Riverside’s Packinghouse Brewing Company is using its third anniversary event to raise funds for the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center.

The 21-and-over event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday (October 5) at the brewery, 6124 Central Ave., Suite 101-A.

The “Hops & Hounds *” fundraiser will feature a beer garden (obviously), plus food trucks and live bands.

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Allagash tap takeover at Salted Pig tomorrow

Riverside’s Salted Pig will have an Allagash Brewing Company tap takeover tomorrow (October 1).

A dozen Allagash beers will be available on tap and in the bottle.

The event begins at 11 a.m. and will run through midnight.

Flights consisting of four five-ounce draft pours will be available for $18. Full pours will also be available.

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Weird Beer (and others) in Torrance this weekend

Torrance’s Smog City is expecting big crowds from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday for its “Rarest of the Rare” event with about 20 rarely seen and little known beers served at two bars.

Among the promised concoctions is a Weird Beer (a five grain Saison with spices), a Grape Ape IPA made with 500lbs of flame grapes, pressed on site, and a Bourbon Collective Evil, a 2011 collaboration with Julian Shrago of Beachwood BBQ.

And gourmet hot dogs will be served.

Donkey Punch no more; brewery renamed Wild Donkey

Name changes appear to be the order of the day.

In the works for a while, but made official shortly after the rechristening of Coastline Brewing to King Harbor Brewing Company, comes the change of Redlands’ Donkey Punch Brewing Co. to the more palatable Wild Donkey Brewing Co.

Wild Donkey Brewing Co., 2351 W. Lugonia Ave., Suite G, is also of the two dozen SoCal breweries participating in the Hangar 24 Oktoberfest/Beerfest., happening this Saturday (September 28).

Coastline Brewing is dead, Long Live the King (Harbor Brewing Company)

kingharborNo sooner had Redondo Beach’s first craft brewery made a splash on the front page of the Daily Breeze than the brewery’s owners decided a name change was in order to ensure no one got confused with the name’s similarity to this Northern California winery.

So it’s in with King Harbor Brewing Company and out with the more generic former name that frankly had little connection to the South Bay anyway.

And you can bet the new name alone will get them a tap at Naja’s.

Meanwhile, the brewery hit a major milestone last weekend.

Torrance’s next craft brewery: Absolution Brewing Company

AbsolutionThe newest entrant to Torrance’s rapidly growing craft brew scene is actually a refugee from San Diego where the city’s nasty political scene under its now disgraced former mayor prompted a relocation to a more welcoming business environment.

Absolution Brewing will become Torrance’s fifth craft brewery when it opens on Columbia Street, hopefully shortly before the end of the year, said co-founder Wes McCain.

The Torrance Planning Commission will consider its conditional use permit application this fall, he said.

“They’re well aware of what it takes to open a brewery,” he said. “We don’t have to teach the politicians what’s necessary.”

No they don’t, not with the city’s emergence as a craft beer center at the expense of Los Angeles, where taxes and the economic climate in general are much more onerous.

Incidentally, McCain said the brewery will concentrate on Old World beer styles made with New World hops.


This year’s Hangar 24 Oktoberfest to span two weekends

Redlands’ Hangar 24 Craft Brewery is once again hosting an Oktoberfest celebration at Sylvan Park (University Street and Colton Avenue) in Redlands.

This year, however, the festivities are stretching over two weekends.

Saturday (September 21), the brewery is going it alone, serving its own brews at the event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Rheinlanders will perform.

Tickets are just $5 at the door, and proceeds, as in past years, will benefit the Redlands Optimist Club.

The following Saturday’s (September 28) Oktoberfest will also include a Beerfest, when Hangar 24 will be joined by 33 other breweries and cider makers, including 23 from Southern California.

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LA Beer Week events begin Thursday, includes South Bay Saturday shuttle

LA Beer Week gets bigger every year as more craft breweries and brewpubs open with every passing week.

Check out this guide to LA Beer Week dinners and tastings for a full run down of whose drinking what where.

And you know an event is scaling new heights when they create a shuttle to ferry folks between venues as they have this Saturday.

Immelmann returns to Hangar 24 today

Why anyone would want to celebrate the end of summer is beyond me.

But that’s just what Hangar 24 Craft Brewery is doing today (September 14).

However, Hangar 24 is also celebrating the release of this year’s Immelmann, the beer that kicked off its Barrel Roll series back in 2011.

That we can certainly get behind.

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Suburban Los Angeles County craft beer movement fizzing in Torrance and elsewhere, falling flat in city

Angel City BreweryAngel City Brewing, above, may have reopened earlier this year in downtown’s Arts District after relocating from a site just outside Torrance, but it’s the South Bay and other suburban locations that are ahead of Los Angeles when it comes to craft breweries (Photo by Staff Photographer Steven Carr).

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