Brouwerij West Lands New Home in San Pedro

Three-year-old craft brewery Brouwerij West has bounced between rented offices and production facilities in the likes of Palos Verdes Estates, El Segundo and Long Beach.

Now the brewery that specializes in Belgian ales — but has not had an on-site tasting room — has found a home at the Port of Los Angeles in a building right next to Crafted that will apparently include a restaurant much like Atwater Village’s Golden Road Brewing.

That will make it San Pedro’s first craft brewery, although before anyone contacts us, yes, we are aware of the underrated San Pedro Brewing Co., although strictly speaking that is a brewpub rather than craft brewery.

Look for the new Brouwerij West space to open next summer.

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Torrance: Craft beer tourism hub

Strand richjoel(2)Tourist draw: Strand Brewing brewmaster Joel Elliott, left, and co-owner Rich Marcello opened Torrance’s first craft brewery four years ago. Now the city, which has provided a welcoming business environment for a new industry, is being marketed as a craft beer destination. (Daily Breeze Photo by Brad Graverson).

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The San Fernando Brewing Company Lives

And the Street Sign Brewing Co., — or at least the name — is no more.

Read why (and yes, it makes perfect sense) here. A regional name is always preferable to some clever, if random-sounding creation, especially if the brewery becomes the first operational one in the San Fernando Valley, which appears likely.

I’ve not seen a date when the tasting room opens, but judging by their Twitter feed the date is getting closer: they’re brewing.

 

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Another brewery blooms in the desert

Another brewery — La Quinta Brewing Co. — has opened in the Coachella Valley.

You can currently find the brewery’s beers at dozens of area locations, and the tasting room has been open for about a week now, but the brewery will be celebrating its grand opening on Friday (November 22).

The event kicks off at 4 p.m. and is scheduled to last ’til 8 p.m. Guests will get 20% off beer and merchandise.

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Palm Springs Props and Hops returns Saturday

Palm Springs Hops and PropsWe had a blast at last year’s Palm Springs Props and Hops at the Palm Springs Air Museum, and this year’s edition is happening Saturday (November 23).

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs.

Tickets, which include twelve four-ounce tastings, are $35 “before November 15,” and $40 after (including at the door), but are still available at the lower price by clicking here.

Sixteen brewers from Southern California and beyond are scheduled to participate. Read on for the list.

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Coachella Valley Brewing Company makes bold growler fill policy

On Friday, Coachella Valley Brewing Company weighed in on the growler requirement debate with (in part) this bold statement:

As of today we will fill any 1/2 gallon and 32 oz growler.

Of course, if you have a brewery-labeled growler, the ABC rules stipulate that the existing logo must be covered, so be prepared to get a sticker or two on your growler.

And if you have an unmarked growler, you’re still going to get a sticker.

That being said, we think this is a big step in the right direction.

Click here for the full statement.

Coachella Valley Brewing Company is at 30640 Gunther St., Thousand Palms.

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Reservations being taken for BJ’s holiday beer pairing dinners

Reservations are now being taken for a special five-course holiday beer-pairing dinner at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse locations throughout Southern California.

The dinners will take place beginning next Monday (November 25).

Price is $30 per person, and obviously, you’ve gotta be 21 or older to participate.

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Inaugural LA IPA fest coming to Mohawk Bend

Calling all hop heads. The inaugural Los Angeles IPA Festival – showcasing more than 60 breweries – is coming to Mohawk Bend this weekend.

“Hoppy IPA has become the defining style of West Coast beer, and no one loves their hops more than we do in LA,” according to the LA IPA Festival website.

The event is open to the public but reservations are needed for Saturday and Sunday. According to Mohawk Bend’s website, the bar area will be open to festival guests.

Local breweries such as Redlands-based Hangar 24 Craft Brewery and Torrance-based Smog City Brewing Co are among the participants.

 

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