Steam beer unveiled today by Absolution Brewing in Torrance

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Torrance’s Absolution Brewing, which specializes in English-style ales that generally tone down the hops, introduces the California Common to its lineup today:

The California Common, or Steam Beer, is a unique 100% American style lager. It’s brewed with a special strain of lager yeast that works better at warmer temperatures. This method dates back to the late 1800’s in California when refrigeration was a great luxury. The brewers back then had to improvise to cool the beer down, so shallow fermenters were used. The lager yeast was trained to ferment quicker at warmer temperatures.

I’m guessing most California craft beer fans are familiar with the style — even if they don’t know it.

This is an old tweet, but Barley Hops Grill will be serving up barbecue at the brewery today, the perfect complement to the new beer:

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Opinion: Growing craft beer industry in South Bay and beyond seeks tax reform

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What is becoming a major industry in the South Bay — created from virtually nothing just four years ago — deserves a tax break, according to advocacy group, the Beer Institute.

Read the op-ed piece that appeared in Sunday’s Los Angeles Newspaper Group editorial pages about the onerous tax burden beer brewers and consumers must endure here.

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Cal Poly Pomona celebrating grand opening of brewery restaurant today

Innovation Brew WorksBeer is typically found on college campuses, but apparently never like this.

Cal Poly Pomona has opened what it says is the first-ever brewery-restaurant at a college campus.

Innovation Brew Works will celebrate its grand opening from 4 to 8 p.m. tomorrow (February 20).

Innovation’s café has been open since September, but its brewery has only been brewing since December.

The brewery’s current tap list consists of five house brews — an orange wheat, a porter and red, blond and brown ales — and seven brews from local breweries, including Dale Bros. Brewery, Alosta Brewing Co., Claremont Craft Ales and Ritual Brewing Co.

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Alpine Village near Torrance hosts Stone Brewing Enjoy By 3-14-15 IPA Release Party tonight and New Belgium Brewing Tap Attack Friday

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A few weeks after hosting a Stone Brewing release party, Alpine Village near Torrance is at it again beginning at 5 p.m. today marking the release of the San Diego County brewery’s latest release: Enjoy by 3-14-15 IPA.

Better get there early though:

The South Bay landmark is also hosting a craft beer 101 tutorial at 7 p.m. (cost is $5) for novices who want to learn more.

Then at 5 p.m. Friday it’s a New Belgium Brewing Tap Attack with 5 five beers on draft.

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Video: Alpine Village Feb. 27 Tap Takeover marks beginning of Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery expansion to Los Angeles

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The 5 p.m. Feb. 27 event at Alpine Village near Torrance features a half dozen of Bell’s Brewing’s products: Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale (a pale ale), Oberon, Kalamazoo Stout, Oarsman Ale, and cans of pale ale and Amber.

Alpine Village, which hosts Southern California’s largest Oktoberfest each fall, would seem to have something in common with the irreverent brewery:

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Video: Failed Budweiser Super Bowl spot poking fun at craft beer continues to backfire on social media

The response from the craft beer community is on-going and relentless:

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