About John Plessel

John Plessel is Systems Editor for The Sun and has been blogging for the Los Angeles News Group since 2008.

BJ’s hosting IPA pairing dinner next month

BJs IPA DinnerBJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse locations are hosting an India pale ale pairing dinner in March.

The five-course dinner will be paired with IPAs from Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Samuel Adams, Samuel Smith Brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Co., and of course, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse.

During the course of the dinner, BJ’s will be serving its next seasonal beer BJ’s Goliath Imperial Red Ale.

In Southern California, the dinners are scheduled between Monday (March 3) and Wednesday, March 12.

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Newport Beach Brew Fest is Sunday

Newport Beach Brewing Company’s Brew Fest is Sunday (February 23).

The sixth annual event is set for 1 to 5 p.m. at the brewery, 2920 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach.

Presale tickets ($25, plus $2.37 service fee if purchased online) are available at the brewery and online by clicking here. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Surfrider Foundation.

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Anaheim’s Bottle Logic Brewing celebrating grand opening today

The newest brewery in the O.C., Bottle Logic Brewing, will celebrate its grand opening from noon to 11 p.m. today (February 15).

Food will be available from the Porko Rico BBQ truck from 1 to 9 p.m.

Can’t make it to the grand opening? The brewery will also be hosting a Brewer’s Brunch beginning at noon on Sunday (February 16), featuring items from Stefano’s Golden Baked Hams, paired with Bottle Logic brews.

Get updates on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

You can find Bottle Logic Brewing at 1072 N. Armando St., Anaheim, just north of the 91 Freeway at the Kraemer Blvd./Glassell Street exit.

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That’s progress! Blank growlers sold, filled at another SoCal brewery

Another brewery has decided they are in the business of selling beer, not beer containers.

South El Monte’s Progress Brewing has been selling unmarked growlers, but it makes perfect sense to sell unmarked growlers when you’ve already had to change your name, and you haven’t even been open three months!

The brewery takes a pretty lenient stance on growler policy, and apparently will fill pretty much any clean container it can cap and label.

Our suggestion? Bring those unmarked or covered-up growlers to Progress Brewing, 1822 Chico Ave., and fill ‘em up!

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We’ve found another brewery willing to fill any growler

Over the past year, state code regarding growler refills has been re-examined, reinterpreted and redefined.

In June, The Bruery announced it would begin selling and refilling unmarked two-liter Palla-style growlers.

In October, AB 647 was passed, amending three items in the state’s beer manufacturing codes, among them being the labeling of growlers.

In November, Coachella Valley Brewing Co. noted it would begin filling any half-gallon or two-liter growler.

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Want a pint of Pliny the Younger? Try your luck at Beachwood BBQ

We’ve had Russian River Brewing Company’s Pliny the Elder, but have only dreamt of tasting the brewery’s famed Pliny the Younger, which has just been released at the brewery and will be making its way to Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach and Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach.

However, you can’t just walk in and order a pint of the famed triple IPA.

Oh, no…you have to be lucky!

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Beats and Brews event lands next week at Luna Supper Club in Pomona

Stumbled across this event recently: Beats and Brews at Luna Supper Club in Pomona.

It’s scheduled to take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, February 15, at the nightclub, 3220 W. Temple Ave.

It’s being billed as “half beer festival and half music experience,” as guests will be able to sample unlimited pours while listening to music from DJs.

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