About Nick Green

South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group soccer columnist and blogger Nick Green writes at the 100 Percent Soccer blog at www.insidesocal.com/soccer and craft beer at the Beer Goggles blog at www.insidesocal.com/beer. Cheers!

Bursted: El Segundo Brewing Thursday introduces first three beers of new single-hop variety IPA

The first three brews feature Citra, Simcoe and Mosaic hops.

Here’s how ESBC describes how their newest IPA’s were created; they look like a tasty addition to what is usually the county’s best line-up of big West Coast IPA’s:

Traditionally beers are bittered by adding relatively small amounts of hop at the beginning of the boil – this results in the firm bitterness that IPA fiends have come to love. A somewhat newer approach often referred to as “bursting” employs the technique of adding huge amounts of hops very late in the boil, or even after the kettle has been turned off. The large volume gives ample bitterness – and the added bonus of MASSIVE flavor components. This series is all about exploring what each hop adds to both the bitterness and the flavor of the beer when employed only in late additions with no early additions. The malt bill will remain consistent throughout the series, and we promise you.. it won’t get in the way.

The beers are available on draft or in 22oz bombers.

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Los Angeles Brewers Guild hosts inaugural LA Beer & Food Fest Jan. 28 in Silverlake

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The Los Angeles County Brewers Guild will hold its inaugural LA Beer and Food Festival at the historic Mack Sennett Studios in Silverlake with 40 craft breweries and tastings of more than 100 beers plus complimentary food from local eateries.

A series of educational panels discussing beer and food pairings and the art of fermentation is also on tap.

Full details here.

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Torrance’s Smog City brewery opens Steelcraft tasting room in Long Beach

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After months of delays, the shipping container shopping center — hence the name Steelcraft — that will include a tasting room by innovative Torrance brewery Smog City is finally cranking up operations.

Smog, known for its experimental ale lineup, has introduced a pale ale only available at the new Bixby Knolls tasting room and its Del Amo Boulevard bewery dubbed Oh Jupiter, so watch out for that when available.

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Downtown Los Angeles brewery Mumford Brewing to release Unpresidential IPA Saturday in cans just in time for Election Day

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With an unprecedented Presidential campaign in many regards drawing to what many voters see a merciful ending this Tuesday, downtown Los Angeles brewery Mumford Brewing will release for the first time in cans Saturday a craft beer with a name many Americans might appreciate: Unpresidential IPA.

Via Mumford:

For the 5th iteration of this hazy, juicy IPA, we used heaps of Amarillo, Citra and Galaxy hops to create a beer with a big fruit aroma and well defined stone fruit flavors on the palate. Enjoy a can as we count down the days to Election Day 2016 (and you’ll probably want to have one after it’s over).

A four-pack of cans is $17 and the limit is one per person. The brewery opens at 11 a.m.

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Aptly-named Torrance brewery Smog City hosts Oct. 18 fundraiser “A Night Out for Clean Air”

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Torrance’s Smog City Brewery sits smack dab next to the Torrance refinery and has had a front row seat as the plant literally belches and fumes, something that has occurred much more frequently of late.

So it’s not surprising the brewery is hosting a fundraiser to raise money to install air quality monitors (almost unbelievably there are none nearby).

For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

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