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!
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Californians could enjoy beer alongside produce and wine at farmers markets under legislation headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.
The Assembly on Monday unanimously approved a bill legalizing beer tasting at farmers markets.
Democratic Assemblyman Marc Levine of San Rafael introduced AB774 following his successful push last year to permit wine tasting at the markets. Brown also signed legislation last year permitting craft brew sales at markets, but vendors say customers want samples before they buy.
Opponents of the bill have said booze doesn’t belong in a family friendly environment, but AB774 sailed through the Legislature without any votes in opposition.
Suds will not start flowing at markets this summer, however. The bill doesn’t take effect until 2016 if the governor signs it.
A simmering noise dispute between craft brewery Brouwerij West and their San Pedro neighbors has apparently been resolved, paving the way for its restaurant to open later this summer and feature live music, albeit with shorter hours than initially envisioned.
“We’ve found that because of Newcastle’s full, brown color, people sometimes think that it’s a heavy beer,” says Priscilla Flores Dohnert, brand director for Newcastle Brown Ale. “But they couldn’t be more wrong! Yes, it is full-bodied, but it’s also very smooth and refreshing. We made a video that helps bring that to life in a completely unsubtle, fun, Newcastle sort of way.”
The above event at MacLeod is the second annual Cask & Ye Shall Receive, an LA Beer Week event celebrating cask ale in Los Angeles.
From the brewery web site:
This epic event will feature more than a dozen casks from breweries throughout Los Angeles and beyond. In addition, we will have up to 15 of our own beers on tap throughout the day!
Confirmed breweries include Twisted Manzanita, Strand, Absolution, Eagle Rock Brewery, El Segundo, Wicks, Golden Road, Noble, Home Brewing, Institution Ale, Highland Park, FreeWheel, Kinetic, The Bruery and Bravery.
The Three Weavers event, which runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., costs $20. For that you get five 5 oz. pours and a Three Weavers glass. Additional drink tickets are available for $4 apiece. Fill Er Up Gastro Garage will serve food.
Participating breweries include Drake’s, Eagle Rock, El Segundo (pouring their Mayberry IPA), Figueroa Mountain, Golden Road, Noble Ale Works and Stone.