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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!

Get your German on Sunday as Angel City Brewing celebrates Oktoberfest in downtown Los Angeles

“The ultimate California Oktoberfest festival” goes from noon to 10 p.m. Sunday at Angel City Brewery.

The event includes:

 

  • Food from Schreiner Fine Sausages, including sausage and kraut boats, apple strudel, cheese dip and potato salad.
  • A variety of Oktoberfest themed competitions including keg rages, sauerkraut eating, stein races, and mug hoisting. Each event winner receives a stein and $25 Angel City gift card.
  • Live Polka Music.
  • Oktoberfest Themed Artist’s Bazaar.
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Alpine Village near Torrance hosts Golden Road Brewing Tap Takeover Thursday

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I was distressed to learn recently that LA’s Golden Road Brewing would be retiring their Heal the Bay IPA, one of my local favorites (they still make Wolf Among the Weeds IPA, BTW).

Still, the Atwater Village brewery will also introduce a semi-replacement dubbed Might as Well IPL, described as an IPA-style lager.

Both will be available for tasting Thursday, as well as their Get Up Offa That Brown, 329 Lager, a rare rum barrel aged porter, Almond Milk Stout and their Hefeweizen.

And if you buy a Golden Road beer, you get to keep the pint glass at the Alpine Village event.

Update

I was glad to learn that Heal the Bay’s seasonal run is coming to an end, not the brew entirely. (Whew).

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Countdown to Oktoberfest: One of the world’s largest beer stein collections on display at Pomona’s American Museum of Ceramic Art

steins2Master Steinologist, Roy De Selms, talks about the history of steins with some of the 3,000 pieces at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona. (Photo by Eric Reed).

Counting the days until Friday when Oktoberfest cranks up at Alpine Village near Torrance and other Southern California locations?

Then check out one of the world’s largest collections of ceramic beer steins in Pomona.

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Slackers! Torrance’s Dudes’ Brewing finally gets around to opening tasting room Sept. 12

When Dudes’ Brewing first cranked up its canning line last spring an off-site tasting room in one of the Beach Cities was mooted.

Nothing happened.

A year later, the dudes at Dudes’ announced a tasting room would open around Independence Day.

But the Fourth of July came and went without so much as a pour.

But Dudes’ Brewing will finally open a 13-handle tap room Sept. 12 that will include $3 pints of their excellent Session Pale Air and a new “never before sampled IPA,” which presumably won’t pack quite the punch of their Double Trunk DPA.

Even better, it’s right around the corner and down the street from Monkish Brewing and Smog City.

Full details here.

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Torrance’s Smog City Brewery releases Bourbon Coffee Porter and Hoptango IPA for Labor Day Weekend

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It’s been a long time coming — the Bourbon Coffee Porter has aged a full year in barrels.

The Hoptango IPA (their regular Hoptonic fermented with fresh mango and dry hopped with Amarillo hops) is also ready for its growler debut after several experimental batches.

Growler fills of both are available for $24.

Serendoggity Hot Dogs will be at the Del Amo Boulevard brewery all day Saturday.

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San Pedro’s Brouwerij West behind schedule, but port community should have two craft breweries open by next year

SPbreweryCrafted: The future home of Brouwerij West in San Pedro (Photo by Staff photographer Charles Bennett).

The bad news: the ambitious plans we wrote about last year for the Belgian brewery in a historic warehouse at the Port of Los Angeles has hit bureaucratic snags and is running behind schedule (and the planned restaurant is on hold).

The good news: San Pedro will soon be home to not just one, but a pair of craft breweries.

More on this fall’s planned craft beer festival in San Pedro that was mentioned in the article is here.

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Avocado Ale returns Sunday for second annual Angel City Brewery festival in downtown Los Angeles

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Angel City Brewery celebrates the return of Avocado Ale in “all its green glory” at the second annual festival of the same name that runs from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The beer is brewed with avocados (from the ranch of the brewmaster’s grandmother) and “guacamole-inspired ingredients like fresh cilantro, crushed red pepper and lime.”

The event features a half dozen live bands, contests and games, a bazaar and guacamole pies.

Full details here.

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