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!

Torrance’s Smog City Brewing releases its first wild beer Saturday: A Saison Contraire

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Smog City gets funky with the release of its first wild ale, a dry-hopped Brett Saison — Brett refers to a strain of yeast, BTW — when its Del Amo Boulevard doors swing open at noon Saturday. You can read more about so-called wild beers here clicking on this Beer Advocate link.

Incidentally, Smog still has its Coffee Porter and Sabre-Toothed Squirrel available in bottles for $1 off during the holiday season, while growler fills are $2 off.

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Absolution Brewery in Torrance releases first bottled beer: Wanderin’ Star Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter

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Nothing says the holiday season to a craft beer fan than a winter-warming porter so the first bottle release Wednesday by Torrance’s Absolution Brewing Co., is especially welcome.

A 750 ml bottle of Wanderin’ Star Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter costs $18 (it’s also on tap at the brewery).

Tasting room hours are 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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For the Sake of Ale: Angel City Brewing introduces new sake-inspired beer

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Los Angeles’ downtown craft brewery, Angel City Brewing, introduced today a sake-inspired brew dubbed “For the Sake of Ale” in 22oz bombers.

Here’s more from the brewery:

Inspired by the brewery’s neighbors in Little Tokyo, Angel City has combined their brewing expertise with traditional Japanese sake fermentation methods to create a unique style of beer. The rich, complex flavors derived from a traditional sake-style rice and koji fermentation balance naturally with the malted barley and hops. Huge floral notes blend with fruit flavors of pear and pineapple, then round out with a signature, dry finish. A bold experiment in brewing, For the Sake of Ale weighs in at 9.2% ABV.

Read more about the beer’s creation here.

The beer is available in limited quantities on draft outside the brewery. Find out where here.

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Video: Watch Star Trek’s Will Wheaton shill for the new Newcastle Scotch Ale

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Two tongue in cheek spots (see below) were produced for the new Newcastle Scotch Ale, a collaboration with Edinburgh, Scotland-based sister brewery, Caledonian.

Here’s more from the press release:

The Newcastle Scotch Ale collaboration is a limited-time offering from Newcastle and Caledonian that represents the best of English and Scottish brewing: a rich, full-flavored and fulfilling Scottish ale with toffee notes at 6.4 percent ABV and 40 IBUs.

“One of our dreams is to get rid of the ‘intimidation’ factor that prevents so many people from foregoing boring ‘yellow beer’ and enjoying more interesting brews,” said Brett Steen, brand manager for Newcastle Brown Ale. “Wil is an inviting and knowledgeable guy, and we’re stoked that he’s taking this herculean effort of humor and wisdom onto himself so we don’t have to.”

The beer will be available later this month.

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Three Weavers Brewing opens in Inglewood this weekend

3weaversPouring success? Owner Lynne Weaver, right, and brewmaster Alexandra Nowell are the brains behind the South Bay’s newest brewery (Photo by Staff Photographer Scott Varley).

With a spacious patio unique among South Bay breweries, Three Weavers Brewing is ready to take its place among the growing number of South Bay breweries. For full details check out the story of how it landed in blue-collar Inglewood here.

Check out the beer lineup for the opening weekend below; I believe Nowell also intended to tap their Kolsch, too.

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The Festival 2014 brings craft beer to the Port of Los Angeles this weekend

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Dubbed simply The Festival 2014, the products of almost 100 breweries will be featured this weekend as a sort of preview for Brouwerij West, which will open next year at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles.

Sadly, organizers have chosen for some reason to ignore most of the breweries in the burgeoning Los Angeles craft brew scene — only Torrance’s Monkish Brewing Co., will be present — but there are plenty from around the world.

Read more about The Festival 2014 here, buy tickets here and check out the participating breweries after the jump:

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