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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!

Countdown to LA Beer Week: Official beer released at Smog City Brewing in Torrance today (and check out their other events as well)

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At 4 p.m. today Smog City in Torrance will release the official beer of LA beer Week, Unity.

Here’s more from the press release:

Created as a celebration of innovation and experimentation, this Tart Saison exemplifies what the LA Brewers Guild is becoming known for: the UNITY of individualized voices coming together. We believe that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts and our community will continue to benefit as we raise the bar together. Brewed in collaboration at Smog City Brewing, this years’ UNITY commemorates LA Beer Week 7, which promotes and celebrates the growth of craft beer in Los Angeles.

Check out all the LABW7 events Smog City Brewing has planned below and click on the link for complete details:

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Countdown to LA Beer Week: King Harbor Brewing events include hot chicken eating challenge

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From the King Harbor Brewing Co., press release:

Howlin’ Ray’s, the brand new food truck specializing in Nashville style hot chicken, is looking for a few brave contestants to enter their first ‘Hot Chicken Eating Challenge’ at King Harbor Brewery this Father’s Day. The only rule during this challenge is simply to finish the chicken the fastest without any beverages. The winner will be rewarded with a growler of their choice from King Harbor along with some swag to take home.

The event begins at noon with the competition starting promptly at 1:30pm. For those who can’t handle such heat but simply love amazing chicken, Howlin’ Ray’s will be serving their full menu all day until they run out; so get there early.

We are looking for 4-6 brave contestants. If you think you have what it takes, email matt@localitela.com

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King Harbor Boating Foundation hosts “Craft Brews and Tunes” fundraiser June 14 at Eureka! Tasting Room at Hawthorne Airport

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Tickets for the “Craft Brews and Tunes” fundraiser cost $46 and are available here.

The King Harbor Boating Foundation didn’t provide information about what craft brews will be available at the event, but you can read more about the host location here. The Daily Breeze wrote about the Eureka! Tasting room when it opened last year.

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Rogue Ales releases Wasted Sea Star Purple Pale Ale in California

rogueWith Sea Star Wasting Syndrome decimating populations up and down the West Coast, Oregon’s Rogue Ales has released a beer designed to raise awareness of the environmental issue.

Rogue observes that this is “This is the largest marine animal disease event in recorded history” and that a “portion of the proceeds from the sale of this beer will go towards the research of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome.”

Daily Breeze reporter Sandy Mazza had more in a recent story.

From the press release:

Wasted Sea Star will be available at all Rogue locations on May 28th, and throughout the states of Oregon, Washington and California starting in June.

Read more here on the Rogue Ales website.

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14 draft craft brews in IPA Smackdown Thursday at Alpine Village near Torrance

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The smackdown gets under way at 5 p.m. at Alpine Village.

That’s also happy hour BTW and if you haven’t yet tasted the chili, well, let’s just say it goes perfectly with an IPA.

Here’s the beer list including another four DIPA’s in bottles:

HULKAMANIA: Modern Times “Fortunate Islands” Hoppy Wheat
THE UNDERTAKER: Double Mountain “Hop Lava” Northwest IPA
THE BIG SHOW: Humboldt “500BC” DIPA
THE ROCK: Timeless Pints “Flight Path” Jet Black IPA
ULTIMATE WARRIOR: Lost Coast “Sharkinator” White IPA
BIG BOSS BEER: Twisted Manzanita “Between Nothing & Nowhere” IPA
THE BODY: Strand “White Sand” Double IPA
GLOW: Ladyface IPA
SUPERFLY: Golden Road “2020” IPA
STONE COLD: Stone “Go To” IPA
FIGURE 4 LEG LOCK: Smog City “Hoptonic” IPA
HACKSAW: Avery “Duganese” IPA
MACHO MAN: Mission “Plunder!” IPA
PILEDRIVER: St. Archer IPA

Bottles

El Segundo Hammerland DIPA
Barley Forge One Louder DIPA
Barley Forge Orange Curtain DIPA
Hair of the Dog Blue Dot DIPA

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High octane craft brew line invoking name of legendary car designer Carroll Shelby unveiled Saturday in Carson

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A line of Carroll Shelby craft beers will be unveiled Saturday in Carson at the Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show.

From the press release:

Each beer has been uniquely crafted and with a wide range of beer drinkers in today’s market, the Venom lager, High Octane IPA and 427 Big Block Stout will demonstrate well balanced, full bodied beers that have consumers coming back for more.

“Carroll and his cars represent sheer excellence,” said Dennis Nelson, co-founder of Wicked Eye LLC, which partnered with the Carroll Shelby foundation to create the beer line. “It’s exciting to introduce a new product that strives to achieve that same level of superiority of the Shelby name. In order to achieve the highest level Wicked Eye partnered with an award winning brewery “Legacy Brewing Co” based out of San Clemente.

Each beer is wrapped in a stylish label outlining the pure power and epic history of Carroll Shelby and his cars. Wicked Eye is developing distribution channels for the Carroll Shelby Craft Beers to be sold nationwide.

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