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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!

Alpine Village near Torrance hosts Stone Brewing Enjoy By 3-14-15 IPA Release Party tonight and New Belgium Brewing Tap Attack Friday

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A few weeks after hosting a Stone Brewing release party, Alpine Village near Torrance is at it again beginning at 5 p.m. today marking the release of the San Diego County brewery’s latest release: Enjoy by 3-14-15 IPA.

Better get there early though:

The South Bay landmark is also hosting a craft beer 101 tutorial at 7 p.m. (cost is $5) for novices who want to learn more.

Then at 5 p.m. Friday it’s a New Belgium Brewing Tap Attack with 5 five beers on draft.

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Video: Alpine Village Feb. 27 Tap Takeover marks beginning of Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery expansion to Los Angeles

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The 5 p.m. Feb. 27 event at Alpine Village near Torrance features a half dozen of Bell’s Brewing’s products: Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale (a pale ale), Oberon, Kalamazoo Stout, Oarsman Ale, and cans of pale ale and Amber.

Alpine Village, which hosts Southern California’s largest Oktoberfest each fall, would seem to have something in common with the irreverent brewery:

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Video: Failed Budweiser Super Bowl spot poking fun at craft beer continues to backfire on social media

The response from the craft beer community is on-going and relentless:

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South Bay breweries and bars mark Super Bowl with Stone Brewing Tap Attack, Whole Pig Roasting and more

pigDespite those ubiquitous Budweiser commercials during that annual football game on Sunday, you don’t have to drink fizzy yellow beer this weekend in the South Bay.

Here’s a run-down of what’s going on where this weekend:

*Alpine Village near Torrance gets the weekend under way at 5 p.m. today with a release party for Stone Brewing’s reformulated Japanese Tea IPA. Check out the other Stone beers available during Friday’s Tap Attack here.

*King Harbor Brewing in Redondo Beach has two events this weekend — both involving meat:

*Absolution Brewing in Torrance and Phantom Carriage in Carson will show the game:

*Smog City Brewing in Torrance will NOT be showing the game — but instead have $2 off all growlers. And they have a limited edition Mai Tai Hoptonic back on tap, too.

Finally, there’s one important thing to keep in mind when enjoying craft beer — drink responsibly or you could well meet the county’s finest this Sunday:

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Video: Alpine Village near Torrance hosts Jan. 30 Stone Brewing Japanese Green Tea IPA release party

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This is an apt event for the South Bay where the numbers of Asian-Americans — and craft beer drinkers — is rapidly rising.

And if you think this sounds familiar, well it does. The IPA was first released back in 2011 and has now been updated.

And, since the 5 p.m. Jan. 30 event is being billed as tap takeover expect other Stone Brewing creations, too.

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Smog City Brewing in Torrance releases bottles of The Nothing and Infinite Wishes Saturday

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The 2015 version of The Nothing (which, if you haven’t tasted it is more everything than nothing) continues The Never-Ending (craft brew) Story, while Infinite Wishes is a new barrel-aged version of the beer.

Here’s more from Smog City:

The Nothing, our Double Chocolate Imperial Stout, was aged on 70lbs of raw cocoa nibs and is as decadent as they come. Infinite Wishes spent 364 days in bourbon barrels…the perfect combination of rich fudge, vanilla, bourbon spice and oak.

We will have growler fills and draft of The Nothing as well as bottle sales. Infinite Wishes will be available in very limited bottles and on draft only.

The brewery opens at noon Saturday.

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NCAA National Championship and Triple Brewery Tap Takeover with a dozen craft brews from Coronado, Tap It and Golden Road Brewing Monday at Tortilla Cantina in Torrance

Three California breweries, present four beers each. Check out the beer list here for the triple brewery tap takeover that starts at 6 p.m. in Old Torrance.

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Oskar Blues Brewery brings limited supply IPA to Alpine Village near Torrance Friday for tap takeover

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Friday’s 5 p.m. event is a release party for Oskar Blues’ IceyPA Keg, said the folks at Alpine Village.

Oskar Blues has allocated only 4 kegs of their coveted IceyPA to the entire South Bay and YOU are invited to have a pint,” Alpine Village officials said on the restaurant’s Facebook page. A full lineup of Oskar Blues’ best brews will be available along with glassware and tasting flights.”

The IPA sounds like a typical West Coast IPA, BTW. Read more about IceyPA Keg here.

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