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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!

South Bay Weekend Craft Beer Guide: Phantom Carriage in Carson holds grand opening Saturday, Three Weavers in Inglewood releases strong pale ale and more

Psst: if you walk in the brewery tonight and specifically ask for the beer you will get it ahead of the masses.

Also:

*Alpine Village near Torrance hosts a Figueroa Mountain Brewery Tap Attack beginning at 5 p.m. Friday. Here’s the lineup: Lizard’s Mouth Double IPA, Black Bread Rye Porter, Frozen Goat Weizenbock, Monkey with Typewriters Rye and Sea Foam Belgian IPA.

*Almost two dozen Southern California breweries are participating in Brewtopia Sunday in Hermosa Beach.

Finally, for those of you who want to get the weekend started early:

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Brewtopia features 23 Southern California breweries Sunday at Abigaile Restaurant in Hermosa Beach

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For $30 craft brew fans receive 10 four ounce pours and unlimited food from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Abigale Restaurant in Hermosa Beach during the Brewtopia.

The food menu includes Korean beef short ribs, Katsu glazed salmon skewers, Korean beef coconut curry chicken sates and tempura bacon burgers with blue cheese.

Breweries include the San Fernando Valley’s MacLeod Brewing Co., Torrance’s Smog City Brewing and Inglewood’s Three Weavers Brewing Co.

For complete details about Brewtopia, click here.

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Steam beer unveiled today by Absolution Brewing in Torrance

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Torrance’s Absolution Brewing, which specializes in English-style ales that generally tone down the hops, introduces the California Common to its lineup today:

The California Common, or Steam Beer, is a unique 100% American style lager. It’s brewed with a special strain of lager yeast that works better at warmer temperatures. This method dates back to the late 1800’s in California when refrigeration was a great luxury. The brewers back then had to improvise to cool the beer down, so shallow fermenters were used. The lager yeast was trained to ferment quicker at warmer temperatures.

I’m guessing most California craft beer fans are familiar with the style — even if they don’t know it.

This is an old tweet, but Barley Hops Grill will be serving up barbecue at the brewery today, the perfect complement to the new beer:

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Opinion: Growing craft beer industry in South Bay and beyond seeks tax reform

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What is becoming a major industry in the South Bay — created from virtually nothing just four years ago — deserves a tax break, according to advocacy group, the Beer Institute.

Read the op-ed piece that appeared in Sunday’s Los Angeles Newspaper Group editorial pages about the onerous tax burden beer brewers and consumers must endure here.

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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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