And the Street Sign Brewing Co., — or at least the name — is no more.
Read why (and yes, it makes perfect sense) here. A regional name is always preferable to some clever, if random-sounding creation, especially if the brewery becomes the first operational one in the San Fernando Valley, which appears likely.
I’ve not seen a date when the tasting room opens, but judging by their Twitter feed the date is getting closer: they’re brewing.
More than 100 hard to find or limited edition beers from 40 breweries will be on tap at the second annual event.
That will make challenging choosing between what to sample given that attendees receive 10 3oz tastes for the $30 admission fee. Check out the array of beers and breweries here.
Full disclosure: I actually attended the sparsely attended inaugural event, which was held last year over the Labor Day weekend (not good timing given that LA essentially empties out on summer long weekends).
I found I got full — not inebriated — because of the inherent nature of many of these big, epic, huge, strong ales. So pace yourself.
*Guinness has released a new limited edition seasonal beer it has dubbed Red Harvest Stout, a non-pumpkin flavored beer “inspired by the ancient Irish legend of Samhain (pronounced saw-wen), a festival held every year to beckon restless spirits on All Hallow’s Eve celebrating the end of fall harvest and coming winter,” according to the press release:
“The stout is crafted with lightly roasted barely giving it subtle aromas of caramel and toffee, accented with a sweet malty taste.”
*Not to be outdone the folks who usually brew Newcastle Brown Ale have come up with a spin-off called Newcastle Werewolf Ale (if you can still find it since availability has apparently been spotty).
*Meanwhile, Torrance’s Smog City Brewing will give those dressed in costume $2 off a growler fill on Halloween. The tasting room is open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
*Finally, you’ll have to wait until Monday for this one, but that’s when downtown LA’s Angel City Brewing unveils its 22oz bombers of Vanilla Porter in local stores. The scary part, if that sounds good to you: only 200 cases of this limited edition brew will be released.
From the brewery press release:
While dark as night and rich in flavor, this Vanilla Porter is actually a beautiful sipping beer with a pleasant vanilla aroma and delectably sweet finish – perfect for shorter days and long chilly nights.
Rapidly expanding El Segundo-based Rock & Brews, part-owned by members of rock band Kiss, landed today at Terminal 5 at Los Angeles International Airport. It’s the fourth location in the craft beer-centric chain to open after its flagship location in El Segundo and new sites in Redondo Beach and Los Cabos, Mexico.
Rock & Brews at LAX will offer dine-in and “Grab and Go” service. It’s the first in a series of locations the company hopes to open in airports.
Torrance’s Smog City is expecting big crowds from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday for its “Rarest of the Rare” event with about 20 rarely seen and little known beers served at two bars.
Among the promised concoctions is a Weird Beer (a five grain Saison with spices), a Grape Ape IPA made with 500lbs of flame grapes, pressed on site, and a Bourbon Collective Evil, a 2011 collaboration with Julian Shrago of Beachwood BBQ.
And gourmet hot dogs will be served.
No sooner had Redondo Beach’s first craft brewery made a splash on the front page of the Daily Breeze than the brewery’s owners decided a name change was in order to ensure no one got confused with the name’s similarity to this Northern California winery.
So it’s in with King Harbor Brewing Company and out with the more generic former name that frankly had little connection to the South Bay anyway.
And you can bet the new name alone will get them a tap at Naja’s.
Meanwhile, the brewery hit a major milestone last weekend.
The newest entrant to Torrance’s rapidly growing craft brew scene is actually a refugee from San Diego where the city’s nasty political scene under its now disgraced former mayor prompted a relocation to a more welcoming business environment.
Absolution Brewing will become Torrance’s fifth craft brewery when it opens on Columbia Street, hopefully shortly before the end of the year, said co-founder Wes McCain.
The Torrance Planning Commission will consider its conditional use permit application this fall, he said.
“They’re well aware of what it takes to open a brewery,” he said. “We don’t have to teach the politicians what’s necessary.”
No they don’t, not with the city’s emergence as a craft beer center at the expense of Los Angeles, where taxes and the economic climate in general are much more onerous.
Incidentally, McCain said the brewery will concentrate on Old World beer styles made with New World hops.
LA Beer Week gets bigger every year as more craft breweries and brewpubs open with every passing week.
Check out this guide to LA Beer Week dinners and tastings for a full run down of whose drinking what where.
And you know an event is scaling new heights when they create a shuttle to ferry folks between venues as they have this Saturday.
Angel City Brewing, above, may have reopened earlier this year in downtown’s Arts District after relocating from a site just outside Torrance, but it’s the South Bay and other suburban locations that are ahead of Los Angeles when it comes to craft breweries (Photo by Staff Photographer Steven Carr).
Read the story here.
Shrine to craft beer: Long Beach’s Congregation Alehouse (Photo by Staff Photographer Steven Carr).
Los Angeles News Group restaurant reviewer Merrill Shindler takes a bite (and sip) out of Long Beach’s Congregation Ale House (also with locations in Pasadena and Azusa).
Read the review here.