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!

Craft beer tasting at California farmers markets? It could happen.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Californians could enjoy beer alongside produce and wine at farmers markets under legislation headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.

The Assembly on Monday unanimously approved a bill legalizing beer tasting at farmers markets.

Democratic Assemblyman Marc Levine of San Rafael introduced AB774 following his successful push last year to permit wine tasting at the markets. Brown also signed legislation last year permitting craft brew sales at markets, but vendors say customers want samples before they buy.

Opponents of the bill have said booze doesn’t belong in a family friendly environment, but AB774 sailed through the Legislature without any votes in opposition.

Suds will not start flowing at markets this summer, however. The bill doesn’t take effect until 2016 if the governor signs it.

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Check out the view: King Harbor Brewing opens waterfront tasting room Saturday in Redondo Beach

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King Harbor Brewing has a perfectly acceptable tasting room in a Redondo Beach strip mall at 2907 182nd St.

But with that name shouldn’t they have a location actually at King Harbor?

The owners of the brewery agree with that and will open their tasting room with a view of King Harbor (and just a few doors down from iconic craft beer bar Naja’s Place) at noon Saturday.

Growler fills will be half off.

Here’s the tap lineup:

Pineapple IPA
Int’l Boardwalk Express DIPA
Nitro IPA
Coconut Swirly
SouthCentral Belgian Pale Ale (collaboration with Telegraph Brewing Co)
Coconut Abel
Simcoe IPA
South Bayern Hefeweizen
Radler
Cask: Coconut Lime IPA

And look at the view:

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Video: Newcastle Brown Ale releases wacky new TV spot ahead of Euro Bierfest 2015 Saturday at Alpine Village near Torrance

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So Newcastle Brown Ale is not one of the 50-plus selections available at Euro Bierfest on Saturday, but it is a widely known — and if we believe the company — a misunderstood brew in the U.S.

“We’ve found that because of Newcastle’s full, brown color, people sometimes think that it’s a heavy beer,” says Priscilla Flores Dohnert, brand director for Newcastle Brown Ale. “But they couldn’t be more wrong! Yes, it is full-bodied, but it’s also very smooth and refreshing. We made a video that helps bring that to life in a completely unsubtle, fun, Newcastle sort of way.”

Plus, you an get $4 off a 12-pack here.

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LA Beer Week 7 starts today: MacLeod Ale Brewing in Van Nuys celebrates one-year anniversary Sunday with cask festival

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For an overview of LA Beer Week 7, read this.

The above event at MacLeod is the second annual Cask & Ye Shall Receive, an LA Beer Week event celebrating cask ale in Los Angeles.

From the brewery web site:

This epic event will feature more than a dozen casks from breweries throughout Los Angeles and beyond. In addition, we will have up to 15 of our own beers on tap throughout the day!

Confirmed breweries include Twisted Manzanita, Strand, Absolution, Eagle Rock Brewery, El Segundo, Wicks, Golden Road, Noble, Home Brewing, Institution Ale, Highland Park, FreeWheel, Kinetic, The Bruery and Bravery.

More details and ticket info here. Beer Goggles will be attending so stop and say hello. Cheers.

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Countdown to LA Beer Week: Three Weavers Brewing in Inglewood hosts Pink Boots Society benefit Monday with 14 local breweries participating

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The Three Weavers event, which runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., costs $20. For that you get five 5 oz. pours and a Three Weavers glass. Additional drink tickets are available for $4 apiece. Fill Er Up Gastro Garage will serve food.

Participating breweries include Drake’s, Eagle Rock, El Segundo (pouring their Mayberry IPA), Figueroa Mountain, Golden Road, Noble Ale Works and Stone.

Buy tickets here.

Find out more about the Pink Boots Society here.

LABW7 starts Saturday:

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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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