Torrance’s Smog City Brewing to release first bottled beer Saturday

smogbottlesSmog City will release its first two bottled beers at a release party from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at the brewery.

The rich Coffee Porter is virtually a breakfast beer, while The Nothing is actually more like everything, a decadent tasting multi-layered whopper of a brew.

Bottles are $8-$10 apiece and special versions will also be on tap in Smog City’s Del Amo Boulevard tap room.

Fun fact: Did you know the brewery’s Little Bo Pils is far and away its most popular beer accounting for roughly half its sales?

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Chino Valley Brewery celebrating summer today…about three weeks early

Chino Valley Brewery Summer CelebrationAlthough the weather may warrant it, the calendar indicates summer is still three weeks away.

However, that’s not stopping Ontario’s Chino Valley Brewery from having its Summer Celebration today (May 31).

The event will take place from 2 to 9 p.m. at the brewery, 1630 E. Francis St, Unit J.

The festivities include a new brew, beer bingo, live music from 6 to 8 p.m., and food from à la minute and Da Kine BBQ.

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Priceless Pet Rescue fundraiser at Dale Bros. Brewery on Saturday

Head to Upland’s Dale Bros. Brewery on Saturday (May 17) and you might go home with a new best friend. That’s because the brewery is hosting an all-day (2 to 9 p.m.) fundraiser for Chino Hills-based Priceless Pet Rescue, a no-kill rescue organization.

Dog adoptions will be from 5 to 7 p.m.

Food will be available from Hillbilly Tacos.

Dale Bros. Brewery is at 2120 Porterfield Way.

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Claremont Craft Ales, Thompson Brewing Co. complete expansion projects

Claremont Craft Ales and Riverside’s Thompson Brewing Co. have both recently doubled the size of their operations.

Claremont Craft Ales will host an expansion party from 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday (May 10) with food from Mangia Benny and the Corner Butcher Shop.

The event is free, but a limited number of Celebratory Packages will be available for purchase which include a limited edition Belgian glasses and/or access to special release beers.

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Torrance Criterium: Beer and Bicycling

etchedglassNot at the same time, of course.

But when Strand Brewing Co., is on the Torrance Criterium route and podium finishers receive etched beer glasses like the one shown here, well, you know thirsty riders are going to crowd in after the May 18 race.

Full details are here, but if you’re a craft brew fan considering participating, perhaps this little nugget per the race press release will seal your decision:

“Bring your race number to Strand on race day and you can buy draft beers for $2 each, which is considerably less than their normal $5-$6 a glass!”

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Angel City Brewery hosting music and arts festival Saturday

Angel City Brewery is hosting its second annual Heritage Music and Arts Festival from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday (May 3).

The free event, in collaboration with DO ART Foundation will take place at the brewery, 216 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles.

Festivities include live music (from FallsThe Get Down Boys, Katisse, Michael Jost, PLOTZ! and Wunder Wunder), an artisan bazaar, a gallery space, live painting and games.

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Dale Bros. Brewery hosting Cinco de Mayo fundraiser Saturday

Dale Bros Cinco de MayoUpland’s Dale Bros. Brewery is hosting a Cinco de Mayo fiesta from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday (May 3).

Proceeds from the $5 suggested donation will go to the Upland Relay for Life.

Food (tacos, quesadillas and a smoked pig stuffed with Chorizo Manchado) will be available from Mangia Benny, and live music will begin at 6 p.m.

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Downtown LA’s Angel City Brewery marks one-year anniversary with its second Music and Arts Festival

angelcityfestA year after Angel City Brewing – formerly of Alpine Village near Torrance, of course, albeit under different ownership — reopened in the downtown Los Angeles  arts district with a Music & Arts Festival they’re doing it all over again from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

The event will allow the brewery to showcase its newly-renovated Mezzanine and “a giant shed space” that will house the brewery’s performing arts presentations.

Fun fact: Angel City is only two blocks from the Little Tokyo/Arts District stop on the gold line, and is encouraging festival-goers to take advantage of the city’s public transportation by giving $1 off a pint to anyone who takes a bus, or the Metro.

Event highlights include:

  • A giant second anniversary toast beginning at 1:30pm.
  • Numerous food trucks offering an urban beer picnic.
  • Brewer-led tours & beer tastings.
  • ACB canvas public painting project.
  • Theatrical performances by Frontierville.
  • An Angel City arcade will feature games such as ping pong, darts and board games.
  • Outdoor artisan bazaar with handmade accessories, thrift finds, and art prints.
  • Special beer releases including Imperial Tart Cherry, Barrel-Aged Rye Lager, Mexican-Style Cola Ale, French Sip, Imperial Chai Stout, and Oktoberfest, as well as the usual draft flavors including White Nite, Angeleno IPA, Eureka! Wit, and Gold Line Pilsner.
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Brew at the Zoo returns Saturday to the Living Desert

Brew at the ZooIt’s time once again for the Living Desert’s Brew at the Zoo!

The annual event will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday (May 3) at the zoo, 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert.

General admission tickets, which include 10 three-ounce beverage tasting tickets and 10 appetizer tickets, are $45 in advance for zoo members, $55 in advance for non-members, and $35 for designated drivers.

At the door, general admission tickets will be $50 for members and $60 for non-members.

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