San Pedro’s Brouwerij West behind schedule, but port community should have two craft breweries open by next year

SPbreweryCrafted: The future home of Brouwerij West in San Pedro (Photo by Staff photographer Charles Bennett).

The bad news: the ambitious plans we wrote about last year for the Belgian brewery in a historic warehouse at the Port of Los Angeles has hit bureaucratic snags and is running behind schedule (and the planned restaurant is on hold).

The good news: San Pedro will soon be home to not just one, but a pair of craft breweries.

More on this fall’s planned craft beer festival in San Pedro that was mentioned in the article is here.

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Avocado Ale returns Sunday for second annual Angel City Brewery festival in downtown Los Angeles

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Angel City Brewery celebrates the return of Avocado Ale in “all its green glory” at the second annual festival of the same name that runs from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The beer is brewed with avocados (from the ranch of the brewmaster’s grandmother) and “guacamole-inspired ingredients like fresh cilantro, crushed red pepper and lime.”

The event features a half dozen live bands, contests and games, a bazaar and guacamole pies.

Full details here.

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Lake Arrowhead Brew Fest is Saturday

Lake Arrowhead Brew FestThe fifth annual Lake Arrowhead Brew Fest is set for noon to 6 p.m. Saturday (August 9) in the Blue Jay Village parking lot, 27264 Highway 189.

Local participating brewers include Big Bear Mountain Brewery, Ritual Brewing Co., Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Dale Bros. Brewery, Brew Rebellion, Skyland Ale Works, Strand Brewing Co., La Quinta Brewing Co., and the Mountain, Bear Valley and Maltose Falcons brew clubs.

Stone Brewing Co. and Firestone Walker Brewing Company will also be represented at the event.

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“Drafts 4 Desi” fundraiser today at La Quinta Brewing Co.

Drafts for DesiLa Quinta Brewing Co. is hosting fundraiser today (August 6) for “Believing for Desi,” an organization raising funds for five-year-old cancer patient Desirae Cechin.

Desi was diagnosed earlier this year with stage IV high-risk neuroblastoma, and has been undergoing chemo treatments at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

The money raised by the organization will help support her family and to help her get treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. The hospital specializes in neuroblastoma and has a the highest neuroblastoma survival rate in the U.S.

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Inland Empire brewery summer update: Rök House, Hamilton open; Escape, Skyland and No Clue coming soon

It’s been a while since we’ve done an update on Inland Empire breweries, so, let’s catch up, shall we?

Two new, long-anticipated breweries opened last month: Upland’s Rök House Brewing Company and Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery.

Rök House has become the third point of what we’re calling the “Beermuda Triangle,” with its proximity to both Claremont Craft Ales and Dale Bros. Brewery.

The brewery is celebrating its grand opening “Röxtravaganza” from noon to 10 p.m. this Saturday (August 2), with seven beers on tap and food available from the Viking Truck (naturally!), Pappas Artisanal and Buttercup Catering.

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Claremont Craft Ales to celebrate second anniversary on Saturday

Claremont Craft Ales second anniversaryCongratulations to Claremont Craft Ales on its second anniversary! The brewery is celebrating Saturday (July 26) in two sessions: noon to 4 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.

On tap will be 20 beers, including several new varieties and several barrel-aged brews.

Food will be available from Buttercup Cateringthe Corner Butcher ShopMy Delight Cupcakery and Pappas Artisanal.

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Taps Fish House Craft Brew Festival happening today in Corona

Taps Craft Brew FestivalLooking for a brew fest?

Head to Corona! That’s where you’ll find the TAPS Fish House & Brewery Craft Brew Festival from noon to 3 p.m. today (July 19).

Tickets for the festival are $50 and include 15 drink tickets and unlimited food sampling from eight regionally-themed food stations.

Proceeds will benefit the Corona/Norco YMCA.

A number of breweries from across Southern California are scheduled to participate.

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Inaugural National Orange Show Brew Fest is Saturday

NOS Brew FestThe National Orange Show and K-FROG are putting on the first-ever National Orange Show Brew Fest this Saturday (July 12).

Over 25 local (and not-so-local) craft breweries are scheduled to participate, bringing over 50 brews to the event.

Musical entertainment will include Kelleigh Bannen, Southbound, Front Porch Rodeo and Psycho Punx!

It’s a family-friendly event, and kids can enjoy free samples of Batch Craft Soda and draw on the Chalkmobile.

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