If you’re heading to the Redlands Optimist Oktoberfest this afternoon (October 3), you’ll want to visit the event’s website first.
That’s where you’ll find a two-for-one coupon for admission to the event.
This year’s event runs until 5 p.m. at Sylvan Park at University Street and Colton Avenue in Redlands. Admission is $5.
In addition to traditional Oktoberfest beer from Munich-based brewer Spaten, a trio of Redlands breweries — Escape Craft Brewery, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery and Ritual Brewing Co. — are scheduled to pour.
Proceeds from the family-friendly event will benefit the service club’s youth-related programs.
Rancho Cucamonga’s No Clue Craft Brewery will be celebrating its first anniversary tomorrow (October 3).
The brewery is dubbing the event its ALToberfest party.
No Clue is releasing an ALToberfest Anniversary Ale and several other special release beers for the occasion, including the following:
- Mexican Mocha Stout: Milk Stout with Stell coffee, cacao nibs, and cinnamon. (8.5% ABV)
- Third St. Belgian Tripel (9% ABV)
- Vanilla Imperial Oatmeal Stout (10.3% ABV)
Greater Los Angeles area breweries can pat themselves on the back.
They’ve claimed 24 of the 282 awards given out at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, which took place Thursday through Saturday of last week.
The winners were chosen from 6,647 entries from 1,552 breweries.
A total of 15 breweries, large and small, from the Santa Barbara area through the Inland Empire were awarded.
Head over the jump to see the list.
Both breweries won silver medals at the 27th annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver with Smog picking up an honor for its Kumquat Saison in the Belgian-style Fruit Beer category and Beachwood for its Mocha Machine, a 9.2 percent ABV Porter.
The GABF medal was old hat for Beachwood BBQ, which has won 10 medals since 2012, but this was only Smog’s second in its young existence.
Incidentally, you can taste the saison for yourself Saturday when Smog releases it in limited bottles and on draft at its Del Amo Boulevard tasting room.
Long live the (Pomona) Queen!
Upland’s Dale Bros. Brewery is celebrating the beginning of the 500th batch of its award-winning, flagship lager, Pomona Queen, with an all-day (noon to 9 p.m.) celebration today (September 15).
The celebration will include food (Corazon Azul will serve three-cheese quesadillas and Pomona Queen-marinated steak tacos starting at 5 p.m.), dessert (the Suite 106 Cupcakery truck arrives at 5 p.m.) a performance by Claremont Voodoo Society (whose song gave the beer its name) at 6 p.m., and special keepsake glasses.
Congratulations to Curt, Andy and the rest of the black sheep!
Drink in the details about the hoppy Imperial Red from the Smog City press release:
Brewed with Pinot noir grape must, orange zest and aged on oak, this hoppy seasonal brew will be available starting at 4. p.m. Wednesday.
SoCal Brew Bus began offering tours at the end of July and is owned by Phil Johnson, who is also a high school soccer coach.
While the other tour companies in LA and the surrounding areas do a good job, I don’t feel that I’m in direct competition with them — there’s plenty of breweries to go around,” Johnson said via email. “Much like how small breweries tend to help each other out and collaborate in many ways, I see any gain in exposure to the beer tourism industry as a plus for everyone involved. It’s not a zero sum game. The market share of craft beer continues to grow, new breweries continue to open, and positive exposure to this market is good for everyone.
I’m a craft beer lover, homebrewer, and also a lover of all the unique neighborhoods of LA. I’m an east coast transplant and I didn’t always love the city’s many discrete pockets. As a newcomer, it can be hard to get around and finding all the best parts of LA can be difficult. But, I’ve come to love the character of this city. There are always some old neighborhoods to revisit, new restaurants to try, and now, new breweries popping up everywhere.
The Alpine Village event begins at 5 p.m. and features $5 pints.
Here’s more from the typically over-the-top Stone press release:
Our 19th anniversary beer brings the boom, delivering it to the palate in a voluminous, hop-driven thunderclap backed by the power of our brewing passion and intensity. This double IPA owes its considerable oomph to a quartet of Australian hops—Topaz and Galaxy, plus newcomers Ella and Vic Secret. We also had Fairview malt shipped in from Australia just for this brew. The beer’s striking tropical fruit, citrus and peach hop flavors and slightly resinous and aromatically dank earthiness are sure to electrify your senses.
We have many special beers planned for release to celebrate our 20 years of brewing, so let this serve as the first course to what will be an undoubtedly epic feast for craft beer enthusiasts, with particular thanks to those who’ve been with us for the long haul and helped us attain such longevity.
Also on tap from Stone at Alpine Village: Ruin Ten Triple IPA, Imperial Mutt Brown Ale, Arrogant Bastard, Stochastisity Hifi + Lofi Mix Tape and Go To Session IPA.