Crafted: 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.
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.
If you were thinking of heading to the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Brew at the Zoo tomorrow night (August 9), you might want to stop thinking and start buying.
That’s because the zoo has announced that there are just over 600 tickets left for the event, which will take place from 7 to 11 p.m.
Long holiday summer weekends=craft beer.
Here’s some other beer related events this weekend. What did we miss?:
- Angel City Brewing in downtown Los Angeles hosts a “backyard style party” from noon to midnight Friday that’s dubbed “Merica Fest. Details here.
- Torrance’s Smog City Brewing will be offering $2 off growler fills all weekend and has special holiday hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Independence Day.
(Photos courtesy MacLeod Ale Brewing).
After battling bureaucracy for almost two years, MacLeod Ale Brewing finally opened last weekend with more than 600 people pouring through its doors even though tickets were required to restrict crowds in the small facility.
This week those restrictions are gone and MacLeod is open every evening leading up to its first weekend open to the general drinking public with no tickets required, said co-owner Alastair Boase.
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 Falls, The Get Down Boys, Katisse, Michael Jost, PLOTZ! and Wunder Wunder), an artisan bazaar, a gallery space, live painting and games.
A 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.
Pasadena and Los Angeles breweries took home medals at the World Beer Cup this past weekend.
For more details, click here.
If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit Redondo Beach’s first craft brewery that opened last month, more information is here.
Inglewood’s Three Weavers Brewing Company is in the waning hours of its Kickstarter campaign to raise funds.
While the brewery is nearing its $25,000 goal, there are still plenty of opportunities to help reach that goal.
Gifts for contributions range from a Three Weavers hat all the way up to a trip to Denver to help represent the brewery at this year’s Great American Beer Festival.