SoCal Independence Day beer briefs

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.

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Dry no more: San Fernando Valley’s first craft brewery opens in Van Nuys

bgMCLEOD (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.

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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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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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Want to support a female-owned L.A.-area brewery? Read on

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.

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King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach’s first craft brewery, opens Saturday

photoReady for their closeup: Two of the three King Harbor Brewing co-owners, brewer Phil McDaniel and Tom Dunbabin, pose for Daily Breeze photographer Brad Graverson  at their new brewery, which opens its doors to the public Saturday.

Read more about the South Bay’s newest craft brewery here.

Read about three more new breweries coming to the South Bay and Harbor Area here.

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Los Angeles Craft Brewery Tap Takeover in Redondo Beach

selectbeerSaturday marks the first opportunity for most local beer drinkers to sample the forthcoming offerings from soon-to-open King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach’s first craft brewery (and before anyone comments or emails, venerable Redondo Beach Brewing Co. is a brewpub, not a craft brewer).

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will showcase a selection of beers from the fast-growing South Bay and Los Angeles craft brew industry as you can see from the above graphic, including King Harbor, which just saw its first-ever keg of beer head out the brewery’s doors this week.

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