Pechanga Microbrew and Craft Beer Festival returns Saturday

Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula is hosting its ninth annual Microbrew and Craft Beer Festival from 1-5 p.m. Saturday (June 10) in Pechanga’s Grand Ballroom.

In addition to unlimited samplings of brews from about two dozen local (and not-so-local) breweries, participants can listen to live music and taste chili from the Pechanga chefs’ chili cook-off.

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Countdown to LA Beer Week 2017: El Segundo Brewing releases official beer Unity on Friday

The massive LA Beer Week downtown kickoff is just about a week away and the official beer — dubbed Unity but brewed by a different brewery every year — will be released Friday at more than 20 county locations.

It is, not surprisingly, an IPA also available in El Segundo Brewing’s hallmark 22-ounce bombers.

Here’s where you can find it:

Host Brewery + Event Location
The Brewery at Abigaile at Abigaile Restaurant
Arts District Brewing Co. at Arts District Brewing Co.
Beachwood Brewing at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing – Long Beach
Beachwood Brewing at Beachwood BBQ – Seal Beach
Arrow Lodge Brewing at Bread & Barley
The Brewery at Simmzy’s at Simmzy’s Burbank
Congregation Ales at Congregation Ale House – Azuza
Congregation Ales at Congregation Ale House – Long Beach
Congregation Ales at Congregation Ale House – Pasadena
Eagle Rock Brewery at Eagle Rock Brewery
Eagle Rock Brewery at Eagle Rock Public House
Highland Park Brewery at The Hermosillo
HopSaint Brewing Co. at HopSaint Brewing Co.
Kinetic Brewing Company at Kinetic Brewing Company
Ladyface Ale Companie at Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie
Los Angeles Ale Works at Stanley’s Wet Goods
Phantom Carriage Brewery at Phantom Carriage Brewery
Sanctum Brewing at The Rookery
Twisted Oak Tavern & Brewery at Twisted Oak Tavern & Brewery
Verdugo West Brewing Co. at Market City Cafe
Wolf Creek Brewery at Wolf Creek Restaurant
Yorkshire Square Brewery at Southland Beer

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Torrance’s Smog City brewery opens Steelcraft tasting room in Long Beach

steelcraft(Photo courtesy Smog City Brewing).

After months of delays, the shipping container shopping center — hence the name Steelcraft — that will include a tasting room by innovative Torrance brewery Smog City is finally cranking up operations.

Smog, known for its experimental ale lineup, has introduced a pale ale only available at the new Bixby Knolls tasting room and its Del Amo Boulevard bewery dubbed Oh Jupiter, so watch out for that when available.

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Downtown Los Angeles brewery Mumford Brewing to release Unpresidential IPA Saturday in cans just in time for Election Day

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With an unprecedented Presidential campaign in many regards drawing to what many voters see a merciful ending this Tuesday, downtown Los Angeles brewery Mumford Brewing will release for the first time in cans Saturday a craft beer with a name many Americans might appreciate: Unpresidential IPA.

Via Mumford:

For the 5th iteration of this hazy, juicy IPA, we used heaps of Amarillo, Citra and Galaxy hops to create a beer with a big fruit aroma and well defined stone fruit flavors on the palate. Enjoy a can as we count down the days to Election Day 2016 (and you’ll probably want to have one after it’s over).

A four-pack of cans is $17 and the limit is one per person. The brewery opens at 11 a.m.

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Inland Empire Beer Week kicks off Saturday with Summer Send Off beer festival

ie-craft-beer-weekThe inaugural Inland Empire Beer Week begins kicks off Saturday (September 17) with the Inland Empire Brewers Guild Summer Send Off beer festival.

The event is set for 1 to 4 p.m. at the Riverside Municipal Airport, 6741 Gemende Drive. About 20 Inland Empire breweries are expected to pour at the event, along with more than a dozen breweries and cideries from beyond the region.

Tickets — available now online — are $35 (plus a $2.52 service fee) for general admission and $45 (plus a $3.07 fee) for VIP, which grants admission at noon. Tickets include a keepsake glass, unlimited beer tasting, live music and access to food trucks. However, you might be able to score $5 off those prices with the promo code IEBG2016. Designated drivers get in for $20 (plus $1.69 service fee).

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4th Annual Brewer’s Chili Cookoff set for Saturday at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach

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While the event itself begins at noon, tasting begins at 4 p.m. at Select Beer Store, 1613 S. Pacific Coast Highway.

From the press release:

Brewers and owners from local breweries will serve their own special batch of chili, while guests will sample each one and vote for their favorite.

This year’s participating breweries: King Harbor Brewing Co., of Redondo Beach, Brouwerji West of San Pedro, Phantom Carriage Brewery of Carson, Arts District Brewing of Los Angeles, Three Weavers Brewing of Inglewood, El Segundo Brewing Co., and Torrance’s HopSaint Brewing Co., Strand Brewing and Smog City.

Beers from each of the represented breweries will be served on draft and the area behind the fenced off to set up a “beer/chili garden” for the anticipated overflow crowd.

All proceeds from the chili cook-off benefit Providence TrinityCare Hospice in Torrance.

I’m not exactly a chili expert, but HopSaint’s chili is incredible, so the competition had better bring their game.

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