Want a pint of Pliny the Younger? Try your luck at Beachwood BBQ

We’ve had Russian River Brewing Company’s Pliny the Elder, but have only dreamt of tasting the brewery’s famed Pliny the Younger, which has just been released at the brewery and will be making its way to Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach and Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach.

However, you can’t just walk in and order a pint of the famed triple IPA.

Oh, no…you have to be lucky!

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Eagle Rock Brewing to celebrate fourth anniversary January 26

Eagle Rock Fourth AnniversaryEagle Rock Brewery will celebrate its fourth anniversary on Sunday, January 26.

The event will take place from noon to 6 p.m. at the brewery, 3056 Roswell Street, Los Angeles.

Featured will be several special beer releases, including all of the brewery’s anniversary beers (including the this year’s, White Rabbit) and special cask brews.

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Kinetic Brewing Company celebrating its second anniversary on Saturday

Kinetic Second AnniversaryWe had the pleasure of visiting both of Lancaster’s breweries this weekend and discovered that one of them — Kinetic Brewing Company — is celebrating its second anniversary this Saturday (December 28).

The brewery will be celebrating all day with food specials and a tap takeback. That’s right…28 taps of nothing but Kinetic brews.

Click here for the Facebook event page.

The brewery is also selling tickets for its New Year’s Eve celebration.

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Brouwerij West Lands New Home in San Pedro

Three-year-old craft brewery Brouwerij West has bounced between rented offices and production facilities in the likes of Palos Verdes Estates, El Segundo and Long Beach.

Now the brewery that specializes in Belgian ales — but has not had an on-site tasting room — has found a home at the Port of Los Angeles in a building right next to Crafted that will apparently include a restaurant much like Atwater Village’s Golden Road Brewing.

That will make it San Pedro’s first craft brewery, although before anyone contacts us, yes, we are aware of the underrated San Pedro Brewing Co., although strictly speaking that is a brewpub rather than craft brewery.

Look for the new Brouwerij West space to open next summer.

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The San Fernando Brewing Company Lives

And the Street Sign Brewing Co., — or at least the name — is no more.

Read why (and yes, it makes perfect sense) here. A regional name is always preferable to some clever, if random-sounding creation, especially if the brewery becomes the first operational one in the San Fernando Valley, which appears likely.

I’ve not seen a date when the tasting room opens, but judging by their Twitter feed the date is getting closer: they’re brewing.


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Palm Springs Props and Hops returns Saturday

Palm Springs Hops and PropsWe had a blast at last year’s Palm Springs Props and Hops at the Palm Springs Air Museum, and this year’s edition is happening Saturday (November 23).

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs.

Tickets, which include twelve four-ounce tastings, are $35 “before November 15,” and $40 after (including at the door), but are still available at the lower price by clicking here.

Sixteen brewers from Southern California and beyond are scheduled to participate. Read on for the list.

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Coachella Valley Brewing Company makes bold growler fill policy

On Friday, Coachella Valley Brewing Company weighed in on the growler requirement debate with (in part) this bold statement:

As of today we will fill any 1/2 gallon and 32 oz growler.

Of course, if you have a brewery-labeled growler, the ABC rules stipulate that the existing logo must be covered, so be prepared to get a sticker or two on your growler.

And if you have an unmarked growler, you’re still going to get a sticker.

That being said, we think this is a big step in the right direction.

Click here for the full statement.

Coachella Valley Brewing Company is at 30640 Gunther St., Thousand Palms.

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Inaugural LA IPA fest coming to Mohawk Bend

Calling all hop heads. The inaugural Los Angeles IPA Festival – showcasing more than 60 breweries – is coming to Mohawk Bend this weekend.

“Hoppy IPA has become the defining style of West Coast beer, and no one loves their hops more than we do in LA,” according to the LA IPA Festival website.

The event is open to the public but reservations are needed for Saturday and Sunday. According to Mohawk Bend’s website, the bar area will be open to festival guests.

Local breweries such as Redlands-based Hangar 24 Craft Brewery and Torrance-based Smog City Brewing Co are among the participants.


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Beer and cheese — if you please — at Dale Bros. Brewery on Saturday

Dale Bros and Drake Family FarmsUpland’s Dale Bros. Brewery is teaming up with Ontario’s Drake Family Farms for a beer and cheese pairing event this Saturday (November 16).

For $13, participants will get a full cheese plate, plus a beer flight.

The pairing event runs from 2 to 5 p.m. at the brewery, 2120 Porterfield Way.

Local beer, local cheese…sounds like a win-win!

For more information, click here.

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