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The Claremont Village Craft Beer Walk (formerly known as the Claremont Blues and Brews) has traditionally been a great way to experience beers from local breweries before they open, and this year is no exception.
A record 86 breweries — 46 from LA County — are expected to serve tastes of more than 200 craft brews at LA Center Studios June 18 for the kickoff LA Beer Week event.
“The event will also feature food vendors including fan-favorites The Oinkster and BrewWings, popular pub games, Snap Yourself! photo booth, and live music which includes a special performance from the L.A. Brewers All-Star Band comprised of some of the city’s multi-talented brewers,” said Frances M. Lopez, ececutive director of the LA County Brewers Guild.
“L.A.’s craft brewing community has been getting some national buzz this year with big wins at the World Beer Cup and L.A. & San Diego International Beer Competitions,” she added. “LA Beer Week is our grassroots, DIY way of celebrating our region’s beer culture with a week worth of quality craft beer events all across the county.”
Almost 40 breweries will be pouring craft beer.
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On tap are 30-plus craft brews from 14 local breweries and bands Go Betty Go and The Delgado Brothers.
Sixty-plus beers from 30 local breweries accompanied by 15 food samples are available on Saturday at the second annual LA Local Craft Beer & Artisanal Food festival at Alpine Village near Torrance.
Notable beers available from Torrance breweries include include Smog City’s Amarilla Gorilla, Scholb Premium Ales’ Cherrywood Smoked Brown and a couple of mystery brews from new brewpub HopSaint.
This year’s iteration — set for 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday (March 20) — features breweries from Coronado to Chico and points in-between.
Attendees can sample 15 4-ounce tastes from more than a dozen California breweries.