Great Society Cider & Mead gastropub set to open in Long Beach

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Long Beach has lagged behind the rest of the county when it comes to production craft breweries (the city has none), but makes up for it when you consider that Beachwood BBQ was named the world’s best brewpub and the community will now get the first restaurant specializing in cider and mead.

Read more in this story from Staff Writer Andrew Edwards.

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Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen opened today in Long Beach

ballastA view of Long Beach Harbor greets guests at the new Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen that opened Friday in time for the long holiday weekend. (Photo by Staff Photographer Stephen Carr).

Read the Long Beach Press-Telegram story here.

A photo gallery is here.

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Great American Beer Fest 2015: Local breweries take home 24 medals

Ritual Brewing GABFGreater Los Angeles area breweries can pat themselves on the back.

They’ve claimed 24 of the 282 awards given out at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, which took place Thursday through Saturday of last week.

The winners were chosen from 6,647 entries from 1,552 breweries.

A total of 15 breweries, large and small, from the Santa Barbara area through the Inland Empire were awarded.

Head over the jump to see the list.

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Tickets available for Slater’s 50/50 Backyard Brewfest

Tickets are available now for the next Slater’s 50/50 Backyard Brewfest, which will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in the parking lot of the chain’s Lake Forest location, 24356 Swartz Drive.

A total of 27 breweries and cideries from Southern California and elsewhere will be showcasing more than 40 different brews. Slater’s 50/50 will be serving up some of its most popular menu items.

The event, produced in conjunction with the Lake Forest Chamber of Commerce, is also a fundraiser for Boys and Girls Club of Lake Forest, the Lake Forest 4-H Superstars, Soroptimist International of Lake Forest and South County Outreach.

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BJ’s hosting IPA pairing dinner next month

BJs IPA DinnerBJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse locations are hosting an India pale ale pairing dinner in March.

The five-course dinner will be paired with IPAs from Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Samuel Adams, Samuel Smith Brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Co., and of course, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse.

During the course of the dinner, BJ’s will be serving its next seasonal beer BJ’s Goliath Imperial Red Ale.

In Southern California, the dinners are scheduled between Monday (March 3) and Wednesday, March 12.

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The Rookery celebrating first anniversary today with special brews

Rookery First AnniversaryPomona’s The Rookery Alehouse & Grill is celebrating its first anniversary this weekend, and it’s kicking off the festivities at 11 a.m. today (January 17).

As part of the event, the eatery will be tapping 19 special beers from Southern California and beyond that it has squirreled away.

The celebration will last until 8 p.m. Sunday (January 19), however the beers likely will not.

Read on to find out what’s on tap.

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