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.”
Petaluma-based Lagunitas Brewing Co. has big plans for its new brewery under construction in Azusa.
How big? 178,000-square-feet worth, that’s how big.
Initially, the brewery will pump out 420,000 barrels of beer annually, but will eventually ramp up to — cue Doctor Evil voice — one million barrels. The brewery will distribute throughout the Southwest, and perhaps, eventually into Mexico.
Another brewery has decided they are in the business of selling beer, not beer containers.
South El Monte’s Progress Brewing has been selling unmarked growlers, but it makes perfect sense to sell unmarked growlers when you’ve already had to change your name, and you haven’t even been open three months!
The brewery takes a pretty lenient stance on growler policy, and apparently will fill pretty much any clean container it can cap and label.
Our suggestion? Bring those unmarked or covered-up growlers to Progress Brewing, 1822 Chico Ave., and fill ’em up!
Over the past year, state code regarding growler refills has been re-examined, reinterpreted and redefined.
South El Monte’s best (OK, only) brewery, Federal Brewing, recently underwent a name change in response to a cease-and-desist letter — not from a similarly-named up-and-coming Maryland brewery, but from a certain L.A. County drinking establishment, which shall remain nameless.
The brewery is now known as Progress Brewing. Please update your bookmarks accordingly.