Taste of Brews Inland Empire returns Saturday

Tickets are available now for the fourth iteration of Taste of Brews Inland Empire. The event is set for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday (April 18) at Crossroads Riverview Park, 14600 Baron Drive, Corona.

So far, 39 breweries and cideries are expected to participate, including 24 from Southern California. Pre-sale admission tickets are $30 (plus $2.64 service fee) for admission at 1 p.m. and $40 (plus $3.19 service fee) for noon admission. Prices will be $10 more at the door. Designated driver tickets will also be available at the door for $20. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Loyal Order of Re-enactment Enthusiasts.

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Fast-growing Strand Brewing moving to Old Torrance as craft brew wave shows no signs of crashing yet

LStrand Brewing Co., will soon be leaving its current quarters for more space in a new home in Old Torrance.

You can make a case that when Strand Brewing opened the first production brewery in Torrance almost five years ago, the brewery spawned an industry (they have the business award from the city of Torrance to prove it) that has made the community and the South Bay one of the hotbeds of the Los Angeles craft beer industry.

Now Strand is moving within bar crawling distance of other local breweries as it seeks room to grow.

Read more in the Daily Breeze story here.

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Absolution Brewing in Torrance celebrates one-year anniversary Saturday with new Possessed Joe Coffee Porter

There will be Absolution swag giveaways all day, the launch of their latest brew in collaboration with Sole Coffee Company and, of course, cake!

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Steam beer unveiled today by Absolution Brewing in Torrance

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Torrance’s Absolution Brewing, which specializes in English-style ales that generally tone down the hops, introduces the California Common to its lineup today:

The California Common, or Steam Beer, is a unique 100% American style lager. It’s brewed with a special strain of lager yeast that works better at warmer temperatures. This method dates back to the late 1800′s in California when refrigeration was a great luxury. The brewers back then had to improvise to cool the beer down, so shallow fermenters were used. The lager yeast was trained to ferment quicker at warmer temperatures.

I’m guessing most California craft beer fans are familiar with the style — even if they don’t know it.

This is an old tweet, but Barley Hops Grill will be serving up barbecue at the brewery today, the perfect complement to the new beer:

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Smog City Brewing in Torrance releases bottles of The Nothing and Infinite Wishes Saturday

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The 2015 version of The Nothing (which, if you haven’t tasted it is more everything than nothing) continues The Never-Ending (craft brew) Story, while Infinite Wishes is a new barrel-aged version of the beer.

Here’s more from Smog City:

The Nothing, our Double Chocolate Imperial Stout, was aged on 70lbs of raw cocoa nibs and is as decadent as they come. Infinite Wishes spent 364 days in bourbon barrels…the perfect combination of rich fudge, vanilla, bourbon spice and oak.

We will have growler fills and draft of The Nothing as well as bottle sales. Infinite Wishes will be available in very limited bottles and on draft only.

The brewery opens at noon Saturday.

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Torrance’s Smog City Brewing releases its first wild beer Saturday: A Saison Contraire

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Smog City gets funky with the release of its first wild ale, a dry-hopped Brett Saison — Brett refers to a strain of yeast, BTW — when its Del Amo Boulevard doors swing open at noon Saturday. You can read more about so-called wild beers here clicking on this Beer Advocate link.

Incidentally, Smog still has its Coffee Porter and Sabre-Toothed Squirrel available in bottles for $1 off during the holiday season, while growler fills are $2 off.

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Absolution Brewery in Torrance releases first bottled beer: Wanderin’ Star Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter

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Nothing says the holiday season to a craft beer fan than a winter-warming porter so the first bottle release Wednesday by Torrance’s Absolution Brewing Co., is especially welcome.

A 750 ml bottle of Wanderin’ Star Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter costs $18 (it’s also on tap at the brewery).

Tasting room hours are 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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