Brewery Ommegang’s third ‘Game of Thrones’ beer released

FireandBloodIn anticipation of Sunday’s (April 6) fourth season premiere of “Game of Thrones,” Brewery Ommegang has released the third in its series of beers tied in with the fantasy drama.

Fire and Blood is a red ale brewed with rye and spelt, with ancho chilies providing the “fire.” Alcohol by volume is 6.8%.

The limited-edition brew is available in 750 mL bottles. For you collectors out there, the brewery is producing the beer with three unique labels this time around, each depicting a different dragon from the show.

You should be able to find it where you normally shop for craft beer, but smaller liquor stores appear to be selling out quickly.

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Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes celebrates St. Paddy’s Day Southern California style this weekend

Nelsons(Photo courtesy Terranea Resort)

Rancho Palos Verdes’ Terranea Resort hosts a St. Patrick’s beer-centric three-course dinner at Nelson’s Friday through Monday.

Here’s the menu.

First Course:
Oysters rockefeller with bacon, spinach, and artichoke – paired with Harp Irish Lager
Second Course:
Lobster shepherds pie – paired with North Coast Old #38
Third Course:
Homemade Guinness ice cream sandwich – paired with Guinness Stout
Cost is $60 a person. Call (310) 265-2836
And the weekend weather forecast? Pretty much perfect:

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Free South Bay Craft Beer Shuttle Heralds 2014

StranddoorTorrance’s Strand Brewing Co., (above) is among the stops for a free South Bay craft beer shuttle. Will third time lucky prove the charm for a South Bay beer shuttle connecting local craft breweries and other watering holes? We’ll find out when the service starts on Thursday evenings twice a month later in January. (Photo courtesy of Jaimie Lavally)

For complete details, click here.

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Breweries pitching in this holiday season

Local breweries are pitching in to help the less fortunate this holiday season.

We’ve spotted a few around Southern California that are collecting food and toys, and offering incentives to help sweeten the pot.

Chino’s I & I Brewing, for instance, has set up a Spark of Love toy collection box in its tasting room. Those who donate an unwrapped toy worth at least $10 will get $1 off pints for the night.

Their campaign runs through next Saturday (December 21), so get to the toy store and stock up!

I & I Brewing is at 14175 Telephone Ave., Suite J.

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Ooowee Baby, Won’t You Let me Take you on a Beer Cruise?

beershipAnd, yes, we know the 1959 Frankie Ford hit is actually “Sea Cruise.”

But what’s being billed as the first pair of craft beer-themed cruises (the first sets off next month from Mexico to Hawaii) in the industry sets sail from San Pedro next April.

From the press release:

The seven-night California Beer Festival at Sea departs on April 12, 2014 from the Port of Los Angeles and will travel up the California coast with stops in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Monterey, Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico. Included are specially planned beer and lunch pairings, craft beer round table, and CBF Craft Beer Heaven with Ninkasi Brewing Company and Lagunitas Brewing Company participating. Prices start at $639 per person for an inside stateroom to $1.089 per person for Concierge Class.

Celebrity Cruises have apparently converted several of their Michael’s Clubs that used to serve cognacs and other fine liquors into craft beer venues that serve about 60 microbrews including Celebrity Century, the vessel hosting the California Beer Festival.

Details here.

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Timeless Pints craft brewery opens in Lakewood

timelessOwner Chris Sparacio has opened Timeless Pints in Lakewood (Photo by Staff Photographer Robert Casillas).

Lakewood’s Timeless Pints Brewing Co., became the latest entrant into the fast-growing Los Angeles County craft beer scene when it opened its doors this weekend.

It’s a familiar story: home brewer seeks to turn hobby into business and the result is the first craft brewery in the Long Beach area.

And while the brewery is new, Sparacio has gone for that ageless feel with whimsical beer names like A Precarious Proposal Amber Ale and a Taste of Fate Red IPA.

Read more here and check out Friday’s grand opening below:

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Beer sampler: New summer brews, craft beer things to do

trumer_pils_t250New brews

*Trumer Pils, a pilsner brewed at Trumer Braueri Berkeley, has just begun distribution in Southern California.

“This is such an exciting milestone for our brewery, said Charlie Paulette, Trumer’s marketing director. “We’ve had our eye on Southern California since we launched Trumer Pils back in 2006, and having served Northern California and San Diego for years, we’re pleased to make Trumer available to beer enthusiasts and foodies alike up and down the coast.”

Pilsners are closely related to lagers, not ales, and as such are excellent thirst quenchers for hot summer days.

Full disclosure: this reporter received some taste samples of Trumer, which is nothing like the sweet mass-produced lagers such as Bud or Coors most craft beer drinkers avoid.

It is an excellent example of the crisp style, an assessment shared by a home brew friend of mine I shared a couple of bottles with in exchange for his review. But don’t take our word for it: Trumer just received a silver medal for the second consecutive year at the 21st annual International Australian Beer Awards, a nation that knows something about drinking beer on warm days. (Its sister brewery in Austria won a silver medal, too, at the same awards event).

Old Torrance gastropub 1321 Downtown Taproom Bistro just made Trumer Pils its unofficial house pilsner, incidentally.

*Torrance’s Smog City Brewing have added a new beer on a limited basis, the alliteratively-named Third Nipple Triple, which checks in at 8% ABV.

*Golden Road Brewing has introduced a Cabrillo Kölsch (5% ABV)  just in time for summer, described as “light and refreshing with peppery and citrus accents.”

Craft beer things to do

angelcity*”Artists on Tap,” a new art exhibit featuring the work of 15 downtown Los Angeles artists bonding over their love of beer, opens Thursday at Angel City Brewery.

“Art brings people together,” said curator J.W. Pippen. “All our artists love beer and the community aspect of a brewery, so what better theme than Artists on Tap?”

The grand opening is set for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday with punk rock bluesman Lightnin’ Woodcock performing. The exhibit runs through July 7.

Incidentally, while you are there, check out the new limited edition Pickle Weisse, described as “a tart, light-bodied, straw-colored ale blended with pickles.”

*Palos Verdes Peninsula’s Terranea Resort has joined the craft beer movement, opening a new beer garden. From the press release:

Nelson’s Beer Garden is more than a cliff side spot ideal for whale watching. In addition to a selection of housemade sausages, Nelson’s signature giant soft pretzels, the chef’s daily special and assorted appetizers and snacks, Nelson’s Beer Garden boasts a rotating selection of local microbrews, including Dudes’ Brewing Company, one of L.A.’s newest craft beers. The Beer Garden will also carry regional brews such as Northern California’s Lagunitas and San Diego’s Ballast Point.

There is music every Friday night. The best part: you can make reservations by calling 310-265-2836.

*1321 Downtown Taproom Bistro hosts a $50 per person, five-course dinner paired with brews from Torrance’s Strand Brewing Company on June 26. The full menu is here.


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‘Game of Thrones’-related beer available locally

Cooperstown, N.Y.-based Brewery Ommegang has released the first of its ‘Game of Thrones’-related beers.

Released in conjunction with Sunday night’s (March 31) season three opener of the HBO series, Iron Throne Blonde Ale is available in limited quantities at select Southern California outlets.

In stores, it’s available in 750 mL bottles.

I was able to pick one up today at Red Carpet Wine and Spirits, 8678 19th St., Suite 150, Rancho Cucamonga, which is limiting sales to one per customer.

Despite the name, Red Carpet has a great selection of local and hard-to-find beers.

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What’s the name of Dale Bros. Brewery’s new IPA? You decide!

During its recent 10th anniversary celebration, Dale Bros. Brewery took suggestions for a name for its new Imperial IPA.

The folks at the brewery have narrowed the list down to three (Hopped Upland Imperial IPA, Galaxy Imperial IPA and Inland Empire Imperial IPA), and are looking to pick a winner.

That’s where you come in.

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