Beer bar/bottle shop combo opens in the Inland Empire

The Beer RoomThe Inland Empire now has a combo beer bar/bottle shop, a la the Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach.

The Beer Room opened last weekend in Grand Terrace and is hosting a grand opening today (August 7) and Saturday (August 8).

The Beer Room offers 10 taps of draft beer, and a smallish selection of bottles to choose from, which you can either enjoy at the bar or take home.

The beer selection will change as kegs are emptied and as bottles leave the shop.

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Palm Springs’ Props and Hops Craft Beer Festival returns this afternoon

Palm Springs Props and Hops Craft Beer FestivalWhatcha got planned for this afternoon…nothin’?

You could do a lot worse than heading out to Palm Springs for the third annual Props and Hops Craft Beer Festival.

The brewfest takes place from noon to 6 p.m. today (November 22) at the Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 N. Gene Autry Trail.

Tickets are $35 (plus $2.22 service fee if purchased online) and are available in advance by clicking here.

Twenty-three breweries and cideries are expected to participate, including the Coachella Valley trifecta of Babe’s Brewhouse, Coachella Valley Brewing Company and La Quinta Brewing Co.

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Smog City beer dinner Oct. 13 at Hudson House in Redondo Beach

One of the South Bay’s most inventive gastropubs – Hudson House in Redondo Beach — teams with one of the South Bay’s most creative breweries — Smog City Brewing — for a Oct. 13 beer dinner.

Pouring: Makeout Session, L.A. Saison, Coffee Porter, California Love, and Smoked Smaug Lager.

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:

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.

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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