Southern California homebrewers have until May 31 to enter San Diego-based Karl Strauss Brewing Company‘s Pro-Am brewing competition:
The winning brewer will get to brew his/her winning beer on one of our professional systems this August and then have it entered into the Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am in October.
Full details and an entry form are here.
The five-course “If I Were a Food Truck” dinner at Tin Roof Bistro features “refreshed takes on food truck fare” paired with beers from El Segundo Brewing Company including roasted duck tamale cakes and a mole sauce served with the Standard Crude Imperial Stout.
The full menu for the April 30 dinner is here.
Cost is $45 a person.
Smog City Brewing, Torrance’s newest craft brewery, opens its tasting room May 18, the same day the city hosts its biggest community event of the year, the annual Armed Forces Day Parade.
Fortunately, Smog City is in an industrial park to the northeast of the city center – just down the street from the tasting room of Monkish Brewing Company – so craft beer devotees should be able to avoid the worst of the traffic.
Owners Laurie and Porter (their surname is Porter, but head brewer Porter – like the rock star he is – goes by only one name) plan to tap several beers brewed in their new facility and limited supplies of others left over from his time at Tustin Brewing Co.
Prices are $6 (although the size of the pour varies) and there are two flight options.
The opening event caps off National Craft Beer Week and is set for noon to 9 p.m. at the brewery, 1901 Del Amo Blvd., Suite B (that’s just about a block west of the Del Amo Boulevard-Western Avenue intersection where Monkish sits, BTW).
Simmzy’s Pub in Manhattan Beach hosts a New Belgium Brewing Co., tasting event today featuring four craft beers from the Colorado-based brewery with the highlight a house-aged Clutch, described by the eatery as a “dark sour brown ale we’ve been aging since 2011.”
Other featured beers are an Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout, a Cascara Quad (a Belgian-style beer brewed with dates and coffee cherries) and a collaboration with Quebec’s Dieu du Ciel microbrewery that has yielded a Heavenly Feijoa Tripel.
Tapping is set for 5 p.m. while the 10oz to 14oz pours will cost between $6.50 and $7.50 apiece.
For the occasion Chef Anne Conness has paired the brews with a $12.50 goat cheese souffle with bacon lardons, caramel pairs and frisee lettuce.
Attention homebrewers…Hangar 24 Craft Brewery’s fourth annual Homebrew Competition begins this week!
Entries will be accepted beginning Saturday (April 13).
First, second and third places in each category will receive prizes.
The grand prize winner will get his or her beer brewed by Hangar 24 for consumption in the brewery’s tasting room and will also be entered into the 2013 Great American Beer Festival’s Pro-Am Competition.
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.
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery is releasing its latest Barrel Roll limited edition brew tomorrow (March 30) and it’s another redux — Hammerhead.
Hammerhead is an American-style Barleywine made with two English caramel malts and four American hops. It’s aged for six months in charred oak rye whiskey and bourbon barrels.
The 2012 edition took silver in the Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Beer category at the Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition.
Hammerhead will be available on tap and in 750 mL bottles at the brewery, 1710 Sessums Drive, Redlands, and beginning Monday (April 1) at select California locations.
5,520 bottles were produced for this year’s run, on a par with last year’s. This year’s edition has a slightly lower alcohol content.
The next Barrel Roll release, scheduled for June, will be new.
The former brewery near Torrance, which moved downtown from its longtime Alpine Village location in 2011 and is now under new ownership, will host Food Truck Haven (click the link for the truck lineup) on the last Saturday of every month beginning this weekend.
From the brewery press release:
Angel City Brewery has been open Thursday through Sunday since February and will open in May with a full daily schedule. With a rotating roster of beers on tap, beer fans are always apt to try something new. Right now, Brewer Dieter Foerstner is featuring Angel City’s classic Eureka! Wit, Angeleno IPA, Vanilla Porter, Berliner Weisse, Amber, and an as-yet un-named Pilsner.
Packinghouse Brewing Company’s annual Brew with a View event returns Saturday, April 6.
The free, all-ages event will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the brewery, 6421 Central Ave., Suite 101-A.
It coincides with the annual airshow at Riverside Municipal Airport, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The airport is across the street from the brewery.
Besides a great view of the airshow, the event will also feature food trucks, including the Bacon MANia truck, Garlicscapes and the Viking Truck.
Beer flights from the Fullerton brewery and barbecue chicken sliders are available at the tasting event at Old Torrance’s Amore Vino wine boutique.
The tasting runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost is $8.