Phantom Carriage, first Carson craft brewery, rides into town with sour beers and a cafe

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Phantom Carriage is an ambitious endeavor, focusing on brewing sour beers (although they have carefully selected guest taps, too) and a small plate menu in their charming (inside at least) brewery on Main Street in Carson, a stone throw away from the Goodyear blimp’s airfield.

Read more about Phantom Carriage here and check out an example of their beer offerings below (caution: this list may not be accurate, but is intended to provide an idea about the brewery’s offerings).

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Rare and limited edition craft beers available Saturday for charity event at King Harbor Brewing Company in Redondo Beach

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Need a last-minute (and early) gift idea for the craft beer drinker in your life?

Then trust me they will love a ticket to this epic holiday bottle share — check out the incredible beer list here — hosted by King Harbor Brewing Company in Redondo Beach.

With a beer line-up like that there should be no problem pairing the appropriate brew with the barbecue on offer — and it’s all for a good cause.

Buy tickets here.

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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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This year’s Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Pugafest set for Saturday

PugafestWinter is just around the corner, and it’s the time when beer lovers traditionally indulge in dark beers — porters and stouts.

One of the more indulgent dark beers out there is Hangar 24 Craft Brewery’s Pugachev’s Cobra. Part of the brewery’s Barrel Roll series, Pugachev’s Cobra is a Russian Imperial Stout aged eight months in bourbon barrels.

It’s full of flavor and plenty of alcohol (this year’s batch packs a whopping 18.9% alcohol by volume).

The past few years, the Hangar 24 has celebrated the beer’s release with an event it calls Pugafest. This year’s Pugafest is Saturday (December 6).

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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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