Calling all hop heads. The inaugural Los Angeles IPA Festival – showcasing more than 60 breweries – is coming to Mohawk Bend this weekend.
“Hoppy IPA has become the defining style of West Coast beer, and no one loves their hops more than we do in LA,” according to the LA IPA Festival website.
The event is open to the public but reservations are needed for Saturday and Sunday. According to Mohawk Bend’s website, the bar area will be open to festival guests.
Local breweries such as Redlands-based Hangar 24 Craft Brewery and Torrance-based Smog City Brewing Co are among the participants.
Upland’s Dale Bros. Brewery is teaming up with Ontario’s Drake Family Farms for a beer and cheese pairing event this Saturday (November 16).
For $13, participants will get a full cheese plate, plus a beer flight.
The pairing event runs from 2 to 5 p.m. at the brewery, 2120 Porterfield Way.
Local beer, local cheese…sounds like a win-win!
For more information, click here.
More than 100 hard to find or limited edition beers from 40 breweries will be on tap at the second annual event.
That will make challenging choosing between what to sample given that attendees receive 10 3oz tastes for the $30 admission fee. Check out the array of beers and breweries here.
Full disclosure: I actually attended the sparsely attended inaugural event, which was held last year over the Labor Day weekend (not good timing given that LA essentially empties out on summer long weekends).
I found I got full — not inebriated — because of the inherent nature of many of these big, epic, huge, strong ales. So pace yourself.
Stout fans, call in sick* tomorrow (November 8) and head to Hangar 24 Craft Brewery in Redlands.
That’s because they’ll have seven special stouts available for International Stout Day.
The brews will be available in half-pints, as well as a flight.
It was exactly one year ago this past Friday (November 1) that Ritual Brewing Co. opened its doors to the public.
The Redlands beer-maker will commemorate that milestone on Saturday, November 16, at the brewery, 1315 Research Drive.
The event will take place from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Advance tickets are available now.
*Guinness has released a new limited edition seasonal beer it has dubbed Red Harvest Stout, a non-pumpkin flavored beer “inspired by the ancient Irish legend of Samhain (pronounced saw-wen), a festival held every year to beckon restless spirits on All Hallow’s Eve celebrating the end of fall harvest and coming winter,” according to the press release:
“The stout is crafted with lightly roasted barely giving it subtle aromas of caramel and toffee, accented with a sweet malty taste.”
*Not to be outdone the folks who usually brew Newcastle Brown Ale have come up with a spin-off called Newcastle Werewolf Ale (if you can still find it since availability has apparently been spotty).
*Meanwhile, Torrance’s Smog City Brewing will give those dressed in costume $2 off a growler fill on Halloween. The tasting room is open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
*Finally, you’ll have to wait until Monday for this one, but that’s when downtown LA’s Angel City Brewing unveils its 22oz bombers of Vanilla Porter in local stores. The scary part, if that sounds good to you: only 200 cases of this limited edition brew will be released.
From the brewery press release:
While dark as night and rich in flavor, this Vanilla Porter is actually a beautiful sipping beer with a pleasant vanilla aroma and delectably sweet finish – perfect for shorter days and long chilly nights.
The March Aviation Society is hosting its first brew fest Saturday, November 9, at the March Field Air Museum.
Attendees will be able to sample from more than a dozen Southern California breweries at the event.
You gotta have food to soak up all that beer, so the organizers have scheduled nine food trucks for your dining pleasure.
General admission tickets are $35 (plus a $2.92 service fee if purchased online) and grant you admission from 1 to 5 p.m., live entertainment by the ’80z All-Stars and DJ Steveo, and 15 four-ounce beer samples.
If you’re awake reading this, it’s time to go to sleep!
That’s because the Bruery’s annual Black Tuesday sale is tomorrow (October 29).
The brewery’s vaunted bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with an oversized ABV content (~20%) goes on sale at 10 a.m. at the Bruery’s web store.
Although we haven’t yet seen it in bottles yet, Brewery Ommegang‘s second beer from its “Game of Thrones” series has been released.
Corona’s SteamHaus Gastropub has received a keg of Take the Black Stout and will be serving it beginning at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow (October 24).
The gastropub is inviting fans out to watch the show and try the beer. The first 30 people will get collectible glassware.
For more information, click here.
Steam Haus is at 2785 Cabot Drive, Suite 110.
It’s two, two, two festivals in one as Claremont Craft Ales and Upland’s Dale Bros. Brewery team up for Oktoberfest this Saturday (October 26).
Partnering with the breweries is Claremont Educational Foundation. The breweries will donate 10% of beer sales to the organization.
The event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m.
A yellow school bus will shuttle participants between the two breweries every half hour.