Torrance’s Smog City Brewery releases Bourbon Coffee Porter and Hoptango IPA for Labor Day Weekend

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It’s been a long time coming — the Bourbon Coffee Porter has aged a full year in barrels.

The Hoptango IPA (their regular Hoptonic fermented with fresh mango and dry hopped with Amarillo hops) is also ready for its growler debut after several experimental batches.

Growler fills of both are available for $24.

Serendoggity Hot Dogs will be at the Del Amo Boulevard brewery all day Saturday.

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“For What Ales Ya” ticket sales end Sunday

For What Ales YaTickets are available now for this year’s “For What Ales Ya” event, set for 6 p.m. to midnight August 30 at Maniac Mike’s Café at Cable Airport in Upland.

The 21-and-older event features local beer on tap and rare bottle shares.

Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery will be participating as a guest brewer.

Admission is $32 and includes a taster glass, food and beer.

Proceeds benefit the Cable Airport Foundation, a nonprofit organization that sponsors scholarships for aviation training and education.

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San Pedro’s Brouwerij West behind schedule, but port community should have two craft breweries open by next year

SPbreweryCrafted: The future home of Brouwerij West in San Pedro (Photo by Staff photographer Charles Bennett).

The bad news: the ambitious plans we wrote about last year for the Belgian brewery in a historic warehouse at the Port of Los Angeles has hit bureaucratic snags and is running behind schedule (and the planned restaurant is on hold).

The good news: San Pedro will soon be home to not just one, but a pair of craft breweries.

More on this fall’s planned craft beer festival in San Pedro that was mentioned in the article is here.

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Avocado Ale returns Sunday for second annual Angel City Brewery festival in downtown Los Angeles

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Angel City Brewery celebrates the return of Avocado Ale in “all its green glory” at the second annual festival of the same name that runs from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The beer is brewed with avocados (from the ranch of the brewmaster’s grandmother) and “guacamole-inspired ingredients like fresh cilantro, crushed red pepper and lime.”

The event features a half dozen live bands, contests and games, a bazaar and guacamole pies.

Full details here.

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Lake Arrowhead Brew Fest is Saturday

Lake Arrowhead Brew FestThe fifth annual Lake Arrowhead Brew Fest is set for noon to 6 p.m. Saturday (August 9) in the Blue Jay Village parking lot, 27264 Highway 189.

Local participating brewers include Big Bear Mountain Brewery, Ritual Brewing Co., Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Dale Bros. Brewery, Brew Rebellion, Skyland Ale Works, Strand Brewing Co., La Quinta Brewing Co., and the Mountain, Bear Valley and Maltose Falcons brew clubs.

Stone Brewing Co. and Firestone Walker Brewing Company will also be represented at the event.

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