Dudes’ Brewing Company of Torrance hires new brewmaster and plans to quadruple production

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Dudes’ Brewing Company has signed a distribution deal with Southern Wine and Spirits this week to expand their reach in Southern California.

The Torrance-based company hopes to quadruple production this year and expand their craft beer selection with the help of Alex Rabe, their new master brewer.

Rabe was formerly with San Diego’s Rough Draft Brewing Co.

“Instead of focusing on individual processes, I think about the beer as a whole,” said Rabe in a statement. “ I think about how each small change will affect the final product because that is what truly matters.”

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Lagunitas has big plans for Southern California brewery

Azusa LagunitasPetaluma-based Lagunitas Brewing Co. has big plans for its new brewery under construction in Azusa.

How big? 178,000-square-feet worth, that’s how big.

Initially, the brewery will pump out 420,000 barrels of beer annually, but will eventually ramp up to — cue Doctor Evil voice — one million barrels. The brewery will distribute throughout the Southwest, and perhaps, eventually into Mexico.

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Ballast Point Independence Party Friday at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach

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Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will hosts its third annual Independence Party featuring the beers of the San Diego brewery from noon to 10 p.m. Friday.

The Ballast Point beer line-up includes Calm Before the Storm (Cream Ale w/Coffee & Vanilla), Schooner Wet Hop (100% Cascade fresh hop ale), Sour Wench (Blackberry Berliner Weiss) w/Raspberries, Barrel-Aged Sea Monster (Imperial Stout), Dorado (Double IPA) w/Watermelon, Victory at Sea (Imperial Porter) w/Peanut Butter, Victory at Sea (Imperial Porter) w/Horchata, Sculpin (IPA), Sculpin (IPA) w/Coffee, Sculpin (IPA) w/Mango, Sculpin (IPA) w/Pineapple Sculpin (IPA) on Nitro, Grunion Pale, Sextant (Oatmeal Stout), Longfin Lager and Wahoo Wheat.

You haven’t lived if you haven’t tasted their Sculpin IPA.

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Craft beer tasting at California farmers markets? It could happen.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Californians could enjoy beer alongside produce and wine at farmers markets under legislation headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.

The Assembly on Monday unanimously approved a bill legalizing beer tasting at farmers markets.

Democratic Assemblyman Marc Levine of San Rafael introduced AB774 following his successful push last year to permit wine tasting at the markets. Brown also signed legislation last year permitting craft brew sales at markets, but vendors say customers want samples before they buy.

Opponents of the bill have said booze doesn’t belong in a family friendly environment, but AB774 sailed through the Legislature without any votes in opposition.

Suds will not start flowing at markets this summer, however. The bill doesn’t take effect until 2016 if the governor signs it.

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Hangar 24 rolling out two new sours today

Hangar 24 soursAny sour beer fans out there?

If so, you might want to make tracks for Hangar 24 Craft Brewery today (June 27) as the brewery is rolling out two new sour beers: First Crush and Sanguinello.

First Crush is a sour red ale aged in red wine barrels with Syrah grape juice. It’ll be available in 750 mL bottles for $20. 2,300 bottles are available. The brewery will also (while supplies last) be offering eight-ounce pours for $8 and three-ounce pours for $3.

If white wine is more your thing, Sanguinello is a sour blonde aged in white wine barrels with blood orange juice. Available in a much more limited quantity, 1,200 300 mL bottles of Sanguinello are available for $15 a pop. Again, while supplies last, the brewery will offer pours: $15 for an 11-ounce pour and $5 for a three-ounce pour.

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Check out the view: King Harbor Brewing opens waterfront tasting room Saturday in Redondo Beach

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King Harbor Brewing has a perfectly acceptable tasting room in a Redondo Beach strip mall at 2907 182nd St.

But with that name shouldn’t they have a location actually at King Harbor?

The owners of the brewery agree with that and will open their tasting room with a view of King Harbor (and just a few doors down from iconic craft beer bar Naja’s Place) at noon Saturday.

Growler fills will be half off.

Here’s the tap lineup:

Pineapple IPA
Int’l Boardwalk Express DIPA
Nitro IPA
Coconut Swirly
SouthCentral Belgian Pale Ale (collaboration with Telegraph Brewing Co)
Coconut Abel
Simcoe IPA
South Bayern Hefeweizen
Radler
Cask: Coconut Lime IPA

And look at the view:

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Video: Newcastle Brown Ale releases wacky new TV spot ahead of Euro Bierfest 2015 Saturday at Alpine Village near Torrance

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So Newcastle Brown Ale is not one of the 50-plus selections available at Euro Bierfest on Saturday, but it is a widely known — and if we believe the company — a misunderstood brew in the U.S.

“We’ve found that because of Newcastle’s full, brown color, people sometimes think that it’s a heavy beer,” says Priscilla Flores Dohnert, brand director for Newcastle Brown Ale. “But they couldn’t be more wrong! Yes, it is full-bodied, but it’s also very smooth and refreshing. We made a video that helps bring that to life in a completely unsubtle, fun, Newcastle sort of way.”

Plus, you an get $4 off a 12-pack here.

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