Alpine Village near Torrance hosts Stone Brewing Enjoy By 3-14-15 IPA Release Party tonight and New Belgium Brewing Tap Attack Friday

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A few weeks after hosting a Stone Brewing release party, Alpine Village near Torrance is at it again beginning at 5 p.m. today marking the release of the San Diego County brewery’s latest release: Enjoy by 3-14-15 IPA.

Better get there early though:

The South Bay landmark is also hosting a craft beer 101 tutorial at 7 p.m. (cost is $5) for novices who want to learn more.

Then at 5 p.m. Friday it’s a New Belgium Brewing Tap Attack with 5 five beers on draft.

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Video: Alpine Village Feb. 27 Tap Takeover marks beginning of Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery expansion to Los Angeles

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The 5 p.m. Feb. 27 event at Alpine Village near Torrance features a half dozen of Bell’s Brewing’s products: Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale (a pale ale), Oberon, Kalamazoo Stout, Oarsman Ale, and cans of pale ale and Amber.

Alpine Village, which hosts Southern California’s largest Oktoberfest each fall, would seem to have something in common with the irreverent brewery:

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Video: Failed Budweiser Super Bowl spot poking fun at craft beer continues to backfire on social media

The response from the craft beer community is on-going and relentless:

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South Bay breweries and bars mark Super Bowl with Stone Brewing Tap Attack, Whole Pig Roasting and more

pigDespite those ubiquitous Budweiser commercials during that annual football game on Sunday, you don’t have to drink fizzy yellow beer this weekend in the South Bay.

Here’s a run-down of what’s going on where this weekend:

*Alpine Village near Torrance gets the weekend under way at 5 p.m. today with a release party for Stone Brewing’s reformulated Japanese Tea IPA. Check out the other Stone beers available during Friday’s Tap Attack here.

*King Harbor Brewing in Redondo Beach has two events this weekend — both involving meat:

*Absolution Brewing in Torrance and Phantom Carriage in Carson will show the game:

*Smog City Brewing in Torrance will NOT be showing the game — but instead have $2 off all growlers. And they have a limited edition Mai Tai Hoptonic back on tap, too.

Finally, there’s one important thing to keep in mind when enjoying craft beer — drink responsibly or you could well meet the county’s finest this Sunday:

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Dale Bros. Brewery celebrating ‘Brews and Bros’ at Cable Airport today

While the Inland Empire’s newest brewery is celebrating its opening, one of the area’s oldest breweries will be celebrating its 12th anniversary.

Dale Bros. Brewery will host its Brews and Bros Craft Beer Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. today (January 24) at Cable Airport in Upland.

The brothers Dale will be celebrating with 31 other breweries, which will be pouring a planned 80-plus craft brews.

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Escape Craft Brewery opens today

We’ve been following the progress of Redlands’ fourth brewery — Escape Craft Brewery — for quite a while.

The brewery, owned by San Bernardino firefighter/paramedic Josh Fisher and his wife, Melissa, will be celebrating its soft opening today (January 24).

The event will run from 1 to 8:30 p.m., with the brewery’s Passport members and Kickstarter supporters getting early entry.

There will be small bites created by Chef Jonathon Weiner from The Lounge 22.

Escape Craft Brewery is at 721 Nevada St. Suite 401. The brewery will be open Thursday through Sunday.

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Video: Alpine Village near Torrance hosts Jan. 30 Stone Brewing Japanese Green Tea IPA release party

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This is an apt event for the South Bay where the numbers of Asian-Americans — and craft beer drinkers — is rapidly rising.

And if you think this sounds familiar, well it does. The IPA was first released back in 2011 and has now been updated.

And, since the 5 p.m. Jan. 30 event is being billed as tap takeover expect other Stone Brewing creations, too.

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Smog City Brewing in Torrance releases bottles of The Nothing and Infinite Wishes Saturday

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The 2015 version of The Nothing (which, if you haven’t tasted it is more everything than nothing) continues The Never-Ending (craft brew) Story, while Infinite Wishes is a new barrel-aged version of the beer.

Here’s more from Smog City:

The Nothing, our Double Chocolate Imperial Stout, was aged on 70lbs of raw cocoa nibs and is as decadent as they come. Infinite Wishes spent 364 days in bourbon barrels…the perfect combination of rich fudge, vanilla, bourbon spice and oak.

We will have growler fills and draft of The Nothing as well as bottle sales. Infinite Wishes will be available in very limited bottles and on draft only.

The brewery opens at noon Saturday.

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