This weekend is the third annual Beer Culture: Craft Beer Weekend at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs.
The event kicks off at 7 p.m. tonight (September 12) with a four-course beer pairing dinner.
On Saturday (September 13), the hotel is throwing a pool party and beer tasting event.
All the money received for a dinner catered by Chef Shawn Wood of Partners Pantry will be donated to the organization. Tickets for the dinner are $20 and include a raffle ticket for a gift certificate for Skydive Perris Indoor Skydiving.
I was distressed to learn recently that LA’s Golden Road Brewing would be retiring their Heal the Bay IPA, one of my local favorites (they still make Wolf Among the Weeds IPA, BTW).
Still, the Atwater Village brewery will also introduce a semi-replacement dubbed Might as Well IPL, described as an IPA-style lager.
Both will be available for tasting Thursday, as well as their Get Up Offa That Brown, 329 Lager, a rare rum barrel aged porter, Almond Milk Stout and their Hefeweizen.
And if you buy a Golden Road beer, you get to keep the pint glass at the Alpine Village event.
I was glad to learn that Heal the Bay’s seasonal run is coming to an end, not the brew entirely. (Whew).
Counting the days until Friday when Oktoberfest cranks up at Alpine Village near Torrance and other Southern California locations?
Then check out one of the world’s largest collections of ceramic beer steins in Pomona.
We are 7 days away from the grand opening of our tasting room!! pic.twitter.com/pcNu8Vrzj3
— The Dudes' Brewing (@thedudesbrew) September 5, 2014
When Dudes’ Brewing first cranked up its canning line last spring an off-site tasting room in one of the Beach Cities was mooted.
A year later, the dudes at Dudes’ announced a tasting room would open around Independence Day.
But the Fourth of July came and went without so much as a pour.
But Dudes’ Brewing will finally open a 13-handle tap room Sept. 12 that will include $3 pints of their excellent Session Pale Air and a new “never before sampled IPA,” which presumably won’t pack quite the punch of their Double Trunk DPA.
Full details here.
The newly refocused LA Beer Week rightly concentrates this year on the rapidly emerging craft beer industry in the county with the Sept. 20 kickoff featuring about 30 local brewers.
Tickets are $45.
Full details here.
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.
Craft beer fans who are also IndyCar fans will want to race over to Hangar 24 Craft Brewery from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday (August 28).
That’s because the brewery is hosting an as-yet-unknown IndyCar car and driver in advance of Saturday’s (August 30) MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
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.