For this inaugural post to the Beer Goggles blog, let me first say welcome, thank you, and cheers. To help Los Angeles better understand the universe of beer that has foamed up all over our great metropolis, the Los Angeles News Group has asked some of its top writers to focus on the city’s booming beer culture.
Over the coming weeks, months, and years, we plan to highlight the most interesting LA beers, breweries, beer bars, beer menus, beer events, beer clubs, beer bargains, beer websites, beer gadgets, and beer people. With the world famous diversity LA possesses, our beer spotlight will take us across cultures, from complex American craft beers in Eagle Rock to exotic malty Indian beers in Cerritos, from rowdy beachside beer halls in Redondo Beach to upscale beer tastings in Pasadena, from Oktoberfest in Torrance to beer festivals in Hollywood, and from beers sold at Zagat rated restaurants in Santa Monica to beers sold at little known blue collar mainstays in Long Beach.
Beer brings people together. It unleashes our inner “I love you man” tendencies. It quenches our thirst, brings happiness by the ounce, and makes life’s special moments as well as its routines a little more interesting. We’ll talk to restaurant owners, home brewers, event planners, beer people, and many interesting components of the growing LA beer world.
As for me, by day and most nights and weekends, I’m the President and Managing Editor of ProCon.org, a nonprofit public charity that researches the pros and cons of controversial issues. I’ve become a beer hobbyist over the years, traveling across the city, state, country and around the world to experience great beer. You’ll meet the rest of us over the coming weeks and months. If you have suggestions for what this blog should cover, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.