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.
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.
A simmering noise dispute between craft brewery Brouwerij West and their San Pedro neighbors has apparently been resolved, paving the way for its restaurant to open later this summer and feature live music, albeit with shorter hours than initially envisioned.
“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.”
The above event at MacLeod is the second annual Cask & Ye Shall Receive, an LA Beer Week event celebrating cask ale in Los Angeles.
From the brewery web site:
This epic event will feature more than a dozen casks from breweries throughout Los Angeles and beyond. In addition, we will have up to 15 of our own beers on tap throughout the day!
Confirmed breweries include Twisted Manzanita, Strand, Absolution, Eagle Rock Brewery, El Segundo, Wicks, Golden Road, Noble, Home Brewing, Institution Ale, Highland Park, FreeWheel, Kinetic, The Bruery and Bravery.
Unlike many brewery anniversary celebrations, this one is free to attend.
The brewery will debut its anniversary beer, Imperial Peach Honey Wheat, and will be tapping archive brews all day long. In addition, Brew Rebellion will be smoking a pig (raised on the brewery’s spent grain) to share with customers.
The first 50 attendees will receive a free pint glass.
The Three Weavers event, which runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., costs $20. For that you get five 5 oz. pours and a Three Weavers glass. Additional drink tickets are available for $4 apiece. Fill Er Up Gastro Garage will serve food.
Participating breweries include Drake’s, Eagle Rock, El Segundo (pouring their Mayberry IPA), Figueroa Mountain, Golden Road, Noble Ale Works and Stone.