by Sean on March 3, 2017

9th Annual Kickoff Festival – Saturday, June 17th

Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 10th at 12pm Pacific Time.

General Admission: $50
VIP Admission: $70
Designated Driver: $25
(Prices increase by $5 after May 15.)
(*Enthusiast members receive 20% off up to 4 tickets – use your member number on your Enthusiast ID)


Break Out the Pink Boots

by Sean on May 28, 2017

I am quite picky about beer festivals but when I saw that the Pink Boots Society was going to have a 10th Anniversary Craft Beer Festival at Liberty Station in the temperate clime of San Diego, I clicked on the link and read on.

They have secured a nice roster of breweries with an emphasis on locals from SD and there will be music and food and most importantly beers brewed by PBS members.

The event is on Saturday, June 3rd from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm with tickets ranging from $45 in advance and $60 for Day of Sales

All proceeds from Festival will benefit the Pink Boots Society Scholarship program that helps women in the brewing industry advance their careers.



by Sean on May 28, 2017

The can releases keep coming from Eagle Rock with another slated for June 6th. This time we get to try a toasted rice lager.


3 MacLeod’s

by Sean on May 27, 2017

June 18th, just one day into L.A. Beer Week you can help MacLeod’s celebrate their 3rd Anniversary serving cask ale in Van Nuys.

There will be guest casks from breweries around the area (20+ overall), a panel discussion,British pub fare and live music!

Join us for our THIRD anniversary! We are celebrating the only way we know how…with a mega Cask Ale Festival! We will be featuring 20+ casks from some of the best breweries in California. This is a great chance to check out a rare cask offering from many of your favorite So Cal breweries!

There will also be 15 MacLeod Ale beers available on cask and draught, some of which will be one-of-a-kind releases. In addition there will be a full lineup of staff-brewed beers from the MacLeod staff batch program.

VIP admission 12pm – 5pm and general admission from 1pm – 5pm

Proceeds to benefit the Pasadena Scottish Pipes & Drums!


An Epic King

by Sean on May 27, 2017

Steep Faces IPA 16oz is a trio of collaborators from King Harbor Brewing Co., Epic Brewing, and Stumptown Roasters. Only 130 cases of cans were made of this CIPA (coffee IPA) that was hopped with Citra, Mosaic, and El Dorado then Stumptown Roaster’s Colombian El Jordan cold brew coffee was added in. You can buy by the case or 4-pack.



by Sean on May 26, 2017

In a counterprogramming move, Ryan Brooks (formerly of Coronado Brewing Co.) will be opening a brewery that strides the brewing styles of Southern California and Northern Mexico. With the well-suited to branding name of SouthNorte, let’s hope that they can fuse the tastes of two countries.


Time Stamped

by Sean on May 26, 2017

I have talked repeatedly about putting the packaged on date on beer bottles and cans and anywhere else you can and Sixpoint from NY has gotten creative with the idea.

This is part of bigger recipe tweaks across their core line-up from Pils to IPA as well as a return to a more unfiltered style of beer. I will certainly be checking the latest iteration in appreciation of their commitment to transparency as well as to see what the new-ish beers taste like.


Our non-themed featured reviews rolls on with a Belgian Golden Ale from Tyler King and Brian White and their new Brewery Rex.

My first ever beer from this brewery pours a pretty dark yellow with nice little bubbles rise up from the bottom of the glass. Aroma has that Belgian ester going for it with a sort of banana and toast flavor. Carbonation and hops offset it a bit. There is a strong sticky taste at the center and back. A bit harsh though with a salt-esque (savory-ish) end.


Waiting Tables

by Sean on May 25, 2017

The 2nd in the Broadway series of collaborative beers heads to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre and the musical, Waitress.

The new charitable beer is part of The Broadway Brews Project. Mark Aldrich and Jimmy Ludwig, The Happy Hour Guys previously worked with Hamilton and Gun Hill Brewing Company followed by the School of Hops beer for, you guessed it, The School of Rock musical.

The new beer from Sixpoint is described as “a lively cream ale bursting with the essence of cherries, Its for Adrienne Cream Ale will only be available on tap at select bars & venues throughout NYC.”

A portion of the proceeds benefits The Adrienne Shelly Foundation, a NY-based charity that supports women in film. Plans for future Broadway Brew collaborations are already underway.


John Sparr

by Sean on May 24, 2017

Looks like the Glendale / Montrose area is getting a bar / gastropub by the name of John Sparr Tavern. I will update you on what beers they are pouring and how many. They have a high bar since We’re Pouring has taken craft beer and food up a big notch.



May 24, 2017

I am a voracious reader so when I heard that there was going to be a new beer magazine, and interestingly enough, this new magazine covers “the culture of craft beer in Canada.” It is named Mash and it wants to “focus on stories about the people who are driving Craft Beer innovation – what […]

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