Saved by the Bell

by Sean on September 19, 2017

You can help save the school! If you have been dithering or on the fence about taking the UCLA Extension class about beer, well, students are needed for this latest lesson plan. Check out the details below and spread the word. Tomm Carroll will have brewery trips and history on tap. Sign-Ups end tomorrow!


SF Guild goes Regional

by Sean on September 18, 2017

In what may be a blueprint for the even more sprawling (especially in traffic) Los Angeles, the San Francisco Brewers Guild has made a change from city to regional organization.

The goal being to “evolve into a regional trade association devoted to promoting independent breweries across the greater Bay Area year-round.”

That means that some independent breweries throughout the SF region will be extended invitations to join the Guild and then get slotted into their appropriate chapter such as San Francisco, East Bay, North Bay and South Bay — as well as a possible fifth for Santa Cruz / Monterey area.

On a side note, SF Beer Week Dates have been set for 2018, February 9-18 for a week+ of Bay Area festivities.


A Quote & A Beer – September

by Sean on September 18, 2017

The quote for September comes from Logan Pearsall Smith:

“The vitality of a new movement in Art must be gauged by the fury it arouses.”

When I read this quote and put the word “brewing” in front of Art , it immediately brought to mind the Hazy NE IPA which raised discussions into territory close to fury or at least to agree to disagree levels.

To compare and contrast the Hazy Arts, make an IPA run to Mumford Brewing in Skidrokyo and check out their re-designed menu board to pick out one regular IPA and a hazy one. (They usually have both)


Atlas of Beer

by Sean on September 17, 2017

NatGeo is adding their touch to beer with their appropriately named Atlas of Beer. What I hope to see in the pages are a focus on the rest of the world because I know that the photos will be great and that the words will add to the tale.

Written by “beer geographers” Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Mark Patterson, the book will feature maps, history, geography color photos and beer trends. More specifically it will include travel tips which will bookmark “the best breweries, beer festivals, and pubs in each location.”

Lastly, there will be beer recommendations from Garrett Oliver, the famed brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery,


Blazer Mania

by Sean on September 17, 2017

One month from now, the Portland Trailblazers will kick-off the 2017-18 campaign in Phoenix and Pyramid Brewing has an IPA for the occasion. Maybe it won’t be hazy like the teams chances are this year.

And kudos to the label designer. The uniform fabric look is really cool as are the little touches like Dr. Jack in plaid and Bingo Bango Bongo.


Thanks Yelp

by Sean on September 16, 2017

BrewDog has gotten it’s fair share of praise and fair share of angry comments and in a move that I wish other breweries and bars would do, have immortalized the bad (now funny) onto t-shirts.

My thinking is that if you starve a troll of oxygen, they lose interest. These shirts might rile one or two up but if BrewDog makes money off their not-so-wry tweets, that could work too.


A New Chain of Beer Shoppes?

by Sean on September 16, 2017

I think many #independent beer fans have dreamed of opening their own shop where they could stock what they like and stand behind the bar proudly surveying their handiwork.

Which is why this post on the Beervana Blog struck me.

My version of a beer shoppe comes from a bit of a darker place, a place of poking at the Whale Broz. and Bandwagoners by “surge pricing” IPA’s and other passive/aggresive tactics but I do like the idea of having at least a small section devoted to styles that are not found in great numbers. Put them onto a decorated end cap and really push them in the manner of “Do you want fries with that?” Because innovation and not being satisfied is what brought this movement into being and we really do need to hold onto that, lest we become stagnant.


Ten Mile Brewing- Coming Tomorrow

by Sean on September 15, 2017

Dan and Jesse Sundstrom will be bringing local beer to the Signal Hill area starting tomorrow.

Ten Mile Brewing is named after a tributary in the Sierra Nevada’s where the family vacationed for generations and something in the water there must be good because when you look at their beer page of their website you see Blue Ribbon, Silver medal, division winner and gold medals in home brew competitions for….

Segway to Munich – Helles Munich Lager
Citrallenial – American Pale Ale
Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged – Russian Imperial Stout

…just to start.

Review to come…


Sean Suggests for September 2017

by Sean on September 15, 2017

This month it is Fire and Fresh Hops. There are more IPA’s than you can shake multiple sticks at but the least I can do is add at least one non-hoppy option.

Fremont/ Field to Ferment6% ABV
“Brewing is the craft of blending science with artistry then introducing the mystical. Field to Ferment exemplifies this adventure. We brew this fresh hop ale throughout the entire hop harvest in Yakima highlighting different hop varieties as they are harvested. Field to Ferment represents a colossal collaboration between the brewery and our hop farmers. We will make countless trips between the fields in Yakima and the brewery in Fremont, loaded with tens of thousands of pounds of fresh, juicy hops. Nothing is fresher, nothing is better for a brewer.”

Fort Point/ Animal IPA7% ABV
“This is a big, wild and aromatic IPA. Amarillo and Meridian hops give the beer a thick orange mid-palate that’s balanced with a classic IPA bitterness.”

Aecht Schlenkerla/ Eiche Oak Smoke8% ABV
“While for the classic “Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier” traditionally beech has been – and still is – used, the malt for “Schlenkerla Oak Smoke” is kilned with Oak wood. The resulting Schlenkerla Oak Smoke Malt has a smoother and more multi layered smoky note than the intensely aromatic Beech Smoke Malt. The hence complex smokiness in the “Schlenkerla Oak Smoke” is paired with the multifaceted bitterness of finest Hallertau aroma hops. With 8% alcohol and amber color it matures for months in the deep brewery cellars underneath Bamberg into a special treat for smoke beer lovers.”

All of these beers can be found at Sunset Beer Co. (unless they got bought up real quick)


State Coming Soon?

by Sean on September 14, 2017

Looks like State Brewing is inching closer to getting their Gardena taproom open for visitors.

Though they have been doing a pretty solid job of getting their beers on taps so far.

Keep following their social media to see when an opening date is set.