The Beer Geek Radio crew recently got a chance to visit Bread & Barley in downtown Covina, California to record the final episode of our Saison De Biere Geek Tournament. It was the first visit for all three of us and I can confidently say that we were all very impressed with not only the beer, but the people, the food, and the ambiance as well.
The guys from Iron Fist recently drove up from Vista, to Anaheim's own Bottle Logic in Anaheim. To brew the official beer for this years OC Brew Ha Ha Festival. The beer "Dr. Strange Matter" is a French style Saison with honey, basil and peppercorns to-be aged in various wine barrels. The above image courtesy of the Brew Ha Ha Facebook page. The beer will be released around mid August in the weeks approaching the 5th annual Brew Ha Ha with Orange County and San Diego distribution.
The Los Angeles Beer Competition is one of the most prestigious beer competitions in California. Calling from licensed brewpubs and breweries from the United States and as far as Iceland, Belgium, Japan and other areas. All to enter their beers for judging across all 84 traditional categories. Breweries enter a wide array of beers across these categories and wining is a big deal and is often displayed on brewery websites and hung with pride in their tasting rooms and offices.
Slater's 50/50 in Lake Forest California will host it's second annual Backyard Brewfest on Saturday April 5th. This event will host and boast the best that local Orange and San Diego Counties craft breweries have to offer. I chatted with BeerMonger Mark at the Slater's 50/50 Excesstasy event and he could not have been more enthusiastic about this years Backyard Brewfest promising it will be bigger and better than last years event.
Valiant Brewing Company, recently celebrated their first anniversary so they decided to do things a little differently from most anniversary beer events. Instead of having a big beer festival with several different breweries. Valiant decided to go small and intimate, focusing on producing new beers and the customers that helped them make it this far. Owner and head brewer, Brian Schroepfer was busy brewing and perfecting Valiant's recipes and styles for the anniversary party and created a very quality draft list.
Karl Strauss recently celebrated 25 years of brewing by celebrating the annual Changing of the Barrels. An event that honors the life and reputation of Karl Strauss' beers and the release of their 25th anniversary "Barrel Aged Doppelbock." It was held Saturday, February 8th at the Karl Strauss Brewery and Tasting Room at 5985 Santa Fe Street in the brewery's hometown of San Diego, California.
If you were looking for great craft beers, good people, beautiful cars and a great cause. Look no further than Wick's Brewing's Cops and Cars event held Saturday February 1st. The good people at Wick's in Riverside, California put on this event to raise money for fallen Officer Michael Crain of the Riverside Police Dept and Detective Jeremiah MacKay from the San Bernadino County Sheriffs Dept.
San Francisco Beer Week starts this Friday February 7th and ends February 16th. During those nine days Northern California breweries and the fine establishments that serve said beers will be celebrated with events ranging from tap takeovers, new beer releases, beer dinners and so much more.
On February 2nd football fans all over the U.S. will watch possibly the most well known championship sports match the Super Bowl or to be precise, Super Bowl XLVIII. This event gathering friends, family, and neighbors to watch the big game will revolve around a few key ideals. Food to keep the party going and beer, well... to keep the party going!
Starting this week, Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, CA. Will release their first mixed 12 pack called "The Lions Share." Which will include core beers from the brewery DBA (British Pale Ale), Union Jack (West Coast IPA), Pale 31 (California Pale Ale), and 805 (Blonde).
The second annual OC Brew Ho Ho fell upon a cold and rainy Saturday morning at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim California on December 7th. For those unfamiliar with the Brew Ho Ho, it's the sister event to the OC Brew Ha Ha. Providing craft beer fans with live music, shopping, and exceptional craft beer from local and out of town breweries. The weather did not stop attendees from having a holly jolly good time with craft beer.
We must all be thankful. Thankful for our health, our family and friends, and for beer...A Thanksgiving feast is probably the heartiest meal most of us will have all year. This is why i'd recommend whilst eating your meal, you opt for a less heavy beer, but rich enough to balance and complement your meal Here I will outline some beers that would pair great by themselves or with your meal.