Holiday Gifts for the Craft Beer Lover

Link to original article: http://fortune.com/2015/12/05/holiday-gifts-craft-beer-lover/

Got a beer lover on your holiday shopping list? Check out FORTUNE's picks

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Craft beer lovers are generally a pretty easy lot to shop for. Grab a six pack of their favorite splurge beer or have a friend in another state ship something they can’t get themselves and they’re generally pretty happy.

But beer is fleeting, sometimes incredibly so. If you’re looking for a beer-themed gift that’s a step above the novelty bottle opener or second-hand tap handle, there are a number of good options that craft beer connoisseurs can enjoy all year long. Here are some of our favorites:

Yeti Rambler Colster ($30) – Coozies only go so far when it comes to keeping your drink chilled. Yeti’s Colster might carry a higher price tag, but it will keep your beer frosty in brutally hot conditions for several hours – no matter how many times you sit it down. It’s like a mini refrigerator without electricity. The only hangup is the Colster’s just heavy enough that you may think you still have beer left in the can or bottle when it’s actually almost empty.

DrinkTanks Juggernaut ($109) – Like the Colster, this double-sized growler will keep cold beverages ice cold for a long, long time. (DrinkTanks claims up to 24 hours.) But for a trip to the beach, this is a lot more convenient than lugging a cooler through the sand. And if you choose the optional KegCap Accessory ($45), you can force carbonate whatever you choose to put in the 128 oz. insulated container and create a mini-tap system, not only ensuring that things stay frosty, but that you don’t get sand in your beer.

PicoBrew Zymatic ($1,999) – Home brewing isn’t always hard, but it sure can be messy – and there are some parts that are time-consuming. PicoBrew made the process a lot easier with the Zymatic – essentially a bread machine for home brewers. It’s pricey, yes. But there’s no easier way to home brew. Just fill the system with grains and hops, input your own recipe (or, easier still, grab one of the 300+ available from the system and its owners) and press start. The machine does 90% of the work – though it still needs some human intervention during the cooling phase. Clean up is as easy as sticking the containers in the washing machine and setting up the automatic clean cycle for the hoses and internal systems. Whether you’ll enjoy the 2.5 gallons of beer you create depends on the recipe you choose/create, but we’ve seen a lot of promise with it.

Spiegelau glassware ($40 for a set of four) – As with wine, the glass you drink from can have a big impact on the flavor of a beer. Spiegelau is the gold standard when it comes to craft beer containers, working with top breweries to create glassware that highlights the flavors and aromas of everything from IPAs to stouts to barrel aged beers. They won’t make a bad beer good, but they will make a good beer better.

Randall Jr. ($20) – Want to play mad scientist? Randalling beer in the traditional fashion involves forcing new flavor components into a beer as it’s being poured from the keg. But that’s not always practical at home. Dogfish Head’s Randall Jr. lets you easily infuse flavors into a single beer. Stick whatever you’d like in the container (cinnamon sticks! additional hops! peppermints!) then cover them with your beer of choice. Let them marinate for 20-30 minutes, then pour through the filter to change your beer into something completely different.

Fizzics Beer System ($170) – It sounds like it shouldn’t work. Heck, I was skeptical. But this gadget really can improve the taste of a canned or bottle beer, giving the head all of the mouthfeel, aromatics and body of one that came from a nitro tap. Better still, it doesn’t require CO2 canisters. Just attach your bottle or can to the system, close the lid and pull the tap handle. It’s a way to completely change your beer drinking experience for the better – even if it’s pretty good already.

Craft Beer Pretzel and Popper Kits ($8) – Beer and food pairings are nothing new. Nor is putting beer in food. But these kits let you add the craft beer flavor of your choice (be it IPA, Porter or even a pepper beer) to pretzels and poppers. They’re easy to make and pretty tasty as well. And since the alcohol burns off, they’re safe for anyone to taste.

BACtrack Mobile Pro Breathalyzer.($100) – There’s nothing wrong with going to the local craft brewery to taste their latest offerings. Just don’t be an idiot when it’s time to go home. This easy to use, portable breathalyzer will let you quickly check your blood alcohol levels to let you know if you’re safe to drive home or should call a cab instead. It will also estimate when your Blood Alcohol content will return to zero percent.

State Brewery Guides ($15) – Planning a trip or looking to learn more about your own craft brew scene? These guides give the history of breweries, info on their tour schedules, and beers brewed. They’re not all encompassing – breweries are opening entirely too fast these days for that to be possible with a book – but they’re a good way to get a feel of what to expect from any state.



Where to drink beer in November

We're almost to the last weeks of November, so if you have family and friends in town take them to one of these places! 

Article from DRAFT MAG:  http://draftmag.com/november-2015-beer-events/

San Diego Beer Week: San Diego is an amazing beer town year-round, but the full force of the city’s brew scene is on display during its seventh annual beer week, which runs Nov. 6-15. It all kicks off with the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival on Sat., Nov. 6, and continues with plenty more events including tours, beer dinners, releases, and more throughout the week. Search the full schedule here.

Bayou Beer Fest, Houma, Louisiana: This third-annual festival assembles more than a dozen Southern breweries, including Bayou Teche, Tin Roof, Great Raft, Crooked Letter, 40 Arpent and more for this Nov. 14 festival, expected to draw 2,000 attendees. Tickets are $30 online or $35 at the gate.

Hangout Oyster Cook-Off, Gulf Shores, Alabama: Oskar Blues collaborated with four Alabama breweries (Straight to Ale, Good People, Cahaba and Fairhope) in early September to create Hoptub Bath Machine, a pale ale brewed with green peppercorns. The beer will be available in select Alabama and Florida markets, but will have its grand unveiling at the Hangout Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend Nov. 6-7. The weekend kicks off with a Friday night festival and continues with chefs’ workshops, a bloody mary invitational and of course, the Saturday oyster cook-off. Tickets are $10 for the oyster cook-off and $40 for the beer festival; see the official website to purchase and for more information.

Cider Bite, Portland, Oregon: Portland, you lucky city. Already home to four cider bars, PDX welcomed a fifth, Cider Bite, to the city’s west side in early October. Expect 25 ciders on tap with more in bottles, as well as growler fills and a coming-soon food menu.

Denver Bacon and Beer Festival: The fourth annual celebration of beer and pork returns to the Mile High City Nov. 7-8, offering beer and bacon bites from more than 50 restaurants and breweries including River North Brewery, Fiction Beer Co., Storm Peak Brewing, Our Mutual Friend Brewing Co. and others. Remaining tickets are $50 and are available online.

Bon Marché Brewery Debut, San Francisco: Master cicerone Rich Higgins will be on hand Nov. 5 when San Fran’s Bon Marché Brasserie & Bar unveils its new brewery and debuts its first beer, a bière de garde. The event begins at 5:30 with tours of the brewery starting at 6; Tours, tasting and savory food pairings are $45 and can be reserved online.

Blues, Brews & Barbecue Thursdays, Zeppelin Hall, Jersey City, New Jersey: Jersey City’s Zeppelin Hall regularly offers a massive beer selection on its 144 tap lines, but Thursdays are now the best time to visit since the beer hall debuted its Blues, Brews & Barbecue weekly event last month. On Thursdays beginning at 8 p.m., the restaurant offers a menu of dry-rubbed barbecue dishes including Texas brisket and smoked wings alongside live blues music and, of course, beer. All food and beverages are priced a la carte.

Freaky Friday Lagerfest, Silver City Brewery, Bremerton, Washington: We’re fans of a great, American-made lager, so we’d recommend checking out Silver City Brewery’s taproom on Friday, Nov. 13 (spooky!) for Lagerfest. The brewery will tap all five of its lagers, including the seasonal goodbye of its Ziggy Zoggy summer lager and Oktoberfest, as well as a sneak peek of its Cold One Pilsner. Festivities kick off at 2 p.m.

AleSmith Tasting Room, San Diego: AleSmith opened San Diego’s largest tasting room—25,000 square feet—last month with a patio, three 20-tap towers and views of the 80-barrel brewhouse. You’d find us at the Miramar taproom for pints on the patio next to a cozy fire pit.

The Salt Lick & Jester King Collaborative Beer Pairing Dinner, Driftwood, Texas: Two Texas institutions, Jester King Brewing and The Salt Lick barbecue restaurant, combine for a Nov. 18 beer dinner in the restaurant’s Salt Lick Cellars. It’s the first beer dinner the barbecue spot’s ever hosted, and seating is limited to 60 people. The prix-fixe menu includes BBQ-style oysters, slow-braised beef short ribs, mini-rhubarb pies, and sourdough crostinis with smoked pulled chicken, all paired with Jester King beers including Kollaborationsbier, a collaborative beer created with Austin’s own Live Oak Brewing; La Vie en Rose, a fruity beer refermented with raspberries; Snörkel which is brewed with oyster mushrooms; and Ambrée, a tart amber beer option; Fēn táo, a barrel-aged wild beer refermented with Hill Country peaches; and Reposé, a brandy barrel-aged farmhouse ale. Tickets are $75 and are available online. 

 

IN BEER NEWS...

Anheuser-Busch InBev agrees to buy SABMiller in biggest beer deal ever

Click on the link below to read more about it on CNN Money 

http://money.cnn.com/2015/10/13/investing/ab-inbev-sabmiller-beer-merger/index.html

Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest is here! The world's largest 'Volksfest' is happening right now in Munich. the festival attracts over 7 million visitors a year! And for those of us who can't make the journey - don't worry - there's celebrations everywhere! Here's a few facts before you strap on the lederhosen and grab your boot.


Happy Oktoberfest!!

-SCDBS

All Pumpkined Out? 8 Alternative Autumn Brews

All Pumpkined Out? 8 Alternative Autumn Brews

We enjoy a good pumpkin ale as much as the next guy - but each year, after the barrage of pumpkin everything - we crave something a little different. There are plenty of quality Fall brews to quench your over-pumpkined palette on a chilly night. Check out a few of our favorites below:

1. Pecan Harvest by Abita Brewing Co.

1. Pecan Harvest by Abita Brewing Co.

 

2. Not Your Father's Root Beer by Small Town Brewery

2. Not Your Father's Root Beer by Small Town Brewery

 

3. Oktoberfest by Great Lakes Brewing Co.

3. Oktoberfest by Great Lakes Brewing Co.

 

4. Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

4. Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

 

5. 4Beans Imperial Porter by Sixpoint

5. 4Beans Imperial Porter by Sixpoint

 

6. Cherry Stout by Bell's Brewery

6. Cherry Stout by Bell's Brewery

 

7. Cinnamon Horchata Ale by Blue Moon Brewing Co.

7. Cinnamon Horchata Ale by Blue Moon Brewing Co.

 

8. Autumn Maple by The Bruery

 

 

Cheers!

 

 

September SoCal Beer Events

SoCal has all kinds of beer events lined up for this September - so grab your drinking shoes and we'll see you there!

AVALON: Annual Microbrew FestivalSeptember 12, 2015
Two Harbors Catalina Island
Two Harbors, California (310) 510-1520
visitcatalina.com
Sample a selection of microbrews while listening to live music.

BAKERSFIELD Village Fest September 12, 2015, 6-10 p.m.
$73-78 ticket age 21+ call:  (888) 825-5484 ticket
Kern County Museum
3801 Chester Avenue
Bakersfield, California
bakersfieldvillagefest.com
60 breweries with over 100 different brews!
25 Central Coast wineries with 70 plus wines featured in VinoVillage!
30 of Bakersfield's most popular restaurants serving unlimited food samples!
5 stages of simultaneous live music with 17 bands!
Line up: Thee Majestics | Dubseeds | Mento Buru | Lonely Avenue | Bunky Spurling | Lawanda Smith Jazz Quartet | Kahunaville Stage | Blonde Faith | The Five | The Councilmen | | English Revolver | Fat Daddy Blues | Foster Campbell | Fatt Katt and the Von Zippers | Soulajar | Rick Reno Stevens.
Over 16 acres of fun in 7 distinctly themed areas: Village Lawn; Vino Village; La CantinaVille, Big KahunaVille, our ever popular MicroBrews Alley, and our expanded Village Sports Tent! Experience over 100 different brews from an estimated 60 breweries from across United States and Canada, plus 25 Central Coast wineries with over 70 different wines to choose from! As you walk through the Bakersfield Village Fest, you will now experience five (5) different stages of live entertainment, and 17 of Bakersfield's and the nation's hottest bands performing throughout the 16 acres of the Kern County Museum grounds! Visit the Village Sports Tent and watch your favorite sports event while enjoying your favorite food and beverage! As always, unlimited food samples will be provided from 30 of Bakersfield's most popular restaurants, and includes your choice of 15 beer or wine samples from your favorite brewery and/or winery!

CARLSBAD: Carlsbad Brewfest September 12, 2015, Noon-4:30 pm.
Holiday Park
3400 Pio Pico Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
carlsbadrotary.com
Rotary sponsored event includes food vendors,  fun games andlive musical act(s). Beer tastings are from Noon to 4pm |  and the event wraps up at 4:30pm. 30 Breweries! New Belgium Brewing |  Booze Brothers Brewing Co. |  Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits |  Barrel Harbor Brewing |  Arcana Brewing Company |  Firestone Walker Brewing Co. |  Stumblefoot Brewing Co. |  Stone Brewing Co. |  Rough Draft Brewing Co. |  Lagunitas Brewing Co |  Sierra Nevada Brewing Company |  Karl Strauss Brewing Company |  Mother Earth Brew Co. |  AleSmith Brewing Company |  Pizza Port Brewing Co. |  Coronado Brewing Company |  Mission Brewery |  Groundswell Brewing Company |  The Belching Beaver |  The Fat Cat Beer Company |  Drake's Brewing |  Green Flash Brewing Co. |  Dos Desperados Brewery |  Golden Road Brewing |  Latitude 33 Brewing Co. |  Hangar 24 Brewery |  Guadalupe Brewery |  Deschutes Brewery |  New English Brewing Co. |  and Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

SAN DIMAS: California Beer Festival San Dimas September 12 & 13, 2015
San Dimas CA
californiabeerfestival.com/sandimas

SANTEE: September 12, 20155:30-9:30PM Beer & Food
Town Center Community Park East
550 Park Center Drive
Santee, California
City Of Santee Community Services
cityofsanteeca.gov
 (619) 258-4100 ext. 222
Santee Bluegrass Festival Beer, Wine, Dine & Let the Bluegrass Shine. Brews, fine wines, tasty treats, bidding bazaar and live Bluegrass music.  Santee, CA 92071 $45 Advance Ticket $35 Designated Driver $50 On-Site Ticket (if not sold out) $125 Reserved Table (Seating for 8 – Tickets not included) No one under 21 admitted, including infants ID Required Must have ticket to check in. Ticket prices are all-inclusive and upon arrival, participants will receive an engraved glass for sampling. Funds raised will benefit the Santee Teen Center, park improvement projects, and the Recreation Scholarship Program.

SILVERADO: ORANGE COUNTYBrew HaHa September 12, 2015
Oak Canyon, 1-4 p.m.

5305 Santiago Canyon Rd
Silverado, CA
ocbrewhaha.com
$45-60
At the annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha off-duty Firefighters will pour beer for you and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Fallen Fire Fighters Relief Fund. OC Brew Ha Ha Features: Unlimited Tastings from 150+ Craft & Import Beers from over 75 Top Breweries, Commemorative Festival Glass, Live Entertainment, Craft Beer Seminars by renowned experts, Special Guest Speakers including multiple Craft Beer Legends, Gray Cloud Cigar Lounge with Cigar and Beer Pairing Experts, Homebrew Exhibitors, Fun and Hilarious Games and Exhibitors, Free soda and water. Food Vendors and Food Trucks at beautiful Oak Canyon, centrally located in Silverado near Irvine Lake.

SAN DIEGO: Festival of Beers September 18, 2015
Broadway Pier
1000 N. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA
sdbeerfest.org
$45-50

WHITTIER Taps and Tapas Beer Festival September 20, 2015
Taps & Tapas is the newest event from the Whittier Uptown Association. 22 craft breweries, 36 beers. whittieruptown.com

LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Beer Festival September 26, 2015, Noon-4 p.m.
$40-50
Los Angeles Center Studios
1201 West 5th Street
#T-110
Los Angeles, CA 90017
drinkeatplay.com
Over 200 beers, food trucks, a DJ, live music, and good times for all await you at this special festival event.

 

 

-Compiled from www.seecalifornia.com.

Custom Beer Towers

Looking to have something unique installed in your bar or restaurant? Look no further! We've helped many of ourcustomers' visions come to life. Bring us your idea and we'll make it happen, creating you a one of a kind draft beer system of your own. 

 

Check out a few of our favorite custom creations:

Eight beer taps with a center of four wine tpps makes up this custom, stainless steel tower for Wild Taco in Newport Beach.

Eight beer taps with a center of four wine tpps makes up this custom, stainless steel tower for Wild Taco in Newport Beach.

The Hub Kitchen and Taps features a custom 16-tap stainless steel tower with a selection of domestic, import and craft beers and a custom stainless steel drip tray with backsplash. 

The Hub Kitchen and Taps features a custom 16-tap stainless steel tower with a selection of domestic, import and craft beers and a custom stainless steel drip tray with backsplash. 

Our most current project - Stay tuned for the finished piece!

Our most current project - Stay tuned for the finished piece!

Call us to create your own masterpiece. 

949-945-9227

Pumpkin Beer is Coming!

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Fall is just around the corner and you know what that means. Pumpkin everything!  We're about to be inundated with pumpkin stouts, pumpkin porters, even pumpkin shandys. 

So we want to know - what's your verdict on pumpkin brews? And if you're a fan, what's your favorite? 

August SoCal Beer Fests

See you there! 

Surf 'n' Suds Beer Festival August 15

Carpinteria State Park, CA

Deep, the surf magazine, presents the third annual Trek Bikes of Ventura Surf 'n' Suds Beer Festival. It will take place on Linden Field at Carpinteria State Beach. This surfing-themed afternoon event will feature products of more than 55 breweries and wineries. Local surfboard shapers will be on hand, live bands and DJs will perform, food will be available for purchase, and boards will be on display. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. Proceeds will go to several local charities.

Taste of Brews August 22

Long Beach, CA 

Taste of Brews takes place at Shoreland Aquatic Park. This afternoon event  features beer from more than 55 breweries, many of them from California. There is live music, and food available for purchase.

Festival of Dankness August 22 

San Diego, CA

Modern Times Beer presents the inaugural Festival of Dankness, which will take place at San Diego Waterfront Park. This afternoon event will feature new-wave hoppy beers from more and 30 craft breweries, many of them from California. Brewers will be in attendance, and food trucks and merchandise vendors will be at the park. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.

Mira Mesa Festival of Beers August 22

Mira Mesa, CA

The fourth annual Mira Mesa Festival of Beers will be held at Community Park. This afternoon event will feature more than 50 craft beers. There will be live music on the San Diego CityBeat stage, along with food and merchandise vendors. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available. Proceeds will benefit the Mira Mesa Chamber of Commerce.

Sausage and Beer Festival August 22-23

Cherry Valley, CA

Highland Springs Resort, in Cherry Valley, will host its sixthSausage & Beer Festival. This two-day event will feature beer from around 25 breweries from the Inland Empire and surrounding areas. There will be live music, gourmet sausages made in-house, games, and contests. Admission and parking are free.

Ready, Set, Growl Beer Festival August 23

Santa Rosa, CA

The second annual Ready Set Growl Beer Festival will be held at Juilliard Park in Santa Rosa. This afternoon event, which follows the Santa Rosa Marathon, will feature beer from more than 40 breweries, including hard-to-find Heady Topper beer. Festival-goers will also received a 32-ounce custom growler, and Sonoma County vendors will be giving out food samples. 

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Are dirty lines ruining your beer?

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Your taps could be pouring the greatest beer known to mankind, but dirty lines will ruin even the best of brews! 

Proper care and maintenance of your draft beer system is essential to preserving your beer's quality. Unlike bottled beer, most keg draft beers brewed in the U.S.  are not pasteurized. Yeast, beerstone, mold and bacteria build up in your beer lines requiring regular and proper cleanings. Beer distributed through dirty lines will pick up contaminants, effecting taste, odor and overall quality. If your beer lines haven't been had a good cleaning lately - think of what your beer is traveling through before it reaches your glass ... And eventually your lips!

Properly maintained beer lines will prolong the lifespan of your beer system and ensure you're serving quality brew.

Call us today to schedule your cleaning! 

 949-945-9227

SoCal Beer Festivals

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Check out all the best and brightest SoCal brews have to offer - See you there! 

 

TEHACHAPI July 18, 2015: Tehachapi Mountain Brew and Grill Fest    4-8 p.m. 

Benz Visco Youth Sports & Cultural Park
20537 Tehachapi Willow Springs Rd 
Tehachapi, CA 93561
Price: $47.50 approx. includes Beer Tastings and BBQ food 
tehachapibrew.com
The Tehachapi Mountain Brew and Grill Fest. General Admission This ticket will get you in to The Tehachapi Mountain Brew and Grill Fest with Tastings of Beer and food tastings.

COSTA MESA: OC Fair's Brew Hee Haw Beer Roundup July 18-19, 2015
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA
ocfair.com
$50, $60 day of 
VIP Admission: $65, $75 day   
Unlimited 2 oz. tastings from more than 80 Craft Beers from Top Breweries, Commemorative Collectable Festival Glass, free OC Fair admission, Shaded Seating and Tables, Free Ice Cold Water, Music & Dancing Games, Contests and Prizes Craft Beer Education. Sessions: 1-4 Saturday; 2-5 or 6-9pm.

SAN BERNARDINO July 18, 2015, 1-4 p.m.National Orange The National Orange Show Events Center 
690 South Arrowhead Ave, Gate 9
San Bernardino, Ca 92408
nosevents.com
Show Annual Brew Fest 
Over 25 local craft breweries to beer lovers in the Inland Empire. Select recording artists from KFROG radio, including the popular Psycho Punx will be on stage courtesy of KFROG! With over 50 craft beers to sample, live entertainment, and fabulous food truck vendors including, there is something for everyone! The beer & food zone will be in the beautiful grassy area around the lagoon, adjacent to indoor facilities for VIP ticket holders. Kids can enjoy free juice and soda samples as well as lots of fun things to do! VIP Tasting Admission: $40 12-4 pm Souvenir beer glass Brew Fest T-Shirt Preferred parking Indoor facilities General Tasting Admission: $25 1-4 pm Souvenir beer glass General Admission: $10 Kids under 12: Free (Prices increase $5 at the door) This is a charitable event! A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the National Orange Show Foundation which helps Santa Claus, Inc., Bonne Meres, LLUCH, Best Buddies, and many more!

SAN DIEGO: Padres Beerfest - Friday July 24, 2015
Petco Park
100 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA
sandiego.padres.mlb.com
You get to sample beers from 18 different breweries. Beer samples are $5 for 12 ounces. Beerfest beer tasting commences at 5pm and continues until just before the first pitch. 

MONTROSE: Food & Brewfest July 25, 2015, 3-7 p.m.
Spend an afternoon sipping and celebrating at Montrose Food & Brewfest in the heart of Old Town Montrose. Presented by Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce  montrosechamber.org

 

-Compiled from www.seecalifornia.com. 

The strongest beer in the world

Snake Venom - The world's strongest beer

Snake Venom - The world's strongest beer

Just one sip of Brewmeister's Snake Venom brew could have you seeing stars. Clocking in at nearly 136 proof (68% ABV) , this Swedish Craft brewery's beer is the strongest beer in the world. For comparison, most whiskeys are 80-90 proof. 

The beer is made from smoked peat malt, both beer and champagne yeasts and freeze concentrated to secure its alcohol content. 

The brewery's director warns against drinking a bottle all in one go and said the beer is meant to be savored in small doses. 

We'd love to give it a try and it looks like the brewery may start distribution in the States soon.

Whats the strongest beer you've had?

Pairing Beer with your Dinner

So you're hosting a dinner party and want to make sure you've got the perfect brew to pair with your main course. Or your headed out and want to woo your date with your beer savviness. Never fear - we got your back!

Use the easy guide below to find the best beer to pair with your meal! 

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Your Brain on Beer Vs. Coffee

This is why we love coffee stouts and porters...BEST OF BOTH WORLDS!

Content from: http://drinkingmadeeasy.com/booze-in-the-news/23004/

June Beer Festivals in SoCal

   

 

 

It's festival time! Check out all the best brew festivals in SoCal coming up this month.

 

VENTURA: Surf 'n' Suds Beer Festival June 13, 2015, 11:30  a.m. (VIP) -4:30 p.m.
Ventura Harbor 
Main Lawn
Ventura, CA
surfbeerfest.com   
$50-65 
Breweries with specialized beers that will not be available during the General Admission time in which 45 breweries showcase their fantastic ales and beers.  Admission includes a souvenir glass and  samples from any of the breweries! Local surfboard shapers, 3 bands (Rising Son, After the Smoke, Cross Cut and DJ Hecktik) and the best outdoor venues in Ventura County! The ocean to one side, the harbor on the other and a beautiful backdrop of the Santa Ynez mountains! Bring your friends, family and enjoy a great day at   Ventura Harbor Village!  Organized by DEEP Surf Magazine, the Surf N' Suds Beer Festival is coming to Ventura Harbor Village!  45+ craft breweries and wineries offering tastings, local surfboard shapers and live music. Enjoy fun in the sun all day and dining in Harbor restaurants.  SurfBeerFest.com  OR venturaharborvillage.com

SAN DIEGO/ DEL MAR: San Diego International Beer Festival June 19-21, 2015
Del Mar - San Diego Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. 
Del Mar, CA 92014
sandiegobeerfestival.com   
It's a county fair. It's a beer festival. It's both! The beer festival is held only three days during the month-long San Diego County Fair but your ticket gets you into one of the liveliest events the annual fair has to offer. It includes live bands performing, a shaded tent area so you don't pass out from heat stroke (not that it should be a problem--Del Mar sits next to the Pacific Ocean with temps hovering in the 70s.) Last year close to 11,000 people attended the three day event held at the Fairgrounds in Del Mar. It includes 5 sessions and 400 beers.

LOS ANGELES: LA BEER WEEK Kick-off June 20, 2015, Noon - 5 p.m. 
LA Beer Week Kickoff Festival 
Ticket $48.24 approx. eventbrite.com - no tickets at door 
$15 parking. 
700 Exposition Park Drive 
Los Angeles, CA 90037 
75+ breweries, live music and entertainment, a wide selection of food trucks, educational panel discussions, a VIP private area and more at Exposition Park, home to the Coliseum and Sports Arena. 
VIP: Includes a unique VIP tasting glass, early admission with access to specialty beer poured during the first hour, a private VIP area with tented and outdoor area, seating and comfort restrooms.
General Admission & VIP: Include a commemorative tasting glass and samples of over 200 different types of beer, cider and home brewed sodas. Los Angeles County Brewers Guild comprised of over 30 breweries dedicated to fostering the culture of craft beer in Los Angeles.

TORRANCE: Euro Bierfest June 27, 2015, 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Alpine Village 
833 West Torrance Boulevard 
Torrance, CA 90502
$40-50 eventbrite.com
tasted on this continent! The Euro Bierfest features the best imports from the continent all in one place and in one comprehensive package. You’ll be able to sample Belgian sours, English Porters, French Ciders and more with 500 other beer lovers. Sample from 60 beers and ciders including selections from: The Big 3 – Germany, England and Belgium Eastern Europe – Latvia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia Up-and-Comers – Italy. Selections from: Aecht Schlenkerla | Baladin Nora | Baladin Noel | Brasserie d’Achouffe | Brasserie Dupont | Brouwerij Het Anker | Brouwerij Van Eecke | Brouwerij van Housenbrouck | Courage Imperial Stout England | De Brandenbar | Dupont | Einstok | Gouden Caroulos Easter Beer | Kronenbourg | La Guillotine | La Trappe | May | Meantime | Okney Bruewery | Olvishot Brugghus | Petrus | Scaldis | Schneider | Silly | St. Louis | Troubador | Weihenstephaner | Zatec

HERMOSA BEACH: Brewtopia June 28, 2015, 12-6pm
1301 Manhattan Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA
$30-$50 eventbrite.com
21 SoCal Breweries, Full Bar, BBQ at Abigaile & Ocean Bar with 3 levels including rooftop 'beer garden plus live music all day long. Line up: Absolution Brewing Co. | Alosta Brewing Co. | Angel City Brewery | Bootlegger's Brewing  | Bravery Brewing |  The Bruery  | Coachella Valley  | Eagle Rock Brewing  | El Segundo Brewing Co.  | Golden Road Brewing  | Kinetic Brewing Co. | King Harbor Brewing Co. | Ladyface Alehouse Mammoth Brewing | Monkish Brewing Co. | Noble Ale Works | Smog City Brewing | Strand Brewing Co. | Timeless Pints Brewing Co. | The Dudes' Brewing Co. | Three Weavers Brewing Co.  FROM THE GRILL Chef Tin and the Abigaile culinary team will be out on the BBQ all day which will feature global seasonal items announced soon!

 

-Compiled from www.seecalifornia.com