July 1, 2013 |
The Addiction Bistro , a West Hollywood cafe known for its house-made gluten-free food, has added alcohol to the menu, owner Richard Foster tells us. Green's Amber Ale, which is made with sorghum rather than barley, sells for $10 and has been popular, Foster says. The cafe -- as of last weekend -- also is selling wine and a gluten-free hard cider. Beers with gluten are also on the menu. Foster and co-owner Johnny Kovin, the chef, don't eat gluten, and t heir cafe began the way many gluten-free businesses have started: by people who were frustrated with the choices available to them.
June 28, 2013 |
Drinking just got even more social. A Scotland-based brewery has created what it's calling the world's first “Twitter beer.” BrewDog brewery had its Twitter followers, Facebook fans and blog readers vote on ingredients for a beer ultimately named after the hashtag they used to talk about it on Twitter: #MashTag. Mashing is the first stage of brewing, and yes, the name of the beer was crowdsourced too, as was the brew's label. The crowdsourcing happened during a week in March when the brewery put out a blog post every day explaining the choices voters had. Each day was devoted to a different element of the beer.
June 27, 2013 |
Three-year-old Eagle Rock Brewery took home the coveted Best in Show award at the San Diego International Beer Competition . Equinox, their light and tart American wild ale, took top honors at last weekend's competition, and the Eagle Rock team is celebrating. More than 180 breweries from around the world entered more than 900 distinct beers into the competition -- the largest of its kind on the West Coast. Eagle Rock Brewery also won a gold medal in the Belgian-Style Pale Ale category with the newest addition to their year-round line-up: Unionist.
June 23, 2013 |
Pizza and beer are a tasty pairing. A profitable one too. BJ's Restaurants Inc. specializes in deep-dish pizza and offers its own brand of craft-brewed beer, a combination that has helped it grow from a single restaurant in Santa Ana to 132 locations in 15 states. After its start in 1978, the Huntington Beach company grew slowly in Southern California. In 1996, it opened its first brewery - at its restaurant in Brea - and began selling beers that carried the BJ's name. That was also the year it went public.
June 22, 2013 |
The brewers at Hangar 24 have been busy. The Redlands brewery has six new or seasonal beers on tap for the summer and three of them are made with produce from the farmers in the Redlands community. From blood oranges to Bing cherries, they're putting fruit in everything from IPAs to wheat beers to keep customers' thirst at bay this summer. Belgian Summer Ale is Hangar 24's usual summer beer, and the light and spicy blond hit stores and taps last month. Joining it this month is Essence -- the popular citrus infused double IPA that debuted last summer.
June 21, 2013 |
Change is coming to how California breweries handle growler fills, and Orange County's The Bruery is one of the first to amend their policy on filling jugs with beer to go. You're no longer required to only fill a growler printed with the brewery's logo, and while The Bruery has relaxed their rules, there are still plenty of caveats. Until this year, the rules for filling growlers set by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control -- or ABC -- only allowed a container that was printed with the brewery's own logo and address to be filled with beer.
June 19, 2013 |
The Pie Hole Los Angeles , downtown's Arts District destination for sweet and savory pies, joined up with nearby Angel City Brewery for a Father's Day treat combining two of dad's favorite things: snacks and beer. The "Dunkel Dad Pie" layers a chocolate mousse -- spiked with Angel City's malty Dunkel Weiss -- on top of a pretzel crust and topped off with Corn Nuts. While the sweet-and-salty slice doesn't really taste "beer-y", a malty richness does come through in the mousse.
June 15, 2013 |
The Hollywood Bowl's season is in full-swing, and the pre-show picnic is a tradition we never get tired of. Whether you're bringing charcuterie and cheese, fruits and salads, or some picnic sandwiches, there are plenty of craft brews to add to your picnic basket. In addition to all the new beer that's available in cans, here are four suggestions that are sure to please your blanket-mates - even if they're usually wine drinkers. Logsdon - Seizon / Seizon Bretta This organic farmhouse-style ale from Oregon is available in two versions: the standard Seizon and the more complex and earthy Seizon Bretta which adds a funky wild yeast.
June 14, 2013 |
Drinking with dad is an underrated pleasure. After a whiskey or maybe a few beers he'll start to open up. He might tell you about that time in college when he got busted for something he once busted you for. He'll tell you how he fell in love with your mom, and about the trips they took before you were born. You might shoot a few rounds of pool, or walk to the restaurant across the street for a burger, but mostly you'll just hang out and talk. Fathers are best at being low maintenance, so this Father's Day celebrate dad by doing what he does best: relax.
June 13, 2013 |
Does your dad love beer as much as you? Sunday is Father's Day; why not share some local craft beer with your dad to celebrate? Beer + Coffee FoodGPS has teamed up with Firestone Walker Brewing Co. to present the "CollaBREWtive Brunch" where local craft breweries, coffee roasters and chefs team-up to provide unique food and brews. Each brewery was paired with a coffee roaster to create a special coffee-infused beer for the event, and the brewers, roasters, and chefs will be at the brunch to discuss their collaborations.